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How can SMEs in the North of the UK Respond to the Hidden Credit Crunch?

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Overdrafts have been small businesses’ go-to source of working capital for years now — a dependable way to cover short-term cash flow issues and ride out periods of instability. But since 2011, the banks have reduced or removed business overdrafts at a rate of £5… Read More

Autumn Statement: “Sound Public Finances & Great Public Services? If You are Bold with Your Reforms You can Have Both”

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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne gave a rousing speech highlighting the government’s success and pinpointing areas for economic improvement today in his annual trip to Parliament. The Autumn Statement delivered by Osborne can certainly be viewed as a success once you compare the UK economy… Read More

Dianrong May Raise $500 Million this Spring. Will Expand Into Other Markets

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Dianrong, a leading peer to peer lending platform in China, raised a respectable $207 million a couple months back.  Now the online lender is considering its next funding round which may hit half a billion dollars as the Chinese P2P market continues to outpace traditional… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Atom Receives £45 Million Investment from BBVA

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The  future of banking is almost here and Atom Bank, a digital only platform, has just received a solid £45 million investment from BBVA. The capital injection will give BBVA a 29.5% ownership stake in Atom. According to Atom, this completes the company’s £85 million… Read More

Crowdnetic Founder & CEO Luan Cox: New Partnerships, Women in Fintech & Market Data Transparency

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  “Our prediction is that the marketplace lending industry will undergo continued and increasing growth, opening up new investment opportunities and new avenues of capital formation for start-ups and small businesses.” It’s not too late to participate in the 2015 Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey;… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Affordable Smart Lights, a Minimalist iPhone Case & Get FIT with Me Mover

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Having just purchased a Philipps Hue Hub and starter kit, and getting ready to purchase more bulbs, I was interested to read about QUBE, “Worlds Most Affordable Wi-Fi Smart Bulb”. Ok, I love the concept of Hue. But I do not love the price. While… Read More

Elio Motors Receives SEC Approval. Will Seek $25 Million in Regulation A+ Offering

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In what is one of the largest equity crowdfunding rounds in the world, Elio Motors has received approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to seek $25 million in equity capital under the recently released Regulation A+ rules.. Elio, one of the very first… Read More

AngelList Gives Platform Update at SEC Event on Small Business Capital Formation (Deck)

Kevin Laws at SEC

Kevin Laws, Chief Operating Officer of AngelList, delivered an “illuminating” presentation at the SEC Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation yesterday. AngelList, a leader in the equity crowdfunding sector, has become an important catalyst in the online finance space innovating and expanding its… Read More

Woes with Chinese Custodian Banks

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When the State Council of China issued its guidelines for the internet finance industry in July, the single most talked about guideline among platform operators is the government’s encouragement of banks to provide custodian services for investor funds used for platform transactions. Many have interpreted… Read More

NCFA Founder Craig Asano Rallies Canadian Crowdfunders with Alternative Finance Policy, Notes “Flourishing” Startup Scene

Craig Asano

“As the crowdfunding economy grows it will spur economic prosperity, create new jobs and ultimately improve follow-on funding outcomes for scalable ventures looking to succeed in the incredibly dynamic and connected global markets we live in today.” As readers know, The Centre for Alternative Finance at University of… Read More

Bitbond Launches Bitcoin Purchasing Power Index: BitcoinPPI

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Taking a page out of the august Economist, Bitbond has launched BitcoinPPI; an index that measures bitcoin purchasing power measured in Big Macs.  Yes, that eternal benchmark of consumable wealth is put to use once again. The hamburger. The Big Mac index was launched by the… Read More

Fight For Your Dreams: Q&A With Reynold Wijaya, Co-founder Of Funding Societies

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  A co-founder of Funding Societies in his 20s, Reynold Wijaya is now the peer-to-peer lending company’s chief operations (Singapore) leader, and has helped bring the company’s funding to near $1.25 million. Funding Societies was among the first homegrown P2P lending companies to bring in a trustee registered with the… Read More

Funding Circle is Creating Meaningful Change in Lending

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At a time when some are claiming that marketplace lending has not gone far enough to challenge the traditional banking system, Sam Hodges and Funding Circle have quietly proven that steadily acting on your principles and advancing your mission, can achieve meaningful change. It had… Read More

OurCrowd Founder and CEO Jon Medved Shares his Vision on Crowdfunding, Startups, SPVs and Liberal Arts

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  “I think that what OurCrowd and others have done in this space until now has been quite subversive and wonderful and democratic.” OurCrowd, which is run by serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jon Medved, has put at least $170 million to work in roughly… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Hummingbird Folding Bike, Alpha 2 Robot & TStand for Your iPad

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The field of robotics has been an interesting crowdfunding category.  Buddy, a pitched as a family companion, raised over $600,000 in September.  Now a new entrant has just emerged and it has easily topped its $100,000 goal on Indiegogo having raised $300,000 in just 48 hours…. Read More

Peter Renton, Founder of Lend Academy & LendIt Conference, Contributes to Marketplace Lending’s Global Understanding, Growth & Success

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  “I think Fintech, particularly as it applies to lending, has the capacity to completely transform how consumers and small business use credit. The best platforms are true innovators, underwriting consumers and small businesses in new ways using data that was simply unavailable ten or… Read More

iAngels Claims Second Exit: AVG Acquires Portfolio Company Flayvr

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Just a couple of months after announcing Big Blue Parrot as its first investment exit, Israel-based co-investment crowdfunding platform iAngels, revealed on Thursday that portfolio company Flayvr, operating as My Roll, was acquired by security software giant AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG). Details of the transaction were not released. iAngels is an… Read More

The University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University & the University of Sydney join forces to launch the 2015 Asia-Pacific Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey

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The study is supported by KPMG, CME Group Foundation, the ACCA and 20 leading industry and academic research partners. The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, the Tsinghua University Graduate School of Shenzhen and the University of Sydney Business School are… Read More