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COIN is Now Shipping Beta Cards to Early Backers

Coin Next to Sunglasses

  COIN, a digital currency card that wowed the masses with a hugely popular pretail crowdfunding campaign that was partnered with a super cool pitch video, is now shipping beta cards to early backers.  In a tweet from the COIN twitter account the company verified cards are in the mail:   @reynoldsgroup The beta cards… Read More

Brief: Blue Mountain State Feature Film Now in Production

Eric Falconer

Wildly popular Blue Mountain State – The Film, has gone into production according to an update from creator Eric Falconer.  The  film project raised almost $2 million back in May of 2014 capturing the support of 24,000 supporters.  The crowdfunding project on Kickstarter resurrected a franchise that had been shelved by Spike TV following a… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Tobacco Motorwear, Pantelligent, & Wrap Makes Your Desk Surface Dry-Erasable

Crowdfunding Mailbox 11.23.14

I continue to be amazed and awed by the creativity and innovation exemplified by crowdfunding campaigns and the creators that launch them.  Crowdfunding has become a catalyst for young businesses and startups that are seeking not only capital but market validation.  This week for the crowdfunding mailbox we have Tobacco Motorwear – gear for the… Read More

UK Banks Being Disrupted by Crowdfunding (Video)

Luke Lang Crowdcube

Banks Called Out as Lost Decade of SME Finance. Crowdcube co-founder Luke Lang, along with Dexion Capital founder Robin Bowie, hit the studios of UK Bloomberg this past week to do a bit of a critique of the banking industry.  The first question asked is if crowdfunding would exist if the traditional banking industry did… Read More

Prosper: $493 Million in Peer to Peer Loans for Q3 2014

Prosper Quarterly Loan Originations 2014 Q3

Prosper, a leading peer to peer or “marketplace” lending platform, Q3 results are available via their 10Q filing at the SEC.  According to the document $493 million in loans originated on the platform for the 3 months ending in September.  This was generated by a total of 37,439 borrower loans (avg. $13,168). This compares to 9,143… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Chair Hensarling: SEC Must Take Action on Promoting Small Business

rep jeb hensarling

On the eve of the annual SEC Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling is calling out the SEC to take action on promoting small business.  In recent years the annual event at the SEC has become a more popular venue to discuss methods to aid small business –… Read More

This Document Shows the Incredible Growth of Peer to Peer Lending in the UK

UK Alternative Finance Graph 2014 P2PFA

The UK Peer to Peer Finance Association or P2PFA is a participant in the European expert group reviewing the environment for crowdfunding and peer to peer lending in the EU.  Recently the group met and the P2PFA made a presentation delivered by Sam Ridler, Executive Director of the group. P2P lending started in the UK… Read More

Assetz Capital Goes Green with Peer to Peer Energy Income Account

Captiva Sunset

UK based Assetz Capital has launched a new peer to peer product that is targeting “green loans”.  According to a report from the firm the financial product expects to generate a gross annual return of 7% and “reflects the growing demand for responsible and ethical investment”.  Investors may participate with a £20 minimum. The Green… Read More

Love it: Radiotopia is The Future of Radio & Most Successful Publishing Project on Kickstarter Ever

Radiotopia shows

“We Are Living in the Golden Age of Story-telling.” While broadcast radio stumbles forward with pathetic shock jocks and painful morning drive shows, there is an audio revolution occurring today as consumers are choosing to stream on-demand content instead of enduring the self torture of your local FM station.  Granted there are some exceptions out… Read More

Syndicate Room Rebrands; Offers First REIT Investment That Expects to Publicly Trade

Mill Residential REIT

Amidst a recent site redesign that delivered a cleaner look to the fast growing investment crowdfunding platform, Syndicate Room has announced an industry “first” by offering shares in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).  The offer is expected to list on a UK stock exchange this December.  The offer went live this past Sunday on… Read More

