Are We in a Peer to Peer Bubble?

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I’ve always said that you can gauge the success of an industry by the growth and enthusiasm of its annual convention. It’s also a great barometer of market peaks and bubbles – especially when you have the chance to really get into the psyche of industry participants. With venture capital pouring into online lending businesses… Read More

Title IV of the JOBS Act, Regulation A+ is Effective June 19th

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Title IV of the JOBS Act has finally made it over to the Federal Register. According to protocol, the new exemption will become actionable 60 days after publication in the government journal.  This means Title IV, or Regulation A+ as it has become known, may be utilized on June 19th. Recently there has been a… Read More

London’s Facewatch Successfully Raises Nearly £350,000 on Crowdcube to Expand Its Multi-Functional Crime Reporting Platform

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Seeking to put more criminals behind bars, London-based Facewatch recently launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to capture £500,000 for its multi-functional reporting platform. Founded in March 2010, Facewatch’s platform allows businesses, the police and the public to work together to help reduce high volume low-level acquisitive crime. Features include data sharing and analysis tools; CCTV and image capture… Read More

Uber Driver & Terminally Ill Ken Broskey Successfully Gains Over $100,000 in One Week on GoFundMe to Pay Off Mortgage for His Family

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Last week, transportation giant Uber Detroit announced the launch of the #UberPartnerKen Movement, which was to help a GoFundMe campaign for one of its drivers, Ken Broskey, as he tries to pay off his mortgage before he passes away from cancer. As previously reported, Uber announced that it will donate $1 to the crowdfunding campaign for each rider… Read More

Crowdfunding London Event Scheduled for Next Week

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A one day summit has been scheduled to take place in London to “demystify” the new financial sector.  The event is a primer for individuals that have money to invest and experienced professionals & advisors who want to learn more about the investment crowdfunding space. The event has captured the participation of many well known… Read More

Humor: An Explanation of Patent Trolls (Video)

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The embedded video below is courtesy of the team at Engine.is, one of advocacy groups battling the issue of patent trolls.  Last week the FT highlighted one of the challenges with the debate as it contrasted the opposing perspectives of the tech industry with research universities. The convoluted and, at times, confusing issue is distilled… Read More

PledgeMusic Announces Music Industry Vet Scott Hueston As Head Of Artist Solutions, North America

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PledgeMusic is thrilled to announce Scott Hueston as its new Head of Artist Solutions, North America. Sharing his enthusiasm for the position, Hueston stated: “I’m thrilled to be joining a fantastic team that’s dedicated to providing the best possible resources to artists. PledgeMusic’s fluid platform is unmatched. By enhancing our strategy to deliver custom solutions for… Read More

New Guy Clark Documentary Hits Kickstarter & Quickly Gains Over $50,000

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Last week, Grammy-winning music producer Tamara Saviano has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a new documentary that focuses on the life of famous folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer, Guy Clark. Per its synopsis, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark traces the life of music pioneer Guy Clark, who,… Read More

Crowdfunder UK Partners with Virgin on Startup Loans: Real Innovation or a Tricky and Limited Combination ?

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Is this the start of a new trend – or even a new phase – in crowdfunding? Might it be another step in rewards crowdfunding ‘coming of age’ in the UK? It’s certainly getting noticed as the route of choice to seed a startup. In a an interesting move Crowdfunder UK has hooked up with… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Acquire Creates Unique Avenue to Seek Liquidity for Investors

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Acquire Real Estate has created an exchange that offers investors a tool to put their equity interests up for re-sale, affording them possible liquidity with what are traditionally long term, illiquid investments. Steven Bettinger, CEO of Acquire, stated: “The Acquire Exchange addresses the biggest concern that any real estate investor has: the issue of illiquidity. With… Read More

SALLON Mobile App Seeks £111,000 on Funding Tree to Become the Uber For Salon Customers

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Ready to bring a new service to smartphones, UK-based SALLON launched a crowdfunding campaign on Funding Tree for its new salon booking and networking mobile app. According to its description, SALLON app works on the same principles as transportation booking app, Uber. This new network is perfect for city dwellers who could get caught short on their beauty arrangements if an… Read More

Nonprofit Organization Girls on the Run Starts One-in-a-Million Challenge; Launches Peer-to-Peer Platform

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To commemorate serving its one-millionth girl this spring, the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run is starting a One-in-a-Million Challenge on social media to give people everywhere a chance to celebrate the people in their lives who they think are one in a million! The One-in-a-Million Challenge asks people to post a photo of someone… Read More

Updated: Agency 2.0 Comments on Lawsuit Filed Against Sondors eBike, 2nd Largest Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

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Chris Olenik, founder of Agency 2.0 a well known marketing firm in the crowdfunding industry, has responded to the revelation that relationships have frayed between Storm Sondors and his firm. Agency 2.0 filed a “contractual fraud” lawsuit on April 9th and now Olenik has clarified what pushed the firm to take legal action against Storm… Read More

Japan Based CrowdCredit Opens Up Hub in Estonia for European Push

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CrowdCredit, a cross border focused peer to peer lender, has established an office in Estonia according to a company report. CrowdCredit is based in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.  The platform was founded by Tomoyuki Sugiyama, a former Lloyds Bank bond trader. CrowdCredit Estonia expects to issue loans to individuals and small businesses in partnership with other… Read More

Seedrs Leads the Way in Raising Capital for Other Crowdfunding Platforms

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Coming off the successful crowdfunding round of Assetz Capital where £ 3 million in a convertible offer was raised for the fast growing peer to peer platform, Seedrs notes they have been the the leading platform to crowdfund for crowdfunders. Jeff Lynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Seedrs, explained; “All of these crowdfunding and peer-to-peer  platforms… Read More

CreditEase CEO Ning Tang Introduces Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury (Video)

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  Former Secretary of Treasury Larry Summers delivered a solid and well received speech at LendIt last week where he criticized the failures of traditional finance while lauding the innovations of internet finance – one that will remove banking from the shadows of the past and into a transparent, more efficient future. Prior to taking… Read More

Tim Cheng of FlyingV on Equity Crowdfunding in Taiwan

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FlyingV may be the largest crowdfunding platform in Asia today.  Based in Taiwan, the platform has led the space in Taiwan, and in many respects Asia general.  Crowdfund Insider interviewed Tim Cheng, CEO of FlyingV, late in 2014 to hear about his viewpoint on the crowdfunding space. So when we heard the Taiwanese government was pushing forward… Read More

One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Shares Big Winners

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One Spark, the largest crowdfunding festival in the world, held its week long gathering in Jacksonville, Florida this month.  Tens of thousands of project creators, investors and casual observers descended on the central Florida city to what has become a community defining event. The closing ceremony, hosted by Doc Waller, was an opportunity to highlight… Read More

Assetz Capital Celebrates 2 Years of P2P Lending

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Assetz Capital hopes to run £ 1 billion in loans by the end of 2016 and they have a good start in getting their. The peer to peer lender launched in April of 2013 and has funded over £70 million in secured lending and states not a single investor has lost a penny to date…. Read More