I’ve been waiting to make this announcement for, oh… around two years or so.
Indiegogo, the crowdfunding giant, has made the jump to the equity side of things.
Meaning that instead of a T-shirt or a bumper sticker, you can now get a real stake in the companies you back.
This is big.
Indiegogo has just announced a major partnership with our friends at MicroVentures.com.
It’s going to be a powerful collaboration. MicroVentures is the original disruptor when it comes to online angel investing. It’s raised more than $100 million to date. It has the experience, software and team needed to execute the investment side of things.
On the crowdfunding side, Indiegogo is the second-largest U.S. player. It brings millions of users to the table and has many thousands of companies in its Rolodex.
Here are some quick stats on Indiegogo:
- More than $1 billion has been raised in total.
- Its largest campaign raised $12 million.
- More than $500 million in venture capital funding has been raised after Indiegogo campaigns.
- It had more than 117 million visitors in 2015.
- It’s active in 226 countries/regions.
Indiegogo has all the pieces to accelerate this market dramatically. It’s consistently expressed interest in equity crowdfunding, but we’ve all been on hold.
MicroVentures will be hosting all the deals on its site. Its initial offerings can be found here.
Here’s a quick breakdown of two of these brand-new investment opportunities. From a first glance, they all look like high-quality startups.
BeatStars: Platform for music producers and artists to collaborate. It has 220,000-plus users and $1.85 million in sales to date. This round’s valuation is capped at $12.5 million.
Republic Restoratives: Small-batch distillery and craft cocktail lounge in Washington, D.C. It’s had $115,000 in sales since its launch in May. Valuation is capped at $4.5 million.
I wanted to say thanks to all our readers and members. You stuck with us for years as the government delayed putting these rules in place. When we said that we’d get here eventually, you believed in us.
So… THANK YOU!
Your willingness to stick it out is about to be rewarded. The equity crowdfunding train is traveling at 800 mph and accelerating.
All the mainstream outlets are reporting this news. But I’m not going to link to them, because most of the analysis is crap.
This is part of a larger movement occurring across the world.
We’re taking our rights back.
The establishment said we can’t invest like them. They said they’re the only ones smart enough to invest in startups. That we’re too dumb to do what they do. They’re wrong.
We invest how we want. We vote how we want. We read the news we want to. And we do our own research.
There’s a new sheriff coming to town at the SEC and elsewhere. And I’m very optimistic about what that means for all of us.
Stay tuned and have a great weekend!
Founder, Early Investing
P.S. This is an exciting time, but it’s important to keep a cool head. Exercise due diligence, and don’t jump into every deal. I wouldn’t put more than 5% of my portfolio in to start. These startups are not liquid investments, so don’t invest money you can’t afford to lose.
Wait until you see truly great opportunities. If you want some guidance with that, check out our research service First Stage Investor if you haven’t already. (This link will take you straight to the order form, so you can skip the video). It’s a bargain, in my humble opinion.