New York, NY – May 8, 2013 – Donald Trump says he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is by investing in crowdfunding. Today, Mr. Trump and his partner William Zanker announced the launch of Fundanything.com, a crowdfunding portal intended to give people “a way to raise capital to pay for a medical emergency, save or rebuild their home, launch a business, create the next Farmville, write a book, or any other worthy project.” Over the past week, Google Ventures and other venture capitalists invested in crowdfunding portals such as CircleUp and Lending Club.
Mr. Trump said he plans to help crowdfund worthy projects on the Fundanything.com site. “I’m taking a stand, and am putting my money where my mouth is to help get people back on their feet,” said Mr. Trump during the event. “That’s where FundAnything comes in. It’s the first website that actually lets anyone, anywhere raise money for ANYTHING. And that’s why I support it.”
“I believe the private sector is the real engine for growth and success,” added Mr. Trump. “So, I’ve decided to give away money at the grass roots level….my money is and will be going directly into the hands of real people.” Mr. Trump is Chairman and President of Trump Organization.
Mr. Trump’s partner, Bill Zanker, is the founder of The Learning Annex, the iconic company that changed adult education in America. “I’m so excited about FundAnything,” said Mr. Zanker in a prepared statement. “Money is a huge worry for people. You only need a minute on the site to see this is a real game changer! Mr. Trump and I are going to help millions of people.”
This website reported earlier this week that major investors also have funded two other platforms, CircleUp and Lending Club, showing an emerging interest in crowdfunding as a viable funding platform for startups.