Crowdfunding Portals

P2P Lender EstateGuru Pushes into Latvia

Marek Partel

EstateGuru, a peer to peer lender based in Estonia, has announced an expansion into neighboring Latvia. The announcement comes just as EstateGuru announced earlier this month having topped €10 million in lending. EstateGuru is an online lender providing loans secured by real property for short to… Read More

iAngels Has Raised $50 Million for Early Stage Companies as it Raises $15 Million for Fund

iAngels Founders

iAngels, an equity crowdfunding platform that provides access to the hot tech market in Israel, has now raised over $50 million since launch having deployed $20 million in 63 portfolio companies. iAngels empowers smaller, accredited investors by connecting them with deals they have already thoroughly… Read More

China Report: Fincera Executes on Transition to Internet Finance

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China is the largest alternative finance market in the world and Fincera (OTCQB: AUTCF) is a fast growing internet finance platform that is providing an increasing portfolio of services online.  But Fincera started in an entirely different business sector: commercial auto-leasing under the name of… Read More

Strong: OurCrowd is Number 2 in the GeekTime Israeli Early Stage Investors Index

Jon Medved

Global investment crowdfunding platform OurCrowd is ranked number 2 in the Geektime Investors Index that ranks investors in the red-hot tech sector of Israel for the first half of 2016. This is a pretty incredible accomplishment as OurCrowd is competing with all of the big… Read More

Yirendai Gets Hit with Several Lawsuits on Share Price Decline

Yirendai

The several law firms have filed class-action lawsuits on behalf of shareholders of Yirendai (NYSE:YRD) who acquired shares at some point during 2016 – some of the filings are specifying date ranges. The reason this is interesting is that these law firms are faulting Yirendai… Read More

Free of Charge: StartEngine Eliminates Fee to Crowdfund Under Reg CF

Free Stamp

That’s right. StartEngine, one of the leading investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, has eliminated the fee associated with raising capital under Reg CF.  Previously the platform charged a 5% service charge so if an issuer was raising $1 million they had to pay $50,000… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo’s Slava Rubin Joins Global Crowdfunding Convention’s Keynote Speaker Lineup

Slava Rubin

This week, Indiegogo co-founder Slava Rubin was announced as a keynote speaker for the upcoming Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC), which is set to be held October 15-17th at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. GCC organizers predict that more than 1200 participants will… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Funded Alchemi Labs Named Winner of Pfizer’s Get Old Contest

Alchemi

On Thursday, Pfizer announced Arizona startup, Alchemi Labs, was dubbed winner of its Get Old contest. Earlier this summer, the pharmaceutical giant announced it was teaming up with Indiegogo to launch the initiative, which highlights innovations that can make life “better” as people age. The “best of the… Read More

Zopa’s 2015 Annual Report Reveals: £8.9M Loss Despite Revenues Almost Doubling

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On Friday, peer-to-peer lender Zopa released its 2015 annual report and financial statements. The numbers revealed that despite loans disbursals more than doubled, rising from £265 million disbursed in 2014 to £532 million, and revenues for the year increased £11.5 million in 2014 to £20.6 million,… Read More

Lending Works Reflects on the Brexit Economy Two Months Later

Lending Works Directors Portraits

On Thursday, UK-based peer-to-peer lender, Lending Works, took to its blog to reveal the status of UK’s economy since voters made the Brexit decision, to depart from the European Union (EU),  just two months ago (June 23rd). The lender stated: “Depending which newspaper you’re inclined to… Read More

Indiegogo Partner Arrow Electronics Announces Crowdfund-to-Production Service

Arrow Electronics

Worldwide technology company and Indiegogo partner, Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), announced on Thursday the launch of its new crowdfund-to-production service. This new service reportedly aims at accelerating the pace of innovation for technology and internet of things (IoT) entrepreneurs. Those interest in applying for an… Read More

Simpson Wine Estates Teams Up With NakedWines To Raise Funds For New English Sparkling Wine

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On Wednesday, NakedWines announced it is seeking £112,000 for a new English Sparkling Wine and is giving investors a chance to name the new fizz. The crowdfunding platform is teaming up with Simpson Wine Estate for the process. NakedWines reported the sparkling wine would be produced… Read More

Lending Club Hires former BlackRock & Morgan Stanley Executives

Scott Sanborn

As part of the rebuilding process Lending Club (NYSE:LC) is seeking out new hires with traditional Wall Street cred.  Today the leading marketplace lending firm has hired not one, but two former Wall Street bankers. Lending Club has appointed Valerie Kay, formerly an MD with Morgan… Read More

Indiegogo on Communication: “Your Backers Are Investors, Treat Them That Way”

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On Wednesday, global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo offered some key advice to campaign organizers about the importance of communication, especially after the initiative successfully secure funds and close. The Indiegogo team revealed that while campaign is finished, the most important thing for organizers to do is… Read More

Brief: Solar Mosaic Raises $40 Million for Working Capital

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Solar Mosaic, usually just referred to as Mosaic, has raised over $40 million for working capital purposes according to a filing with the SEC.  The equity offer in Mosaic saw its first sale on August 4th with the sales managed by Guggenheim Securities in Manhattan…. Read More

Crowdcube #FundedClub Member LUMO Set to Launch Kickstarter For Three New Products

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Crowdcube #FundedClub member, LUMO, is set to return to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise funds for three new products next month. The company took to its Twitter account to announced the big news on Tuesday. The countdown is on. New things coming your way on… Read More

Q&A: Kabbage CEO & Co-Founder Rob Frohwein, Originating $2B Loans & Growing

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Before founding Kabbage, Rob Frohwein established, led and advised a number of successful businesses, including LAVA Group, U.S. Micro Corporation and Surgical Biologics. Additionally, he served in business development and legal capacities for ZapMedia and Security First Network Bank. The Villanova law and undergrad alum… Read More

Indiegogo Funded “Con Man” to Release New Mobile Game

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On Thursday, the creators of the Indiegogo success, Con Man, will be releasing the web series new mobile game. This debut comes just a month after Alan Tudyk, and Nathan Fillion revealed they might consider doing a movie on the series within the series, Spectrum.  In 2015, Fillion and… Read More

OnDeck Announces Initiative to Help Small Business Owners With Time-Management Issues (Infographic)

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Online lender to SMEs, OnDeck (NYSE: ONDK) announced on Tuesday the launch of its initiative that’s dedicated to helping small business owners with time management. According to the lender, this initiative is considered the first of its kind and is in response to its latest… Read More