Samantha Hurst

Following Kickstarter Success: Rocketbook Moves Everlast Notebook Project to Indiegogo InDemand

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Following the closing of its highly successful Kickstarter campaign, Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook is now seeking additional funding through Indiegogo’s InDemand feature. The project raised $1,823,227 from 28,138 backers. The Everlast Notebook provides a classic pen and paper experience; it is built for the digital age. Although it looks… Read More

Bitcoin Startup CoolBitX Raise S$280,000 From Midana Capital Through FundedHere

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Singapore-based FundedHere announced on Thursday that CoolBitX Technology, the creator of wireless hardware wallet for bitcoins, CoolWallet, raised S$280,000 (US$200,000) from venture capital firm Midana Capital Inc. through its crowdfunding platform. The bitcoin startup is looking to use the funds for further research and development, and… Read More

Update: MyShowcase Surpasses £1 Million During the Final Days on Crowdcube

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With its Crowdcube campaign set to close on Friday (January 20th), MyShowcase has secured more than £1 million thanks to nearly 340 investors. The initiative was launched in November and originally sought to raise £750,000. MyShowcase is described as a multi-brand, multichannel, personal beauty advisory… Read More

PledgeMusic Appoints Bryan Mead as Senior Vice President of Artist & Label Relations

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PledgeMusic announced on Thursday it appointed Bryan Mead as its new Senior Vice President, Artist and Label Relations. Mead brings more than 25 years of music industry experience to the crowdfunding platform and recently served as INgrooves Music Group’s Senior Vice President, Label Services and Marketing. He was… Read More

Overfunding: Circuitree Cirrus Quickly Raises £100,000 Funding Target on Crowdcube

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Just days after launching its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube, Circuitree Cirrus successfully secured its initial £100,000 funding target and is nearly £150,000 thanks to nearly 180 investors. Circuitree Cirrus, which was founded in 2015, stated it created a smart battery allows intermittent solar energy to be captured and… Read More

Fig Secures $7.84 Million in Series A Funding Round Led By Spark Capital & Greycroft

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Fig Publishing announced on Thursday it secured $7.84 million during a Series A Funding Round, which was led by Spark Capital and Greycroft with participation from Resolute Ventures, NextView Ventures, and Draft Ventures. Fig, which was founded in 2015, allows accredited and non-accredited investors to… Read More

NextGen Crowdfunding Announces the Crowdfunding Video Awards Season Kickoff

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On Thursday, NextGen Crowdfunding announced the season one premiere of the Crowdfunding Video Awards (CVAs). The season kickoff comes a couple of months after the company unveiled details about the CVAs, which will notably recognize the best pitch videos from both reward and equity crowdfunding campaigns. As… Read More

Lendit Announces Finalists For First Annual Industry Awards

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LendIt, the global lending and fintech conference series, announced on Thursday the finalists for its first annual LendIt Industry Awards. The organization revealed that out of hundreds of applicants worldwide, the selected finalists were placed in  18 categories, which notably celebrate fintech market leaders, emerging… Read More

Fintech Venture Capital Firm Motive Partners Launches & Invests in LMRKTS

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Motive Partners, an investment firm focused exclusively on fintech companies, has officially launched and is seeking to invest, operate and innovate across the financial technology ecosystem. The firm, which now has offices in London and New York City, stated it was launched to address the… Read More

BorrowersFirst Secures Additional $100 Million in Debt Financing to Accelerate Loan Originations

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Online consumer lending platform, BorrowersFirst, announced on Wednesday it secured an additional $100 million in debt financing to accelerate loan originations, and fund the continuous growth of its balance sheet.  With this new facility, the lender has secured $400 million to support its profitable growth. … Read More

Credit China FinTech Named a Founding Member of the Global Blockchain Business Council

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Credit China FinTech Holdings Limited, an integrated fintech service provider in China, was announced as a founding member of the newly developed organization, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). Credit China FinTech is reportedly one of the 25 founding members of the GBBC and is considered the only… Read More

Onfido News: Now Offers 2 Billion Unbanked Individuals Worldwide with Machine Learning-Based Solution

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Onfido, a global identity verification company, announced this week it is helping to bring financial services to the 2 billion unbanked individuals worldwide with its Machine Learning-based solution. The company stated it plans to use its proprietary technology to verify people’s identification by comparing an identity document… Read More

Amplifier Foundation Raises Over $1.3 Million on Kickstarter to Present “We the People” Artwork on Inauguration Day

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Last week, the Amplifier Foundation, teamed up with 2008 President Obama HOPE artwork creator Shepard Fairey, Colombian American muralist Jessica Sabogal, and Los Angeles artist Ernesto Yerena, to launch a Kickstarter campaign for “We the People” artwork, which will be presented at Inauguration Day this… Read More

School Notices Secures Nearly £825,000 During the Final Hours on Crowdcube

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With less than 24 hours until its Crowdcube campaign comes to an end, fundraising platform School Notices has successfully secured nearly £825,000 in funding thanks to 186 investors. The portal launched its initiative last month and was originally seeking £700,000. School Notices was founded in 2014 by… Read More

Seed&Spark Announces Entertainment Initiative #100DaysOfDiversity

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Seed&Spark, the independent film crowdfunding platform, announced on Wednesday the launch of its latest entertainment initiative, #100DaysofDiversity, which is described as a movement that’s joining creators, audiences, brands, festivals, and organizations to actively increase representation in entertainment in 100 days starting January 20th. The crowdfunding platform… Read More

Fintech Startup Destacame Completes Seed Funding Round: Looks to Expand Access to Credit in Latin America

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Chilean-based fintech startup Destacame announced the closing of its seed round of financing.The round was led by Accion Venture Lab, the seed-stage investment vehicle of Accion. Destacame describes itself as an alternative credit scoring platform that uses alternative data to assess an individual’s creditworthiness. Destacame’s proprietary… Read More

Mosaic Appoints Former Prosper Director Amir Friedman as VP of Bank Partnerships

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Solar loan provider Mosaic announced on Wednesday it has appointed Amir Friedman as Vice President of Bank Partnerships. The lender revealed that in this newly created role, Friedman is set to oversee its whole loan sale program with banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and other financial institutions. Friedman… Read More

BeatStars & Play Impossible Set to Close Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns on Indiegogo

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BeatStars and Play Impossible are set to close their crowdfunding campaigns through Indiegogo and MicroVentures’ equity crowdfunding platform. The two initiatives were among the first to use the new funding portal, which went live on November 15th. Play Impossible is a new gaming company using powerful,… Read More

OnDeck Announces Strategic Partnership With WEX

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Small business lender OnDeck announced on Tuesday it formed a strategic partnership with corporate and small business payment solutions, WEX. OnDeck reports that under the new partnership agreement, WEX customers will gain access to the OnDeck product suite of loans up to $500,000 and lines of… Read More

Dianrong Reports: Cumulative Trading Amount Exceeds RMB 16.2 Billion in 2016

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Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform, Dianrong, announced on Tuesday its 2016 annual results. The company revealed that the cumulative trading amount exceeds RMB 16.2 Billion, which is notably a year-on-year increase of 148%, and growth in loans issued was funded by 3.62 million investors. Dianrong CEO,… Read More