Recent Developments in Equity-Crowdfunding and its Regulation in Taiwan

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As of July 2016, there are three equity-crowdfunding platforms in Taiwan, including Startup Shares, eFUN, and Crowdfund Masterlink. According to equity crowdfunding regulations in Taiwan, it is necessary to apply for a securities broker license. However, if the securities broker operates only an equity crowdfunding… Read More

Original Director of “Shenmue” Returns For Kickstarter-Funded Sequel (Video)

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On Friday, Yu Suzuki and his team at Ys Net announced the original Shenmue director, Keiji Okayasu, has returned to direct Kickstarter success Shenmue III.  The crew stated in a recent update: “Taking a look at end credits of Shenmue you may noticed this man’s name—Keiji Okayasu. He was the… Read More

Update: Seven Bro7hers Brewery Extends Crowdcube Campaign

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Just a few days before it was supposed to close its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, UK-based Seven Bro7hers Brewery decided to extend its funding round for another two weeks. As previously reported, the company is looking to raise 150,000 and is currently offering 16.84% in equity to… Read More

Kickstarter Funded Yooka-Laylee Releases Toybox Demo (Video)

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This week, creators of the Kickstarter-funded project, Yooka-Laylee, released the demo for the standalone gameplay experience, The Toybox. Playtonic Games revealed details about The Toybox this past spring and described it as self-contained, spoiler-free sandbox designed to give Yooka-Laylee backers a taste of the platforming to come in the final game. Yooka-Laylee is described as… Read More

UK Fintech Startup WeSwap to Crowdfund to Finance Currency Exchange Community

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This week, UK-based fintech startup, WeSwap, announced plans to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign after raising $10 million in seed funding from Ascot Capital Partners, EC1 Capital and existing investors IW Capital. WeSwap, which was founded in 2011 and opened to the community in 2013,… Read More

WeFunder will Pay Bounty to “Scouts” that Source Deals for Crowdfunding

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Investment crowdfunding platform WeFunder has launched an interesting service. The new feature is called “Scout”. Basically, WeFunder will pay a $2000 bounty for each qualifying company that is referred to the platform and commits to funding on Wefunder. You may also earn a $2000 monthly… Read More

Pod Point’s Erik Fairbairn Reveals Why He is Investing in Crowdcube

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This week, Crowdcube caught up with Pod Point’s founder, Erik Fairbairn, to discuss why he decided to back the equity platform’s crowdfunding platform, which has so far raised £6.7 million from nearly 3,200 investors. POD Point turned to the crowdfunding method in 2015 and first captured  £1.5m through… Read More

Scotland Or Bust: Kickstarter Is Heading to Edinburgh Fringe

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On Friday, Kickstarter announced it will be making its way across the Atlantic to attend this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, which will take place on August 5th to the 29th. The crowdfunding portal shared: “Over in the UK, the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe is almost… Read More


Brief: iDonate Announces Peer-to-Peer Support for Nonprofits

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Charity fundraising website, iDonate, announced on Friday the launch of its new peer-to-peer support that is dedicated to nonprofits. This new service reportedly enables organizations to support their causes by creating individual, team or event-centered crowdfunding programs that tap into personal networks. Ray Gary, CEO of… Read More

Indiegogo Alum TrackR Unveils Two New Features For TrackR Bravo

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This week, Indiegogo success TrackR announced two new features for its popular device, the TrackR Bravo. The first feature, Family Sharing, allows users to share their items with groups while the second feature, Custom Printing, allows users to print any photo directly on their devices. Trackr… Read More

Jumpstart’s Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Teams Up With Deutsche Bahn to Build Innovation Train

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JumpStartFund’s Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced on Friday it has formed a partnership with Deutsche Bahn to create an “Innovation Train,” which is described as a conventional train that will use new technologies being developed by HTT that increases efficiency and to bring a modern digital presence to today’s train transportation. According… Read More

Senators Merkley & Brown Send Letter to Regulators Asking for Guidance on Fintech

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Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Jeffrey Merkley, both members of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter last week to several governmental agencies inquiring about Fintech and regulations. The letter was addressed to: Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, Martin Gruenberg, Chair of the… Read More

Fidor Bank Acquired by Groupe BPCE in France

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Progressive German banking firm Fidor Group has been acquired by Group BPCE in France. The acquisition was described as enabling Fidor power international expansion, continue the development of its proprietary digital banking technology, and strengthen its overall presence in Europe. Fidor, an early innovator in the typically… Read More

Yancey Strickler: We Think That Kickstarter Is Giving More People the Courage to Create & to Put Themselves Out There

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Following the release of Ethan Mollick’s study on Kickstarter’s impact on the economy, CEO and co-founder of the popular crowdfunding portal, Yancey Strickler, sat down to discuss the website’s growth and influence of entrepreneurs. Mollick reported in his study: “From inception to May 2015, Kickstarter projects resulted… Read More

Brief: Capital Cell, a Biotech Crowdfunding Platform, Receives Regulatory Approval in Spain

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Capital Cell, an investment crowdfunding platform that describes itself as the first European crowdfunding platform for biotech projects, has recieved regulatory approval from the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV).  According to a statement on their site, after ten months of audits, interviews and… Read More