November 13, 2018 – by Carolyn Karo Schulman – Milken Institute
“When PLUM LA started many participants didn’t have a working knowledge of crowdfunding and couldn’t see how it was relevant to helping underserved entrepreneurs fund their businesses. By the final Lender Referral Networking Event in August of 2018, some of these same individuals were suggesting crowdfunding as a solution for entrepreneurs who had been turned down by lenders and were starting to see how crowdfunding could create a path to bankability. Prior to PLUM, I was having little success creating dialogue with lenders and technical assistance providers about the crowdfunding opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs, so this was a significant transformation and a direct result of two years of conversations facilitated by the Milken Institute and SBA among individuals who would not have been brought into meaningful conversation without the catalyst of PLUM. These relationships are already creating new collaborations, like the one between Crowdfund Better and OmniWorks, to incorporate crowdfunding as a core funding strategy for minority entrepreneurs participating in the OmniWorks incubator program. ”Kathleen Minogue, Founder & CEO, Crowdfund Better (page 21)
January 11, 2018 – by Devin Thorpe – Forbes
“Make a commitment to take action every week and keep a list to keep yourself honest. Even when life gets busy, you’ll have that commitment (and a written list) to keep you focused throughout the year.” ~ @kathleenminogue
August 7, 2017 – The Siskiyou Daily News
According to the webinar presenter Kathleen Minogue of Crowdfund Better, “More funds will be raised via crowdfunding than venture capital in 2017, but only 2 percent of [men and women owning small businesses] are using crowdfunding to fund their business. The main reason: They don’t know about it!”
July 12, 2017 – PwC in collaboration with The Crowdfunding Center
“Should experience of rewards crowdfunding be a new lending criteria? A successful rewards campaign shows why ‘goodwill’ isn’t intangible; it has real commercial value that can be translated into online sales dollars now and the financial support of loyal customers in the future. In crowdfunding, the trust that you build with your network is your currency. You can turn your social proof, your brand recognition and your goodwill into funding.” Kathleen Minogue, CEO, Crowdfund Better (page 10)
July 11, 2017 – by Barry James – Business Advice Blog
So why the information gap? This dearth of support for the very people who, in the words of expert Kathleen Minogue of Crowdfund Better, can provide “the critical link in carrying crowdfunding over the chasm from the early adopter entrepreneurs – to the more pragmatic early majority entrepreneurs” who are not yet aware of it’s huge potential to fund existing and new businesses. As she also says: “Business advisors are the key.”
June 8, 2017 – by Paige Kutilek – YouCaring Blog
Kathleen Minogue, founder & CEO of Crowdfund Better, said:
“The future of crowdfunding is niche with more community and less crowd. In the past, niche platforms couldn’t compete with the major players, but as we move from the early crowdfunding adopters to the early crowdfunding majority we are entering new territory. Different types of campaigns require different types of support, and niche platforms that can provide that support will grow strongly alongside the original players.”
November 9, 2016 – by Amy Wan – Small Business Forum (Medium)
I didn’t understand how much the nation truly left these folks behind until fellow small business and crowdfunding advocate Kathleen Minogue brought something to my attention this morning — that in the past few years, new business formation really only occurred in 20 counties, according to a study by the Economic Innovation Group.
September 9, 2016 – by Susan Brown Consulting
If you think Crowdfunding’s time has come and gone, think again. Crowdfunding has grown from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $34 billion in 2015. What does crowdfunding offer in addition to capital? “Proof of concept, customer development and buy-in, product research, and leverage for other types of capital,” says Kathleen Minogue, owner of Crowdfund Better. A 2016 SBA report found a causal relationship between crowdfunding success and ability to access additional financing, build partnerships, create a strong customer base and find employees.
May 1, 2016 – EnactImpact Blog
There are some great groups out there that have a handle on how best to run crowdfunding campaigns. It may be worth the investment to get their advice and guidance. We are working with Crowdfund Better and their team has been a tremendous help thus far.
February 8, 2016 – Business Zone Blog
“This report blows the lid off the received wisdom and the kind of siloed thinking we’ve seen, putting it beyond doubt that crowdfunding is providing seed and growth funding across a wide reach of industries and geographies – and shows no signs of relenting.” – Kathleen Minogue
January 22, 2016 – Real Business Blog
“This report blows the lid off the picture that the media usually present of crowdfunding as the domain of big tech blockbusters. The data explodes this kind of siloed thinking making it clear that crowdfunding is providing seed and growth funding across a wide reach of industries and geographies – and shows no signs of relenting. It points clearly toward crowdfunding as the new must-have skill for emerging entrepreneurs.” – Kathleen Minogue
September 2015 – Center for Nonprofit Management Blog
The presenters were Barry James, Co-Founder of UK’s Crowdfunding All Party Parliamentary Group and Founder, The Crowdfunding Centre; and Kathleen Minogue, Founder of Crowdfund Better.
September 1, 2015 – Seed&Spark Blog
Then we invested in a consultation with Kathleen Minogue at Crowdfund Better. She gave us a one-on-one (or really one-on-five) dissertation on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.