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Crowdfunding Real Estate in France: Anaxago

Anaxago Joachim Dupont

French real estate developers badly need private equity and French savers have a strong, yet until recently unsatisfied, appetite for investing in real estate development. Crowdfunding comes to the rescue. Two leading French equity crowdfunding sites Anaxago and WiSeed have recently launched a division dedicated to real estate crowdfunding and have strong ambitions for it…. Read More

ALL HAIL THE COMING of The Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Bill

Anthony Zeoli

Alright so maybe “all hail” might be a little much but cut me some slack, I’m excited. After more than a year of lobbying, campaigning and pounding the pavement Illinois finally has a filed intrastate crowdfunding exemption bill. Well, that’s not entirely true … Illinois actually now has three proposed bills… Introduction. As many of… Read More

Where Have All the IPOs Gone? (Deck)

Bob Greifeld on CNBC

Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld spoke briefly on CNBC today about the “institutional battle” between the NYSE and Nasdaq in regards to the number of IPOs.  For the record Nasdaq chalked up 189 for $22 billion raised in 2014 while the NYSE listed 129 for total of $70 billion raised. So for this year, if it… Read More

SeedInvest to SEC: Please Enact Final, Simple, Crowdfunding Rules

Keep It Simple

SeedInvest, a widely respected investment crowdfunding platform that operates under Title II accredited crowdfunding (for now), has just submitted a comment letter to the Securities Exchange Commission pleading with he agency to “keep Title III crowdfunding simple”. The JOBS Act was signed into law almost 3 years ago yet final rules for retail crowdfunding under… Read More

Pebble Announces Pebble Time Steel, New “Smartstraps”, As it Nears Kickstarter Crowdfunding Record

Pebble Time Steel

Pebble Set to Challenge Forthcoming Apple Watch with New Design, 10 Day Battery Life & “Smartstraps” Pebble, the leader in the smartwatch space, launched a second round of crowdfunding on Kickstarter at the end of last month.  The project rocketed immediately, easily topping its half a million dollar “goal” and now stands at over $12… Read More

FundedHere: Singapore’s First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Launched By Andy Lim

Andy Lim

Singapore’s first true equity crowdfunding platform, FundedHere, launched today its platform to facilitate equity-based funding and venture debt for start-ups in the region from as low as S$5,000 (US$3,700). The new investment platform is viewed as a “springboard to fund projects in the region”. FundedHere is being sponsored by serial entrepreneur Andy Lim who founded… Read More

The Next British Invasion: Non Registered Securities Via the Crowd Can Succeed in the United States

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At the end of 2014, Robert Steinhoff, a JD candidate at the University of Colorado Law School, published a comment on the investment crowdfunding environment in the UK drawing a parallel to what could occur in the United States. The interesting thesis recognized the UK as leading the securities crowdfunding space having embraced a light… Read More

CrowdDefend: Using Crowdfunding to Balance the Scales of Justice

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To expand access to legal justice for those who can’t otherwise afford it, a new national crowdfunding platform, CrowdDefend, will publically launch this week. CrowdDefend helps individuals, organizations and businesses raise funds to cover legal representation, court fees and associated trial costs for cases large and small, across a wide range of issues. Previously, the… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Spark Electric Bike, UAMP Amplifier for Your Smartphone & Noocity Growbed Urban Garden

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There has been a lot of coverage regarding electric bikes the past couple weeks with the launch, and associated controversy, of the Sondors (né Storm) ebike. Sondors has successfully fended off their critics and remains one of the most funded Indiegogo campaigns ever. But now we have another ebike crowdfunding campaign and this one is tackling the sector… Read More

Hong Kong Media Tycoon Moves into Online Finance. TOM Group Gets into P2P Lending

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  Media conglomerate TOM Group is moving into the online finance space.  The entity, controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, is set to expand its ecommerce operation, Ule, into peer to peer lending and online banking in an “aggressive” push via a partnership with WeLab. Tom Group is a publicly traded Chinese-language media conglomerate… Read More

Europe Wants a Capital Markets Union. Crowdfunding Can Be A Catalyst.

