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Crowdfunding the European Transition to Renewable Energy

Crowdfunding Renewable Energy

The transition to sustainable energies, away from fossil fuel, is a political agenda that creates a huge need for capital investments. The role of crowdfunding in funding this transition was the topic of the 2nd annual European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) CrowdCamp that gathered 200 representatives… Read More

Vaibhav Pandey, CEO of P2P Lender i2iFunding Shares Insight into Nascent India Market

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The peer to peer lending industry in India has been slow to evolve in contrast to many other nations. Yet India is the second most populous country with more than 1.2 billion people and is the most populous democracy in the world. The opportunity for… Read More

Crafting A Winning Equity Crowdfunding Pitch

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  A “pitch” is the information about your company, your team and the investment proposition. Founders often find pitching to be difficult and time-consuming. But pitching is a critical and necessary step to successfully raising funds – and equity crowdfunding is no exception. Equity crowdfunding… Read More

Solicitor General’s Office Slaps Down Second Circuit Madden Holding as Erroneous

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After being invited to file a brief to the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General’s Office filed a brief this past Tuesday, May 24, 2016 and weighed in on the Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC case. Or rather, by weighing in I mean they blatantly shot… Read More

Intrastate Crowdfunding: The Often Overlooked Option 

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With the Federal Title III rules effective, there is certainly a lot of excitement surrounding national level “retail” crowdfunding to non-accredited investors. That’s obviously great news for the industry, but it’s important to remember that the majority of the states currently have some form of “intrastate”… Read More

Fintech Rocks: KPMG / CB Insights Report Says Global Investments in Fintech Jump in Q1

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  Following a bit of slump in the final quarter of 2015, Fintech investment “roared” back in Q1 of 2016 squelching any discussion of Fintech’s imminent demise. This is according to a report authored by KPMG and CB Insights.  While the P2P / Marketplace Lending… Read More

Week One: How are Title III Crowdfunding Platforms Doing?

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Title III platforms launched last week on May 16th. Multiple platforms had received approval from FINRA/SEC and a good number of issuing companies queued up to offer equity or debt in their companies. While opinions in the media were mixed as to whether the Reg… Read More

AIG Introduces Equity Crowdfunding Insurance For Investors

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Global insurance provider, American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), has announced the launch of a new insurance vehicle, Crowdfunding Fidelity, which was developed specifically to protect investors on equity crowdfunding platforms against issuer fraud. The launch of AIG’s new insurance comes just a little over a week after Title III… Read More

RealtyMogul Tops $200 Million in Real Estate Finance. “Barely Scratches the Surface” for Asset Class

ReatlyMogul First to $200 Million

  RealtyMogul.com has topped $200 million in debt and equity in funded real estate crowdfunding. The platform is now the first site to surpass the $200 million milestone for US-based real estate finance.  The company also revealed it has now returned $40 million, in both… Read More

LendingRobot CEO Emmanuel Marot Shares Views on P2P/Marketplace Lending Industry

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  Co-founded by CEO Emmanuel Marot, LendingRobot is a Fintech company that provides powerful tools for the smaller investor interested in investing in Lending Club, Prosper and Funding Circle loans. Peer to peer lending has morphed into marketplace lending as institutional money poured in. Meanwhile LendingRobot… Read More

WeFunder in a Box: Investment Crowdfunding Platform Gives Everything Away for Free

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WeFunder, the investment crowdfunding platform that launched with the most Title III offers out of the gate, has decided to “give away everything [they] do for free.” In an email to Crowdfund Insider, co-founder and CEO Nick Tommarello explained they want to help everyone get… Read More

ACSEC Debates Definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC States 8 Cases of Possible Fraud Associated with JOBS Act Exemptions

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    The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met yesterday at the SEC HQ on Capitol Hill. The main topic of discussion was the definition of an Accredited Investor. SEC Chair Mary Jo White was joined by her two remaining Commissioners, Michael… Read More

Crowdcube Milestone: 400 Companies Have Been Funded

Crowdcube 400 Funded Companies

UK based investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has announced it has topped 400 successfully funded projects as of today. The milestone event came as Tyne Bank Brewery hurdled its funding target of £150,000 by closing with £213,320 raised from over 350 investors. Tyne was one of… Read More

Global Crowdfunding & Local Regulation: From Light Touch to Prescriptive Bespoke Rules

The Evolving Universe of Crowdfunding Regulations

Crowdfunding is flourishing all around the world, exhibiting double or even triple digit growth rates in many markets, from the US to the UK to China. Governments have seen this boom as both an opportunity and a challenge. From 2012 on, they started responding by… Read More

Title III Crowdfunding Became Legal on May 16: What It Does & What’s Still Lacking

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  Monday, May 16, 2016 is the first day that ordinary people—not just the super rich—will be able to invest in the next Uber or Snapchat. That’s because Title III of the JOBS Act, otherwise known as Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF, legalizes retail investment… Read More

Wealthroll Owner Xu Qin Confesses Ponzi Scheme: Online Lender Defrauded $6.1B. World Capital Market Caught in Pyramid Scheme

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As Chinese authorities continue their hunt for unregulated online lending and investment firms, more fraudulent fintech platforms are bound to be nabbed for unseemly and illegal behavior.  Today Bloomberg News reported the latest Ponzi scheme that separated 39.9 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) from 25,000 investors. Crowdfund… Read More

What is Title III Crowdfunding and Why Should I Care?

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Overview of the regulatory framework Although the Jumpstart Our Business Startups or JOBS Act was passed in April of 2012, the rules implementing Title III of that Act relating to retail investment crowdfunding have been a long time coming. They were finally promulgated on October… Read More

Seedrs CEO Jeff Lynn Calls Title III Crowdfunding “Not Workable in its Current Form”

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On the very day Title III / Reg CF crowdfunding kicks off in the United States, Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs – a leading UK based investment crowdfunding platform, called the securities exemption unworkable. Seedrs has previously stated its intent to expand into… Read More

Mark Cuban is Interested in Using Reg A+

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Billionaire shark and outspoken entrepreneur Mark Cuban is considering using Title IV of the JOBS Act. He sees the updated securities exemption as a huge opportunity.  Currently, most of the Mark Cuban media coverage has focused on him taking up the banner of the #nevertrump… Read More

Agile is The New Super-Power: Meanwhile the USA jostles its way to the Back of the Queue Just as a Revolution Races around the Globe

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In August 2014 Chancellor George Osborne set his stall out clearly stating the UK government’s intention to make London the FinTech capital of the world – and so maintain its position as, arguably, the world’s most important financial center in the years to come. It’s… Read More