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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the (2014 SEC Government Small Business) Forum

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As one who has represented small and emerging growth companies over the past 36 years in navigating access to the capital markets, I have closely followed the legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, D.C. since the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act). Spurned by many factors, political, economic… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Mantry Craft Cocktails, Archt Wireless Audio & Fugu Luggage

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I have been known to consume a cocktail or two in my day. I must admit that a touch of bourbon is frequent sentry when I am working late at night.  So when I saw the crowdfunding page for Mantry “Craft Cocktails” I was more than intrigued. Artisan food is all the rage. Mantry has… Read More

CFIRA Set to Discuss JOBS Act & More at Regulatory Summit in Washington, DC

Washington DC Capitol Building

The Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) has scheduled a public event in Washington, DC, on November 21st, to update and review the community on various aspects of the JOBS Act including Title II, Title III and Title IV.  The 2nd Annual Regulatory Summit has been scheduled to follow the SEC’s annual Government Business Forum on Small… Read More

Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption: The Reasoning Behind The Bill

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As noted in my prior post, “Draft Bill: Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption,” an official draft of my proposed Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption was recently finished. To my surprise, people actually read it and I have been getting a lot of questions as to why I choose to make my bill so different than those of… Read More

Companisto: Investors May Receive Highest Return Ever on German Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

Team Companisto Deutschland

Berlin based Companisto, a fast growing equity crowdfunding platform, has shared a recent story of crowdfunding success.  In June of 2012, 446 investors participated in a self crowdfunding campaign of the Companisto platform. Companisto raised €100,000 as investors took a chance on the fledgling platform, and the determined entrepreneurs, in what was certainly a risky… Read More

Small Business SEC Regulatory Reform in Washington, DC: “All in on Red” on Election Day 2014

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The place was Washington, D.C. The occasion was the Annual Meeting of the Angel Capital Association at the Hilton Hotel in March 2014. Hundreds of attendees were gathered for lunch in the main Ballroom, the largest in the City. The lineup of luncheon speakers was impressive, including Keith Higgins, Director of the SEC Division of… Read More

Beehive to launch first peer-to-peer lending platform for SMEs in UAE

Beehive

Dubai-based Beehive officially launched the region’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) online lending platform today, offering a new funding alternative for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Beehive’s online platform is easy to use and offers a marketplace that directly connects established businesses with smart investors so that SMEs get faster access to lower cost finance and… Read More

UK Platform Abundance Launches £3.1 Million Solar Crowdfunding Project: Rise and Shine

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Abundance offers Europe’s largest crowdfunded solar energy project paying an effective return of 7.5% while slashing energy costs for Housing Association tenants  Abundance, the UK’s largest ethical investment platform, launched its latest and largest crowdfunding project for investors who want positive and ecological returns, investing their money will thereby benefit the real economy and  the… Read More

Pozible Partners with Shanghai-Nanxiang Government, IDG Capital on Crowdfunding Match Program

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Australia based Crowdfunding Platform Pozible Partners with China Government Office  to Connect Entrepreneurs with Capital, Manufacturing Support, Chinese Entity Setup and More. Pozible, an international crowdfunding platform based in Australia, has partnered with IDG Capital Partners and the Shanghai-Nanxiang government to award matching funds and other support to the entrepreneurs behind the seven strongest Internet of… Read More

Ron Suber’s Guide to Improve the Crowdfunding Industry

Ron Suber Advice for the Crowdfunding Industry

Recently I participated in the Third Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp in Las Vegas and Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace, a peer to peer or “marketplace lending” platform, spoke about the nine actions or initiatives that the marketplace lending industry in general and Prosper specifically undertook which led to the booming growth and… Read More

How to Attract Crowdfunding Fans Before Your Campaign Becomes Another Failure

Destroy Crowdfunding with Missle

It’s quite natural for people to put their self-interests above others, in an ultra competitive world.  Business leaders think: How can I get the most gain out of opportunity X, on a purely transactional basis? Top business universities preach a similar gospel, that success is correlated to the amount of advertising effort you put in.  Primetime… Read More

Woman Crowdfunds to Pay Steep Uber Bill, Gets Hazed by Commenters as She Raises Nearly $600 in 18 Hours

Uber Stole My Birthday on GoFundMe

Gabrielle Wathen got more than she bargained for when she got nailed for an Uber charge of $362 dollars.  After realizing she was on the hook to pay Uber’s somewhat usurious peak charges she took a practical approach and hit GoFundMe to crowdfund the bill.  It seems a bit of partying on Halloween had dampened… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Bamboobee Let’s You Build Your Own Bike, Bruvelo Hand Crafted Coffee & Playbulb Light with Sound

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There were lots of campaigns emailed in this past week – some really incredible ones too.  We received more than a few that have not yet launched but are in preview mode but you can already tell they are going to be crowdfunding hits.  It seems that more campaigns are seeking to tackle the delivery… Read More

Wamda Research: Funding is Growing for Startups in Middle East & North Africa

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Wamda, a platform to empower entrepreneurs in the Middle East / North Africa (MENA), has published an excellent study on the funding / entrepreneur eco-system in the region.  The very good news is that startup funding is growing in the MENA countries with growth expected to accelerate in coming years.  In fact this study, compared to… Read More

HeadFunder Challenges Big Crowdfunding Platforms. Includes Interesting Feature in HeadTalker

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  Headfunder is a young crowdfunding platform that is challenging the much larger and significantly more funded platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter.  Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Nolan Thompson and Chris LaBonty, the pair entered into a competitive space and have generated some initial success.  While still quite early in the game, Nolan and Chris… Read More

UK based Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs Moves Into US with Acquisition of Junction Investments

Seedrs and Junction Investments

UK based investment crowdfunding platform Seedrs has announced the acquisition of Junction Investments located in California.  This strategic acquisition positions Seedrs to expand their reach beyond the borders of Europe.  Junction founders Adam Kaufman and Brian Goldsmith will be joining the Seedrs team and assisting with the next phase of Seedrs growth.  The acquisition closed… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Launches Innovation Hub. Encourages Change in the Interest of Consumers.

FCA Commitment to Supporting Innovation Martin Wheatley

Meanwhile the SEC Stalls on Pushing Forward to Facilitate Title III & Title IV Crowdfunding. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK regulatory body similar to the SEC, has announced the opening of their Innovation Hub as they embrace change and creativity in financial services.  In a speech by Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of thee… Read More

Why valuation is only part of the story: A Conversation Between the Entrepreneur & Investor

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During the process of early stage fundraising, Entrepreneurs face a dizzying array of financial concepts and methodologies, often putting them at a disadvantage in negotiations. The following hypothetical conversation between an Entrepreneur, Angel investor and Venture Capital Partner is intended to offer an illustrative example of the problems this can cause. L0ve & Money –… Read More

Research: P2P Lending Goes to £40 Billion in 2016

One Trillion Dollars

Research and Markets have announced a new report they have published on the fast growing peer to peer (P2P) lending industry.  Their numbers state the global market will top £40 billion (over $64 billion USD) by 2016.  They break that out stating the UK will account for £5 billion of that amount with the US… Read More

P2P Lending Platform Peerform’s Gregg Schoenberg: “You Are Creditworthy”

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Peerform, a P2P lending platform,  targets those “who really need a loan, the best chance to get the money they need to help improve their lives.” By utilizing a variety of technologies, such as Peerform’s unique algorithm, Peerform is able to ascertain “creditworthiness” and lend to borrowers who have a Credit Score as low as 600… Read More