Europe Wants a Capital Markets Union. Crowdfunding Can Be A Catalyst.

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The European Union published a “green paper” on Building a Capital Markets Union for the broader European community.  The ambitious goals are laudable but the challenge is high. While in the United States, and other countries around the globe, SME’s are the engine of growth.  The report states that in comparison to the United States,… Read More

Brief: Zopa System Stops “Sophisticated” Fraud Attempt

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UK peer to peer lender Zopa recently incorporated an automated system to detect fraudulent attempts at accessing their lending system. As a growing number of consumers shift from traditional banks to borrowing online it is inevitable the fraudsters and crooks will attempt to stumble in.  In this specific case an individual (or group of individuals)… Read More

North Carolina’s Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Requests Fee Increases to Regulate Crowdfunding

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North Carolina’s Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, is requesting state legislators’ approval for fee increases that would help support the results of passing crowdfunding legislation, according to the News & Observer. The increases would generate  $2.68 million in new revenue.   Marshall noted that her department needs 12 new positions, many of which include financial investigators. These… Read More

Yancey Strickler on Net Neutrality: “We Must Remain Diligent in Protecting Everyone’s Rights as Citizens of the Web”

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Kickstarter CEO and co-founder Yancey Strickler chimed in on the FCC ruling today that now classifies the internet as a public utility.  Advocates of net neutrality celebrated the victory as many viewed it as guaranteeing open and equal access to the world wide web. Strickler stated; “A free Internet with equal access for all is… Read More

Colorado Lawmakers Seek Support for New Crowdfunding Legislation

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Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported that a drafted crowdfunding legistation for Colorado was presented that will facilitate crowdfunding by authorizing on-line intermediaries to match Colorado investors with a state-based business. Authors of the Colorado Crowdfunding Act, have attempted to improve on some of the glaring deficiencies that have pinned Title III retail crowdfunding. The bill covered: Non-accred’s… Read More

Prosper Partners with Over 160 Banks. Signs Exclusive Agreement with Western Independent Banks

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Prosper Marketplace, a leading peer to peer or marketplace lender, has signed an exclusive agreement with Western Independent Bankers (WIB) representing a new outlet for loans via there 1260 plus member banks. These community banks represent a significant extension of Prosper into the 13 western states where the branches are located. WIB stated, “member banks… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo’s Slava Rubin Discusses The Best & Craziest Crowdfunding Campaigns With Fortune (Video)

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Taking time away from his duties at crowdfunding giant, Indiegogo, CEO and co-founder of the platform, Slava Rubin sat down with Fortune magazine last week to weigh in on some of the best and strangely unique crowdfunding campaigns he has seen. During his interview, Rubin shared,”Well, [the quirkiest I’ve seen was] there’s a gun on Indiegogo which… Read More

PicoBrew’s Unveils New Social Networking Features For Kickstarter-Success Kegsmart

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PicoBrew Inc., the company dedicated to technology for home craft beer creation and enjoyment, today unveiled the new social networking features of their advanced kegerator.  KegSmarts, the world’s smartest craft beer kegerator, is the second product from the Seattle-based company. PicoBrew launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for KegSmarts earlier this month. The product focuses on addressing… Read More

Creator of Sega’s Toejam & Earl Hits Kickstarter to Resurrect the Video Game

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Ready to bring a ’90s favorite back to game consoles everywhere, creator Greg Johnson and California-based Humanature Studios has launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise $400,000 for Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove. The game’s summary reads, “Toejam and his homeboy Big Earl go out for another joyride in their RapMaster Rocketship, and this time… Read More

Victory Park Capital to List VPC Specialty Lending Investments on LSE


Peer to peer lending investor Victory Park Capital has filed a prospectus to list shares on the main exchange of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Victory Park has been aggressively investing in P2P assets having recently committed a solid $420 million to Funding Circle in both the UK and United States. VPC Specialty Lending Investments PLC… Read More

