Crowdfunding in China: Potentials, Challenges, Risks and Solutions

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The concept of crowdfunding is derived from crowdsourcing and micro-finance. Crowdfunding is a financing process for individuals and enterprises to raise funds from the public via the internet. Crowdfunding platforms, project initiators, and investors are the participants in crowdfunding. Open online project exhibition, fund raising… Read More

Bond Street Partners Up with WeWork to Offer Loans to Member Companies

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Marketplace lender Bond Street has crafted a new partnership with shared workspace provider WeWork to provide “fairly priced lending capital” to members ot the WeWork Community. David Haber, co-founder and CEO of Bond Street, said the two companies shared a passion to empoer entrepreneurs dreams…. Read More

Bluetooth TrackR Raises $8.7M, Foundry Group Leads Round


TrackR, a pioneer of the Bluetooth tracker and digital inventory space, has raised $8.7 million in funding for expansion. Foundry Group led the round with participation from Resolute Ventures and several angel investors. The TrackR team is revolutionizing how people keep track of their personal… Read More

Brief: Acquire Real Estate Completes Funding of DoubleTree Hotel

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  Acquire Real Estate, a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform, has closed on a DoubleTree Hotel at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.  According to information provided by Acquire, they facilitated $262,500 in funding from 15 individuals with investments ranging from $5000 to $75,000. Estimated annual returns are… Read More

Three Month Old Basix Loan Services Makes Millions: ZestFinance Secures $150M Debt Financing Deal with Fortress Investment Group

Douglas Merrill

Not yet a toddler, the three month old loan service Basix has hit some enviable milestones. California-based online lending startup, ZestFinance, has secured a $150 million debt financing deal with global investment giant Fortress Investment Group for Basix. Founded in 2009 by former Google CIO Douglas Merrill, ZestFinance… Read More

My Kind of Town, Chicago Is: PeerRealty Now Accepting Investments toward Ameritus Real Estate Fund

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If, like Frank Sinatra, Chicago is your kind of town, PeerRealty has an investment opportunity for you.  PeerRealty investors may now invest in a fund that has already acquired over a half-dozen office properties in Chicago’s River North, West Loop and North Shore submarkets. Real estate crowdfunding platform PeerRealty… Read More

Seeking Industry Transparency, Companisto Publishes Its Equity Crowdfunding Performance Data, Focusing on Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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Companisto,  the leading equity crowdfunding platform in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with an annual financing volume of €12 million, has published information on the business development of start-ups financed through its platform for the first time. The platform has analyzed the development of share values between… Read More

ZenCap is Fastest Growing Online Lender in Europe

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ZenCap, a one-year-old Berlin-based direct lending platform is presently the fastest growing site in continental Europe.  According to data published by AltFi, ZenCap has generated Year over Year growth of an astounding 445.3%.  The next closest growth rate is of Auxmoney at less than half that… Read More

FlashFunders Celebrates One Year, Partners with Raven Ventures & Secures $10 Million in Startup Seed Round Funding

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FlashFunders announced on its one-year anniversary that it has successfully funded over ten million dollars in startup seed rounds. In addition to this investments milestone, FlashFunders will partner with Raven Ventures to ensure that featured offerings are provided access to an extensive global network of accredited investors. Raven… Read More

Bragi Dash Expects to Ship to All Backers by End of October

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The Bragi Dash crowdfunding campaign raised a solid $3.39 million on a $260,000 goal. The in-ear wireless, smart headphones generated the support of almost 16,000 individuals. The Bragi Dash stands as the 21st most funded campaign of all time on Kickstarter.  If you measure against… Read More

Fundable Operator Acquires Zirtual Virtual Assistant Startup

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Fundable founder Will Schroter has announced a new company to its growing portfolio of businesses and services. Fundable is a software as a service crowdfunding provider that offers both investment and rewards services. According to Schroter, they have just acquired Zirtual, a virtual assistant platform… Read More

NYCTA Standards Manual Compact Edition Released; NASA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue Kickstarter Campaign Closes Today

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Kickstarter phenoms and Pentagram Associate partners Jesse Reed and Hamish Smith have experienced quite a crowdfunding year.  A little less than a year after raking in $802,812 on Kickstarter and setting a Kickstarter design record for their New York City Transit Authority Standards Manual project, graphic designers Reed and Smyth… Read More

EVEN Financial Partners with New York Institute of Finance to Offer Access to Student Loans

New York Institute of Finance

Even financial has formed a new partnership with the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) to offer their students the option to finance their tuition via online lenders.  Even is a supply side provider of online lending that aggregates many different marketplace lending platforms. NYIF offers… Read More

IndiaLends Taps $1M from DSG Consumer Partners, Siddharth Parekh and Gautham Radhakrishnan for Online Marketplace


IndiaLends, a credit and financial technology startup based in New Delhi, has closed a $1M bridge round led by existing investors DSG Consumer Partners, Siddharth Parekh and Gautham Radhakrishnan. IndiaLends was cofounded by Gaurav Chopra, who has an MBA from the London Business School, and Mayank Kachhwaha, who graduated from IIT… Read More

RealMassive Unveils Latest Technology Innovation at ULI Fall Conference: Project Atlas, Next-Gen Mapping Platform For CRE Research

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  RealMassive, commercial real estate’s open data marketplace, today announced its participation in this year’s Urban Land Institute Fall Conference, October 5-8, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. During this year’s event, RealMassive will unveil Project Atlas, the next generation mapping platform for CRE… Read More

uBiome’s CEO Jessica Richman Announced “Overall Winner” of the IVY Innovator Awards: Sequencing and Testing Microbiomes

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uBiome, the San Francisco-based company behind a self-sampling microbiome testing service, has been celebrated in two major national competitions, both focusing on technology and innovation. uBiomeʼs CEO and co-founder, Jessica Richman, was announced overall winner of the IVY Innovator Awards presented by Cadillac, in San Francisco… Read More