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Landbay: From Prelaunch to Established Platform, How Crowdfunding Fueled Business Growth

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  John Goodall and Gray Stern launched their company, Landbay, with the help of Seedrs.  Before their website was even live, Goodall and Stern were raising seed capital on the crowdfunding platform for their vision of mortgage finance.  Their first funding round was for only £50,000… Read More

Equitise Updates on Australia, New Zealand Crowdfunding Progress

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Equitise is a “Trans-Tasman Investment Platform” providing access to capital and unique investment opportunities to investors in New Zealand and Australia. Founded in Australia in 2014 by Chris Gilbert, Jonny Wilkinson and Panche Gjorgjevski, the investment crowdfunding platform soon added Will Mahon-Heap as the executive to… Read More

Goldman Sachs to Launch Online Lender this Fall with Consumer Loan Product

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Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) announced earnings yesterday and beyond beating market expectations, the investment bank revealed some of its intentions on the forthcoming launch of its online lending platform later this fall. The news that Goldman Sachs was moving into the online lending sector came over… Read More

OTC Markets Presents on Reg A+ at SEC ACSEC Meeting (Deck)

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Daniel Zinn, General Counsel of OTC Markets, visited the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (ACSEC) today. He followed a presentation by Paul Elio of Elio Motors to continue a theme on Reg A+, providing liquidity and the future of venture markets. The… Read More

A New Era for Crowdfunding?

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Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have long allowed individuals to support start-ups in exchange for pre-buying a ticket or early prototype of a product, but not for equity.  Accredited investors—with a net worth of over $1 million or who earn over $200,000 a year—have their… Read More

Singapore Based FundedHere to Help SGX Listed Companies Sell Bonds

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FundedHere, a licensed crowdfunding platform based in Singapore that targets start-ups in Southeast Asia and Greater China, has announced it will be assisting SGX listed companies to raise capital via short-term bonds of up to S$5 million each.  FundedHere was the first crowdfunding platform to… Read More

A Case of Regulatory Evolution: A Review of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Approach to Crowdfunding

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  Across Europe, crowdfunding is quickly moving from a fringe funding instrument to becoming a mainstream – finance channel, connecting “crowds” to fund businesses, projects and individuals. In its recently published Report on Crowdfunding in the EU Capital Markets Union, the European Commission details the… Read More

WeFunder: “We are Excited for the Next 6 Months of Regulation Crowdfunding”

WeFunder Team in Fargo

WeFunder, an investment crowdfunding platform, has quickly jumped out of the gate to become the leading listing site for Reg CF issuers. Someone recently asked Crowdfund Insider how WeFunder was sourcing so many deals. WeFunder explained they are mainly finding companies the “old-fashioned way”, face to… Read More

The Wisdom of the Crowd: How It Can Help You Value Your Company

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The truth is that for many entrepreneurs valuing your company is one part industry analysis, two parts assessing your traction to date and ten parts finger-in-the-air guessing or back of a beer mat maths. But there are ways to get help – here’s how we… Read More

FCA Prioritises Fintech Innovation & Consumer Protection in Crowdfunding Review

FCA Regulatory Review UK

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will look to ensure that consumers are sufficiently protected against the risks inherent in crowdfunding while supporting innovation in the growing market in a forthcoming review of its regulation of the industry. Crowdfunding rules were introduced by the FCA in… Read More

Congressional Committee Reviews Marketplace Lending

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  Do Online Lenders Benefit from Regulatory Arbitrage? Yesterday (July 12), the subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (part of the House Financial Services Committee) hosted an educational hearing on Fintech and Marketplace Lending. The meeting saw the participation of several industry executives including… Read More

Fundrise Co-Founder Dan Miller Provides Update & Insight into Future Projects

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Fundrise deserves much credit for being a trailblazer in the real estate crowdfunding sector of finance. Officially launched in 2012, the concept of Fundrise was crafted before the JOBS Act even existed. Entrepreneurs and brothers, Ben and Dan Miller, conceived a plan to allow residents… Read More

Revolut Will Offer Shares on Crowdcube, Investors Rush to Sign Up

Revolut on iPhone

Revolut (as in Revolutionary), a new application to instantly send and spend money globally, has captured solid VC support.  In 2015, Crowdfund Insider reported the company had raised £1.5 million from Balderton Capital as the founder and CEO Nikolay Storonsky explained, “Revolut has an ambition to… Read More

Progress Report: Looking at Regulation A+ One Year Later

Distribution of Reg A+ by State

Regulation A+, which revamped the old Regulation A, became effective on June 19, 2015—just over a year ago. Here’s what we’ve seen during the past year of utilization: Statistics: Approximately 105 publicly-filed Regulation A+ filings to date, with approximately 44 of those filings qualified by… Read More

Corporate Accelerator Growth Slows: Is Fintech at a Peak? (Deck)

Corporate Accelerators Growth Future Asia Ventures

The number of corporate accelerators has grown dramatically in recent years with Fintech playing a central role. Corporate accelerators now number 131 globally with 13 launching this year. But this number represents a dramatic slow down versus last year when 46 accelerators launched. This is… Read More

Smoked: Reg CF Doesn’t Work for Marijuana Industry Entrepreneurs

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The budding Marijuana industry has attracted a legion of “ganjapreneurs” seeking the chance to cash in on the US movement to legalize and legitimize Cannabis. ArcView Group, a “hub for investment, data and progress” estimates the industry will drive around $7 billion in revenue during 2016…. Read More

The Brexit as Viewed from the European Continent

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In the troubled post-Brexit context, many leaders in the UK traditional and alternative financial services are trying to reassure their market and even to present the Brexit vote as an opportunity for the UK. Their statements read like reactions of the French after a soccer… Read More

The Lending Club Predicament & The Lessons Learned

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When Lending Club, as the worldwide leader in P2P/marketplace lending and, for that matter, in the entire global crowdfunding market, runs into trouble, it is bound to send ripples way beyond its home market, the United States. And it does. The fast emerging French crowdlending… Read More