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Bragi Dash Review: Smart, Wireless Earphones Deliver on Promised Product

Bragi Dash Review iPhone

In February of 2014, Munich-based Bragi Dash launched their rewards crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The concept was to create “smart” wireless headphones that combined a full set of features and technology currently unavailable in the retail market. The vision of founder Nikolaj Hviid, formerly Head… Read More

Way to Go Ohio: Crowdfunding Under Reg CF, Issuer in Ohio Hit with $1100 Fee by Division of Securities

John Kasich Ohio

Reg CF, or Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012, is the portion of the law that legalizes retail investment crowdfunding. The new securities exemption was largely designed to provide access to capital to those small companies that are most challenged in finding sufficient… Read More

In or Out? It is ALL About the Brexit. Jeff Lynn of Seedrs Responds

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      History will be made tomorrow (June 23, 2016) as the United Kingdom will decide whether to remain, or depart, the European Union. Popularly called the “Brexit” (or Bremain), if the UK departs the second largest market in the world will take an… Read More

Asia Opportunity: InvestaCrowd Provides Access to Real Estate for Asian Investors

Singapore Infinity Pool Asia

  If there is one area of crowdfunding where we consistently hear about unfilled, robust demand, it is Asian money looking to invest in high-quality real estate beyond the borders of their native country. While some real estate markets may be getting a bit hot,… Read More

It’s a Fintech World: Bank of England Launches Fintech Accelerator

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The Bank of England is getting into the Fintech space.  In a speech by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, Carney embraced the disruptive transformation that is impacting all forms of finance.  He pointed to Fintech advocates who believe; “…the wave of innovation… Read More

Three Ways Crowdfunding Empowers Women & Minority Entrepreneurs

Define Empower

As I wrote last week, Yemani Mason is the founder and CEO of a new real estate crowdfunding platform called VestMunity. He is an innovator offering a hub for regular folks to access investment opportunities previously out of reach, in this case, the rehabilitation and… Read More

Half a Crowdfunding Fix: HR 4855 Passes House Financial Services Committee with Several Changes

Patrick McHenry

HR 4855, or the Fix Crowdfunding Act, was approved by the House Financial Services Committee on a solidly bipartisan vote of 57-2.  The bill, sponsored by Congressman Patrick McHenry, was created in response to multiple shortcomings intrinsic to existing Title III or Reg CF investment… Read More

China Fintech Round-Up

China Coin Money

Auto financing P2P platform Weidai.com received RMB 1 billion Series C Investment Founded in 2011, Weidai.com is China’s first and largest specialty P2P platform that focuses on providing secured automobile loans. It also provides used car financing services through partnerships with used car marketplaces. The company… Read More

WR Hambrecht: At the Forefront of the A+ IPO Marketplace

WR Hambecht A+

WR Hambrecht + Co is a bit of a Silicon Valley legend. Industry icon and firm namesake, Bill Hambrecht, was one of the first bankers to recognize the potential of Silicon Valley tech companies. He went on to help take public a litany of well-known companies… Read More

Companisto: The Most Active Venture Capital Provider in Germany

Companisto Deals

Germany represents the fourth largest economy in the world, ahead of the UK and following  the economy of Japan.  The German economy is dominated by the Mittlestand: small and medium-sized companies, many which are family owned, that fuel prosperity with their robust productivity. These smaller… Read More

Zopa CEO Jaidev Janardana: Leading UK P2P Lending with Superior Service, Transparency and Cutting-Edge Fintech

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Armed with an undergraduate degree in Electronics from Dharmsinh Desai University and MBAs from both the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and McGill University, Jaidev Janardana spent 12 years with Capital One, in the US and the UK. He was the CMO for Capital One UK, responsible… Read More

Reg CF Comes Alive: And With It, Opportunity for Small Real Estate Developers

Tiny House - photo by David Roth

Title III of the JOBS Act, aka “Regulation Crowdfunding,” is now here. Enacted on May 16th, the rules make equity crowdfunding a reality for both accredited and non-accredited investors looking to invest in small businesses and buildings. Yet before the rules have even had a… Read More

VestMunity Makes Fix & Flip Real Estate Investing Accessible for All

House Real Estate Fix

Innovative approach recognized with award from Citi and Village Capital Yemani Mason identified an accessibility problem related to real estate.  Real estate investing to build wealth has not been accessible to many Americans.  They lack the networks and required capital to participate.  So he launched… Read More

MEMO TO CONGRESS: Title III Crowdfunding Needs a Fixin’ – NOW!

Memo HR 4855 White House Congress

  It’s been more than four (very long) years since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) made its debut, with much fanfare, in the White House Rose Garden. And on May 16, 2016, the official date of the emancipation of investment crowdfunding… Read More

Follow The Leader: Why The US Needs A Federal Tax Credit For Angel Investors

UK Britain Race Car Formula One Pit Stop Fueling Innovation

  The UK crowdfunding market is the leading, and most successful, crowdfunding market for several reasons. Arguably the primary reason for their success is that the UK tailored, and continues to tailor, their securities laws specifically to promote crowdfunding/P2P lending. A lesser known reason, however,… Read More

Global Platform Eureeca Updates on AIG Crowdfunding Insurance & Plans for International Expansion

Eureeca Global Ambitions Chris Thomas

Eureeca is the very first investment crowdfunding platform to set up shop in the Middle East. The home office in Dubai has been complimented with offices in both London and Kuala Lumpur.  Eureeca is a truly global platform seeking to help smaller companies raise capital in… Read More

SAFEs: The Investment Vehicle of Choice for Reg CF Issuers?

Simple Agreement for Future Equity

  Exploring the emerging role of SAFEs or Simple Agreement for Future Equity in Reg CF offerings.   Examining SAFEs pros and cons to founders and financiers investing in seed stage companies. You’ve started a new business, established your team, and you’ve self-funded all of… Read More