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How Will the Global Turmoil Affect Crowdfunding?

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Hold the front page – the Chinese economy is slowing down. Who didn’t see that one coming? In an age of intertwined economies, extreme volatility in China is being exported globally. Calamity across the Chinese commodity markets this week is having largely foreseen global consequences…. Read More

Recent Lawsuit May Show Big Liability Risk for Crowdfunding Platforms

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Crowdfunding, and using the internet to raise money for an increasing number of industry sectors, is still in its infancy. It is really the internet that is the disruptive innovation. It is this technology that is altering the funding process and crowdfunding has become the term… Read More

Angels Den Secures $1M In Investment From Mexican Family Office To Launch Across Mexico

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  London-based Angels Den, an angel-led equity crowdfunding platform, has now successfully raised $1 million from a Mexican family office to launch their angel-led crowdfunding model across Mexico, with bases in five major cities. Following two years of preparation, Angels Den Mexico has ambitious growth plans… Read More

‘We’re At The Tip Of The Iceberg Here': Q&A With CityFunder’s David Behin On NYC Real Estate Crowdfunding

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  As the co-founder and CEO of CityFunders, a New York-exclusive real estate crowdfunding platform, David Behin leads a team of seasoned real estate experts who bring neighborhood knowledge and relationships to each deal. Within the tri-state area and Pennsylvania, David has been involved in more than $3… Read More

A Prominent Attorney Sees Regulation A+ as Perfect to Raise Debt Capital

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Title IV of the JOBS Act fixed some of the issues swirling around old Regulation A.  Lightly utilized in its previous incarnation, Regulation A+ (as it is commonly called) created two different funding tiers which allow non-accredited investors access to a new securities exemption and… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: RXActive Resistance Wear, Lightbug Solar GPS Tag & AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones

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I have many different pairs of headphones – both bluetooth and connected.  Several of them have been sourced from crowdfunding campaigns. Whether I am sitting at my desk making phone calls or on the go – inevitably I am plugged into something.  When I bike… Read More

The Two Problems Indiegogo Must Fix Now

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The rewards-based crowdfunding realm has become a robust and diverse sector of the finance industry.  While some in the securities space look down upon platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, this is a misplaced perspective.  Rewards platforms have become an important testing ground, and funding… Read More

Advice: Conducting Diligence to Mitigate Risk for Deep Technology Startups

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As more investors start to look to equity crowdfunding, to get beyond the typical mobile app startup, it’s important to see what’s going on in deep technology. We define deep technology as companies founded on a scientific discovery or meaningful technological innovation. Deep technology startups… Read More

Symbid Co-Founder & CEO Korstiaan Zandvliet: Commitment to Transparency Sets Platform Apart from Competitors

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“The last three months have seen around $150 million provided to 144 small businesses within The Funding Network. We’re estimating our total funding volume in 2015 to be around $800 million. Beyond that, I see huge potential for Symbid if we can continue to expand… Read More

Legal: Drafting the Regulation A Offering Statement

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If your company has decided to take advantage of the new avenues for reaching investors under Regulation A, the biggest task you face will be preparing an offering statement that includes mandatory disclosures about the offering and the offeror, and obtaining Securities and Exchange Commission… Read More

Interview with Companisto CEO & Co-Founder Tamo Zwinge: New Venture Loans, FinTech Disruption & German Regulations

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CEO and General Manager of Companisto Tamo Zwinge began his career as a lawyer, studying law at the Freie Universität Berlin and completing his legal clerkship in Berlin and Pretoria, South Africa. Afterward, he received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in commercial law, specializing in… Read More

Zopa Tops £1 Billion in Loans, A UK First for Peer to Peer Lending

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Zopa has become the first UK peer to peer lender to surpass £1 billion (about $1.564 billion) in lending as direct lender states P2P lending has now become mainstream. The P2P lender has already matched more loans in 2015 than it did in the whole of… Read More

Is Culture Killing Equity Crowdfunding in Canada?

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  American culture is known for celebrating “winners.”  Canadians are known for being modest and risk averse.  Could this cultural difference explain why Canadian equity crowdfunding appears to be relatively underdeveloped so far?  We checked out the funds actually raised in 2015 and talked to some of Canada’s… Read More

Dusan Stojanovic Backs Female Entrepreneurs as Trio Shifts to Crowdfunding on Indiegogo

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Dusan Stojanovic, a low profile early stage investor who founded True Global Ventures (TGV), recently held a competition to select top female entrepreneurs. Stojanovic funded the competition with his own money – including the cash awards. Stojanovic, originally from Sweden, won the Business Angel of the year award… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Wear Clothing & Lose Weight, Bevel Turns Your Smartphone Into a 3D Camera & Helix Wearable Bluetooth Headphones

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Burn 500 to 1000 calories each day just by wearing your clothes? This sounds simply too good to be true, but this next crowdfunding campaign has convinced over 2000 backers they have discovered the Holy Grail of weight loss. Thin Ice insoles and clothing “tricks”… Read More

SEC Issues New Guidance: Use Of The Internet Not Always Considered General Solicitation

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Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) responded to a “no-action” letter (RE: Citizen VC, Inc.) concerning the establishment of “substantive relationships” with previously unknown potential investors and what constitutes “general solicitation” in the context of a private securities offering. The SEC also issued… Read More

Indiegogo & Shock Top Partner Up To Battle California Drought. They Ask Everyone to Drop A Brick in Your Toilet.

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Shock Top Brewing and Indiegogo have created a formidable partnership to battle the California drought head-on.  Indiegogo will be launching crowdfunding campaigns that tackle the drought – and Shock Top will be supporting with cash.  Shock Top, part of Anheuser-Busch, will be dedicating hundreds of… Read More

Q&A: Rory Eakin, COO & Co-Founder of CircleUp, Talks New Consumer Growth Fund, Online Marketplaces’ Effect On Access To Capital

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  “Trying.” states Rory Eakin’s Twitter bio, which could describe its owner as well as the company Rory co-founded, CircleUp. But perhaps Rory’s bio needs one more word: “Succeeding.” In the last two years, the company has launched several notable products, such as the Consumer Growth Fund,… Read More

The Kingii Crowd-First Tactics & Go-to-Market Strategy with Crowdfunding

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After losing a close friend in a drowning accident, California-based entrepreneur, Tom Agapiades, created Kingii. Founded in early 2014, Kingii is dedicated to water safety, and is on a mission to affect the sad statistic of more than 372,000 people who die from drowning accidents… Read More

Marketplace Lending: A Need for Some Definition, Data & More Discourse. A Response to the US Treasury RFI

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  As traditional lending tightened for consumers and small businesses, following the 2008 recession and the Dodd Frank regulatory environment that followed, alternative lending has now become quite the burgeoning new industry. And with alternative lenders ranging the gamut from near-bank products and terms to… Read More