FlyingV: The Largest Crowdfunding Platform in Asia

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Recently during a trip to Southeast Asia I had the opportunity to meet Tim Cheng, CEO of  FlyingV – the largest rewards based crowdfunding platform across all of Asia.  Based in Tapei, Taiwan, FlyingV was launched just over 2 years ago in 2012.  Since that time the platform has grown steadily and now has apparently… Read More

Infamous Alaska Reporter Who Quit Her Job on Air Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Cannabis Club

Charlo Greene

On Monday (September 22nd), former Alaskan reporter for KTVA Charlo Greene took the Internet by storm when a video of her announcing her resignation from the television station by saying, “F*** it” on air as she walked off the studio. Greene had been reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club when she openly admitted she is founder of the… Read More

CrowdStreet Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Collects $800,000 Seed Round Funding

Tore Steen

CrowdStreet, a real estate crowdfunding platform, shared today it had closed an $800,000 seed round led any Green Visor Capital and Seven Peaks Ventures. The funding round also saw participation by the Portland Seed Fund. CrowdStreet CEO Tore Steen said of the new funding; “CrowdStreet has already posted properties exceeding $100 million in total property… Read More

General Solicitation for Private Placements is One Year Old Today (Infographic)

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Oh how time flies.  On September 23, 2013 the over 80 year old ban on general solicitation (advertising / promotion) for certain private placement offers was lifted.  This was enacted by Title II of the JOBS Act and a profound change for our securities industry.  Uptake has been slow – but expectations are for a… Read More

Chapel Down Updates Share Subscription Offer on Seedrs as Funding Nears £4 Million Raised

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Chapel Down Group plc, a publicly traded company [EPIC:CDGP], has updated their new share subscription to reflect the success of their equity crowdfunding offer on Seedrs.  In a public filing  Chapel Down stated they had raised an additional £0.57 million via the subscription of 2,035,714 ordinary shares.  This increase was correlated to the total raised… Read More

San Francisco Company Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Lucid Dream Control Device; Raises Over $18,000 First Day

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On Monday (September 22nd), San Francisco-based Oneirics Electronics launched a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its dreaming device. Campaign creators claim their device helps the user live out their dreams with just one button. According to the campaign page, Oneirics gives the user all the tools to help them achieve “lucid dreams”. It dubs… Read More

UK Self Serve Frozen Yogurt Company Launches £285,000 Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube For Expansion

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Seeking to expand its frozen yogurt business, UK-based company Samba Swirl launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £285,000. Samba Swirl, a trading name of Obal Solutions, Ltd., reportedly opened the first ever self-serve frozen yogurt shop in the UK in 2010. With much excitement, fun customer experience, and over 50 flavors/topping, the company… Read More

Bungajungle’s Nope Kickstarter Campaign Hits Ten Times Goal in Two Days

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With all the talk these days about cancelled & delayed projects, it is very reassuring to find a Kickstarter success story. The crowdfunding platform recently updated their Terms of Service, taking a big step toward increasing accountability. Despite the rise in unfinished business, there are still a lot of great projects gaining momentum. Bungajungle is… Read More

Brief: Securities Commission Malaysia Expected to Release Comments on Equity Crowdfunding Regulations this Week

Datuk Ranjit Ajit Singh

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is expected to release comments on their proposed equity crowdfunding regulations sometime this week.  The public release of feedback comes on the heels of the SC’s successful crowdfunding and angel investing conference held last week at the SC offices in Kuala Lumpur. A consultation paper outlining proposed regulations for Southeast… Read More

English Director Michael Apted Turns to Indiegogo For Third Film in “Married in America” Series

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Michael Apted, is looking to the crowd for his new project. UP director has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 For his third film in the Married in America series. While describing the film on the campaigns website, Apted shared, “In 2001, I began to follow nine American couples on the verge of marriage.  I always… Read More

XPRIZE Launches $500,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo; Announces Its Next Moonshot

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XPRIZE Chairman and CEO, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis announced the launch of the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE during a presentation at the Social Good Summit. Diamandis will be joined on-stage by technology entrepreneur, Anousheh Ansari, and Senior Advisor in the Executive Office of the President of Kenya, Ruth Kagia. The Global Learning XPRIZE is a five-year competition challenging teams… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Platform Symbid Jumps Past €5 million Milestone

Symbid at 5 million euros

Netherlands based Symbid has announced a new milestone for the growing investment crowdfunding platform.  The publicly traded company [OTCQB:SBID] has surpassed €5 million (approximately $6.4 million) in investment crowdfunding.  This growth benefited from a solid Q2 in 2014 where Symbid facilitated over $1.55 during the quarter. Symbid, launched in 2011, has seen average investment per user double… Read More

Australian Financial Tech Firm Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign For Financial Advisory Platform

Rimbal

Australia-based company, Rimbal Ltd., has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise £60,000 to fund technology and business growth. According to its campaign page, Rimbal is an online financial advisory platform that automates investment advice and allocation for retail clients. It is scheduled to be functional and operational with fully regularity compliance by late… Read More

Kickstarter-Success Projects Made Special Appearances at World Marker Faire 2014

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It’s been a busy weekend for Kickstarter! On Saturday and Sunday (September 21st and 22nd), the crowdfunding leader was invited to participate in this year’s World Marker Faire, which was held at New York Hall of Science. Presented by Disney, the World Marker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of… Read More

Women in Crowdfunding (Infographic)

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UK based crowdfunding platform provider Hubbub recently had their creative team cook up an infographic that shares some interesting information regarding women in crowdfunding. There has been much discussion pertaining to the power of crowdfunding to “democratize” access to capital for underserved geographies and demographics.  Streamlining the process of access to capital in an online… Read More

Crowdfund Capital Advisors Co-Founder Talks Crowdfunding in Interview (Video)

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Crowdfund Capital Advisor co-founder Jason Best hit the studios of Bloomberg in Hong Kong after a stop in Malaysia for the Securities Commission crowdfunding and angel conference. This is a high level interview as part of Rishaad Salamat and “On The Move”.  Investment crowdfunding has evolved quite rapidly around the world and Best touches on… Read More

Direct Lending Investments Commits $73 Million to Fund Loans via Realty Mogul

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Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Realty Mogul Receives Whopping $73 Million Commitment from Institutional Investor. Direct Lending Investments, described as the general partner of oldest and largest short term, high yield, small business loans fund has formed a new partnership with Really Mogul, a real estate crowdfunding platform that offers both debt and equity investments in… Read More

Traditional Lenders Move in on Higher Interest Rate Personal Loans

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Apparently traditional banks are moving into higher rate and thus higher risk personal loans.  This strategic shift is driven, at least in part, by growing competition from peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms. The banking industry, while incredibly important in the US, is one of the most regulated industries around.  Banks face an ever-growing amount… Read More

Creator of Swordfighting Game “CLANG” Abandons Its Plans Two Years After Kickstarter Success

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In July of 2012, award-winning author Neal Stephenson teamed up with Seattle’s Subutai Corporation and launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise $500,000 to “revolutionize” sword fighting video games by bringing his game CLANG to life. Within its 30-day run, the project easily passed its goal, raising $526,125 from 9,023 backers. A year later, Stephenson announced that he… Read More