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How Do You Create a Robust Secondary Market for SMEs? Watch this Video to Find Out

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The subject of venture exchanges, or secondary markets for small cap companies, is a hot topic right now.  Sparked in part by the signing of the JOBS Act, and the new securities exemptions now coming into play, investing in SMEs is better for everyone if… Read More

Miss Out on Lyft’s $530 Million Series E Funding Round? Maybe Not

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This past March, UBER competitor Lyft closed a Series E funding round that delivered $530 million in capital to the young company and a hefty $2.5 billion valuation.  This funding round was led by Japanese firm Rakuten, but earlier rounds (and perhaps this one) included big… Read More

Why I designed the Dutch Crowdfunding Awards and Why it’s a Success Already

Crowdfunding Alternative No More

Crowdfunding is coming of age. Crowdfunding is at turn point from being “alternative” towards being “normal”. This is a good development as it should unlock more funding as more people, who might still consider crowdfunding a bit exotic, will join. In addition, normalisation indicates that… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Cove Recharging Center, ZuperDac for you iPhone & VSSL Flask Light

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Griffin is a pretty established company.  You have probably purchased one of their products at some point in the past, probably an iPhone case (I have had a few of them) or something else related to tech.  They really do not need to run a… Read More

MIT Professor: Syndicates Are Best Approach for Equity Crowdfunding Investors

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MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Christian Catalini has targeted his research on the economics of innovation, entrepreneurial finance and crowdfunding.  Catalini is part of an elite few academicians who are analyzing the emergent investment crowdfunding space, so when he shares his findings, and associated perspective, it is… Read More

SyndicateRoom £1.2 Million Self Crowdfunding Round Oversubscribes Immediately

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  SyndicateRoom, a leading UK based investment crowdfunding platform, has been preparing for a self crowdfunding round in the amount of £1.2 million.  Apparently there is a lot of interest in backing the funding portal as company representatives have shared the crowdfunding round is 2X… Read More

The Trouble with Self-Directed IRAs

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A fintech-focused SDIRA newcomer who embraces technology will likely obsolete present-day providers Don’t get me wrong. Self-Directed IRAs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. They allow us to dramatically diversify our retirement portfolios with the asset classes typically reserved for the wealthy: real estate,… Read More

French Serial Crowdfunding Co-Founders Deploy Lendopolis P2B Lending

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Serial entrepreneurs are a rare species. Even rarer are serial co-founders like Vincent Ricordeau, Ombline le Lasseur and Adrien Aumont. In 2009, the three French entrepreneurs co-founded rewards-based crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank with a mission to “free creativity”. Since then, the platform has collected more than… Read More

Sondors eBike Crowdfunding Partner: ‘I Feel Like I Was Had’

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Indiegogo’s second most-funded campaign of all time has taken more twists and turns than one could imagine. From improbable crowdfunding mega-hit, delivered by a Californian surfer, to questions, controversy and accusations of contractual fraud.  Perhaps it is time for a touch of disbelief. The Storm eBike, quickly… Read More

Lending Works: CEO Nick Harding Discusses P2P, the Shield, Pensioners, ISAs & UK Regulations

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“Banks are at a huge disadvantage with their high salary bills and antiquated technology systems, peer to peer offers an innovative, simple and better result which costs customers less. That said, I also predict huge opportunities for banks and peer-to-peer lenders to continue to work together… Read More

Canaan Partners: There is a Fundamental Disruption in Financial Services Occurring Right Now

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Canaan Partners, one of the Sandhill Road posse in Silicon Valley, is a VC firm that has moved big into the alternative finance space. With over $4.2 billion under management they have the fire power, and the tool kit, to move quickly into promising, early stage… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Abode Home Security, Trinity Headphones & BevPod Slim Cooler

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Rewards based crowdfunding campaigns can be a stepping stone to an equity funding round.  Product validation of consumer interest is a great pitching tool when asking VCs, Angels or crowd investors to help fund your vision.  This is especially true in consumer tech as the line… Read More

How Marketplace Lending is Disrupting Consumer Loans in Canada

Marketplace lending marches on in Canada

The consumer loan experience is getting an upgrade in Canada courtesy of some new players that are targeting the long waits and paperwork hassles of traditional loans and the high rates of alternative providers like payday loans.  Experience in other markets like the US and UK… Read More

Understanding Today’s Capital Raising Options (Infographic)

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They say that there is no such thing as bad press but I am not so sure that I agree with that statement. While this may be the case for the Kardashians, I don’t think the same holds true for the crowdfunding/P2P lending industries. In… Read More

BrewDog is Equity Crowdfunding Again. This Time for £25 Million.

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Established brewery BrewDog is going to the raise capital once again but this time they are going big.  Their Equity for Punks pitch is seeking £25 million in crowdfunding which will be the largest equity crowdfunding round in the UK to date. This is the… Read More

The Influential Network’s Ryan Detert & FlashFunders’ Vincent Bradley Talk Equity Crowdfunding Success

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Last fall I interviewed FlashFunders Co-Founder Vincent Bradley to learn more about his newly launched, no-fee equity funding platform.  In the months following, Bradley and his team have stewarded startups and streamlined their process. The platform recently reached a major milestone: closing a major round… Read More

Alphaworks is Now Quire as Crowdfunding Platform Focuses on Community

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Alphaworks, the equity crowdfunding sibling of Betaworks, has rebranded as Quire, launching a redesigned site adding new features for users. Alphaworks has launched several, highly curated, equity offers in past months. The platform allows the crowd to join alongside professional investors / VCs to invest… Read More

The Future of Cities: Crowdfunding Can Tackle Urban Density & Issues of Inequality Simultaneously

Crowdfunding will finance the future of cities

In the 19th century, there were 11 cities with over 1 million inhabitants.  Today there are over 500 cities around the world where the population stands above 1 million.  There are over 7 billion souls on this planet and this number is predicted to grow… Read More

Updated: Agency 2.0 Comments on Lawsuit Filed Against Sondors eBike, 2nd Largest Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Ever

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Chris Olenik, founder of Agency 2.0 a well known marketing firm in the crowdfunding industry, has responded to the revelation that relationships have frayed between Storm Sondors and his firm. Agency 2.0 filed a “contractual fraud” lawsuit on April 9th and now Olenik has clarified… Read More