With the capital markets in a state of disruption and inaccessibility, and with the industrialized nations in desperate need of fuel to create employment opportunities by supporting small to medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurial ventures and promising start-ups, Crowd Funding is one of the only possible market vehicles which can meet pent-up (i.e., unsatisfied by banks) and growing capital demand.
The market for capital (inclusive of that which is needed for not-for-profits, NGOs, community projects, quasi-public infrastructure replacement, as well as for businesses of every type) is estimated by The Global Futurist Blog and numerous other credible sources of trend-spotting and financial forecasting to be between $300.0 billion to $600.0 billion US in 2012.
Start paying serious attention to everything that you hear about Crowd Funding. It is going to be a game changer in terms of causes, commerce and consumerism. It has the potential and the promise of being a sea change -- a complete paradigm shift -- in the geopolitical and global economies.
A company with which I've recently become affiliated, CrowdFunding Incubator, LLC will likely be the 'proof of concept' sought by so many. While logistics and process infrastructure 9programs and processes) are in place currently to raise tremendous amounts of capital, the regulations regarding crowd funding in practice are still being legislated and will be tested as the momentum behind crowd funding becomes more powerful.
Furthering this momentum is the calamitous state of the western world's central banking systems, and the dark cloud of Glass-Steagall, Dodd Frank, FINRA, mandatory stress tests, updated reserve requirements, downgraded credit ratings, enhanced oversight and other regulatory straitjacketing hangs overhead.
We will keep you posted as to the trends, participants, deals funded and regulatory evolution of this enormous movement toward a private sector solution to problems triggered by irresponsibility, ignorance, wastefulness and greed in the public and capital markets sectors.
A new market is being born. With crowd funding, the old aphorism about necessity being the "mother of invention" rings loudly. It's the opening bell.
Douglas E. Castle
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