A Revolution in Finance

The European Union published a “green paper” on Building a Capital Markets Union for the broader European community.  The ambitious goals are laudable but the challenge is high. While in the United States, and other countries around the globe, SME’s are the engine of growth.  The report states that in comparison to the United States,… Read More

Pebble Time Raises Over $5.5 Million in 6 Hours. Nears $10 Million on Day Two.

Pebble Time Liftoff

Pebble Time, the new iteration of the Pebble Smartwatch, launched a promotional crowdfunding campaign yesterday on Kickstarter.  The first time around it took a few weeks to raise over $10 million.  This time it may take just 2 as already over 42,000 have blitzed the pages of Kickstarter to purchase a smartwatch. Pebble has launched… Read More

Startup Grind: Fail to Succeed in Silicon Valley

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“Nobody wants to fail,” said the chief executive and founder of Fail Forward, Ashley Good, in a New York Times story on failure in Silicon Valley, published last fall. “It’s awful. You will never hear me say to celebrate failure.” But, Good, added, “failing intelligently is an increasingly important skill.” Recently, I attended the final day of the… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Holds Successful Event in Bangkok, Thailand

Group Discussion During Break Crowdfunding Asia Bangkok

Crowdfunding Asia held its second Asian conference to review the power and potential of new forms of finance. Sponsored by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission, the sold out event saw several hundred attendees from Thailand and surrounding countries in Asia and the United States.  Thailand is a developing nation that has fostered a growing… Read More

The JOBS Act, Crowdfinance & Building Social Consensus: Are Investors Unnecessarily at Risk?

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Is the JOBS Act Title II ecosystem being built around the art of the “con” by some Internet funding platforms and companies raising money on these platforms?  The answer seems to be yes, judging by investment advice provided by Morningstar, FINRA, psychologists, and business world academics – and newly emerging practices of Internet platforms which… Read More

Lock it up: SEC & FINRA Weigh in on Cybersecurity Issues

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Early in 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its intention to conduct an examination of certain registered broker-dealers and investment advisers in order to assess the general vulnerability of the securities industry, as a whole, to cyber-attacks. On February 3rd the OCIE released the results of the… Read More

LendInvest, in Push to Become Mainstream Mortgage Lender, Lowers Investor Minimum

LendInvest Deal of the Week

LendInvest, a peer to peer or “marketplace” lender that focuses on the commercial and residential mortgage industry, has lowered its investor minimum to a nominal £1000.00.  This is in stark contrast to the £50,000 minimum that was established when the platform launched in 2013.  The minimum threshold has slowly dropped over the past months having… Read More

Moving Mainstream: Centre for Alternative Finance of Cambridge Judge Business School Publishes European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report

University of Cambridge research Report

Newly opened Centre for Alternative Finance of University of Cambridge Judge Business School reports European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey study results.  The European market could top €7 billion in 2015 The European alternative finance market grew 144% last year to €2,957m The UK is the largest European country for alternative finance, at €2.34b (£1.78 b) The top markets in mainland Europe… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Luna Smartbed, Tempi Measures Your Environment & SCORE Film Music Documentary

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The three crowdfunding campaigns of this week’s Crowdfunding Mailbox are: Luna, a mattress cover that turns your bed into a “smartbed”; Tempi measures your humidity and temperature anywhere; and SCORE a film documentary on film scores (of course). At this time of year some days it is tough to get out of bed. With temperatures… Read More

Mary Jo White: “This year, we will be focused on implementing the final two major mandates of the JOBS Act”

Wanted SEC That Provides Crowdfunding Regulations Mary Jo White

SEC Chair Mary Jo White addressed the Practicing Law Institute in DC this morning and it appears that most of the big shots at the SEC are sharing their wisdom as well today. Following opening remarks by Andrew Ceresny, the Director of SEC Enforcement and Keith Higgins, the Director of CorpFin, Chair White delivered a pretty… Read More