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Crowdfunding's Money Problem

Silicon Valley is abuzz over equity crowdfunding, whether it will upend the traditional venture capital model or be a flash in the pan.

The potential promise is clear: More people could get a chance to buy into the next Instagram or Twitter early on, and more capital could become available to fund innovation.

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Traditional headhunters can make $30,000 off a single hire, Mr. Ravikant points out. His site is currently brokering an estimated 150 hires a week for free. That's a potential revenue source that could pay off handsomely while his firm waits for portfolio companies to hit it big.

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