INVST Announces Three Institutional Clients. Now Offering Exclusive Investments in Alternative Assets

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California-based INVST, has announced significant partnerships with three institutional clients including; Sperry Van Ness / Dealpoint Merrill, Canyon Creek Capital and Benhamou Global Ventures.  The online private network is part of a growing number of platforms that are leveraging technology to connect sophisticated investors with institutional quality investment funds.  INVST is an offshoot of an… Read More

Neurotechnology Start-up truBrain Launches CircleUp Campaign; Makes An Appearance on CNBC’s Power Launch

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truBrain, creator of the world’s first nootropic drink, was featured in this week’s Power Pitch segment of CNBC’s Power Lunch to discuss the company’s traction and growth strategy, as well as their recent equity offering through the crowdfunding platform CircleUp. The segment highlights truBrain’s success in developing novel products that are validated by neurotechnology, while also discussing its decision… Read More

Snowball Effect Shares Details on “Private Offers”


Kiwi investment crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect, has revealed the details of its new service designed to enhance its platform by offering similar funding services beyond the crowd.  Snowball Effect tipped its hand late last year regarding the new “private offerings” feature on its funding portal. According to Snowball Effect, “not all companies want the exposure… Read More

Ben & Jerry’s, Symbid Hook Up to “Milk the Crowd”

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  Symbid, one of the very first investment crowdfunding platforms in the world, has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s with the Join Our Core 2015 competition. The international event is designed to discover the “brightest social entrepreneurs” who share Ben & Jerry’s values.  Symbid and Ben & Jerry’s will be working together to find innovative… Read More

Bid On Energy Seeks Investment Capital Through Crowdfunding Initiative on EquityNet

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Bid On Energy LLC, an energy brokering and consulting firm, is seeking investment capital from accredited investors through its EquityNet campaign. The company introduced its new reverse auction and aggregation platform for businesses in 2014. The system substantially lowers the rising cost of commercial electricity and natural gas for users, via its aggregation and reverse auction… Read More

UK Funding for Lending Scheme Continues to Fail in Mission. Funding Circle Says “Banks Are Not The Answer”

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The Bank of England has released its most recent data on the Funding for Lending program, an initiative that is supposed to compel banks to lend to business.  According to the BOE figures, lending is in decline; “Net lending by FLS Extension participants to all businesses was -£6.9bn in the fourth quarter of 2014. The… Read More

UK Government Responds to Report on Groundless Threats Regarding IP, Patents


The UK government has responded to the Law Commission report on the law on groundless threats to bring proceedings for infringement of Intellectual Property rights including patents. The proposed reforms are intended to ensure the “threats provisions” are clearer for businesses. A spokesperson stated this will make it easier for parties to make good faith attempts to… Read More

OTC Markets Tops 500 Companies on Venture Marketplace, Launches OTCQB Composite Index

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OTC Markets has announced that 500 “verified”  US and international companies have joined the OTCQB Venture Marketplace. The new marketplace was launched in May of 2014 and is designed to improve market transparency for investors interested in early stage, publicly traded, companies.  OTC also announced the creation of a new composite index tracking the performance… Read More

Landbay Appoints Founder of UK’s First Dedicated P2P Fund to Board


Landbay has appointed Robert Burgess to its Board of Directors. He will join co-founders John Goodall and Gray Stern as well as Chairman Tony Ward. Burgess brings over 20 years experience in retail finance having previously held positions at Alliance  Trust, Lloyds TSB, Scottish Widows and Thomas Cook. Burgess was the co-founder of Exchange Associates;… Read More

Record Number of Investors Back JustPark on Crowdcube as Campaign Goes Into Overfunding

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JustPark has broken a funding record on Crowdcube. The App company has captured over 2400 investors attracting 3x more backers than any other offer in Crowdcube’s history. JustPark, a company that already lists BMW and Index Ventures as early investors, had sought a funding round in the amount of £1 million but easily passed that… Read More