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  We have two products that are crowdfunding now that focus on functional design and a final product that takes an existing product and simply makes it better. I must admit I love design.  The simpler the better. So if you are a design junkie like I am – you should like these two crowdfunding… Read More

Playing Copycat Doesn’t Pay Off Long-term: Lending Club Co-founder Soul Htite on China’s Online Lending Industry

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Chinese online ventures rushing into the online lending industry may need to prepare themselves for a Groupon-style fall, suggested Soul Htite, co-founder of the world’s largest online loan broker, Lending Club, in a recent Bloomberg interview. Htite is also the CEO of peer-to-peer lender Dianrong.com, which says it’s it has brokered more than 1 billion… Read More

Indiegogo & Vimeo Partner Up in Push to Boost Film Crowdfunding

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Film has been a high profile category for the rewards based crowdfunding industry. Both Kickstarter and Indiegogo have experienced several solid successes in the video space. Veronica Mars rocked it on Kickstarter in 2013.  This was an event that put the entire film industry on alert as crowdfunding was viewed as a new option to… Read More

Seedstars World Fund: Crowdfunding an Investment Fund for Top Emerging-Market Startups

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Imagine playing a part in TV competition shows like “Top Chef” or “Project Runway”—but without having your best charred octopus recipe critiqued in front of a live studio audience, or your model’s dress described as “something a Teletubby would wear to a party.” Instead, you’d sweep in at the end of the show and award… Read More

Update: All-Girl Band TLC Continues to Find Success on Kickstarter; Captures Over $200,000

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Looks like fans of the hit 90’s girl band TLC will finally get the album they have been waiting for all thanks to Kickstarter! Earlier this week, the girls launched a campaign on the crowdfunding giant seeking to raise only $150,000 so they may return to the studio for their fifth and final album. Within… Read More

Is SOAP Another Scampaign? Questions Persist as to Projects Viability

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  Last year, We shared some details about the Kickstarter- crowdfunding success SOAP Rablet, the all-in-on home automation router. The device was described as 2 GB/S WiFi 802.11AC, BLE, Zigbee, Zwave, Insteon, RFID/NFC, Home Media Server, Your Own Cloud and Domain.  Kind of a swiss army knife of wireless routers. The campaign closed over-funded raising $142,112 on an… Read More

Humans of New York Blog Launches Indiegogo Project to Send Brooklyn Middle Schoolers to Harvard; Captures Nearly $540,000 in Two Days

Let's Send Kids to Harvard

On Thursday (January 22nd), Brandon Stanton, the face behind the popular photography blog Humans of New York, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $100,000 to send the students of Mott Hall Brides Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn to prestigious university, Harvard. The campaign reads, “We’re going to send kids to Harvard! Well, not exactly…. Read More

Across the Ocean for a Loan: Crowdcredit, Japan’s First Cross-Border-Focused P2P Lender

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  Crowdcredit, founded by Tomoyuki Sugiyama, a former bond trader in Lloyds Bank’s Tokyo branch, is Japan’s first lending platform focused on only cross-border peer to peer lending, as P2P-Banking.com notes. The company, based in Tokyo, invests Japanese capital in credit markets in various Latin American countries, such as Peru, with the goal of both economic and social… Read More

The Hollywood Reporter, YouTube Discuss Crowdfunding Risk & Rewards During Sundance Film Panel Series (Video)

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Kicking off the Sundance Film Festival 2015 panel series on a financial note, The Hollywood Reporter and YouTube sat down to discuss the ins and outs of crowdfunding on Thursday (January 22nd). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the panel, Financing Through the Power of Fans, featured producer and film executive John Sloss, Finders Keepers co-directors… Read More

PayPal Mafia & Kiva President Premal Shah Joins Crowdfunding Platform Watsi’s Board

Premal Shah, President and Co-founder of Kiva

On Friday (January 23rd), crowdfunding platform Watsi announced that Premal Shah, part of the PayPal Mafia and President of Kiva, has joined its board of directors. Watsi is a platform that connects patients in developing countries with donors who directly fund their treatment, is one of the fastest growing non-profit startups in history, having recently hit… Read More

