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by Times Realty News
Real Estate Crowdfunding (RECF) has emerged as one of the most successful niches in the fast growing US crowdfunding industry. Since the JOBS Act was passed into law in 2012, platforms established solely for the purpose of connecting developers to investors have sprouted across the US with more than 100 identifiable platforms in the industry today. Total funds raised online through real estate crowdfunding platforms in 2014 was placed at $1 billion and is projected to climb to $2.57 billion in 2015, Report is available in PDF format at $199.
The Crowdfunding Economy
By David Drake
“If a business has successfully crowdfunded itself already, it can show that it has found a real market for a viable product. Crowdfunding campaigns are great tools for validation. The success of the campaign reveals many things about the marketability of the product. From there, one can get the idea about the demographic of backers or supporters, and this also gives insight on new market channels to reach out.” – David Drake, “The Crowdfunding Economy”
LIFEE Life Instructions for Entrepreneurs and Executives
by David Drake
“Life is beautiful – no matter where it brings us. We just need to open our eyes and our hearts. It’s sad to note how an executive can fly from the corporate world of New York to the deserts of Dubai without registering a thing. And it’s amazing how one can walk around his or her block and come home with a bag of bread and cheese and many discoveries to tell and share.” – David Drake, “LIFEE”
By Jay Samit
Incorporating stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses – including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, YouTube, Cirque du Soleil, Odor Eaters, Iams, Silly Putty, and many more – Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards. Disrupt You! offers clear and empowering advice for anyone looking to break through; for anyone with a big idea but with no idea how to apply it; and for anyone worried about being made irrelevant in an era of technological transformation.
By Jorge Newbery
Burn Zonesis a story of playing life’s bad hands and overcoming adversity against the greatest of challenges. It’s an inspirational story of a man who was pushed to his mental and physical limits, and came out the other side even stronger. And, most of all, it’s a lesson that you can do the same.
Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Guide to Business Success Around the World
Edited by Steven D. Strauss. Written by David Drake et al
We are living in a world of incredible challenges and changes, and for both the entrepreneur and potential entrepreneur alike, this also means it is a world of ample opportunities. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the rise of e-commerce and social media, there are now, today, more markets, tools, and opportunities for entrepreneurs than ever before.
Crowdfunding and Other Animals
Edited by Barry E. James. Written by David Drake et al
Crowdfunding has taken off like a rocket. Little wonder. Not only does it open up a whole world of new opportunities (including the capability to start a business without debt, without selling shares, with a full order book that’s fully funded) but it allows entrepreneurs and business-people to take back the reins from the passive banks that seem to be blocking the path for the real economy. It’s neither simple nor easy. But it is exciting and it is entrepreneurial.
Investors of Italy
By David Drake and Alessandro M. Lerro
Italy is home to a rich cultural wealth and astounding natural and architectural beauty. It is 8th among the world’s largest economies and 23rd among the most developed countries. It is one of the best in terms of quality of life index and one of the top destinations in terms of tourism, real estate, restaurant and food industries. It is in fact the first nation in the world to pass its own law in equity crowdfunding. Drake and Lerro, the leading figure and authority in Italy on Equity Crowdfunding, will explore in this book the diversity, vitality and activity of the investors of Italy and the small and medium sized businesses that flourish because of them.
Family Offices Today
by Times Impact Publications
According to Miller M. and D. Greenberg’s “The Richest People in America,” UHNW individuals are defined as those with $30 million or more in assets (liquid, illiquid, property, collectibles, and so forth.) The millionaire population has also increased 6.3% from 2012–2013 to 2.9 million. The world’s top 20 wealthiest individuals hold over $700 billion. And because of this, there is a worldwide increase in the number of single family offices (SFO) and multi-family offices (MFO) that manages the wealth of the UHNWs and their families. Family Offices Today chronicles the growth of the family offices and provide excellent resources as a guide and voice of the industry that attracts top-notch talent from diverse backgrounds.