Former CEO of Barclays: “The Number of People & Branches Employed by the Financial Services Sector May Decline by as Much as 50%”

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Anthony Jenkins, is a former CEO of Barclay’s Group having managed the global firm from 2012 to 2015. He was sacked by John “Mack the Knife” McFarlane in the summer of 2015. Jenkins had set out to tackle a “culture of self-enrichment” and to refocus… Read More

PicoBrew’s Kickstarter Beer-Brewing Machine “Pico” Gains Over $1.3M on Kickstarter & More Brewery Partner Diversity

Bill Mitchell, CEO and founder of Seattle-based PicoBrew.

With PicoBrew’s successful Pico Kickstarter campaign in its final hours, the company continued to announce new brewery partners. To date more than 76 craft breweries and brewmasters have licensed recipes to be made available as PicoPaks for the Pico, and available in the online PicoBrew… Read More

Brookstone’s CEO Tom Via Discusses Indiegogo Partnership With CNBC (Video)

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Last week, CEO of Brookstone, Tom Via, sat down with CNBC to discuss the new partnership between the retailer and crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. Earlier this month, Indiegogo revealed that campaign organizers will be able to submit their ideas directly to Brookstone’s partner page through its… Read More

LendInvest: We Have Helped to Add 1200 Properties to UK Housing Inventory in 2015

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LendInvest, a peer to peer mortgage lender, states it has helped to add over 1200 properties to the UK housing stock since the beginning of 2015.  This is almost double the figure year prior.  LendInvest is now the 4th largest P2P lender in the UK…. Read More

OurCrowd Portfolio Company Trendlines IPOs on Singapore Exchange

Trendlines celebrates SGX Listing

Trendlines, an Israeli based tech company that targets the medical and agricultural industry, recently completed its IPO on the Catalist of the SingaporeExhcange trading under the on ticker symbol SGX:42T.  The company reports that S$38.7 million was raised with IPO proceeds of S$25 million adding to pre-IPO investment…. Read More

Dan Cobley on SalaryFinance: We Offer Working People Much Cheaper Loans

Dan Cobley

Dan Cobley, a former Googler and CEO of Brightbridge Ventures, was chatting up his newest venture last week, SalaryFinance. The company that seeks to provide a credit vehicle that companies can offer to employees to refinance debt such as credit cards.  Because the employer knows… Read More

Brave New Coin & Smartbit Partner to Create BNC Bitcoin Liquid Index


New Zealand based Brave New Coin and Australia based Smartbit have formed a partnership to create a new cryptocurrency index. The duo have launched the BNC Bitcoin Liquid Index (BNC-BLX) in an attempt to create the “first provable index” for financial markets. According to information provided… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Employees Celebrate Thanksgiving (Video)

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Sharing the real reason for the Thanksgiving holiday, employees of global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo revealed what they are truly thankful for. The website announced: “Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Indiegogo! We asked the Indiegogo team what they are thankful for – what are you thankful… Read More

Out of This World: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Scores Over $3M on Kickstarter

Joel Hodgson

With less than two weeks until its Kickstarter initiative comes to an end, cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 has successfully captured over $3 million from 27,000 backers. Creator Joel Hodgson teamed up with Shout! Factory to launch the campaign to bring back the hit series, which ended in… Read More

Crowdcube Dubbed Winner of City A.M. Explosive Growth Company of the Year Award & TechCities Editor’s Award


Ending the month of November on the highest note possible, equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced it was the winner of both City A.M. Explosive Growth Company of the Year and TechCities Editor’s Award. The UK website confirmed: “Yesterday we took home our sixth award this month… Read More

London’s The Clubhouse Launches Seedrs Initiative to Open Three New Locations


The Clubhouse, one of London’s business clubs, lounge and meeting spaces, has recently launched an equity crowdfunding initiative on Seedrs to raise £750,000 for location expansions.  With two locations in Mayfair, The Clubhouse is planning to open a network of Clubhouses across London and at the same… Read More

Sandi Gilbert of SeedUps Canada Discusses Equity Crowdfunding in Canada (Video)

Sandi Gilbert

Sandi Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of SeedUps Canada, the first investment crowdfunding platform to set up shop in the country, was interviewed by Du Plooy Law in Calgary.  Gilbert notes that other countries have pushed forward to advance crowdfunding but now Canadian regulators have finally… Read More

Bragi Dash Enters Mass Production. Angela Merkel Approves

Angela Merkel looks at Bragi Dash

The Bragi Dash is finally in mass production.  In a backer update, Dash creators stated that broad shipping will occur next weeks with batches going to specific regions around the world via UPS. Production is expected to quickly ramp to approximately 1500 Dashes per day.  One… Read More

Dianrong & Hanwha Signs MOU to Begin Global Expansion

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Dianrong, a leading Chinese peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform, and Hanwha S&C announced on earlier this week that that both have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which formalizes the intention of a strategic partnership to pursue a FinTech solution business and other businesses related to internet… Read More

Sports Platform OpenPlay Unveils Crowdcube Initiative; Scores Over 50% of Funding Goal in 24 Hours

Sam Parton

Openplay, a service that brings sports to users’ doorstep, has recently launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £150,000. Within the first 24 hours, the project successfully secured over 50% of its initial goal The company is described as a website with an average 80,000 monthly visitors… Read More

Lighter Capital Secures $100M in Funding From Community Investment Management; Closes $9M Series B Financing Round


Lighter Capital, the online investor providing growth capital to technology companies, announced this week that it received $100 million in funding from Community Investment Management (CIM). The $100 million will enable the company to fund approximately 500 investments in SaaS, tech services and digital media companies,… Read More