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Crowdfunding: From Impossible, to Improbable to Inevitable in less than 10 years

Mission Inevitable

  It was not that long ago that the term “crowdfunding” entered into the common lexicon. Today we regularly watch, or read about, multi-million crowdfunding campaigns delivering the next big thing to supportive consumers who are willing to wait a bit longer to receive a perk,… Read More

Orchard Provides Feedback on Recent US Treasury Interest in Marketplace Lending

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  Last week Crowdfund Insider published a report on how the US Department of Treasury was investigating marketplace lending and the rising prominence of online, direct lenders. While the interest is certainly understandable, anytime the government shows up – industry gets concerned.  While Treasury stated their… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Solar Paper Charger, Impact Wrap Tells You How Hard You Hit & Üllo Removes Sulfites from Wine

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For this week’s #Crowdfunding Mailbox we have Solar Paper, “the worlds thinnest and lightest solar charger”; Impact Wrap a device that measure how hard you punch and Üllo, a wine filter that removes the sulfites from your wine. Using the sun to generate electricity is… Read More

Women Investors are a Force to Be Reckoned With

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Something strange is happening. It may be received wisdom that women tend to invest less than men, and that when they do they are more risk averse, but something is up. Something is changing and it’s changing in a pretty fundamental way that might mean… Read More

Q&A: Stephen Sheinbaum, Founder Of Merchant Cash and Capital, Talks Bizfi And The Future of Banks (Hint: There Is One)

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As the founder of Merchant Cash and Capital (MCC), a small business alternative lending company that has also worked with companies from UPS to Pita Pit, Stephen Sheinbaum oversees a company that is using leading technology to change the way small businesses get capital. Prior… Read More

Industry Report: Disruptive Finance is Making Finance More Transparent, Efficient & Democratic for Entrepreneurs & Investors

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New forms of finance are poised to inalterably change the entire finance industry ecosystem we know today.  Investment crowdfunding, and the various iterations of alternative finance, are still in the early stages of its evolution.   The disruptive finance industry is measured in mere billions… Read More

French Alternativa: Equity Crowdfunding with a Secondary Market

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Alternativa.fr is an intriguing cross between an equity crowdfunding platform and an alternative exchange system which gives it something many crowdfunding platforms would like to have: a secondary market for trading SME’s private equity shares. Creating liquidity for private shares is an ongoing discussion in… Read More

Gust Leads the Wind of Change in Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors

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For over a decade Gust, and its predecessor Angelsoft, has quietly been become one of, if not the, largest private investing platforms in the world. Gust is a SaaS platform that helps connect entrepreneurs with investors and other benefactors, in whatever form such investors take,… Read More

Just Released: China’s New Guidelines For Online Finance Market

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    With China’s stock market crash still recent, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) released guidelines for the country’s rapidly burgeoning online finance market at the start of this weekend, outlined in a document published by the PBC.  The peer to peer lending industry in… Read More

Christian Catalini Talks Crowdfunding & the Power of the Syndicate (Video)

Christian Catalini

  Christian Catalini, a professor at MIT Sloane School of Business, is a prominent crowdfunding researcher and he believes he has discovered the “killer app” for crowdfunding in partnering professional investors with the crowd. Angel investors and VCs have been leveraging “syndication” for a very… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: mifold Mini Booster Seat, Wearsafe is a Wearable Panic Button & droPrinter for your Smartphone

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For this week’s Crowdfunding Mailbox we have mifold the “grab & go” booster seat, Wearsafe wearable tech to alert others when you are in trouble and droPrinter for your smartphone. mifold is described as the “first real innovation in child car booster seats in over… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Crowdfunding Patent Lawsuit?

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Back in January of this year, Crowdfund Insider covered a patent lawsuit that sought to challenge many of the prominent US crowdfunding platforms in operation today.  This included both rewards/donations and investment crowdfunding platforms.  AlphaCap ventures, a company that has been described as a patent troll,… Read More

Feds Seek More Info on Growing Marketplace Lending Platforms

United States Treasury

The Treasury Department has published an RFI on the operating environment surrounding Marketplace Lending. Previously labeled “Peer-to-Peer lending”, as the industry has grown a more diverse ecosystem has evolved. Today much of the funding is from institutions and a lesser portion is coming from smaller investors. The RFI… Read More

Q&A: Estate Baron Co-Founder Moresh Kokane Talks Access To New Australian Financial Services License & Real Estate Crowdfunding

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Australia’s crowdfunding scene recently took the spotlight with the news that CoAssets, a Singapore-based real estate crowdfunding platform, would publicly trade shares on NSX, an Australian stock exchange. On the investment side, Aussie real estate crowdfunding platform Estate Baron has recently secured backing of note: from Benni Aroni, founder of WaterSun Homes… Read More

Crowdfunding is Changing the Female Entrepreneurial Landscape

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  According to Inc.com, the emergence of the JOBS Act has created around 1,500 to 2,000 jobs since its inception. And according to the organization Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers, women will create more jobs and keep the economy churning, provided they have the capital… Read More

China’s First Crowdfunding Platform for Fashion & Lifestyle Lands RMB 10 Million in Seed Funding

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Luxe.Co & Fashion.VC have announced raising RMB 10 million (USD $1.6 million) via equity crowdfunding. According to the company, investors included ZhenFund led by Xu Xiaoping plus 12 angel investors.  Xiaoping is the founder of New Oriental a publicly traded company on the NYSE. Luxe.Co… Read More

SEC Launches Probe of Pre-IPO Tech Stock Sales Transactions

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  What started as an action against a single company in late June has evolved into a probe of an entire industry. As reported by the Wall Street Journal late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a new probe spurred by… Read More

Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo as Campaign that is Suspended on Kickstarter, ReAnimates on Indiegogo & Platform Defends Validity of Dot Bluetooth Earbuds

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The gloves have come up with the Dot Bluetooth earbuds campaign. After raising $300,000 on Kickstarter the campaign was suspended by Kickstarter staff. Creator Ivan Kan quickly defended his product, one that had been called out by potential backers as a straight copy of products which… Read More

Good Progress in the Emergency Budget, But There is More Still to Do

George Osborne July 2015

The Emergency Budget This week saw the first Budget in the UK since the Conservative Party achieved a surprise win in the General Election in May. As the previous coalition government had already made promising steps towards the implementation of legislation which will improve access… Read More