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SEC Advisory Committee on Small & Emerging Companies Set to Discuss Venture Exchanges, State Blue Sky Pre-emption

David Weild

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet Wednesday, March 4th beginning at 9:30AM. The meeting is open to the public and is being held at the SEC offices in Washington, DC.  The gathering will also be live-streamed and viewable on the SEC web site. The meeting was re-scheduled following a weather… Read More

P2PFA Survey Indicates Consumers Want Separate ISA for Peer to Peer Assets

Peer2PeerLendingUK

A new survey from the Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) indicates that consumers “overwhelmingly” believe that peer-to-peer lending should be separated from traditional Cash or Stocks & Shares ISAs.  According to the P2PFA, the group polled over 4500 p2p investors regarding their preferences. This information comes at a time when the UK will soon decide how… Read More

One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Experiences Dramatic Increase in Tech Creator Projects

One Spark Creative Projects

The One Spark crowdfunding festival has announced that 555 “official” projects have signed up to showcase their products and services during the annual festival that will take place in Jacksonville, Florida in April. According to the organizers the technology category saw the biggest increase going from 88 projects in 2014 to 127 tech projects this… Read More

SeedInvest to SEC: Please Enact Final, Simple, Crowdfunding Rules

Keep It Simple

SeedInvest, a widely respected investment crowdfunding platform that operates under Title II accredited crowdfunding (for now), has just submitted a comment letter to the Securities Exchange Commission pleading with he agency to “keep Title III crowdfunding simple”. The JOBS Act was signed into law almost 3 years ago yet final rules for retail crowdfunding under… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Will Top $2.5 Billion in 2015 as Sector Takes Off

Construction Skyscraper Real Estate

One of the fastest segments of crowdfunding is the real estate sector. A perfect marriage of asset class with the convenience of online investing, real estate crowdfunding will completely alter the real estate finance industry.  Previously only an elite group of institutions and family offices had access to some of the most lucrative, on a… Read More

RetailCapital Hires Tina Chan Reich as Chief Data Scientist

Retail Capital Logo Round

RetailCapital has announced the appointment of Tina Chan Reich as the new Chief Data Scientist and Risk Officer. RetailCapital is a new direct lending platform that utilizes data science and analytics to improve the lending process. According to the company, Reich’s responsibilities will include developing and driving RetailCapital’s core data strategy, incorporating big data analytics and… Read More

Pebble Watch Kills Kickstarter Again.

Kickstarter Partial Outage 3.3.15

That was fast.   There is an interesting correlation between the Pebble watch announcement and Kickstarter crashing.  A quick visit to the Kickstarter status page indicates a “Partial Outage”. As it stands right now Kickstarter appears to be back online, but still struggling to serve pages after a brief downtime. Perhaps this is a consequence… Read More

P2P Lender StreetShares Appoints General George Casey to Board of Advisors

General George Casey

Peer-to-peer lender StreetShares has announced that General George Casey will be joining the direct lender on its Board of Advisors. Casey’s appointment expands the Board to three members, alongside Fenway Summer, LLC’s Managing Partner, Raj Date, formerly of the CFPB, and SoFi Co-Founder, Pete Hartigan. General Casey’s extraordinary 41-year military career included command of the Multinational Force-Iraq,… Read More

Pebble Announces Pebble Time Steel, New “Smartstraps”, As it Nears Kickstarter Crowdfunding Record

Pebble Time Steel

Pebble Set to Challenge Forthcoming Apple Watch with New Design, 10 Day Battery Life & “Smartstraps” Pebble, the leader in the smartwatch space, launched a second round of crowdfunding on Kickstarter at the end of last month.  The project rocketed immediately, easily topping its half a million dollar “goal” and now stands at over $12… Read More

FundedHere: Singapore’s First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Launched By Andy Lim

Andy Lim

Singapore’s first true equity crowdfunding platform, FundedHere, launched today its platform to facilitate equity-based funding and venture debt for start-ups in the region from as low as S$5,000 (US$3,700). The new investment platform is viewed as a “springboard to fund projects in the region”. FundedHere is being sponsored by serial entrepreneur Andy Lim who founded… Read More

UK Report Indicates Need for Education on New Forms of Finance

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The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published its Small Business Survey (SBS) 2014.  The document indicates an improving environment for SME’s largely coinciding with the improving economy.  There is one area though that indicates a greater need for outreach and education by investment crowdfunding platforms.  Under the area of access to capital, new… Read More

3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference to Discuss “Rise of Alternative Finance”

Computer History Museum

The 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference is scheduled to take place later this week in Mountain View, California. The inaugural event launched on the eve of the signing of the JOBS Act three years ago. The marquee gathering for CrowdfundBeat Media boasts several big names as presenters in the crowdfunding space for this years event…. Read More

Flow Hive Crowdfunding Tops Indiegogo for Largest International Campaign Ever

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According to Indiegogo, the Flow Hive project is the new record holder for the largest internatial crowdfunding campaign ever on the global platform.  The Australian based project has raised an impressive $4.2 million in just 9 days.  Over 10,000 backers have committed funding so far.  This amount beats the previous amount by 92% – so it is… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Landbay Announces New Standards in “Openness”

Landbay Security

Landbay, a peer to peer lender that focuses on buy-to-let mortgages, with all loans asecured against tenanted, existing UK residential property, has announced a “new standard of openness”.  Landbay will now share publicly a range of data associated with its direct lending platform. The information will include  type of property being lent against, loan-to-value, rental coverage, location,… Read More

Historic Glen Rothay Hotel Crowdfunds “Revenue Loan” on Crowd2Fund

Glen Rothay Hotel

Modern finance meets history business operation as Glen Rothay Hotel enlists Crowd2Fund to raise capital for expansion and improvement of existing facilities. Glen Rothay, and associated Badger Bar, is a hotel located in the lake district that dates back to 1624.  The landmark property is a traditional inn that is said to attract both hikers… Read More

The Next British Invasion: Non Registered Securities Via the Crowd Can Succeed in the United States

The Beatles British Invasion

At the end of 2014, Robert Steinhoff, a JD candidate at the University of Colorado Law School, published a comment on the investment crowdfunding environment in the UK drawing a parallel to what could occur in the United States. The interesting thesis recognized the UK as leading the securities crowdfunding space having embraced a light… Read More

Jeremy Rifkin Opens EIB Conference with Presentation on Digital Europe

BW Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin delivered the opening keynote address today at the European Investment Bank (EIB) conference on “Momentum for Europe—Innovation and Competitiveness. Rifkin presented a “new plan” for the next stage of the European evolution that incorporated the build-out and scale-up of an Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Digital Europe. Rifkin has defined this… Read More

Boston Consulting Group: Yes Europe Needs a Capital Markets Union

Funding Hurdle with Finish Line

Crowdfund Insider reported last week on the push within the EU to further capital markets integration in light of the daunting challenges of a fragmented regulatory regime and cross border idiosyncrasies.  The European Commission was envisioned as a seamless market facilitating continent wide economic amalgamation.  The reality has been a bit of a challenge as… Read More