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Part Two: Is Culture Killing Equity Crowdfunding in Canada?  

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Causes and Lessons to be learned from more Developed Markets In this three-part series, we examine whether “conservative” Canadian business culture is having a negative effect on equity crowdfunding taking hold in Canada.  In Part I of this series we took a snapshot of equity… Read More

Q&A: Louise Beaumont of GLI Finance Talks FinTech, Female Entrepreneurs

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  One of the UK’s leading figures in FinTech, Louise Beaumont is the head of public affairs and marketing at GLI Finance, a prominent investor in the SME alternative finance sector. Her straightforward self-summary–“I grow companies–from initial spark, to operationalisation, results delivered, and value created”–is… Read More

BrewDog Moves Over to Crowdcube with Combo Debt / Equity Crowdfunding Offer

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BrewDog and its “Equity for Punks” crowdfunding offer is now listed on Crowdcube in a “first” combined debt and equity capital raise.  The offer is marketed as the “Worlds Biggest [funding] Round”. According to Crowdcube, investors may purchase 2 shares of BrewDog stock for £95… Read More

Massachusetts & Montana Continue Assault on SEC & Regulation A+

Montana Massachusetts Take AIM at SEC

As aptly stated in one publication, Massachusetts and Montana are giving Regulation A+  – an F.  While the failing grade is perplexing to most casual observers, the battle over this new investment crowdfunding exemption and the petitioning states is nowhere near completion. In a filing… Read More

Crowd-Innovation: How to Exploit the Power of the Crowd & Innovate Products & Processes

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Cyclically, innovation gets the top of the corporate agenda as a growth enabler that can play a major role in replacing existing products or services and in creating new markets, so anticipating future needs and eventually disrupting the current business models. But the “innovator’s dilemma”… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: The Coolest Sunglasses, PUGZ Wireless Earbuds & FABTotum Returns with Updated Desktop Factory

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Hawkers, based in Madrid, wants to “disrupt” the sunglass market.  Thinking Warby Parker? So am I. But once you dig in a bit, and then you look at their price, you may come to the conclusion they are on to something a bit different. Most… Read More

Dear Real Estate Industry, Prepare for the Millennials

The Millennials are coming

The traditional world of real estate needs to prepare for the next wave of investors – Millennials. Currently ranging in age from 18 to 34, and numbering roughly 77 million, Millennials make up about one-fourth of the U.S. population – and are far less interested… Read More

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

SeedUps Canada Jumps. Over 300 Companies Rush to Use Equity Crowdfunding Platform

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The investment crowdfunding push is a global movement. In the US multiple platforms have cropped up to take advantage of the evolving regulatory environment regarding general solicitation.  Across the border in Canada things have moved a bit slowly.  But earlier this year Canada took a… 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