Crowdfunding Counselor Sam Guzik, A Voice Galvanizing & Advocating for the Crowd

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“I do not recycle or repackage the ideas of others.  I try to focus instead on broader JOBS Act issues and events which have thus far gone unnoticed – or barely noticed – and which require further thought, analysis and hopefully, action, by louder and… Read More

Real Estate Investment Marketplace EQUITYMULTIPLE Launches First Debt Offering

Charles Clinton

Last month, online real estate investment marketplace, EQUITYMULTIPLE, announced its entrance into the debt space by offering investors the ability to participate in a predevelopment bridge loan secured by a development site in San Francisco, California. EQUITYMULTIPLE, which is offering investors an annual return of nine… Read More

Prosper Subsidiary BillGuard Adds Free Finance Tracking & Protecting Features

Yaron Samid

BillGuard, a personal finance analytics application and a subsidiary of Prosper Marketplace, on Tuesday announced significant updates to its pricing plans. The website is now offering several features of its money monitoring mobile application for free, enabling consumers to better control and protect their finances… Read More

Science Fiction/Fantasy-Themed Book Club Sword & Laser Set to Launch Sequel to Inkshares Publishing Contest


Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced after running an initial publishing contest in the spring of 2015 with Sword and Laser, an award-winning science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show, and podcast, the website will be running a sequel contest with Sword & Laser to… Read More

PeerRealty Funds Two Senior Housing Investment Opportunities


On Tuesday, Chicago-based real estate crowdfunding platform PeerRealty announced it has successfully crowdfunded two separate senior housing investment opportunities. The website’s user base of accredited investors used the online crowdfunding platform to help fund the Village Pointe Commons senior housing development project in Grafton, Wisconsin,… Read More

Swedish Jewelry Brand David&Martin Seeks €270,000 on FundedByMe As it Prepares For Expansion

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David&Martin, an award-winning jewelry brand from Sweden, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on FundedByMe to raise €270,000 for more expansion. Its pre-money valuation is €1.8 million. The company, which was founded in 2003, is recognized for its collaborations with famous designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Whyred, Acne,… Read More

Peter Renton Celebrates Lend Academy’s Fifth Anniversary: “We’ve Come a Long Way, But There’s Still More to Do”

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Five years ago, fintech trailblazer Peter Renton launched Social Lending Network which rebranded to Lend Academy in 2012. On his blog Renton reflects on industry changes during the half-decade. “Back in November 2010, Lending Club had issued less than $200 million in total loans and was focused primarily on retail… Read More

Brief: Funding Circle Raises £150M on its First Day Listing on London Stock Exchange

Funding Circle and Zencap founders

P2P lender Funding Circle‘s peer-to-peer trust raised £150M in London Stock Exchange listing yesterday, reported The Telegraph’s Rebecca Burn-Callander.  The Funding Circle SME Income fund allows the company’s pool of investors to buy shares in the vehicle, which then allocates loans to a portfolio of small businesses,… Read More

GoFundMe Unveils a New Report That Shows Technology’s Impact on Charitable Giving (Infographic)

Gift Giving

A new report released on #GivingTuesday shows that crowdfunding is rapidly becoming a major way that American’s give back to their community. The report, issued by GoFundMe, shows that donations on the crowdfunding platform alone totaled $1.09 billion, which puts crowdfunded giving on par with donations… Read More

Mirador Completes Series A: Core Innovation Capital, Nyca Partners & Jump Capital Lead $7M Round


Just over a year after securing a $2M seed round, Mirador today announced that the completion of a Series A round of financing. The $7 million investment was led by Core Innovation Capital, with participation from Nyca Partners and Jump Capital. Initial seed investors Collaborative Fund, Wicklow… Read More

TripRebel Live on Companisto: Savvy Travel App for Hotel Booking Secures 75K€+ in First Hours


In the first hours of going live on Companisto, the Hamburg-based start-up TripRebel raised over 75,410€ toward its 400,000€ funding goal. In 2015, the European Commission selected TripRebel as the “Best European Startup.” In January 2013, while TripRebel founder Carlos Borges was living in Bahia, Brazil, he sought  to… Read More

progressa Captures $11.4M During Series A Round; Announces New Marketplace Investor Platform for 2016

Ali Pourdad

progressa, a Vancouver-based financial technology company focused on helping sub-prime and near-prime Canadians seeking to improve their financial health, announced on Tuesday it has closed an $11.4 million Series A equity & debt financing round led by Cypress Hills Partners and Conconi Growth Partners. The… Read More

Looking Glass Investments Secures New Equity Investment From Houston’s Main Street Capital Corporation

Matthew O’Malley

Looking Glass Investments (LGI), a fixed-income alternative investment firm focused on marketplace lending, announced today that Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE: MAIN), a Houston-based capital solutions partner for lower middle market companies seeking to grow or transition ownership, purchased an equity stake in LGI and… Read More

Brief: RealtyMogul Finances the Acquisition of The Palms Apartments in Mississippi


RealtyMogul, an online marketplace for real estate investing, announced it has successfully closed on funds raised through its online crowdfunding platform that will help acquire The Palms, a 240-unit apartment community in Gulfport, Mississippi. The property was purchased for $10.7 million and the platform raised $1… Read More

Brief: Marketplace Lender loanDepot Closes $150M Securitization Of Personal Loans

Anthony Hsieh

loanDepot, America’s lender, today announced the closing of a $150 million securitization of its popular unsecured personal loans accessed by consumers. This $150 million securitization was structured and sold by Jefferies, a global investment banking firm. In the first six months since launching its first… Read More

FundedByMe Experiences Early Success in Finland

Marita Huurinainen

Following the appointment of a country manager for Finland, Niclas Ahlström, international crowdfunding platform FundedByMe states it is experiencing solid growth in the market having attracted multiple projects. Most recently FundedByMe launched a funding round for Marita Huurinainen, a fashion brand aiming at global growth that… Read More

RealtyShares Jumps to Over $30 Million in Real Estate Investment in Q3

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RealtyShares, has announced topping $30 million in real estate investments during the third quarter of 2015.  The accredited crowdfunding platform stated it continues to see solid investor demand across diverse property types.  RealtyShares claimed to have some of the most robust deal flow within the… Read More

Title III, Regulation Crowdfunding Simplified. Read the Report

Title III JOBS Act Final

Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) has taken the rather voluminous 668 pages of final rules for Title III retail crowdfunding and distilled them down into a more manageable 43 pages.  The report, embedded below, was created to augment CCA’s book How to Crowdfund book (available on… Read More

Mashable Teams Up Visa Checkout to Launch a Marketplace that Features Successful Crowdfunded Products

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On Monday, media company Mashable announced it has teamed up with Visa to introduce its brand new marketplace, Mashable Shop. To celebrate the launch this holiday season, Mashable and Visa are offering custom apparel and accessories with designs from the Mashable Collective, along with curated, tech-focused… Read More