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Anthony J. Bradley
GVP
7 years at Gartner
23 years in IT

Anthony J. Bradley is a group vice president in Gartner Research, managing teams that cover business process management, program and portfolio management, enterprise architecture, IT procurement, IT sourcing, and vendor management. Read Full Bio

Crowdfunding Site Activity – From Olympians to Zombies

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  November 24, 2014

Because the crowd is the essence of Crowdfunding, in examining Crowdfunding sites I always look for indications of crowd activity. I was frequently unpleasantly surprised to find little evidence of a crowd. So much so, that I am now surprised when I do see solid crowd activity. And I’m not talking about advanced near real-time […]

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Debt Crowdfunding Holds Much Promise

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  October 22, 2014

Conversely to my recent post that equity crowdfunding doesn’t exist, debt crowdfunding I believe is almost a foregone conclusion. This is also ironic since only about 4% of the 50 sites I looked at were debt crowdfunding sites (as opposed to 18% for equity crowdfunding). Prosper and Lending Club are two of the more prominent […]

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Equity Crowdfunding Does Not Exist

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  October 2, 2014

Currently, there really is no such thing as equity crowdfunding. This is ironic since about 18 or 36% of the 50 sites I looked at consider themselves equity crowdfunding. I am basically telling them they don’t exist (at least as they seem to consider themselves). Here are my arguments as to why. They are exclusive. […]

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Dissecting Crowdfunding

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  September 24, 2014

I have finished a detailed examination of 50 sites (list provided below). I also have read and examined the JOBS Act of 2012 myself to see the many, and valuable, interpretations of it firsthand. This examination has led me to the basic conclusion that most of these “crowdfunding sites” are not actually crowdfunding. And that […]

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Crowd Missing from Vast Majority of Crowdfunding

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  August 20, 2014

What do you envision of when you think of a Crowd? I think of a place with the bustling energy of people moving to and fro in a flurry of activity. Either somewhat synchronized like a New York City street during pedestrian rush hour or apparent pandemonium like 7:00 AM at Tsukiji Tokyo, the largest […]

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The State of Crowdfunding is Very Immature and Highly Fragmented

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  August 12, 2014

As promised though a bit late, I have now analyzed almost 50 leading crowdfunding sites. My overall view is that crowdfunding is in a very early and fragmented state. I won’t call this a multi-part post but will continue to post on my findings and will continue regularly examining more sites. Here are my initial […]

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The State of Crowdfunding

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  April 4, 2014

Hello everyone. This is an alert to some research I have underway. I am looking at several of the leading crowdfunding platforms to assess the “state of crowdfunding” today. I am looking at the following crowdfunding sites: Bloom Bolstr Circleup CreateAFund Crowdbank CrowdBuilder Crowdfunder Crowdrise Early Shares EquityNet.com eReleases Fundable Fundercloud Funders Club GoFundMe.com indiegogo.com […]

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Email is Anti-Social 4: Personal vs. Community Productivity

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  September 19, 2013

This part 4 of an “Email is Anti-social” multipart blog. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 . Email is a personal productivity tool and it isn’t effective outside small-scale and simple collaboration. It is meant to serve the needs of individuals versus the needs of a community of participants. Each of us […]

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Email is Anti-Social 3: Reactive vs. Proactive Work

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  September 17, 2013

This part 3 of an “Email is Anti-social” multipart blog. Here is Part 1 and Part 2. Email is ephemeral. It is a continuous stream of loosely connected messages with a relatively short useful life. The efforts of collectively trying to advance a collaborative product gets lost in a seemingly never ending stream of short-lived […]

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E-mail is Anti-social Part 2: Distributed versus Collective

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  September 3, 2013

This part 2 of an “E-mail is Anti-social” multipart blog. Here is Part 1. Email is a highly successful communication tool because it is a push centric message distribution mechanism. It is a poor collaboration tool because this distributed characteristic leads to information fragmentation even at small scale. Let’s extend our lego thought expirament from […]

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