Pensco Trust CEO Kelly Rodriques: We Embrace Alternative Assets

Kelly Rodriques The future of self directed IRAs

  PENSCO Trust is a leader in the self-directed IRA industry holding around $11 billion in assets under custody today.  The company received a dramatic boost in 2012 when they acquired the IRA business of Lincoln Trust, described as a “game changer” by the financial firm.  PENSCO was ready though, having invested significant funds into… Read More

Mambu Cloud Banking Powers UK Lending in Savvy Loans

Mambu Computer

Mambu has announced that its cloud banking technology is powering Savvy Loans’ new lending program for individuals and small businesses. Savvy Loans Ltd., is a new entrant into the U.K. consumer credit market.  Mambu claims over 100 global clients today. According to a release by Mambu,  Savvy Loans has been able to quickly launch a… Read More

Cap Accel Wants to be The Advisory Firm for P2P Lending

Cap Accel Small Logo

Cap Accel, LP, a merchant bank and advisory firm for the peer to peer lending industry, has launched backed by an investment led by Valley Next Gen Ventures LLC. Other participants in the funding round include George W. Wellde Jr., formerly Vice Chairman of the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs and currently Director on the… Read More

CEI to Congress, Regulators: End Millionaires Only Rule Now

JP Morgan Millionaire

CEI Report on Crowdfunding Tells Congress & Regulators to End ‘Millionaires Only’ Rules for Investment During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a new report on how regulation threatens entrepreneurs and their abilities to start businesses, create jobs, and bring new products to market. The report, titled “Declaration of Crowdfunding Independence: Finance… Read More

One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Announces Speaker Lineup for 2015

One Spark Speakers 2015

The “Worlds Largest Crowdfunding Festival” One Spark has shared the lineup for their 2015 Speaker Summit scheduled for April 7, 2015 at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville. Headliners for this year’s One Spark Speaker Summit presented by Community First Credit Union include; Jeff Hoffman, founder of Priceline Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU, star of… Read More

Brief: BuildIt Accelerator Calls for Applications for Spring Class

BuildIt Logo

Estonia based Buildit is the first hardware accelerator in the Baltic States and Nordic countries.  The program is currently accepting hardware startups worldwide.  During the 3 month program teams use their prototyping facilities. Startups are offered free open office space at Tartu Science Park and can test their product with end-users in a Living Lab setting…. Read More

FundedByMe Claims Record Month, Opens Up Shop in Singapore

FundedByMe founders Daniel Daboczy and Arno Smit

Sweden based FundedByMe’s says their strategic decision to focus mainly on business building crowdfunding has proven to be a success.  The hybrid crowdfunding platform claims a surge in membership and new funding campaigns.  FundedByMe’s experience is exemplified by Finnish interactive yoga platform Yoogaia, a young company that raised VC funding 3 months after crowdfunding on… Read More

MedTech Company Sutrue Uses CrowdBnk to Raise Funding to Meet Patent Registration Deadline


According to a release from CrowdBnk, MedTech company Sutrue has leveraged the platform to fund its global patent registration filing deadline – “with only hours to spare”.  The small equity crowdfunding campaign raised £30,020 from 12 investors for 4.35% equity in the small company.  The investment was EIS eligible.  The company intends on offering shares in a… Read More

GamCrowd & Clarion Events Set to Partner on ICE Totally Gaming Events, Content

ICE Total Gaming Ticket

GamCrowd, a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform focusing on the gaming industry, has announced a partnership with Clarion Events and its ICE Totally Gaming conference.  The partnership is  designed to take visitors on a “journey of learning and discovery” at ICE Totally Gaming 2015. A series of events will run during the show programmed by GamCrowd.  These… Read More

Taxpayers Australia: Consider Tax Obligations Triggered Through Crowdfunding

Taxpayers Australia

Taxpayers Australia, a non-profit entity that promotes “fairer and more transparent taxation system for every Australian taxpayer” has published a cautionary note on individuals using crowdfunding and the potential tax liability that may be incurred. The advocacy group warns that the Tax Office has taken into account the Goods and Services tax (GST) may be… Read More