UK’s Wedding Supplies Website World of Wedmin Seeks £100,000 Through Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Seedrs

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Earlier this month, Brighton-based wedding supplies website World of Wedmin (WOW) launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs to raise £100,000 to continue its expansion through the UK. According to its campaign, World of Wedmin is an online platform that enables brides and grooms to find and compare wedding suppliers throughout the UK. The company states that… Read More

Monthly Wine Subscription Company Vinoa Turns to Crowdcube For £450,000

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Vinoa, a London-based wine subscription company, recently launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £450,000 so it may scale the business throughout the UK. Vinoa reportedly offers its subscribers a monthly sample box of great wines that are delivered via mail. Customers are also able granted access to an interactive smartphone app to help them… Read More

Fan-based Webseries Star Trek Continues Debuts Second “Kirkstarter” For New Episodes

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Earlier this week, fan-based, non-profit production Star Trek Continues launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $100,000 for more episodes of its popular webseries. Sharing details about the production, the Star Trek Continues team wrote, “Our first episode, Pilgrim of Eternity, premiered in May 2013 at Phoenix Comicon to a packed house of almost 4,000…. Read More

The Good Egg Quickly Overfunds on Crowdcube: Sunny Side Up in the UK

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The Good Egg has successfully raised over £216,400 with the help of over 205 investors through its Crowdcube equity crowdfunding campaign, overfunding by 120%. As previously reported by Crowdfund Insider’s Samantha Hurst, The Good Egg which was inspired by Californian deli Wise Sons, has not only drawn the attention of London brunch lovers, but also has received positive feedback… Read More

New Washing Device Dolfi Quickly Captures Attention on Indiegogo; Raises Over $127,000 in Three Days

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Germany-based Dolfi launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign earlier this week to raise $100,000 to bring its self-titled washing device to the market. Dolfi is described as a hand-sized device that cleans your clothing with the power of ultrasonic technology. It is considered the “next generation cleaning technology,” and it’s gentle on clothing. The device is… Read More

Freezy Freakies Back from the ’80s on Kickstarter: The Future Is In Your Hands

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With just over two weeks left on the campaign, Freezy Freakies “high tech” gloves are back on Kickstarter… it’s about time.    Alas, my beloved I ♥️ Snow gloves are not making a comeback, but unicorns, turbo cars, alpine skiers and fighter jets are back to warm the hands of adults during the season’s wintery mix.  Children… Read More

P2P Global Boosts Share Issue Due to Strong Demand

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P2P Global Investments, the first peer to peer lending investment trust to trade on the LSE ever, has stated the C share issue, announced earlier this month, has been increased due to solid demand. P2P Global Investments seeks out investment opportunities in P2P assets.  P2P Global trades under the appropriate ticker symbol “P2P“. P2P Global… Read More

Bitcoin Explained (Infographic)

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The bitcoin eco-system has developed rapidly going from zero to hyperspace in just a few short years. The leading crypto-currency has gone from an internet niche embraced by those in the know to becoming widely accepted currency in a growing number of established firms.  Large financial service providers are plotting their strategies today as to… Read More

Fintech BlueVine Capital Secures $18.5 Million in Series B Round: Fast Funding

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Fintech BlueVine Capital secured $18.5 Million from investors reported Lizette Chapman reported for Dow Jones VentureWire.  Based in Palo Alto, Calif., BlueVine was founded in 2013 by Chief Executive Eyal Lifshitz while he was a principal at venture firm Greylock IL, and currently employs 18 people. “Other companies, such as Kabbage Inc. and OnDeck Inc., extend quick online loans based on credit… Read More

Brief: GoFundMe Campaign Debuts For THE LION KING on Broadway’s Nteliseng Nkhela & Aaron Nelson After Fire Destroys Homes

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Shortly after a devastating fire destroyed their Edgewater Avalon apartment homes, co-stars and supporters of THE LION KING on Broadway’s Nteliseng Nkhela and Aaron Nelson took to crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to raise $10,000. Within only 21 hours, the campaign surpassed its initial goal and has reached over $14,000. According to BroadwayWorld, Nkhela and Nelson, who… Read More