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Funding Circle Announces Shift from Auctions to Fixed Rates for Loans

Samir Desai at Lendit 2015

In a letter to Funding Circle investors, and a post on the Funding Circle site,  the UK’s leading SME direct lender announced within the next month the platform will shift to fixed interest rate loans. Presently Funding Circle uses a bidding process where investors compete… Read More

Brief: Harmonix Joins Forces With New Crowdfunding Platform Fig; Announces Upcoming Project

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On Thursday, Harmonix, the developer behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band, announced that it has formed a partnership with new crowdfunding platform, Fig. Last month, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, inXile’s Brian Fargo, and Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart, launched Fig, which focuses exclusively on games. The platform allows the reward-based… Read More

Sam Hodges, CEO Of Funding Circle, Talks Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights

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  With the publication of the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights, one of the first consensuses on responsible small business lending practices, earlier this month, marketplace lending platforms including Funding Circle, Lending Club and Fundera showed their support for greater transparency for borrowers and accountability for platforms and… Read More

RealtyShares Introduces New Mezzanine Financing Products

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RealtyShares has announced the introduction of new mezzanine financing products “designed to meet demand from both investors and sponsoring real estate companies.” Riskier than senior secured debt but superior to equity in the capital stack, these shorter-term debt offerings can generate higher returns for investors…. Read More

EarlyShares Debuts $5,000 Minimum Real Estate Investment Opportunity in the Shoppes at Godwin in Midland Park, New Jersey

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On Thursday, real estate crowdfunding platform EarlyShares launched a new equity investment opportunity available to accredited investors. The offering is for the redevelopment of the Shoppes at Godwin, a mixed use retail center in Midland Park, New Jersey. Accordia Realty Ventures LLC, the sponsor of the… Read More

P2P Lender Beehive Aided by Clyde & Co’s Islamic Finance Team with Sharia Certification

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Clyde & Co, an international law firm operating mainly in the MENA region, states it has advised Beehive on its Sharia certification.  Beehive announced the receipt of its certification earlier this week. The peer to peer lending platform received approval by the Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). The certification… Read More

EarlyShares is Crowdfunding Mezzanine Loan for Pillar

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EarlyShares keeps moving forward in the real estate crowdfunding space. Today the platform has announced a new investment opportunity for a mezzanine loan from Pillar, a Guggenhiem Partners affiliate.  The offer is described as “institutional quality” and is secured debt for the Racquet Club Apartments… Read More

Brief: CouProm Travel Forms Partnership With Crowdfunding Platform TravelStarter

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On Wednesday, CouProm Travel announced that it has teamed up with TravelStarter offer its mobile app to all the travel agencies worldwide that wants to create an extension of their services pre-during and after visiting the destination at no cost to the agency, giving the travel agencies and independent hotel… Read More

Indiegogo Life Debuts New Medical Fundraising Page

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On Wednesday,  Indiegogo announced a new feature on its other platform, Indiegogo Life: A fundraising page dedicated to medical projects. The global crowdfunding platform declared: “Though the uninsured rate among US adults has dropped more than 4 percentage points since passage of the Affordable Care… Read More

P2P Property Lender LendInvest Unveils “New Brand” Identity

Christian Faes

On Wednesday, LendInvest revealed an entirely new visual identity, including a new logo and website. The rebranding highlights the key strengths of the company. The peer-to-peer lending platform started out in 2013 as an investment product for High Net Worth investors (initially with a minimum investment… Read More

Crowdcube Tops £100 Million in Crowdfunding

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Crowdcube has become the first UK investment crowdfunding platform to surpass the £100 million investment mark.  The platform shared details on the accomplishing as it headed higher. Powered Now, which is currently overfunding after topping its initial £350,000 goal was the listing that took Crowdcube over… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform ArtistShare Submits Recordings for Consideration to the 58th Grammy Awards Following Kickstarter Lawsuit

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Following its never-ending legal battle with Kickstarter,  crowdfunding platform ArtistShare has moved on and announced that it submitted recording for consideration to the 58th Grammy Awards. ArtistShare offered up seven new fan-funded recordings for consideration in the 58th Grammy Awards. Its previous recordings have received… Read More

Groundfloor Claims First SEC Approved 1-A, Regulation A+ Filing

Brian Dally

Groundfloor, a real estate crowdfunding platform based in Atlanta, Georgia, is claiming to have received the very first 1-A, Regulation A+, approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Groundfloor is also noting this will be the first real estate microlending offer as well and is… Read More

Parker Barrile, Formerly of Google & LinkedIn, Joins Prosper as Chief Product Officer

Parker Barrile

Parker Barrile, an executive with an impressive resume that includes stints at Google, LinkedIn, Bain and more, has joined Prosper as Chief Product Officer. A Stanford grad, Barrile was also founder and CEO of Predictify, a community-based prediction platform where members could make and vote… Read More

UAE P2P Platform Beehive Obtains Independent Sharia Certification From Shariyah Review Bureau

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Beehive, the UAE’s leading online marketplace for peer-to-peer (P2P) finance, has been certified as a Sharia-compliant P2P finance platform by the Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB). The certification makes Beehive the first P2P platform in the world to have a third party independently confirm its processes… Read More

Ram Budime of Bitcoin Crowdfunding Platform Gok!llo Claims: “All or Nothing or Keep it All Models Are No Longer Suitable For Modern Crowdfunding”

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Ready to share details about the newly launched bitcoin-powered crowdfunding platform, Gok!llo, the site’s Business Development Manager Ram Budime sat down with Coin Telegraph to discuss how it stands out from the competition. According to the media outlet, Gok!llo is a crowdfunding platform that uses bitcoin as… Read More

One Spark Announce 2016 Festival Dates & Enhancements

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Apparently, an exciting and epic experience is in store as One Spark’s “World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival” prepares for its fourth year. The board of directors of One Spark, along with its key staff leadership, announced today details of the upcoming festival, which will take place Thursday,… Read More

Indiegogo Gets Vocal: Launches New Podcast Series Covering Cool Crowdfunding Campaigns

David Mandelbrot and Bret Harris

Indiegogo has been the catalyst for a growing number of very successful projects.  From film, to tech, and more, Indiegogo is a poster child for the vibrant new step in the capital ladder of crowdfunding. Having covered more than a few crowdfunded products, I can… Read More