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iCrowd Launches Social Platform for Investment Crowdfunding

iCrowd Launches Social Platform for Investment Crowdfunding

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02/20/2013

 
iCrowd Launches Social Platform forInvestment Crowdfunding
-- Platform Inviting Users to Create Free Accounts --
RYE, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- iCrowd, the most advancedsocial network for investment crowdfunding in the U.S., todayannounced the launch of its web-based portal for entrepreneurs. AtiCrowd.com small businesses will find communities of entrepreneurs,mentors, peers, and experts to gather advice and support. iCrowd willoffer small enterprises the opportunity to create the networks andrelationships crucial to their success. As small businesses await finalSEC regulations under the JOBS Act, iCrowd.com provides tools theycan use today to address the non-financial concerns all small businessesshare and to prepare for investment crowdfunding once it is approved.iCrowd is led by founding partners and entrepreneurs John Callaghan , aformer Wall Street portfolio manager, security analyst, and expert insmall capitalization businesses, and Brad McGee , who served as theExecutive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of TycoInternational Ltd. and Chief Administrative Officer of the CIT Group."Working as an analyst and a small-cap growth portfolio manager, I sawthe parallel frustrations of small business owners who were unable toraise capital and investors who were unable to buy into early-stagecompanies," said John Callaghan . "The internet has opened manyopportunities for individuals to take charge of their investments.Investment crowdfunding will be the next step in that evolution."
 
The first phase of iCrowd's site will include tools to arm entrepreneurswith knowledge and enable them to develop networks of interested parties to help them grow their businesses."Social interaction is the key to investment crowdfunding. Raisingcapital is critical to business success, but it is not sufficient.Development of interactive networks of supporters and potential partners along with access to sound business advice is crucial totransition entrepreneurs from people with ideas to people with successful businesses," said iCrowd co-founder, Brad McGee . "iCrowd makes it possible for entrepreneurs to develop those partnerships."
Functions of the platform include:User Profiles
 
 – 
 
 Profiles
are an online brand. A user profile describesinterests, expertise, and background that is be searchable by other usersto foster productive connections.
iCrowd Academy
 
 – 
Continuing education is essential for entrepreneurs. The
 Academy
provides guided topics on a range of subjects focused on launching, developing, and growing businesses.
Ask the iCrowd
 
 – 
Startups and small businesses face problems whosesolutions will shape their success.
 Ask the iCrowd 
is a vast resource of commonly asked questions and well-thought answers that provideadvice to guide small businesses. Users are invited to ask new questionsto address their specific needs.
Advisory Boards
 
 – 
 
 Advisory Boards
help mentor entrepreneurs andguide them through the intricacies of starting and operating a business.Users can interact in private with a team of advisors they assemble at
 
iCrowd.com. These private networks have secluded forums to provide business-specific advice and feedback.
Groups
 
 – 
 
Groups
are iCrowd communities formed around mutualinterests and are designed to stimulate discussions among members.
Groups
can be public, by invitation, or private.
Recognition
 – 
 
iCrowd rewards
 
active and informed contributions byusers. This recognition helps establish credibility and provides other users with a pathway to identify key thought leaders.Starting immediately, prospective users are welcome to sign up for afree account atwww.iCrowd.com.For a limited time, new users will be "Founding Members" which grants them esteemed recognition withinthe iCrowd community.The iCrowd Partners Program is actively pursuing creative ways to joinforces with businesses and industry influencers through cross promotions, affiliate arrangements, sponsorships and custom strategic partnerships. Additionally, the iCrowd Validated Experts Program isseeking experts to promote their capabilities and services to the iCrowdcommunity. Information about both programs is available atwww.iCrowd.com. 
About iCrowd
iCrowd LLC is committed to providing advice and education to helpentrepreneurs succeed in starting and/or growing their business.Through a richly interactive web-based community, primarily supported by user-generated content, iCrowd promotes socially enrichedexchanges that foster a shared passion for inspired ideas to empower 

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