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“Is it a Crowd? Is it a Herd? Is it a Problem?” How Informed Startup (Crowd) Investors Really Are.

Herd Mentality or Crowd Wisdom

Welcome to the Jungle New York City, 1968. Busy street. A group of people have stopped on the sidewalk to look up at a window on the 6th floor of the adjacent office building. No one is in plain sight. No one is trying to make a jump. Nothing. A crowd is forming on the… Read More

Symbid to Broaden Beyond Equity Crowdfunding. Site Update & New Features Coming in February.

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One of the very first equity crowdfunding platforms to go live on the internet, Symbid, has announced an evolutionary shift in a push to become a multi-faceted investment platform with a diverse portfolio of funding options. Launched in mid 2011, the funding portal was the idea of school mates Korstiaan Zandvliet and Robin Slakhorst.  Zandvliet is… Read More

Niederer: Unaccredited Equity Crowdfunding Needs to Have Light Touch Investor Regulation to be Successful

Cost of Excessive Regulations

Paul Niederer is not one to mince words. Having been around the block more than once, Niederer gives good advice.  When it comes to new forms of finance he speaks from experience, not just unhindered opinion.  The Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB), a company that Niederer runs, has been in operation since “back in… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: The Perfect Pencil, Esington Glass Ultimate Productivity Timer & Sprayable Sleep

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  We have two products that are crowdfunding now that focus on functional design and a final product that takes an existing product and simply makes it better. I must admit I love design.  The simpler the better. So if you are a design junkie like I am – you should like these two crowdfunding… Read More

Oliver Gajda, Co-Founder & Executive Board Chairman of the European Crowdfunding Network, Creates Transparency and Accountability in EU Crowdfunding Market

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As many Crowdfund Insiders know, when The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey, the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe was initiated. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,  seeks to capture the size, transactional volume and growth of the alternative finance markets across… Read More

The Funding Cap on Title III Retail Crowdfunding is Pointless. 

protect us from fraud not ourselves

As we start the beginning of 2015, expectations are increasing that final rules for both Title IV and Title III crowdfunding will finally be released to the public with the first offers commencing later in 2015.  Yes there are many questions regarding the final rules from industry participants and observers. Some commentators expect that Congress… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Prepares for Thailand Summit

Crowdfunding Asia Vorapol Socatiyanurak

Following a highly lauded crowdfunding event in Singapore in August of last year, Crowdfunding Asia is preparing for a summit in Thailand scheduled to take place on February 10th and 11th in the capital city of Bangkok. The theme of the conference is “The Ardent Alternative: Crowdfunding Democratizes Capital & Unearths Asian Potential”. The event has… Read More

Alessandro Lerro, European Equity Crowdfunding Association General Counsel & AISCRIS Board Member, Apprises European Alternative Finance Market

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As many Crowdfund Insiders know, The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey, the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,  seeks to capture the size, transactional volume and growth of the alternative finance markets across Europe…. Read More

Raizers Targets Ambitious Pan-European Equity Crowdfunding

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  The 28 countries of the European Union are a very long way from offering a homogeneous regulation environment for crowdfunding. This is particularly true of equity crowdfunding which touches on multiple heavily regulated areas of finance such as investment advice, securities trading, retail banking and corporate finance. Few European countries have, like France, issued… Read More

Commissioner Gallagher: Are the US Capital Markets Competitive?

SEC Commissioners Should Finalize Regulation A

    Though time has seemingly stood still on JOBS Act rulemaking at the SEC nearly one thousand days after its passage, the world continues to complete a full rotation every 24 hours – and it seems that the rest of the world is passing the U.S. by, at least when it comes to the… Read More

Marketplace Lending Is Doing What Banks Can’t

The Changing World of Banking

Lending Club’s IPO was massively successful. Up 56% on the first day of trading. $1B of additional cash raised. Largest IPO out of Silicon Valley in 2014. Higher market valuation than all but 14 banks in the U.S. That it was the first “peer-to-peer” lending company to go public made it that much more meaningful. Finance is not just being disrupted,… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: SONICable Charges Your Phone Twice as Fast, Sugr Cube Wireless Speaker & iCamPro Tracks Intruders

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Three hardware campaigns for this week’s Crowdfunding Mailbox with one of them scheduled to end tomorrow (so you better hurry). Amaryllo International, based in the Netherlands, has a crowdfunding hit on their hands.  Their iCAMPro “intelligent security robot” was set up to raise $1000 on Indiegogo and it stands at over $227,000 today. So this is… Read More

NASAA Champions Electronic Filing Depository System as Solution to Blue Sky Challenge

The Battle of Blue Sky Review

In late December of last year, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) launched, what it refers to, as its Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) system. The EFD system is designed to allow users to submit certain required “blue sky” notice filings in connection with exempt securities offerings to multiple states at once. Now if that… Read More

Clean Energy Investment Rises Above Oil Price Slump

Sun Solar Sunset Boat

Global investment in clean energy rose for the first time in three years, increasing 16 percent to $310 billion in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance in a recent article on Bloomberg. This growth comes after decreased solar-panel prices and sinking subsides in the United States and Europe damaged the industry in previous years…. Read More

Tommaso D’Onofrio, CEO of Assiteca Crowd & President of European Equity Crowdfunding Association Incites Change in Alternative Finance in Italy and Abroad

Tomasso Donofrio Featured Quote

European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey UPDATE Since late November, the University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe. This… Read More

Grouplend Targets the Canadian Peer to Peer Lending Market

Grouplend Refreshingly Simple

Across the globe traditional banking operations are under attack by more nimble and user friendly companies that see opportunity in an industry that is in dire need of change. The internet and technology has completely altered so many different industries with its creative destruction. The finance industry happens to be next on the list. While… Read More

HerCoLab Wants to Be Quora for Women

HerCoLab Dream Big Mouna

  Woomentum, a crowdfunding & crowdsourcing platform for female entrepreneurs, has just launched a sister site called HerCoLab.  Woomentum is the creation of Mouna Aouri, an engineer and mother of two based in Singapore.  Woomentum’s mission is to support women during the most challenging phases of their entrepreneurial journey.  As we all know, making the… Read More

Interview: P2P Banking.com and P2P Kredite.com Publisher Claus Lehmann Talks Alternative Finance in Germany

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Since late November, The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe. This benchmarking survey, which closed on 6 January 2015,… Read More

Healthy Ice Cream Producer Oppo Becomes Seedrs’ “Most Overfunded” Campaign

Oppo Ice Cream Fastest Ever

Ice cream producer Oppo rose to record crowdfunding campaign heights as quickly as a beachside gelato melts on a hot summer day: fast. UK crowdfunding platform Seedrs today noted that London-based Oppo reached 324 percent (at press time, 339 percent) of its target investment in just a few days, becoming Seedrs’ most overfunded campaign. Given that… Read More

Lending Club IPO: A Watershed Moment for Peer to Peer Lending

Lending Club Successful IPO

  As far as the peer-to-peer or marketplace lending industry is concerned, 2014 ended with a bang and not a whimper as Lending Club, the leading online lender, completed its initial public offering. On December 10, 2014 the Lending Club offering went effective, and ultimately sold 66.7 million shares, raising $834 million at an almost… Read More