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Largest Kickstarter Campaign Ever “Coolest Cooler” Starts Shipment Countdown

Coolest cooler Countdown

The largest Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign of all time “Coolest Cooler” has created a “Countdown” page for its over 62,000 backers.  Coolest topped $13.2 million last year affirming its place in the crowdfunding hall of fame. Think about it. Pretty amazing for a cooler. We last reported that Coolest had pushed back its shipping date for… Read More

OTC Markets Publishes 2014 Stats. Includes 311 Companies Trading on OTCQB Venture Market

Cromwell Coulson at SEC

OTC Markets Group (OTC: OTCM), the US based marketplace that provides liquidity for over 10,000 over the counter securities, has published a round up of 2014 accomplishments. Cromwell Coulson, CEO of the company lauded the final results; “2014 has been a year of accomplishment with the successful rollouts of OTCQX for Banks, our new OTCQB Venture… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies Schedules Next Public Meeting

Sarah Hanks at SEC

SEC Chair Mary Jo White re-animated a previously moribund Advisory Committee on SMEs late last year.  These “small” companies are private companies, as well as those publicly traded, with market capitalizations of under $250 million. This initiative was undertaken in recognition of the importance of small business to the nations well-being.  The next meeting will… Read More

Victory Lap: Indiegogo Touts Sundance Success of Dear White People

Dear White People

We all know that film and crowdfunding are perfect mates. Fans get to be a part of something they believe in and filmmakers get to create the movies they want without a nagging studio trying to turn it into a commercial disaster. While the investment side of the equation is still figuring things out, both… Read More

Kiwi Platform Equitise Officially Launches. First Up Tourism Radio New Zealand

Tourism Radio New Zealand

Equitise, an equity crowdfunding platform, was ready to go live in Australia last year . In light of the regulatory environment “down-under” Equitise has since set up shop in New Zealand and they are now live with their very first investment offers. In a notice to followers Equitise shared their first investment opportunity is for Tourism Radio New Zealand… Read More

Giphy is Raising $17 Million in Series B. Now Has $80 Million Valuation

GIPHY Wants to Party

Giphy did a Series A funding round last Spring raising $2.4 million plus a crowdfunded portion via Alphaworks in the amount of $100,000.  The crowdfunding portion was filled immediately.  Well Giphy is at it again and they are closing on a Series B that has given the 2 year old company a whopping $80 million… Read More

Details Emerge on Patent Lawsuit Against Multiple Crowdfunding Platforms

Knock Out Punch

It was revealed earlier this week that a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Indiegogo, CircleUp, GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Gust, RocketHub & Innovational Funding  by Alphacap Ventures LLC for a trial by jury in the Eastern District Court of Texas. Alphacap Ventures is based in California but the suit was filed in Texas as the “Defendant because… Read More

Weissenhaus “Europes Most Successful Crowdfunding” Returns as Campaign is Extended

WEISSENHAUS Grand Village Resort & Spa at Night

Weissenhaus, a posh resort located in Northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, has decided to return to the pages of Companisto to continue raising funds. The offer had raised € 6.3 million from 1478 investors but Companisto representatives stated that “due to constantly high demand, the equity based crowdfunding campaign will be relaunched for the last… Read More

Realty Mogul Adds to Executive Staff Once Again with New Senior VP Hire

Bill McKnight

Realty Mogul is really beefing up these days.  They have been on a hiring frenzy.  Growing at this rate is probably a good indicator of product demand. Realty Mogul is one of the earliest entrants into he real estate crowdfunding space. In September of 2014, founder and CEO Jilliene Hellman said of her company; “We… Read More

How to Run a “Kick Butt” Kickstarter Campaign (Infographic)

100 dollar bill money sketch

Running a crowdfunding campaign, be it for rewards or other, takes a ton of work. The team at Crowdfund Insider continues to see promising products that fail in their crowdfunding venture mainly due to lack of preparation and the fact that too many creators believe: if we build it they will come. Unfortunately having a… Read More

Prosper Acquires American Healthcare Lending in Strategic Expansion

american healthcare lending comparison

Coming off a year where they facilitated $1.6 billion in loans, Prosper, one of the largest peer to peer companies in the world, has acquired American HealthCare Lending (AHCL) – a medical financing platform. The company is the largest “patient financing company in [the] behavioral health industry” and grew over 75% in 2014. AHCL is a… Read More

Lending Club Schedules Earnings Release & Conference Call for February 24th

Lending Club on NYSE IPO

Now that Lending Club (NYSE: LC) is publicly traded they will be making it habit to schedule quarterly calls, along with other required securities filings. The worlds largest peer to peer lender  has just announced its earnings for Q4 2014 will be released on February 24, 2015 and will review financial results on a conference call… Read More

Virginia Crowdfunding Exemption Will Be Voted on in House Next Week

Virginia Map

Potential rules guiding investment crowdfunding will go to the full House for a vote in Virginia next week.  The legislation has been released by the Commerce and Labor Committee and will now take the next step towards becoming law.  The bill was sponsored by Del. Scott Taylor of Virginia Beach.  Taylor was quoted in the… Read More

Singapore Exchange Will Launch Equity Crowdfunding to Help SMEs Raise Capital

Johnson Chen

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) will launch its very own equity crowdfunding platform as a vehicle to help raise capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  SGX will partner with Clearbridge Accelerator on the project. Clear bridge is described as one of the leading venture capital and incubation firms specialising in early-stage investments based in Singapore.  The… Read More

iProperty: “UK Property Industry is Running Scared”

Boxing Fight

This is a bit of an interesting story of the disruption occurring in the UK real estate market. The internet is improving all forms of commerce.  Real estate is one of the industries in dire need of innovation.  A company called theiPropertyCompany launched last year to list real estate globally for free. No buyers or… Read More

P2P Real Estate Lender LendInvest Tops £200 Million to Start New Year

Rocket Launch

LendInvest, a peer to peer lender for real estate mortgages, has topped the £200 million mark in loans since the platform launched in May of 2013.  LendInvest started as an offshoot of Montello Capital Partners.  In October of last year there was a bit of a role reversal as now Montello operates under the aegis… Read More

Mangopay Establishes Presence in UK in Expansion Push

Céline Lazorthes

Luxembourg based Mangopay, a payment solutions provider that works with a broad variety of transactional sites including crowdfunding platforms, has opened up an office Level 39, Canary Wharf in London positioning the company for further growth.  The Mangopay API was released in 2013 and today has over 350 European clients.  Mangopay will be working with Barclays as… Read More

GiveALittle Raised $12.2 Million in New Zealand for 2014

GiveALittle 2014 Huge

GiveALittle is a zero fees donation crowdfunding platform for New Zealanders. The no fee pledge is thanks to the owners the Spark Foundation who acquired the platform back in 2012.  The site has been doing the crowdfunding thing for about 8 years now and they are the leading charity platform in New Zealand.  Since the site launched… Read More

Crowdcube Announces Annual Award Recipients

Crowdcube Awards 2014

Crowdcube has gotten in the habit of handing out rewards to some of the more interesting and more creative companies that have raised capital via their platform each year.  It is a bit of the “best of the best” sort of thing where individual campaigns are recognized for their accomplishments during the past 12 months. Crowdcube… Read More

Report: UK Leads Europe for Equity Financings for VC backed Companies in Q4

Euros Money 500 Cash Currency

The United Kingdom led the way in venture capital for Q4 of 2014. The UK led Europe for both number of deals and amount raised. Germany took second place under both these metrics with the Netherlands in 3rd. The UK received € 524 million across 69 deals in Q4. The Brits took in 30% of all investment… Read More