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Bond Street CEO Comments on Department of Treasury “Request for Information” on Marketplace Lending

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Crowdfund Insider reported last month on the US Department of Treasury’s interest in the fast growing Marketplace / Peer-to-Peer lending space. Treasury published a “Request for Information” (embedded below) seeking public comment to study the various business models and review “how the regulatory framework should… Read More

Woomentum.Fund is Empowering Women as a Crowdfunding Platform for Women Led Startups

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Woomentum.Fund, a Singapore based crowdfunding platform, launched this weekend seeking to empower, and help fund, Asian based women led startups. Founded by Mouna Aouri Langendorf, Woomentum.Fund seeks to provide personalized support, and social boost, along with capital for female entrepreneurs. “Women entrepreneurs often find it hard… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Imperial Sphericator Turns Food Into Pearls, Freaks3D is a Portable 3D Printer & Livid’s Mobile Music Maker

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For this week’s Crowdfunding Mailbox we have Imperial Sphericator, a device that transforms your food into “caviar”; Freaks3D, the worlds “first” portable 3D printer; and Minim, a pocket sized wireless instrument for music creation. 3D printing is pretty common today. It was not that long… Read More

SparkUp Puts Lovemoney on Steroids with New Spin on Equity Crowdfunding

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SparkUp is a new French startup, the brainchild of 24 year old, now 26. And yes, age matters. Why? Because it takes a lot of disruptive energy to reinvent equity crowdfunding when it is barely emerging as a force. SparkUp positions itself as a B2B… Read More

Aescuvest is New Investment Crowdfunding Platform Focused Totally On MedTech & Health

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When the Crowd Helps Women to Become Pregnant Entrepreneurs Juliane Zielonka and Julia Lazaro are two energetic founders in the sprawling Berlin startup scene. Their latest creation, LARACompanion, is designed to help families with their desire to have children. LARACompanion is the derivative of a women’s… Read More

Crowdfunding is Impacting the Global Economy

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  Innovation means creating something that makes a process or product more efficient. The result can be a price reduction passed on to consumers in the short run, or an increase in the speed at which a business operates. Ultimately, innovation serves as the backbone… Read More

Doug Ellenoff: Thousands of Entrepreneurs Have Raised Capital Under Title II Crowdfunding (Video)

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer presided over the Second “Make it in America: What’s Next?” hearing held on Capitol Hill today (July 28th).  These presentations are designed to address the economic landscape; the challenges and potential solutions. Attorney Doug Ellenoff, partner at the law firm… Read More

Crowdfunding: From Impossible, to Improbable to Inevitable in less than 10 years

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  It was not that long ago that the term “crowdfunding” entered into the common lexicon. Today we regularly watch, or read about, multi-million crowdfunding campaigns delivering the next big thing to supportive consumers who are willing to wait a bit longer to receive a perk,… Read More

Orchard Provides Feedback on Recent US Treasury Interest in Marketplace Lending

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  Last week Crowdfund Insider published a report on how the US Department of Treasury was investigating marketplace lending and the rising prominence of online, direct lenders. While the interest is certainly understandable, anytime the government shows up – industry gets concerned.  While Treasury stated their… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Solar Paper Charger, Impact Wrap Tells You How Hard You Hit & Üllo Removes Sulfites from Wine

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For this week’s #Crowdfunding Mailbox we have Solar Paper, “the worlds thinnest and lightest solar charger”; Impact Wrap a device that measure how hard you punch and Üllo, a wine filter that removes the sulfites from your wine. Using the sun to generate electricity is… Read More

Women Investors are a Force to Be Reckoned With

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Something strange is happening. It may be received wisdom that women tend to invest less than men, and that when they do they are more risk averse, but something is up. Something is changing and it’s changing in a pretty fundamental way that might mean… Read More

Q&A: Stephen Sheinbaum, Founder Of Merchant Cash and Capital, Talks Bizfi And The Future of Banks (Hint: There Is One)

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As the founder of Merchant Cash and Capital (MCC), a small business alternative lending company that has also worked with companies from UPS to Pita Pit, Stephen Sheinbaum oversees a company that is using leading technology to change the way small businesses get capital. Prior… Read More

Industry Report: Disruptive Finance is Making Finance More Transparent, Efficient & Democratic for Entrepreneurs & Investors

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New forms of finance are poised to inalterably change the entire finance industry ecosystem we know today.  Investment crowdfunding, and the various iterations of alternative finance, are still in the early stages of its evolution.   The disruptive finance industry is measured in mere billions… Read More

French Alternativa: Equity Crowdfunding with a Secondary Market

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Alternativa.fr is an intriguing cross between an equity crowdfunding platform and an alternative exchange system which gives it something many crowdfunding platforms would like to have: a secondary market for trading SME’s private equity shares. Creating liquidity for private shares is an ongoing discussion in… Read More

Gust Leads the Wind of Change in Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors

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For over a decade Gust, and its predecessor Angelsoft, has quietly been become one of, if not the, largest private investing platforms in the world. Gust is a SaaS platform that helps connect entrepreneurs with investors and other benefactors, in whatever form such investors take,… Read More

Just Released: China’s New Guidelines For Online Finance Market

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    With China’s stock market crash still recent, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) released guidelines for the country’s rapidly burgeoning online finance market at the start of this weekend, outlined in a document published by the PBC.  The peer to peer lending industry in… Read More

Christian Catalini Talks Crowdfunding & the Power of the Syndicate (Video)

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  Christian Catalini, a professor at MIT Sloane School of Business, is a prominent crowdfunding researcher and he believes he has discovered the “killer app” for crowdfunding in partnering professional investors with the crowd. Angel investors and VCs have been leveraging “syndication” for a very… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: mifold Mini Booster Seat, Wearsafe is a Wearable Panic Button & droPrinter for your Smartphone

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For this week’s Crowdfunding Mailbox we have mifold the “grab & go” booster seat, Wearsafe wearable tech to alert others when you are in trouble and droPrinter for your smartphone. mifold is described as the “first real innovation in child car booster seats in over… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Crowdfunding Patent Lawsuit?

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Back in January of this year, Crowdfund Insider covered a patent lawsuit that sought to challenge many of the prominent US crowdfunding platforms in operation today.  This included both rewards/donations and investment crowdfunding platforms.  AlphaCap ventures, a company that has been described as a patent troll,… Read More