investing

How You Too Can Become a Venture Capitalist

It can be as simple as buying shares in a business through a crowdfunding portal.

Thanks to a slew of crowdfunding portals that let individuals buy shares in budding businesses, now you can be a venture capitalist. At least 11 sites are up and running, with 25 more in the works pending approval from regulators. Here’s a look at some of the opportunities—all of which are highly speculative.

-- At StartEngine.com, find Web-based start-ups such as GameTree, a social-networking platform for video-game players, and Gigmor, which connects musicians with performance opportunities.

Wefunder.com offers stakes in services such as QMedic, a medical alert outfit, and Kibin, which helps students with writing essays.

-- At SeedInvest.com you can explore MF Fire, maker of a clean-burning woodstove that you can operate with an app, and StartMart, which leases shared work space in downtown Cleveland.

-- To channel your inner Steven Spielberg, check IndieCrowdFunder.com. Not much is under way yet, but operators hope to help fund Hollywood talent for movies and TV projects, and they’re reaching out to women in particular through the site’s Five 4 Entertainment Equality program.

For a list of registered portals, visit Finra.org.

Most Popular

Yes, You Can Collect Social Security from an Ex-Spouse: Here’s How
social security

Yes, You Can Collect Social Security from an Ex-Spouse: Here’s How

It’s always smart to maximize your Social Security benefits, and if you are divorced, one way to do that might be to take them based on your ex’s earn…
May 13, 2021
Refunds for $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break to Begin This Week
Coronavirus and Your Money

Refunds for $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break to Begin This Week

The IRS will start issuing automatic refunds in mid-May to people eligible for the unemployment benefit tax exemption.
May 14, 2021
18 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores
spending

18 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores

These discount retailers stock plenty of bargains, but some of the merchandise isn’t worth the buck.
May 14, 2021

Recommended

Bonds: 10 Things You Need to Know
Investing for Income

Bonds: 10 Things You Need to Know

Bonds can be more complex than stocks, but it's not hard to become a knowledgeable fixed-income investor.
July 22, 2020
Stock Market Holidays in 2021
Markets

Stock Market Holidays in 2021

Is the stock market open today? Take a look at which days the NYSE, Nasdaq and bond markets take off in 2021.
April 26, 2021
Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now
Investing for Income

Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now

A portfolio of mortgages should retain their value better than ordinary bonds if interest rates rise.
February 28, 2021
2 Top-Tier T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds
mutual funds

2 Top-Tier T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds

T. Rowe Price's mutual funds typically stand out among their peers, but these two selections provide elite equity and bond exposure for this point in …
February 24, 2021