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Exit: SEC’s Dan Gallagher – Enter: The Crowdfunders!

SEC Reveals Retail Crowdfunding Soon

  Are Final JOBS Act Crowdfunding Rules Truly Upon Us? It’s been too long since I graced the pages of Crowdfund Insider with one of my many missives – or as some at the SEC might say: missiles.  Well, since Regulation A+ went live in… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Orbbec Persee 3D Camera Computer, Turn Your iPhone into a VR Camera with SHOT & Misen Super Knife

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Orbbec has created a 3D camera that is the “world’s first camera computer”.  So what exactly does that mean? Today imagery and video are pretty much flat as we exist in a 2D digital world, but 3D is just around the corner.  Think of Orbbec Persee… Read More

Singapore based List71 Sees Revenue Share Crowdfunding as Filling the SME Funding Gap

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List71, based in Singapore, has put a new spin on the crowdfunding space.  According to the site description, List71 is “beyond debt and equity”.  Investors sign up to receive a portion the company’s revenue for a period of time instead of purchasing direct ownership.  Company… Read More

Renaud Laplanche: Our Ability to Embrace Transparency as an Industry is Really Important

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  As the Marketplace Lending industry begins to mature, awareness is growing across the population.  More and more consumers realize they may be able to save time, and money, by doing a greater portion of their banking online. Lending Club, the largest Marketplace Lending platform… Read More

European Commission Publishes Action Plan on Capital Markets Union

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As expected the European Commission has published its “action plan” on the Capital Markets Union (CMU) initiative.  The basis of the European Community has been economic integration. The reality has been far different as individual nations are loathe to submit to the vagaries of policy… Read More

Candice Pascoal: Kickante is Experiencing “1800% Annual Growth” in Brazil

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In less than two years of operation, Kickante has blitzed into the Brazilian crowdfunding scene with a growth rate that tops 1000%.  While the Brazilian economy struggles, Kickante is a shining light on the economic horizon that matches capital to entrepreneurs and other project creators…. Read More

CMU is a Good Thing Says PwC, But it Needs Some Help as Market Based Finance is Underdeveloped in Europe

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PwC has recently published an interesting report on the European Capital Markets Union (CMU).   The European Commission has an objective to diversify and improve access to capital.  Knocking down barriers and streamlining processes to accomplish this goal should be good for the entire EU… Read More

Crowd Business: More Innovation, Less Risk

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Crowdfunding, in particular in its presales form, has proven an excellent channel to accelerate the process of innovation and lower its risk. It enables entrepreneurs to get early feedback and submit their prototypes and service concepts to the ultimate market test: the customers’ willingness to… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Protein Beer, Butterfleye Monitoring Camera & a Laser Powered Razor

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High protein beer? Now that is a unique invention. Beer has never really been bad for you (in moderation). But usually high in carbs, beer can help you pack on a paunch if you are not careful. Brewtein is a new concoction from startup brewery… Read More

Pre-funding: The Killer App of Real Estate Crowdfunding

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Revolutionary technology is rarely useful or successful right away. Gutenberg’s printing press was a commercial failure until he decided to print the Bible. PC’s were obscure curiosities until the invention of the spreadsheet. Even the Internet was just an academic toy until the invention of… Read More

As The Number Of Platforms Decreases, The True Leaders Will Rise: Q&A With Vincent Bradley, CEO Of FlashFunders

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  For a company that launched less than a year ago, FlashFunders has made its presence known as one of the first equity crowdfunding platforms allowing startups to manage and execute their whole seed funding round online. The company is also one of the first broker-dealers approved by… Read More

In The UK, Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Now ‘Crowding Out’ Banks, VCs & Business Angels, New Research Suggests

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Equity crowdfunding platforms are “crowding out” banks, venture capitalists and business angels in the UK, suggests a new paper published by researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. St. Andrews explains that UK startups are “embracing the £146 million Crowdcube economy.” Crowdcube may be… Read More

Mangopay Exit: Fintech Group Acquired by French Bank

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Mangopay, a payment solution platform targeting the marketplace / crowdfunding industry that supports over 700 customers in 22 different countries, has been acquired by Crédit Mutuel Arkéa . As part of the agreement, the bank will inject a further €10 million in capital into parent company Leetchi… Read More

SEC Commissioner Gallagher: Thank You For Your Thick Skin

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It was bittersweet walking into Commissioner Daniel Gallagher’s office for the first and last time. He has been a true champion for small business and access to capital and we all owe him a debt of gratitude. It was also wholly appropriate that the amazing… Read More

Ramen Dinners, Rare Wins & Often, Failures: ‘Bazillion Dollar Club’ Series Follows Silicon Valley Startups Enrolled In 500 Startups & Highway1

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Ramen dinners, rare wins and–often–failures: the life of a Silicon Valley startup. A new show, “Bazillion Dollar Club,” takes viewers behind the scenes of six Silicon Valley startups seeking success, either through hardware accelerator Highway1 or accelerator 500 Startups. Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. on… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Cujo Stops the Hackers, Angee Home Security & Bruvelo Elevates Your Coffee

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Ne’er do wells are constantly trying to hack your home computer.  If you do not believe me, load up some software and see how frequently your home network is scanned.  The fact is that just about anyone can be a casual hacker these days.  Just… Read More

France’s Crowdfunding Sector Doubles in Size – But is Still Dwarfed by the UK

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Financement Participatif France (FPF), the French national association of crowdfunding platforms has released the sector’s market numbers for the first semester of 2015: a 100% increase from the same period last year. Results were said to be “encouraging” as France is still a very long way… Read More

NSRInvest Brings Institutional Tools for Smaller Investors in Marketplace Lending Assets

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Investing in marketplace lending assets (P2P lending) is super hot right now. The solid risk-adjusted returns provide an excellent opportunity for small investors to generate income. This is even more interesting in the historically low-interest rate environment of today.  The advent of institutional money cascading into… Read More

#FinTech and #Crowdfunding: Friend or Foe?

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Crowdfunding and ‘Alt-Finance’ are of course one of the cornerstones of FinTech as key parts of the ‘Finance’ leg. Although FinTech is broader-based encompassing cryptocurrencies such as BitCoin and related technologies (especially Blockchain) as well as new and faster ways of transacting and transferring ‘legacy’… Read More