Crowdfunding Portals

“Exploding Kittens” Creator Elan Lee Admits: “Kickstarter is a Terrible Place to Raise Money.”

Elan Lee

With the previous announcement of Exploding Kittens being shipped to its backers, co-creator Elan Lee reveals a bit of an insight of the famous Kickstarter project. While sharing details about the funding process, Lee admitted to CNN: “The biggest lesson for me is that Kickstarter is a… Read More

Real Estate Firm Allegiancy Prepares for Growth. Plans $30 Million Reg A+ Offer

Allegiancy Executives

Richmond based Allegiancy, a real estate asset management firm, says it is preparing for outsized growth in the coming months.  The firm expects to double the number of employees over the next two years. To accommodate the growth plans, Allegiancy has just moved into new… Read More

AgFunder Reports $2Bn in AgTech Investment for the First Half of 2015

AgFunder

AgFunder, an investment platform for accredited investors investing in agriculture and agriculture technology, announced the release of its 2015 Midyear AgTech Investing Report, tracking a record $2.06B in AgTech investment for the first half of 2015. This figure is only $300M shy of the $2.36B… Read More

Bond Street CEO Comments on Department of Treasury “Request for Information” on Marketplace Lending

United States Treasury

Crowdfund Insider reported last month on the US Department of Treasury’s interest in the fast growing Marketplace / Peer-to-Peer lending space. Treasury published a “Request for Information” (embedded below) seeking public comment to study the various business models and review “how the regulatory framework should… Read More

Woomentum.Fund is Empowering Women as a Crowdfunding Platform for Women Led Startups

Woomentum.Fund

Woomentum.Fund, a Singapore based crowdfunding platform, launched this weekend seeking to empower, and help fund, Asian based women led startups. Founded by Mouna Aouri Langendorf, Woomentum.Fund seeks to provide personalized support, and social boost, along with capital for female entrepreneurs. “Women entrepreneurs often find it hard… Read More

Patch of Land Adds Commercial Real Estate to Crowdfunding Platform

Patch of Land Hotel Offer

Patch of Land, a real estate crowdfunding platform, has added commercial properties to its offerings for investors.  Until now the young company has focused on residential, mainly fix-and-flip type deals. The push into commercial has been expected following the announcement of a successful funding round earlier… Read More

Neil Roberts Harmoney Founder & CEO Leaves Board of Directors without Explanation

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts, founder of New Zealand based peer to peer lender Harmoney, has unexpectedly stepped down as his role as a member of the platform’s Board of Directors.  Reportedly Roberts will remain as CEO. Roberts launched Harmoney as the first P2P platform in the country… Read More

Ryan Feit of SeedInvest Comments on UK Award. Does this Foreshadow a British Expansion?

Ryan Feit Prince William

Ryan Feit, CEO and co-founder of equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest,  won a British GREAT Tech Award. The recognition was delivered by none other than HRM Prince William. Feit, recently interviewed by TechdayHQ, spoke about SeedInvest’s relationships in the UK noting they were rather strong; “Through the GREAT… Read More

SparkUp Puts Lovemoney on Steroids with New Spin on Equity Crowdfunding

Multiply your lovemoney SparkUp

SparkUp is a new French startup, the brainchild of 24 year old, now 26. And yes, age matters. Why? Because it takes a lot of disruptive energy to reinvent equity crowdfunding when it is barely emerging as a force. SparkUp positions itself as a B2B… Read More

Funding Circle Announces Fee-Free P2P Investment Trust with Plans to Go Live in Autumn

Funding Circle Taking Over the World

Funding Circle, the SME peer-to-peer lender, announced that a fee-free investment trust will go live after the summer, according to CityWire‘s Gavin Lumsden. This will be the first fund launch from a lending platform and the company hopes the ‘no charge’ proposition will enable it… Read More

InvestUp CEO James Tuckett Talks Crowdfunding: “2015 is a Watershed Year”

James Tuckett

This week Crowdfund Insider featured Chris Tyrell’s post “Crowdfunding is Impacting the Global Economy” and Rodrigo Niño’s post “Crowdfunding: From Impossible, to Improbable to Inevitable in less than 10 years,” James Tuckett, CEO of investUP adds to this exciting conversation below as he shares his insights in a release regarding… Read More

Revlon Teams Up With Crowdrise to Launch LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge

Love is on 2

Beauty brand, Revlon, announced on Thursday the second phase of its new philanthropic platform designed to have a greater impact on women’s health initiatives with the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge. The Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge is inviting charities dedicated to three leading health… Read More

Aescuvest is New Investment Crowdfunding Platform Focused Totally On MedTech & Health

aescuvest_Team

When the Crowd Helps Women to Become Pregnant Entrepreneurs Juliane Zielonka and Julia Lazaro are two energetic founders in the sprawling Berlin startup scene. Their latest creation, LARACompanion, is designed to help families with their desire to have children. LARACompanion is the derivative of a women’s… Read More

Marketplace Lender SoFi Earns AAA DBRS Rating; Prices $417.6M Securitization of Refinanced Student Loans

SoFi 2 Billion

SoFi, a marketplace lender, announced it has priced a securitization of $417.6 million in refinanced student loans. It also announced SoFi was considered the first fintech company to receive an “AAA” rating from DBRS and an “AA2″ from Moody’s for the senior notes, which equaled $387.3 million. Nino Fanlo, SoFi CFO/COO,… Read More

Crowdcube Raises £6 Million led by Numis & Tim Draper. Will Partner with Numis on IPOs

Crowdcube on Taxi

Crowdcube, UKs largest equity crowdfunding platform by total capital raised, has received £6 million in a funding round to further boost growth.  The funding was led by Numbs, a stockbrokerage firm, Tim Draper / Draper Esprit and existing investor Balderton Capital.  The announcement of new… Read More

UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Raises £10M During Series A Funding Round to Launch in the U.S.

Seedrs Champagne 2013

Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs revealed this week that it has raised £10 million during a Series A round led by Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc (WPCT) and Augmentum Capital. The funds will reportedly be used to launch into the U.S. market. According to TechCrunch, the platform previously captured $7.2… Read More

Credibly Establishes Educational Platform, In.Credibly, to Support the Growth of Small Business America

Credibly

Credibly, an emerging Fintech platform that leverages data science and analytics to improve the speed, cost and choice of capital available to all small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has launched a new educational platform, In.Credibly.com, to help businesses evaluate working capital needs. The resource hub is… Read More

Next Finance Industry Veteran Makes Move to New Finance as CommonBond Announces Morgan Edwards as CFO

Morgan Edwards headshot

Direct lending platform CommonBond has selected Morgan Edwards as its new Chief Financial Officer.  Edwards has spend the last 7 years as an MD at Macquarie Capital.  According to a company report, Edwards has tallied over 25 years in traditional finance.  At Macquarie he played… Read More