By Mike Shapiro
“Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.
 One early-stage equity expert described it as “the practice of raising funds from two or more people over the internet towards a common Service, Project, Product, Investment, Cause, and Experience or SPPICE.”
The Crowdfunding model is fueled by three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea and/or project to be funded; individuals or groups who support the idea; and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.
”In 2013, the crowdfunding industry grew to be over $5.1 billion worldwide.” VLM Stone 4/1/2015