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Snowball Effect Receives First Equity Crowdfunding License in New Zealand

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In what may be the very first equity crowdfunding license offered to a funding portal in New Zealand, Snowball effect has announced they received notices from the Financial Market Authority they have been granted their license effective today (July 30, 2014).  The announcement was not unexpected as the investment crowdfunding was recently legalized in the… Read More

Teen Cancer Survivor Needs New Teeth, Insurance Company Refuses to Pay

Alex Hunter

Here is one that you can chalk up to the profound bureaucracy that encumbers many medical decisions.  Now in light of the insurance company’s refusal to cover certain costs, the family has gone to the pages of GoFundMe to help finance something one would expect insurance to cover. Alex Hunter was first diagnosed with cancer… Read More

Sharknado 2 Coming to New York City (Video)

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Well most of you probably do not remember that Sharknado 2 ran a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo – but I do.  Yes creators wanted to share the crowdfunding love by allowing their loyal fans to back this cult classic monster film.  One of the most popular perks  for the campaign was for a $45 donation… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Boosts Platform with New Facebook Social Features

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Crowdfunding is all about innovation and creativity.  Finding a way to do something better and getting people to believe in the dream is the unique power of this new form of finance.  But the innovation part doesn’t stop with the creators – the platforms themselves are always seeking new ways to make it easier for… Read More

North Carolina Legislators Set to Discuss Equity Crowdfunding Bill

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North Carolina is one of the states on the list where legislation is in process to legalize investment crowdfunding.  The states Senate Commerce Committee approved the equity crowdfunding bill earlier this month apparently putting it on track for final approval.  At the time bill sponsor Representative Tom Murray stated their bill was based off of the same… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Privlo Gets $3.8 Million in Seed Funding

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Privlo Set to Extend Platform Across the United States. Privlo, a peer to peer lender of private real estate loans for high-quality borrowers, has raised a $3.8 million seed plus round of funding from Spark Capital and QED Investors and up to $350 million in debt capital from a multibillion dollar New York-based private real… Read More

Tomb Raider Director Sells Equity in New Film on Crowdfunding Site SyndicateRoom

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Simon West is Equity Crowdfunding £1.8 Million for Action Comedy Film Salty. Announced today, British born Simon West is raising capital for his next film on equity crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom.  British investors will have the opportunity to help fund the project with minimum investments starting at £1000.  Larger investors may have the option to appear… Read More

Pozible Picks: Top 5 Fitness Bands (Infographic)

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Australia based crowdfunding platform has put together their list of the top five fitness bands.  Granted this is their opinion but they have included several hot fitness bands that found crowdfunding success – and not just on Pozible.  Yes Kickstarter and Indiegogo fitness bands are on the list too. The Top 5 according to Pozible… Read More

Realty Mogul Crowdfunds Georgetown Plaza in Washington DC

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Real estate crowdfunding platform Really Mogul has announced they have successfully crowdfunded Georgetown Plaza in Washington, DC.  The building is a mix use structure valued at $26.8 million located in the Glover Park neighborhood.  The 150,097 square foot Class B office building deal was in partnership with JOSS Realty Partners who recently closed on the purchase… Read More

Emerging Crowd Announces Launch of Investment Crowdfunding Platform

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UK based site will initially focus on businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia. New investment crowdfunding platform Emerging Crowd has announced the forthcoming launch of its UK-based equity platform aimed at unlocking the huge growth potential of strong, well-managed companies in emerging and frontier markets.  The scheduled launch is expected in October… Read More

Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley to partner on Crowdfunding Research

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Over a year ago, Crowdnetic and UC Berkeley began collaborating on the launch of UC Berkeley’s Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, headed by Dr. Richard Swart, who serves as its Director of Research at the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. Through this role, Dr. Swart heads efforts to study policies, best… Read More

The Wrong Step: Increasing Accredited Investor Thresholds (Infographic)

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The team at Crowdentials have been on a creative roll these past two weeks. Perhaps they should add investment crowdfunding advocates to their mission of compliance solutions for equity crowdfunding sites.  Crowdentials has now put together a very informative infographic on what will happen if the regulatory Mandarins decide to make it more difficult to… Read More

Crowdfund Capital Advisors Report: Crowdfunding is Powerful Tool for Women & Minorities

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Women & Minorites Traditionally Shunned by Private Capital Markets See Huge Potential for Investment Crowdfunding and Access to Capital. Crowdfund Capital Advisors has published a report to highlight crowdfund investing as a powerful new tool to fuel the underserved women and minority markets.  The document is titled; “Crowdfunding’s Potential for Minority and Women Owned Enterprises” The research… Read More

Indiegogo Shares Maker Challenge Winners

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In celebration of the White House Maker Faire, after a trip to DC, Indiegogo  fired up their very own Maker Challenge sponsored by Amazon and Autodesk.  The crowdfunding project commenced on June 18th and it finished on July 16th.  The winners were announced this past Friday. The innovation of crowdfunding has been a huge boon… Read More

Alan Hughes Named Non-Executive Chairman of RateSetter

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Former CEO of Internet Bank First Direct Sees Huge Potential in P2P Lending UK based RateSetter has announced that Alan Hughes will become the company’s first Non-Executive Chairman.  RateSetter views the appointment as another milestone for RateSetter and is indicative of the growing economic clout of the peer to peer lending industry.  As traditional lending… Read More

Former SunPower Executive Joins Mosaic as COO

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Bruce Ledesma has been named Mosaic’s Chief Operating Officer. Solar peer to peer lending platform Moscaic, has named Bruce Ledesma as their new Chief Operating Officer and will aid in scaling operations for the leading renewableenergy funding platform. Ledesma previously worked as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SunPower Corporation during its growth… Read More

OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved Talks Israeli Startups (Video)

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CEO of global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd hit the screens of CNBC this past week to talk up Israel innovation and  the startup ecosystem.  Apparently over $920 million was invested in Israeli startups in the 2nd quarter alone.  The first half of 2014 stands at $1.6 billion according to Medved.  CNBC poses the question regarding… Read More

UK P2PFA: Peer to Peer Lending Goes to Over £1 Billion in 2014

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The Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) in the UK have just published the data for the first 6 months of 2014 showing impressive growth in the P2P lending industry.  The rate of flow of funds through p2p platforms has doubled over the last 6 months.  New lending increased from £247.4 million in Q1 to… Read More

Bunch O Balloons Blasts Over $500,000 in Crowdfunding

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Bunch O Balloons was hoping to raise just $10,000 for simple concept of creating 100 water balloons in seconds.  Recognizing that just about everyone loves a good water balloon fight but no one enjoys filling the balloons with water, project creator Tinnus Enterprises tapped into incredible consumer demand with their patented product as the crowdfunding… Read More