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SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher Speaks to the Crowdfunding Ecosystem – It’s Time to Listen and Act

Daniel Gallagher SEC Speech

Having just read SEC Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher’s remarks at Vanderbilt Law School last Friday,  he may not be the only champion of smart regulation for small business capital formation.  But he is surely one of the most visible and important voices in this area.  Apart from being extremely well qualified in this area, never… Read More

Interview: Cloud Lending CTO Darpan Saini and LendingPoint CTO Franck Fatras Discuss Partnership and Cloud Solutions

Clouds Beach Sky Sun

In February Cloud Lending Solutions announced that its customer and partner,  LendingPoint, had successfully used Cloud Lending as a foundation to go from concept to market in less than ninety days.  Helmed by CEO and Founder Snehal Fulzele and CTO Darpan Saini,  Cloud Lending has quickly disrupted global P2P lending as more and more clients shift to its Cloud Lending Solutions. Seeking to… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Rocketbook Cloud Integrated Notebook, Cloudsolar Solar Panels & Off Campus Podcast

Mailbox Featured 3.29.15

Paper is on its way. Newspapers, magazines, books are all migrating to digital forms of publishing – and this is a good thing. Only the very old and those set in their ways will attest otherwise. One realm of the paper world that persists is for taking notes, jotting quick diagrams or just scribbling pictures…. Read More

Pebble Time: $20,338,986 in Crowdfunding, A Kickstarter Record

Pebble Time Crowned

The crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for Pebble’s new smartwatch has officially closed.  Pebble Time now stands as the most funded campaign ever on Kickstarter.  Pebble raised a total of $20,338,986 from 78,471 backers.  Pebble easily topped the previous record holder, Coolest Cooler, a   product that is now at a respectable 2nd place sandwiched in… Read More

Fundrise CEO Ben Miller: New Reg A+ is a “Goldilocks” Change in Regulatory Environment

The Fundrise Team Small

Fundrise, one of the first crowdfunding platforms in the United States, was an early innovator when it comes to real estate crowdfunding.  Founded by brothers Ben & Dan Miller, the pair started using old Regulation A to offer shares in small real estate deals. This was way back in 2010, years before the JOBS Act was… Read More

Lufax CEO: Big Risk of Fraud in China P2P Lending

China Peer to Peer Lenders

Speaking on a panel discussion at the Boao Forum in southern China, the CEO of Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange (commonly referred to as Lufax), Gregory Gibb, addressed the pressing issue of fraud. The peer to peer lending industry in China has experienced supercharged growth over the past few years but has been plagued by fraud and… Read More

Indiegogo is Poised to Move Into Equity Crowdfunding

Slava Rubin 2014

With the release of final rules for Title IV of the JOBS Act, commonly referred to as  Regulation A+, all investment crowdfunding platforms are sizing up the opportunity and evaluating the shift in regulations.  But one sector is uniquely positioned to marry both perks and ownership: Rewards based crowdfunding platforms. While Kickstarter has been adamant they… Read More

Lookout Apple Watch: Olio Smartwatch Challenges Apple with High End Wearable Tech

Olio with Steel Band

Apple Watch has a new competitor and I am not talking about the Google/Intel thing.  This watch has been created by a former Apple employee and you can immediately see the design DNA in this incredibly crafted watch. Olio, positioned as a “boutique” watch company, has launched a smartwatch that puts design and materials at a premium –… Read More

The Reg A+ Bombshell: $50M Unaccredited Equity Crowdfunding Title IV takes Center Stage

SEC Commissioners too

In a stunning development earlier today, the SEC released final Regulation A+ rules under Title IV of the JOBS Act that pre-empts state law for larger Regulation A offerings up to $50M and provides for state coordinated review for offerings up to $20M.  Growth companies will now soon be able to raise up to $50… Read More

Handheld Flamethrower Easily Tops Goal on Indiegogo

Flamethrower XM42

Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?  Probably not, but if you back this crowdfunding campaign you may possess one of the most popular weapons in dealing with the walking dead. The XM42 “Handheld Flamethrower”, a creation of ION Productions, was approved to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo yesterday and backers rushed in to be… Read More

