Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance, Professor at University of Agder’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Aligns Innovators and Interrupters

Dr. Rotem Shneor, Head of the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance

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The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations in November. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on 25… 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

The Hyperloop on JumpStartFund

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

SEC Submits Changes to Exchange Act Registration Requirements Moving Forward on Title V & Title VI of JOBS Act

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As part of the JOBS Act, the SEC has proposed amendments that addresses Title V and Title VI of the Act.  The revised rules relate to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. The SEC will seek public comment on the proposed rule amendments for 60… Read More

Local Peer to Peer Lender Folk2Folk Hits £40 Million in Loans

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Folk2Folk, a locally focused peer to peer lending platform, has passed a bit of a milestone.  The P2P site has now originated over £40 million in loans with a default rate of zero. Folk2Folk is the future of finance.  The company is targeting local businesses in need of funding.  Small companies ignored by local banks… Read More

OneSpark Crowdfunding Festival Receives Recognition as Top Festival

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One Spark was named one of the top 300 festivals to attend in the world by Fest300 Magazine this month according to an announcement by event officials. Apparently Fest300 crowdsourced the final 30 festivals on their list, and, thanks to supporter’s votes, was voted 21 out of over 120 entries. “One Spark is honored to be among… Read More

Lending Club Now Available for Investors in Massachusetts

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Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the  first publicly traded peer to peer lending platform, continues its expansion across the United States.  The company has shared its platforms is now available for investors based in Massachusetts.  All peer to peer lending platforms must deal with a wide variety of state regulations.  To be able to loan or… Read More

Brief: CEO of Logbar Addresses Critics of Kickstarter-Success Ring Wearable Tech (Video)

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Clearing the air of any confusion and accusations, CEO of San Carlos-based Logbar, Takuro Yoshida, addressed the issues that backers of Kickstarter-success Ring Wearable Tech through a new YouTube video. Previously, Yoshida revealed his thought about the comments that Gizmodo had made about the ring. The website, which doubted Ring from the start, used it as an example of why… Read More