OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow Shares His Innovative Vision for Marketplace Lending: Transforming How Money Flows

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“We are extremely excited by the possibilities of the next decade in the alternative finance market… OnDeck’s vision is to transform how money flows to small businesses by leveraging our platform to provide capital on demand for small business owners. The data flowing through a small… Read More

GrowthFunders Receives FCA Approval for Crowdfunding Platform

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GrowthFunders, part of Growth Capital Ventures, has just received official approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate their investment crowdfunding platform.  GrowthFunders has been operating since March 0f 2014 using a provisionary status in association with Linear Investments. The process took GrowthFunders approximately… Read More

Non-Profits Wishbone & Uncommon Schools Launch Crowdfunding Initiative to Send More Than 100 Low-Income, High School Students to Top Summer Programs

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Wishbone, a non-profit that gives students the chance to pursue their passions through online crowdfunding and program coordination, and Uncommon Schools, a network of 42 public charter schools, are teaming up to raise $90,000 to send 104 low-income, high school students to a summer program of their… Read More

Hip Hop Group De La Soul Reveals Why They Decided to Turn to Kickstarter For Upcoming Album

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Earlier this spring, hip hop group De La Soul took to crowdfunding giant Kickstarter with a mission to raise only $110,000 for their new album. Within only hours of its launch, the initiative successfully secured its initial goal and by the end of its round… Read More

Women in Fintech: Digital Finance Conference Set for Vancouver to Discuss Financial Inclusion, Innovation and Transparency

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Financial technology is going to revolutionize the banking industry,” Lawyer Christine Duhaime told the Georgia Straight over coffee in downtown Vancouver. “It’s really important to encourage women to be involved in tech, and then fintech especially—we’re 50 percent of the equation—so that we’re not left out at the… Read More

Russian FinTech VC Firm Life.SREDA Appoints Victor Chow CEO of Singapore Accelerator InspirAsia

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Russian fin-tech venture capital firm Life.SREDA has announced that Victor Chow, former senior cloud computing business leader of Huawei Technologies, has been brought on board as the CEO of InspirAsia Accelerator, its Singapore-based Asia-focussed accelerator. Chow’s also served as a mentor for the fin-tech accelerator Startupbootcamp fintech. According to a statement by the company, Chow’s… Read More

InvestUP’s James Tuckett Opines on CrowdISA’s Potential and Effect for the Crowdfunding Industry: “Long Live the CrowdISA”

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In a release by James Tuckett, Managing Director of investUP, he shares his about the  crowdfunding supermarket, investUP, a potential ISA for the crowdfunding industry and what this could mean for the current state of the crowdfunding market. Below please find his unabridged commentary:  The crowdISA… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform CrowdJustice Launches For “Public Interest” Litigation

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On Friday, new UK crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice officially opened its doors to those seeking funds for their latest legal situations. According to TechCrunch, CrowdJustice was founded by ex-United Nations lawyer, Julia Salasky, and is considered a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. She explained: “CrowdJustice… Read More

“Get Smart, Fund Art”: Tumblbug, South Korean Creative Arts Crowdfunding Platform, Raises KRW 17 Billion in Series A Investment

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“Get smart, fund art”: With a playful slogan (translated) and name that reminds this writer of a children’s toy, Tumblbug, a South Korean crowdfunding platform, is taking big steps in its development. The company just announced that it has raised KRW 17 billion (just over US… Read More

Lucerne School of Business Publishes Study on Crowdfunding in Switzerland

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The Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ, of the Lucerne School of Business, has returned to crowdfunding in a follow up to last years research on new forms of finance in Switzerland.  Crowdfunding has been evident in Switzerland since 2008. The authors note that in 2014,… Read More

NetEase Partners with HNA Group, Everbright Securities on Crowdfunding

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NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES), one of China’s leading Internet and online game services providers, has announced that is subsidiary Ujia E-commerce Co., Ltd., has signed an agreement with Everbright Securities Co., and HNA Group to form a joint venture company. The joint venture is described as having a primary… Read More

Brief: K-Lend Updates Loan Originations

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Auto China’s K-Lend, a peer to peer lending platform for vehicle financing, has just published an update for Q1 2015 operations. The Company announced that it recorded 1,180 new leases of commercial vehicles (primarily Class 8 heavy trucks) as part of the Company’s sales-type leasing… Read More

Catalan BioTech ZeClinics Secures Record Funding on Capital Cell, 2015’s Largest Spanish Biotech Crowdfunded Investment

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The Catalan company ZeClinics, supported by the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona and and Barcelona Biomedicine Research Park (PRBB) reached its crowdfunding campaign goal  on Capital Cell,  a campaign that set the record for the the year’s largest biotech crowdfunding investment in Spain.  The company is prevalued at 1M€.  After 88… Read More

Karma Launches Out Of Private Beta to Transform Trust & Reliability In Peer-To-Peer Marketplaces

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Karma, a platform that makes it easy to determine the reliability of people online through the use of its Karma Score, is launching out of private and into public beta today. The Karma Score’s unique algorithm makes it an ideal benchmark for the peer-to-peer community. With… Read More

Glowforge Raises $9 Million During Series A Funding Round to Bring 3D Laser Printer to Consumers

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Glowforge announced a $9 million Series A funding round to bring their 3D Laser Printer to market this year. The round was led by Foundry Group and True Ventures, with participation from Bre Pettis, cofounder and former CEO of MakerBot, and Jenny Lawton, former CEO… Read More

PledgeMusic Joins Forces With American Idol David Cook to Release His Fourth Album

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PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding platform for music, is happy to announce its partnership with platinum selling recording artist and American Idol season seven winner, David Cook, to release his 4th studio record and give fans a pre-order experience they will not soon forget. David Cook rose to… Read More

ECN Released Joint Declaration on the Capital Markets Union: Speaking with “One Voice”

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The European Crowdfunding network (ECN) released a Joint Declaration on the Capital Markets Union, together with seven other significative European federations representing capital market players and SMEs including AFME, EBF, Eurochambres, EBAN, EBN, European Issuers and Business Angels Europe and the European Crowdfunding Network. “Joining forces for the first time with other organizations representing capital market players… Read More

Latvian P2P Lender Mintos Expands into Lithuania

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The Latvian P2P lending marketplace Mintos announced its both its expansion and new offering of  P2P loans, secured by cars as collateral to borrowers in Lithuania,  the third country Mintos operates in addition to Latvia and Estonia. Mintos is open to international investors from Europe.  The platform’s website… Read More

FreeAgent Swiftly Raises £324K+ on Seedrs to “Democratise Accounting”: Relax about Tax

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FreeAgent, the multi-award winning cloud accounting provider, today launched a £1M crowdfunding round with Seedrs to accelerate its vision of “Democratising Accounting” for UK micro-businesses and freelancers. The cloud accounting pioneer will use funding to to accelerate development of its  product and introduce more micro-businesses and freelancers to… Read More