European Crowdfunding Network Hosts Successful Convention in Paris (Photo Gallery)

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The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) hosted its annual convention on December 11th and 12th at the BpiFrance Headquarters in central Paris. The highly successful gathering captured a broad audience of platforms, regulators, politicians and industry advocates to review and share diverse global perspectives.  The single most important coalescing opinion among the several hundred attendees was the fact… Read More

The Number of Accredited Investors (Deck)

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The debate surrounding the definition of an Accredited Investor always includes a discussion regarding the number of individuals in the United States who actually qualify.  Recently Rachita Gullapalli, a financial analyst at the Division of Economic & Risk Analysis (DERA) at the SEC, put together a presentation estimating the number of households that qualify today…. Read More

Pensco Continues to See Demand for Crowdfunding & Alternative Assets

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Pensco, one of the largest self-directed IRA Custodians with over $10 billion in assets under custody (AUC), recently shared a statement from CEO Kelly Rodriques.  He states that only history will be the judge if 2014 will be “The” year of alternative assets but regardless, Pensco continues to see growing demand for alternative asset classes… Read More

The Growing Peer to Peer Lending Market (Audio)

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The embedded audio below is from a periodic segment produced by the Economist as part of their “Money Talks” series.  This specific session recorded earlier this month touches on China and the booming stock market,  Peer to Peer Lending Market and the rise in dollar denominated debt. The discussion was held just prior to the IPO of Lending… Read More

This Presentation Shows How Huge the Reg D Private Placement Market is in the US

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The presentation below was created by SEC Senior Financial Economist Vladimir Ivanov and incorporates data on the private placement securities market through 2013.  While there are other available reports the research provided by Ivanov is probably the best.  Prior to his first review in 2012 no one really knew how significant private placements are to… Read More

Dreamfund CMO Shares 2015 Predictions for Crowdfunding

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It is that time of year for predictions.  Usually they are good read and of course no one remembers them 12 months later unless you happen to get one right and then you remind everyone. Regardless, we love them as do the readers.  So this time around we have received some perspective from Dreamfund CMO… Read More

Missouri State Foundation Teams Up With CrowdIt To Create New Crowdfunding Platform For University Projects

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On Friday, the Missouri State University Foundation announced it has partnered with CrowdIt to create a brand new crowdfunding platform that is specifically for the university’s use. According to the university, Missouri State University Crowdfunding is a pilot initiative to provide an online crowdfunding platform for Missouri State students, faculty and staff to raise money and generate support… Read More

StoneTether Tracking Device Rockets on Kickstarter

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Del Marth LLC, the manufacturers of StoneTether, a new wireless tracking device, has experienced staggering success crowdfunding on  Kickstarter.  The campaign launched with a goal of  only $15,000 but closed over $366,000 as nearly 7000 backers helped to fund the project. As previously reported, StoneTether is a micro-device that provides improved distance with a tracker that is about the size… Read More

Las Vegas Publisher Hits Kickstarter For New Cooperative Boardgame; Scores Over 115,000 in Three Days

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Earlier this week, Las Vegas-based Funforge, LLC. launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $80,000 for its new cooperative survival boardgames called ZNA. According to its campaign, ZNA takes place in Boston. The year is 2015 and the city has been struck by a storm of dark smoke, which is later referred to as “the Fog.”… Read More

Creator of Kickstarter’s I Am What’s Underneath Discusses Body Images & Inspiration With Bust

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Taking time away from her successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, co-creators of StyleLikeU and the web series I Am What’s Underneath, Lily Mandelbaum sat down with BUST to share details about the project and today’s body image issues. As previously reported by CrowdfundInsider, I Am What’s Underneath is a feature-length documentary that strips people down to… Read More

Lunar Mission One Set to Voyage to the Moon After Successfully Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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Kickstarter staff pick and space fan favorite Lunar Mission One successfully hit its crowdfunding goal raising over $1 million with the support of over 7200 backers.  Called the “most inspirational mission to the moon since the Apollo landings” the crowdfunded project hopes to send a unmanned craft to the South Pole of the Moon exploring… Read More

NASAA Launches Electronic Filing Depository for Form D, Rule 506

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The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has launched their online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) directed towards the regulatory filing process for certain exempt securities offerings. Developed by NASAA, EFD is an online system that allows an issuer to submit a Form D for a Regulation D, Rule 506 offering to state securities regulators and pay… Read More

RCS Capital Corporation Issues Statement Regarding Recent Market Developments

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RCS Capital Corporation (“RCS Capital”), in light of recent market developments, issued the following statement: CEO of RCS Capital, Michael Weil stated,”The fundamentals driving the success of our business remain strong and unchanged.  Our confidence in the long-term prospects for the company is resolute. There have been no reported accounting irregularities at RCS Capital, none,… Read More

CRAVE Hits Huge Crowdfunding Milestone For Its Adult Necklace on Tilt

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With 3721 backers for a total of $275,420 collected on crowdfunding platform Tilt, the functional and elegant Vesper vibrator necklace becomes the most successful (having shipped to all its backers) sex toy project on a crowdfunded pre-order platform. As CoolHunting raved, “Wearable tech has never been more pleasurable—or sexy—than the products developed by CRAVE. Their high-quality… Read More

Arrow’s Stephen Amell Partners with Represent to Help Raise Funds For “F&ck Cancer”

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Stephen Amell, star of The CW hit series Arrow, recently partnered with Represent, a rapidly growing platform for creating and selling custom merchandise, to generate $947,380 in sales in support of the F&ck Cancer charity. The campaign initially lasted three weeks and sold 21,351 shirts, but was re-launched for 48 hours due to overwhelming demand from… Read More

Elon Musk’s Concept Hyperloop Said Closer to Goal of Creating High Speed Mass Transit

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. founded by JumpStarter Inc., announced today the crossing of several milestones, bringing the company closer to the goal of creating a working high-speed mass transit system.  Elon Musk shook the world of mass transportation when he unveiled his concept for a high speed transportation system described as faster, safer, cheaper and… Read More

Nesta: 2015 Will See a High Profile Blow Up in the World of Crowdfunding, P2P Lending

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  The highly respected innovation charity Nesta, has published its annual list of predictions for 2015.  We all know that predictions are easily given and quickly forgotten.  More fun than fact that hopefully gives a good read while providing some perspective.  This year the soothsayers at Nesta are predicting a “blow up” in crowdfunding and… Read More

Brief: PropFunds Crowdfunds Bridge Loan for Luxury Homes

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Real estate crowdfunding platform PropFunds has just funded a bridge loan of $750,000 for a luxury home development in Hidden Hills, CA. According to the company the loan to value does not exceed 65% and the annualized return to the investors should be 11.25%. The investment was made in one of the Southern California region’s… Read More