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SEC Issues Cease & Desist Order To “EB-5” Investment Companies For Acting As Unregistered Broker-Dealers: This Matters to the Crowdfunding Industry

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  Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued  a Cease and Desist Order (the “Order” embedded below) against two related companies for acting as unregistered broker-dealers in connection with the sale of securities under the “EB-5” Investor Program (also sometimes referred to… Read More

Interview with Property Partner CEO & Founder Daniel Gandesha: Highlights Team Synergy, Real Estate & Internet Finance

Daniel Gandesha

  UK-based Property Partner, the residential real estate crowdfunding investment platform, allows people to invest in individual residential properties at the click of a button. Investors receive a monthly rental income and benefit from any capital growth, in direct proportion to their ownership.  Identifying locations and individual properties that are likely to be… Read More

SeedUps Canada is Self-Crowdfunding as Market Heats Up Around the World

SeedUps Canada Making the Connection

SeedUps Canada, a leading equity crowdfunding platform operating out of Calgary, is joining a growing number of platforms that are leveraging their own technology to self-crowdfund their company. SeedUps is reaching out to their growing number of users, and beyond, to capitalize on their first… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Fizzics Makes Bottled Beer Taste Like Draft, Classic Bow Ties, & Think Jerky is Better Jerky from Famous Chefs

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Beer geeks rejoice. Now you can have draft caliber beer straight from the bottle courtesy of this next crowdfunding campaign.  Someone has taken a solid education and put it to good use by matching technology to bring better beer to the home. Crowdfunding on Indiegogo,… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Steps Up. Elects New Board of Directors

Lisbon Portugal

  Not long ago the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN)  was just an informal group of Europeans involved in the emerging crowdfunding market. Only in 2013 did it come into legal existence as a formal body. Yesterday, during its second General Assembly in the beautiful city… Read More

HongSin Kwek, CEO and founder of PhoenixICT, Talks Crowdfunding in Asia, Female Entrepreneurs

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  As the CEO and founder of PhoenixICT, a leading crowdfunding hub, HongSin Kwek is among the organizers of Crowdfunding Asia, the first conference of its type focused on the Asian markets. Crowdfunding Asia held its first event in Singapore in 2014, and this year’s upcoming events include conferences… Read More

Maybank, the Largest Bank in Malaysia, Seeks to Disrupt Finance as it Backs Startups, Supports Crowdfunding

MayBank Fintech Innovation

Amran Hassan, Head of Innovation at Maybank, Shares Insight into Maybank’s Innovative Approach Malaysia has been a leader in Asia in advocating, and legalizing, investment crowdfunding. Securities Commission (SC) Malaysia, the regulatory body that oversees the securities markets, has been a champion of new forms… Read More

SEC Staff Provides Early Guidance on Use of Regulation A+

SEC Regulation A+

  On June 23, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission provided some public guidance on certain issues arising under the new Regulation A+ Final Rules. In a new section of the SEC’s Compliance and Disclosure and Interpretations (C&DI’s),  a Q and A… Read More

The Future of Banking Arrives: Atom Bank Receives License in UK for Virtual Bank

Atom Bank New Bank

  “A Branch-free, Paper-free and Stress-free Bank” The traditional banking industry has been rather slow to innovate.  Hundreds of years of operating branches, with tellers, is a hard thing to change.  It is also a costly and inconvenient business structure in a world where everything… Read More

Legendary Musician & Entrepreneur Dave Stewart, Shares Insight on FAB Financial, Ideas Britain, Crowdfunding & Forthcoming Projects

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    Known for sporting a natty brown fedora, Stewart literally wears many hats. Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dave Stewart is a producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist whose music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie… Read More

Fundrise Sizes Up China Market for Possible Expansion

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Fundrise, a trailblazer in the real estate crowdfunding space, is looking to expand and China is high on the list.  It is a natural step for the platform as the largest investor in Fundrise is Renren, a publicly traded social media platform based in Beijing…. Read More

Biggest Single Equity Crowdfunding Investment Ever? One Investor Backs Sugru with £1 Million

Sugru Fix That Thing

Sugru, raising equity on Crowdcube, rocketed past £1 Million in just 4 days earlier this month.  The crowdfunding campaign benefitted by a solid consumer base of users and an expanding retail network.  Sugru is moldable glue, described as 21st century duct tape.  Early on in… Read More

Regulation A+ Day 1: A Look Past the Mainstream Media Headlines

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And Regulation A+’s Forgotten Crowdfunding Cousin Quietly Comes to Life in Congress Some History Lessons Though some may quibble over the details, June 19, 2015, was an historic day in U.S. regulatory history, at least as far as raising capital for small businesses is concerned… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Woodies Micro-Manufactures Fitted Shirts, Ola Fingerprint Lock & Bartesian, the Nespresso of Cocktails

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With the implementation of Title IV of the JOBS Act, otherwise called Regulation A+, we have entered a new step in the leveling the playing field for investors gaining access to early stage companies and companies ability to raise capital in a “mini-IPO” type structure. Previously… Read More

Regulation A+: What Do Industry Leaders Think About The New Investment Crowdfunding Exemption

The Signing of the JOBS Act Framed

Title IV of the JOBS Act finally become an actionable exemption today.  Rules 251 through 263 of Regulation A, under the Securities Act of 1933, were amended in an effort to fix a previously untenable securities rule.  Reg A+, as it is commonly known, has… Read More

OneVest Self Crowdfunds with Series A Round & $16 Million Valuation

OneVest

OneVest, a New York based investment crowdfunding platform, has announced a Series A self-crowdfunding round – coordinated with the implementation of Title IV of the JOBS Act. The offer, a 506(c), is now live on the OneVest site.  OneVest stated they will be self-crowdfunding between… Read More

StartEngine Fires Up Equity Crowdfunding as Regulation A+ Allows Anyone to Invest

Paul Elio and Elio Car

Los Angeles based StartEngine has launched its equity crowdfunding platform on the day that Regulation A+ now allows anyone to invest in early stage companies – not just the very rich.  According to company representatives, StartEngine will target aspiring investors – including North America’s over… Read More

Al Goldstein, CEO Of Avant, Talks ‘Underbanked’ Middle-Class Consumers And The Future Of Avant

Meeting the Needs Avant

  At the helm of Avant, a Chicago-based consumer loan program named to Forbes’ 2015 list of America’s Most Promising Companies, is founder and CEO Al Goldstein. A serial entrepreneur in technology, consumer services and real estate, Al co-founded Avant with John Sun, now the… Read More

A Little Filing with Big Implications for Marketplace Lending

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On Thursday, June 11, RiverNorth Marketplace Lending Corporation filed an N-2 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.  RiverNorth is a Chicago-based investment management firm founded in 2000 that specializes in opportunistic investment strategies.   Many of RiverNorth’s investment products are structured as Closed End… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Modernizing Rule 147 To Support Intrastate Crowdfunding

ACSEC Kara Stein and Stephen Graham

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met in early June to discuss various topics concerning, of course, small businesses. One of the primary topics the Committee addressed was the growing enactment and use of state-based crowdfunding (i.e. “Intrastate… Read More