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Realty Mogul Offers Up Investment in Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs

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______________________ Real estate investment crowdfunding platform Realty Mogul is offering up a unique opportunity today.  Individual investors now have a chance to purchase a piece of the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California.  The 163 room resorted is located in the heart of Palm Springs – boasting a spa, restaurants and of course year… Read More

HealthiosXChange & Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator Partner Up in New Program


Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, operated by Howard Leonhardt and HealthiosXchange (H/X) equity crowdfunding platform, have announced a new investment vehicle, the “Champions Program”, and has accepted its first Lead Syndicator into the program: Santa Monica, Calif.-based Leonhardt Ventures’ Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator of cardiovascular and social-good-impact companies. In their role as a ‘Lead Syndicate’ investor in the… Read More

Shoplocket Creates Ecosystem for Hardware Startups with Blueprint

Blueprint the Hardware Crowdfunding Ecosystem

PCH International’s e-commerce platform, ShopLocket, launches Blueprint today, a new media resource and email digest targeting hardware entrepreneurs.  ShopLocket has been working with many of the most successful hardware crowdfunding campaigns ever.  Their new site will feature news, daily interviews, resources and guidance from leading industry experts. Compelling information on how to succeed in the hardware space has been fragmented and inaccessible.  Blueprint wants… Read More

Crowdcube Talks FCA Regulations

Crowdcube Updated Logo Transparent Background

Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has  been supportive of the new Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulatory approach to crowdfunding.  There is a fine line to walk in applying regulations to a new, emerging industry.  Any student of the political process will be able to site examples where the rules ended up killing the potential of a… Read More

Real Estate Platform iFunder Adds Former New York Governor as Director of Community


Real Estate crowdfunding platform  iFunding has added former New York Governor David A. Paterson to its team.  Governor Patterson was in office from 2008 to 2010.  He made history in 2004 when he became the first visually impaired person to address the Democratic National Convention and once again in 2007 when he became New York’s… Read More

Wefunder Finds New Investor in Green Visor Capital


VC firm Green Visor Capital has announced an investment in Wefunder, a crowdfunding portal with the vision to provide millions of ordinary investors with access to America’s most promising high-tech start-up investments. In 2012, Wefunder crowdfunded $500,000 using its own platform.  In 2013 the company raised equity via crowdfunding for 13 businesses generating over $2… Read More

SmileCareClub Wants to Disrupt Dentists (Deck)

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I don’t know anyone who enjoys going to the dentist.  And for anyone that had to endure the oral torture of wearing braces – I understand your pain. Well crowdfunding is acting as a catalyst for thousands of industries.  Every day old business models are being challenged with new methodologies.  Dentistry and orthodontics is another… Read More

Vast Bridges Contributes $10K to Startup at One Spark

Vast Bridges gives Check to Spirit Dining

 Vast Bridges is now paying it forward with a donation of $10,000 to the startup Spirit Dining, this past weekend during the Crowdfunding Festival, One Spark. This was a record high individual contribution in One Spark’s history, and helped the recipient win additional honors. Spirit Dining was chosen as the recipient of this contribution because… Read More

Kuli Kuli Raised $50K + on Indiegogo, Now They Are Raising Capital on AgFunder

Moringa Nutrition Table

Back in June of 2013, Kuli Kuli did a rewards based crowdfunding round on Indiegogo where the small company raised $53,000 to help fund their superfood snack made of Moringa.  Known as “The Miracle Tree”, the founders claim that the Moringa Oleifera tree may be the most nutritious green in the world.  Containing high levels… Read More

Pono Closes Over $6.2 Million on Kickstarter

Pono Closing Numbers

Pono closed one of the most successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns ever today.  Backers numbering 18,220 delivered $6,225,354 to the Pono Music team aiding in a pretail campaign that is queued up to delivery a high fidelity audio player that currently has no peer in the market. The crowdfunding team was led by Neil Young, but… Read More

