Sam Hodges, CEO Of Funding Circle, Talks Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights

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  With the publication of the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, one of the first consensuses on responsible small business lending practices, earlier this month, marketplace lending platforms including Funding Circle, Lending Club and Fundera showed their support for greater transparency for borrowers and accountability for platforms and… Read More

Funding Circle Announces Shift from Auctions to Fixed Rates for Loans

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In a letter to Funding Circle investors, and a post on the Funding Circle site,  the UK’s leading SME direct lender announced within the next month the platform will shift to fixed interest rate loans. Presently Funding Circle uses a bidding process where investors compete… Read More

Brief: Harmonix Joins Forces With New Crowdfunding Platform Fig; Announces Upcoming Project

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On Thursday, Harmonix, the developer behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band, announced that it has formed a partnership with new crowdfunding platform, Fig. Last month, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, inXile’s Brian Fargo, and Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart, launched Fig, which focuses exclusively on games. The platform allows the reward-based… Read More

My Mini Factory Launches Seedrs For 3D Printing Social Media Platform

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My Mini Factory, an independent curated social media platform for 3D printable objects, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise 500,000 for expansion and new business strategy. The platform, which was founded in June 2013, currently has a user base of 80,000… Read More

Health Snack Brand EarlyBird Looks to Raise £300,000 During Second Crowdcube Campaign

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Nearly a year after its first campaign on Crowdcube garnished nearly £130,000, Northampton-based health snack brand Earlybird announced that it is returning to the UK equity crowdfunding platform to raise £300,000 for more expansion of its products. EarlyBird, which was founded by entrepreneurs Oliver Pugh and Jamie Trinder. is a… Read More

UK’s HonestBrew Returns to Crowdcube to Raise Additional £300,000 For Growth & Expansion

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HonestBrew, a Westminster-based online retailer that works with craft breweries around the world, has launched a second equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £300,000 for expansion. HonestBrew considers itself to be UK’s leading online craft beer retailers. It ship tens of thousands of bottles across the UK each month; has… Read More

All-In-One Greatness: BAUBAX Travel Jacket Captures Nearly $9.1M During the Final Hours on Kickstarter

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Mere hours of the closing of its Kickstarter initiative, fashion apparel BauBax Travel Jacket neared $9.1 million thanks to over 44,500 backers. The project has not only gained its fame by being a perfect piece of clothing for the outdoors, it also became the fourth most funded project… Read More

RealtyShares Introduces New Mezzanine Financing Products

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RealtyShares has announced the introduction of new mezzanine financing products “designed to meet demand from both investors and sponsoring real estate companies.” Riskier than senior secured debt but superior to equity in the capital stack, these shorter-term debt offerings can generate higher returns for investors…. Read More

Kickstarter Alum Bubl Performs Management Change in Preparation for High Growth Following $4.6M Series Seed Funding Round

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Bubl Technology Inc., creators of the Bublcam, the world’s first fully spherical consumer camera, announces that following the close of its $4.6M Series Seed funding round including Samsung Ventures, J-Tech Capital and other strategic investors, it will perform organizational changes to its executive management team… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia Embraces Change: Launches Initiative to Boost Fintech Development

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The Securities CommissionMalaysa, (SC) is in the midst of hosting its annual World Capital Markets Symposium in Kuala Lumpar. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, was in attendance to deliver a keynote address that acknowledged the participants from around the world.  SC Chairman… Read More


EarlyShares Debuts $5,000 Minimum Real Estate Investment Opportunity in the Shoppes at Godwin in Midland Park, New Jersey

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On Thursday, real estate crowdfunding platform EarlyShares launched a new equity investment opportunity available to accredited investors. The offering is for the redevelopment of the Shoppes at Godwin, a mixed use retail center in Midland Park, New Jersey. Accordia Realty Ventures LLC, the sponsor of the… Read More

P2P Lender Beehive Aided by Clyde & Co’s Islamic Finance Team with Sharia Certification

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Clyde & Co, an international law firm operating mainly in the MENA region, states it has advised Beehive on its Sharia certification.  Beehive announced the receipt of its certification earlier this week. The peer to peer lending platform received approval by the Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). The certification… Read More

AKA United Nations, First Crowdfunded Condos For Manhattan, Thanks To Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Prodigy Network

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  The first real estate project in New York to be financed notably through crowdfunding, AKA United Nations, will open to guests starting Sept. 10, notes a recent story on BloombergBusiness. The extended-stay hotel-condominium on East 46th Street near Second Avenue cost $95 million to purchase and fix up… Read More

In Germany, Awareness of P2P Lending Lags UK By Three Years, And Lags US By Another Three Years: Video

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    In Germany, investment crowdfunding is doing well–both debt-based and equity-based crowdfunding jumped notably in Q1 2015 versus Q4 of 2014, according to numbers from the German Crowdfunding Network. What of the country’s peer-to-peer lending? Dominik Steinkuehler, co-founder and CEO of Lendico, a multinational P2P lending platform,… Read More

EarlyShares is Crowdfunding Mezzanine Loan for Pillar

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EarlyShares keeps moving forward in the real estate crowdfunding space. Today the platform has announced a new investment opportunity for a mezzanine loan from Pillar, a Guggenhiem Partners affiliate.  The offer is described as “institutional quality” and is secured debt for the Racquet Club Apartments… Read More

Creators of NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual Project Return to Kickstarter With 1975 NASA Initiative

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A little less than a year after receiving $802,812 on Kickstarter for their New York City Transit Authority Standards Manual project, artists Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth have returned to the crowdfunding platform to raise $158,000 for the Reissue of the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual. While revealing details about the project,… Read More

Former NFL Wide Receiver Mark Clayton Hits Kickstarter With New Over-Ear Wireless Headphones “LIVV”

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Earlier this week, former NFL wide receiver Mark Clayton took to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with a mission to raise $75,000 for his new over-ear headphones, LIVV. Clayton teamed up with audio specialist Dale Lott to create the headphones for active lifestyles. The project’s description reads:… Read More