Crowdfunding Portals

Kickstarter Wins Crowdfunding Patent Lawsuit Against ArtistShare

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Kickstarter has achieved a major victory in federal court today, marking the end of a four-year-long patent dispute. In 2011, ArtistShare, which was founded Brian Camelio, was issued a patent for “Method and Apparatuses for Financing and Marketing a Creative Work,” claiming “a system and method for… Read More

SoFi is the Fastest Growing Marketplace Lender

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Sofi, a marketplace lending platform, has been on a roll lately.  The direct lending platform closed a new securitization of  $411 million, all backed by student loans.  This was the largest securitization by a marketplace lender to date.  SoFi expects to $1 billion in securitization in Q3… Read More

GoFundMe Valuation Reportedly Soars to $600-$650M During Latest Funding Round

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Following the announcement of its latest funding round, sources at TechCrunch revealed that the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe’s value is now at around the range of $600 to $650 million. As previously reported, GoFundMe confirmed that it has received some high-profile attention during its round: “Our mission at GoFundMe is to change… Read More

Indiegogo’s Anastasia Emmanuel Shares Details About Her Career in Technology (Video)

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Ready to open up about her career in a male-dominate industry, Indiegogo’s director of UK technology and design, Anastasia Emmanuel sat down with Marketing Magazine to weigh in on topics, including her presence in technology world and women’s workplace rights. During her interview, Emmanuel shared details… Read More

RealtyMogul Appoints Wedbush’s Ryan Sakamoto As In-House General Counsel

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RealtyMogul, the online peer-to-peer marketplace for real estate investing, announced today the addition of Ryan Sakamoto as its in-house general counsel. Sakamoto will be responsible for overseeing all key legal affairs for the company including investment and securities transactions, contracts and compliance matters for RealtyMogul. Jilliene… Read More

Real Estate Investment & Crowdfunding Platform ENDVEST Launches; Seeks to Raise $15 Million

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ENDVEST, a real estate investment and crowdfunding platform, officially launched earlier this month. The founding partners, a New York-based team with a combined eight decades of real estate experience, aim to revolutionize the process of global real estate investment. By pairing developers with investors looking… Read More

SeedUps Canada is Self-Crowdfunding as Market Heats Up Around the World

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SeedUps Canada, a leading equity crowdfunding platform operating out of Calgary, is joining a growing number of platforms that are leveraging their own technology to self-crowdfund their company. SeedUps is reaching out to their growing number of users, and beyond, to capitalize on their first… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lender Lufax Achieves New Milestone: Registered 10 Million Users

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Lufax, China’s finance marketplace, announced today that its flagship P2P marketplaces have reached 10 million registered users. Gregory Gibb, Chairman and CEO of Lufax, stated: “We are excited to achieve this significant milestone. Our growth continues to accelerate as Lufax users experience the security, innovation and convenience… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Lender Money360 Closes $6.75M Commercial Real Estate Loan

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Money360, Inc., an online peer-to-peer (P2P) commercial real estate lending platform, announced on Monday it has closed a $6.75 million commercial real estate loan in Chicago, which was funded by an institutional investor.  The two-year loan was made to an investment firm that focuses on operating… Read More

Indiegogo Alum “Batkid Begins” Hits the Big Screen (Video)

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Over the weekend, Indiegogo success film Batkid Begins debuted on the big screen to share the heroic story of six-year-old Miles Scott aka Batkid. Batkid Begins follows the events leading up to the day Batkid saved San Francisco and what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral. Ultimately,… Read More

CrowdProperty Tops £1 Million in Lending

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Peer to peer lender CrowdProperty has passed its first £1 million milestone. The property lender launched late in 2014 and has set an ambitious goal of facilitating £20 million in loans its first year in operation. CrowdProperty stated the million mark was hurdled as its… Read More

JD.com & ZestFinance Partner on Consumer Credit in China

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One of China’s largest direct sales platforms JD.com (Nasdaq:JD), and US based ZestFinance, a have formed an agreement to launch a joint venture called JD-ZestFinance Gaia.  This new partnership is designed to support the development of consumer credit in China.  The combined initiative will incorporate ZestFinance’s… Read More

NachoBirthday Debuts New Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to Honoring Birthdays & Charities

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Dallas-based NachoBirthday announced the launch of its grassroots crowdfunding platform, which aims to bring friends and family together in support of good causes everyday, not just on birthdays. NachoBirthday notably promotes fundraising for charities and community projects initiated by users, relying primarily on their social… Read More

Seed&Spark Joins with Tangerine Entertainment to Support Women

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Seed&Spark, an indie-film crowdfunding and distribution platform, has signed a partnership with Tangerine Entertainment to boost the shared mission of supporting women film creators. Tangerine is a film production company that focuses on commercially viable films that incorporates women filmmakers and/or strong roles for women… Read More

Consumer Review Site Which? Rates P2P Lenders

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The largest consumer review site in the UK Which? has reviewed several peer to peer lending platforms. Which?, in operation since 1957,  now claims over 680,000 print subscribers and 335,000 online readers.  The non-profit entity tests and reviews a wide range of products and services,… Read More

Crowd2Fund Sees Early Success with Crowdfunded Revenue Loans

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Crowd2Fund, an FCA regulated crowdfunding platform that facilitates both debt and equity services, states their new Revenue Loan product has generated a solid response.  While still early, Crowd2Fund expects more businesses to use this type of security going forward. The Revenue Loan is a debt… Read More

BankerBay Online Investment Banking Platform Receives $2 Million in Seed Funding

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BankerBay, an online investment banking platform that connects qualified and vetted corporate deals with providers of capital around the world, announced today that it has raised over $2 million in seed funding. BankerBay was originally set up in Singapore but simultaneously announced corporate headquarters will now… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Platform iAngels Appoints Former J.P. Morgan Vice President Darya Fuks As Portfolio Manager

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iAngels, an angel investing equity crowdfunding  platform that enables private investors to co-invest with Startup Nation’s leading angels and gain access to exclusive early-stage opportunities, announced today the appointment of Darya Fuks as Portfolio Manager. Fuks, a former Vice President at J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, will lead iAngels’ deal flow… Read More

Streamlining Diligence Process, Propel(x) Debuts New Crowdsourced Diligence Insights Tool

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Investing in complex technology startups can be cause for a deep breath, but Propel(x) is helping demystify investing in these startups with the debut of its crowdsourced Diligence Insights capability, according to a recent press release. Propel(x) connects deep technology startups with angel investors and… Read More