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Brief: Crowdcube Crowdfunding Record (Infographic)

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Crowdcube offered shares in their own company this past week and quickly (as in don’t blink) raised £1.2 million.  While I am not certain if they expected to raise funds at lightening speed – I was certainly impressed with the velocity in which investors rushed in to capture equity in the young crowdfunding platform.  The… Read More

DreamFunded CEO Recognized as SF Angel Investor of the Year

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez, has been recognized as the 2014 “San Francisco Angel Investor of the Year” by Startups Showcase.  Manny is CEO of crowdfunding platform DreamFunded and founder of the SF Angels Group. “Manny Fernandez is a leader in San Francisco angel investing with the founding of SF Angels Group and his on stage investment of one of… Read More

Frame Again Quickly Funds on Seedrs After Turning Down Dragon’s Den Offer

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Frame Again hit the “biggest mover by percentage raised” status soon after appearing on BBC’s Dragon Den.  The startup up quickly surpassed their £20,000 crowdfunding goal on Seedrs. Co-founders Jake Hayman and Joe Kenyon appeared on the long running show offering up 20% equity in their company for £60,000. Their new company allows people to… Read More

Jilliene Hellman Talks Hard Rock Hotel Crowdfunding (Video)

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Jilliene Hellman, CEO of real estate crowdfunding platform Realty Mogul, hit the screens of CNBC this week as part of the press rounds sharing the success on closing the Hard Rock Hotel crowdfunding offer.  Jilliene shares details of the project that raised $1.5 million (as part of a larger financing round) in equity. Jilliene states… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Loan vs. Bank Loan (Infographic)


The below infographic is from the creative crew at Funding Circle (in the UK).  Funding Circle is one of the leaders in the peer to peer (P2P) lending space.  The platform just announced a pretty huge investment to juice their global expansion.  Founded in the UK, they have already opened up shop in the United… Read More

Invested.In Launches INVST: Online Network Offering Institutional Quality Alternative Investments

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INVST Partners With Carillon & Bendigo. Invested.in, a crowdfunding technology company, has announced the launch of INVST, an  online private network offering institutional-quality alternative investment funds.  The company also stated they had formed two significant INVST partnerships with Carillon Capital, LLC, and Bendigo Securities, LLC. Both organizations are led by former E*TRADE Financial executives and provide… Read More

FarmDrop Extends Equity Crowdfunding as it Easily Tops £400,000 Goal

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FarmDrop launched their equity crowdfunding project just a few weeks back but the online farmers market has not had any problems finding investors.  Raising capital on Crowdcube, FarmDrop was hoping to raise £400,000 for 17% equity in the young company.  FarmDrop has quickly passed that mark and stands at over £420,000 today with one investor… Read More

Dealstruck Boosts Executive Bench with New Hires

Candace Klein

Peer Lending Platform Dealstruck Appoints Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer Peer to peer lending platform Dealstruck has added to its senior leadership team to help manage the company’s rapid growth and to execute on its corporate expansion initiatives.  The Dealstruck lending marketplace connects profitable, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with… Read More

Crowdcube Comments on “Record Breaking” Crowdfunding Round

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UK based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube is claiming a world record with their self-crowdfunding round funding in just 16 minutes.  The Series B round garnered 141 investors with an average investment of £8500 on a post money valuation of £19.5 million.  This funding round on their own platform was part of a larger investment where… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding (Infographic)

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The below infographic is courtesy of the team at Crowdentials – a crowdfunding compliance company. As many know by now, real estate crowdfunding is super hot.  Be it debt or equity applying technology to gather hundreds or thousands of investors for an offer can make way more sense than scurrying around to find a few… Read More

Realty Mogul Announces Hard Rock Hotel Offer Has Sold Out

Hard Rock Palm Beach Realty Mogul

Real estate crowdfunding platform Realty Mogul, along with Kittridge Hotels & Resorts, has announced that stakes in the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs have sold out. The Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs is the first operating hotel in the United States to successfully use crowdfunding to raise capital.  The offer on Realty Mogul… Read More

Expo for Property Investing & Crowdfunding (EPIC) Shares Event Highlights (Infographic)


Crowdfunding platform CoAssets, has shared some details on their recently held crowdfunding event, Expo for Property Investing and Crowdfunding (EPIC) 2014.  This marks the first successful large scale crowdfunding conference in Asia – a gathering that targeted the booming real estate industry. According to a report from CoAssets, more than 500 participants convened for the… Read More

Crowdcube Self-Crowdfunding Campaign Fully Funds in 16 Minutes

Crowdcube Funding Now Closed

Equity crowdfunding portal Crowdcube launched their self-crowdfunding campaign earlier today seeking to raise an additional £1.2 million.  This was on top of a recently announced investment led by well known European VC Group Balderton Capital.  The Venture group had invested £3.8 million in the young company. The total raised in this funding round was around… Read More

Developers of Synthetic Shuttlecock Crowdfunding on SyndicateRoom

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Birds Patented Shuttlcock Seeks £130,000 on Equity Crowdfunding Platform SyndicateRoom. Designing a better synthetic shuttle is a big deal in the Badminton industry. In the United Kingdom there are over 2000 local clubs and roughly five million players just in the UK. For those of you not in the know, Badminton is the world’s fastest racket… Read More

Mark Flannery is New DERA Director, SEC Chief Economist

Mark Flannery

Flannery Replaces Outgoing Director Craig Lewis. The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced it has named Mark J. Flannery as its chief economist and director of its Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), which provides analysis to help inform the Commission’s policymaking, rulemaking, enforcement, and examinations. DERA was created in 2009 to act as… Read More

Film Crowdfunding Site Seed&Spark Teams Up with Tugg

Emily-Best CEO Seed&Spark

Seed&Spark Partners with Tugg Join Forces to Educate Independent Filmmakers on Leveraging the Crowd to Build Independence. Brooklyn based Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and transactional VOD platform for independent film, has shared they have formed a partnership with Tugg – a platform that empowers individuals to choose what films play in their local theater.  The two… Read More

Kapipal, Part of GrowVC, Acquires WeLoveYourSongs

We Love Your Songs

Kapipal, an international donation and rewards based crowdfunding platform, has announced its acquisition of WeLoveYourSongs, an online music community for unsigned musicians and their fans. Founded in 2010, WeLoveYourSongs has built an online community centered around unsigned musicians and fans of underground music. The site also hosts contests in which musicians upload their original songs… Read More

Christian Faes Founder of LendInvest Interviewed (Video)

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Silicon Real LIVE recently interviewed Christian Faes, co-founder and Director if LendInvest – the UK based peer-to-peer lender that focuses on mortgages.  LendInvest has completed over £68 million in loans since their launch last year. Faes gives a good overview of the LendInvest platform talking rates, process and London real estate market.  Faes also discusses… Read More

RCS Capital to Launch Investment Crowdfunding Site: “We R Crowdfunding”


Simultaneously Announces Acquisition of Trupoly. RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP), has announced that it is establishing an investment crowdfunding platform which it will operate under the name, “We R Crowdfunding.”  Concurrent with this announcement, RCAP revealed they had acquired Trupoly, a New York based white label investor relationship manager.  Trupoly is expected to be integrated… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter Film Fest Available Online for Free

Kickstarter 4th annual film fest

This is kind of cool.  Kickstarter has recognized there are a ton of people who couldn’t mosey on over to Brooklyn this past Friday to watch their 4th Annual Film Festival.  So for those of you who were geographically deprived they have a solution.  Free live streaming all summer long.  Yep – break out the… Read More