Israel’s Equity Crowdfunding Platform iAngels Successfully Captures $2.25M Seed Round led by Billionaire Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich

iAngels, an angel investing equity crowdfunding  platform that enables private investors to co-invest with Startup Nation’s leading angels and gain access to exclusive early-stage opportunities, announced today that it has raised a solid $2.25 million seed round led by Roman Abramovich’s fund, Millhouse Capital.   #Roman Abramovich leads investment in Israel’s @iAngels# #http://jewishbusinessnews.com/?p=84652# pic.twitter.com/Uf0Vc3Mym8 — Jewish Business… Read More

LOOKING FOR THE EXIT – Commissioner Aguilar Presses On The Need For Greater Secondary Market Liquidity 

Where is the Exit 2

Earlier this month, Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar addressed the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies in Washing D.C. In his speech (embedded below), Commissioner Aguilar echoed the sentiments of the market in arguing the need for increased liquidity in the private placement market. His speech goes well beyond that point however, as he highlights… Read More

Invivo Now Most Funded Crowdfunding Campaign Ever in New Zealand

Invivo Wines Good for the Seller

Just last week we were writing about the impressive crowdfunding success of Invivo, a winery raising capital on Snowball Effect. The campaign launched and almost immediately jumped to $1 million NZD. Now a few days later and Invivo is nearing its $2 million top limit standing at over $1.7 million with almost three weeks left… Read More

Eureeca Receives FCA Approval in “Landmark” Event for Dubai Based Crowdfunding Platform

Sam Quawasmi and Christopher Thomas Eureeca

The Financial Conduct Authority has approved the application of Dubai based Eureeca and is now regulated under UK rules.  Eureeca is a leading investment crowdfunding platform in the Middle East.  According to Eureeca, the funding portal is seeking to assist UK based SMEs looking to enter the Dubai market by providing local capital and local expertise…. Read More

Crowdcube Launches “Sprint Programme” Specifically to Provide Up To £150K in Seed Capital for Startups

The Pressery 150K

Investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has announced the launch of a new program called the “Sprint Programme” designed specifically to help fund startups raise seed funding. The very first company to leverage the new feature, the Pressery, quickly raised £150,000 in hours. Back to the Future In a back to the future move, Crowdcube has gone… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: LyfeLens Dash Cam, Coolbox Smart Toolbox & Viper for IoT

Mailbox Featured 5.22.15

LyfeLens is a 360º dash cam for your car.  Now some people may be a bit concerned about documenting their driving habits but for others having a dash cam that works when you are driving your car, and when you are not, could be a pretty useful tool. In some parts of the world it is… Read More

Facebook Releases New P2P Payment Feature. What’s Next?

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has just announced the release of a new “P2P” payment feature incorporated in its messenger service. The application will allow users to send & receive money to each other using their platform. Facebook launched the service saying “it is easy, and it is free”.  The service is expected to be available for US desktop and mobile… Read More

OurCrowd’s New President, Anthony DeChellis, Makes Transition from Old Finance to New

OurCrowd Exclusive Crowdfunding

OurCrowd is a global investment crowdfunding platform that is one of the leaders in the sector today having raised over $100 million for SME’s. While its headquarters are nominally in Israel, the platform has taken a truly cosmopolitan approach. Led by visionary founder and industry champion, Jon Medved, OurCrowd has offered up some of the most… Read More

Q-&-A: PENSCO CEO Kelly Rodriques Discusses The Definition of ‘Accredited Investor,’ The JOBS Act And More

Kelly Rodriques and Eileen Loustau

Shortly into 2015, Kelly Rodriques, president and CEO of PENSCO Trust Company, a leading alternative asset custodian, shared his top five predictions for the year underway. Crowdfund Insider caught up with him for a more detailed Q-and-A about his predictions—from the $1 million investment cap on Title III retail crowdfunding, to how a person should… Read More

CrowdfundUp: Australia’s First Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

CrowdfundUp Team First Real Estate

Australia was early to the equity crowdfunding game with ASSOB but they are a bit late in real estate crowdfunding – that is until today. CrowdfundUp, a Perth based startup, has launchd Australia’s first real estate crowdfunding platform offering both debt and equity investment  opportunities to investors of all types.  The founders want to connect… Read More