Fundrise CEO Ben Miller: New Reg A+ is a “Goldilocks” Change in Regulatory Environment

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Fundrise, one of the first crowdfunding platforms in the United States, was an early innovator when it comes to real estate crowdfunding.  Founded by brothers Ben & Dan Miller, the pair started using old Regulation A to offer shares in small real estate deals. This was way back in 2010, years before the JOBS Act was… Read More

Brief: Super Troopers 2 Nears $3M on Indiegogo; Unleashes #LetFarvaOut Clips (Video)

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Just a few days after the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 has no only raised well over its $2 million goal, it is closing in on $3 million faster than anyone can chug a whole bottle of maple syrup. The production company announced the highly anticiapted sequel just 14 years after… Read More

Prost Productions’ Kaylie Milliken Discusses Yelp Reaction to Billion Dollar Bully Kickstarter: They Are Extremely Concerned

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With the new documentary Billion Dollar Bully continues to remain success on crowdfunding giant, Kickstarter (by raising its initial $60,000 goal), Prost Production producer, Kaylie Milliken sat down to share details about the new project and her slightly awkward interview with CNBC’s First Money. As previously reported, Billion Dollar Bully is “a documentary on marketing giant Yelp’s $3.6 billion racket… Read More

New Android Tablet Remix Scores Over $100,000 in 24 hours on Kickstarter

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On Thursday, China-based Jide Tech, hit crowdfunding giant Kickstarter to raise $100,000 for its new Android tablet, Remix. The Remix is considered an Android 4.4.2 based, 11.6” ultra-tablet that provides “the best” mobile productivity and communication experience for all of its users. The company stated: “[The tablet] exists because in early 2013, we had a… Read More

Camera Rig for Phoneographers Beastgrip Pro Surpasses $50,000 Kickstarter Goal in 24 Hours

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Beastgrip, a versatile smartphone rig and lens adapter system, is getting an upgrade, and its makers are again asking for help from the Kickstarter community to make it all possible. Within just 24 hours of its launch, the crowdfunding campaign reached 100% of its funding goal of $50,000. Since its introduction two years ago, smartphone photographers and videographers… Read More

Another Con Series? Supernatural Stars Hit Indiegogo to Receive Funds For New Comedy About The Comic Con World

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It seems more and more fan-favorites are ready to share what it’s like to be involved in the Comic Con world. On Thursday, Supernatural stars Richard Speight, Jr. and Rob Benedict launched a campaign  to raise $100,000 for their new single camera show, Kings of Con.   Following the years of “con adventures,” the acting duo has created a single camera comedy that is… Read More

Worth Capital Cancels Future Gadget Competition

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Worth Capital has cancelled Future Gadget funding competition stating the businesses were not ready for crowdfunded investment. The initiative was designed to discover the “world’s next great gadget” by engaging entrepreneurs, in need of capital and to then help bring their product to market.  Worth has done similar competitions previously which were successfully completed. The funding was… Read More

Lufax CEO: Big Risk of Fraud in China P2P Lending

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Speaking on a panel discussion at the Boao Forum in southern China, the CEO of Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange (commonly referred to as Lufax), Gregory Gibb, addressed the pressing issue of fraud. The peer to peer lending industry in China has experienced supercharged growth over the past few years but has been plagued by fraud and… Read More

London’s Camden Town Brewery Gains Over £2M on Crowdcube

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With less than two weeks until its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube comes to an end, London’s Camden Town Brewery has successfully raised over £2 million from close to 1,900 investors. The brewery was established in 2006 when founder Jasper Cuppaidge took over The Horseshoe Pub in Hampstead. He grew frustrated by the standard of London lager… Read More

All in: CFIRA Applauds SEC Commissioners Approval of Reg A+

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously adopted final rules on Wednesday to expand Regulation A, an existing securities registration exemption, under Title IV of the JOBS Act, often referred to as “Regulation A+.” The expansion of Regulation A will expand capital markets for small public securities offerings. The final rules, which will become effective in the… Read More

Online Valuation Firm Equidam Updates Platform

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Netherlands based Equidam, an online company valuation platform, has released an update and complete re-design to its site that is described as a new “focus on value creation and growth”.  Equidam has operated for the past three years tackling a difficult issue of SME valuation when no easy method is available. The redesign is said… Read More

VPC Specialty Lending Adds Positions in OnDeck, Funding Circle & Others

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VPC Speciality Lending Investments (LSE:VSL) has published a brief comment stating they have added investments in several direct lenders including OnDeck Capital, Funding Circle (USA), Upstart Network, Borro and Kreditech.  VPC has also provided a balance sheet loan to Applied Data Finance.  The company acquired these investments from private funds managed by the Company’s investment… Read More

Kickstarter Introduces New Feature: Spotlight, Storytelling for Successful Campaigns

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This week, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter introduced a new feature for successfully funded campaigns: Spotlight. In one place, the new page allows successfully funded creators to tell the complete story of how their products came to life. For example, take the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone campaign, for which 927 backers pledged $241,173. Clicking on the campaign’s spotlight page leads to… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Brings the Message of New Forms of Finance to Indonesia

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Crowdfunding Asia will be visiting Jakarta, Indonesia next month delivering its message of the power and potential of crowdfunding to boost economies and create new jobs. Crowdfunding Asia held its first, very successful, conference in Singapore in August of 2014.  Several hundred finance professionals, investors, regulators, politicians and industry participants, gathered to share experiences and… Read More

China Experiences a Surge in Internet Banking

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Data published by the China Banking Association indicates a “surge” in internet banking.  According to a report in ECNS, individuals using online banking services has hit 909 million – an increase of 150 million compared to the year prior. Financial transactions totaled an astounding 60.85 billion during 2014 and increase of 22%, with 67.88% of… Read More

Is Yelp the Next “Blackfish”? Review Website Fires Back Against Billion Dollar Bully Kickstarter By Revealing Screenshots of Its Backend System

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Just a week ago, Yelp became under fire when a small production studio known as Prost Production launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a new documentary Billion Dollar Bully, which would share details about the review website’s dark past. Now, it looks like Yelp will do whatever it takes to maintain its innocence, by providing… Read More

Aerie Teams Up With Kickstarter Alum Yellowberry For Limited-Edition Tween Bra Collection

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Intimate apparel line Aerie announced today that it has joined force with tween intimate brand Yellowberry to launch a limited-edition collaborative bra collection for girls 11-15 called Aerie for Yellowberry. Yellowberry is a start-up created by 19-year-old entrepreneur Megan Grassell for preteen girls. Grassell took to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with a mission to empower young girls with colorful, fun and unique… Read More

NonProfit ColorCancer Launches Ensure Drive Campaign on 121Giving To Raise Funds For Austin Cancer Patients

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ColorCancer, a nonprofit agency is hoping to change that with the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Austin-based 121Giving to raise more than $12,000 to buy 300 cases of Ensure for cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments. According to its website, ColorCancer provides free at-home care supplies to cancer patients in need. The organization… Read More

Lookout Apple Watch: Olio Smartwatch Challenges Apple with High End Wearable Tech

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Apple Watch has a new competitor and I am not talking about the Google/Intel thing.  This watch has been created by a former Apple employee and you can immediately see the design DNA in this incredibly crafted watch. Olio, positioned as a “boutique” watch company, has launched a smartwatch that puts design and materials at a premium –… Read More