Interesting Reads for the Week April 7

  • A profile of a matching service connecting small businesses with lawyers.  I generally get my clients the old-fashioned way – referrals – but approaches like this could be useful for both lawyers and the businesses.
  • A downside of donation-based (not equity-based) crowdfunding – upset donors when the company hits it big and they don’t share in the riches.
  • Website Quora raises $80 million in VC funding, which it says it doesn’t need.  The thinking is that it’s an insurance policy, meaning the company will always not be short of cash.  But not putting the cash to use hurts the company’s earnings on per-share basis.
  • Crowdfunding isn’t just a U.S. thing.  The latest developments in the U.K.