Wearable Technology, Musical Innovation on CrowdBoxTV

Stella English on Crowdbox TV

Wearable technology and musical innovation on this week’s episode of CrowdBoxTV This week (20 April) on the UK’s crowdfunding programme, CrowdBoxTV, will see smart safety projects, trendy wallets, clever kitchen gadgets and plenty more. Airing every Sunday at 5pm on Sky, Freeview and Freesat, CrowdBoxTV looks at what’s hot in crowdfunding across the globe. Famous… Read More

SEC Economist Talks JOBS Act in Speech at MIT Sloan School of Management

Craig  Lewis

In a speech delivered today, entitled “The Future of Capital Formation“, Craig M. Lewis, Chief Economist and Director of Economic and Risk Analysis at the SEC, addresses the JOBS Act and specifically the various exemptions that allow investment crowdfunding.  Specifically Title II – with general solicitation, Title III – retail crowdfunding, and Title IV which… Read More

ECFA Launches Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Conference Tour

Canada Equity Crowdfunding

The Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada (ECFA Canada), created to raise awareness of equity crowdfunding, is hosting the 2014 Canadian Equity Crowdfunding Conference tour. Events will take place in: Toronto (April 24), Calgary (May 27), Vancouver (May 29), and Montreal (June 4). “Recently proposed Canadian legislation, which would include four new equity crowdfunding exemptions, is enabling this type of… Read More

Update: Never Ending Campaign Star Citizen Now at $42 Million

300i Star Citizen Ship

The never ending crowdfunding campaign for video game Star Citizen from Roberts Space Industries continues to grow now standing at over $42 million for game in development.  For those of you that have not been following the odyssey of Star Citizen, back in November of 2012, the game successfully raised $2.1 million on Kickstarter after launching… Read More

AHP Completes Crowdfunding Of Distressed Mortgages

American Homeowner Preservation

American Homeowner Preservation executes impact investing strategy to close investment pool 2013D, which includes many loans from the largest bankruptcy in U.S history- Lehman Brothers. American Homeowner Preservation (AHP) has shared that its second crowdfunded investment pool, 2013D, is now closed. In December, AHP closed on the crowdfunded pool of distressed mortgages 2013C. Investment pool… Read More

Madiston LendLoanInvest Joins the P2P Lending Revolution

Madiston Lend Loan Invest MLLI Disrupt

The world of banking is changing rapidly.  The banks that continue to operate much as they have in the past will slowly fade away.  The firms that are open to change and innovation, have been presented with a unique opportunity to revolutionize the world of finance.  No longer are stolid banks the gatekeepers of all… Read More

Investor Advisory Committee Reviews Crowdfunding Recommendations (Video)

Barbara Roper Investor Advisory Committee

The Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting was held last week on April 10th at the SEC.  The agenda, previously published, indicated the IAC would address retail crowdfunding and review their recommendations as part of the rule making process. The meeting started with SEC Chair Mary Jo White opening up the committee gathering.  The other SEC… Read More

OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding Platform Schedules Series of Events

Jon Medved Charlie Rose

Israel based, global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has scheduled a series of events as part of their ongoing initiative to share the benefits of investing in their accredited investor platform. OurCrowd, one of the largest platforms of it’s size in the world, has aggressively marketed their service to both investors and quality companies seeking to raise… Read More

P2P Lender Landbay Opens Doors to UK Consumers

Landbay houses

The Beta launch of Landbay was announced today.  The young company is a new peer-to-peer (P2P) finance option for the UK’s frustrated savers and investors who have long struggled to secure low risk returns at rates above inflation, whether from cash accounts, savings accounts, bonds or other traditional financial products. Borrowers seeking a buy to let mortgage,… Read More

Pono Leaps Past $6 Million on Kickstarter

Yellow Pono in hand

With just over a day to go in their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the Pono Music player now stands over $6 million with contributors number over 17,600.  The 35 day project is now firmly anchored in the number 3 position as one of the top campaigns on the global crowdfunding platform.  While easily besting the… Read More