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The Establishment of Equity Crowdfunding in Thailand & the Strengthening of Thai SMEs for the ASEAN Single Market

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The Importance of Equity Crowdfunding in Thailand On 16 May 2015, the notification of the Capital Market Supervisory Board such as the notification no.: TorChor. 7/2558 regarding regulations on offer for sale of securities through electronic system or network TorChor. 8/2558 regarding rules, conditions and… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Gekkopod for iPhone, Wireless Productivity Sign & Archer Brighton Cool Lunch Bags

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Rewards based crowdfunding is perfect for small companies looking to launch a new product or validate a concept. We are seeing a growing number of SMEs become bigger companies fueled in part by platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  Recently Indiegogo stated that over $300 million in… Read More

OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow Shares His Innovative Vision for Marketplace Lending: Transforming How Money Flows

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“We are extremely excited by the possibilities of the next decade in the alternative finance market… OnDeck’s vision is to transform how money flows to small businesses by leveraging our platform to provide capital on demand for small business owners. The data flowing through a small… Read More

When to Pivot, When to Fold: What Every CEO & Investor Needs to Know

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The thing that excites me most about today’s crowdfinance-inspired path of capital formation is its unprecedented ability to mitigate shareholder risk and groom more productive businesses. It does this by allowing companies to gauge consumer demand and presell products prior to it outlaying any manufacturing,… Read More

Aligning Entrepreneur and Crowdinvestor Interests

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  Crowdinvesting has contributed to the development of new organizational forms that in particular affects entrepreneur – investor relations. In this new reality, it is normal for startups to have an average of 125 investors. A potential burden for small founder teams, but also a… Read More

China Rapid Finance Provides Over 1.1 Million Loans in Just 3 Months

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Peer to peer lender China Rapid Finance has originated an astounding 1.1 million in loans to Chinese borrowers in just three months time – as of April 30th. The impressive number is indicative of the demand for capital in the largest P2P lending market in… Read More

Fund Forward: 8 Exciting Trends in Crowdfunding That Are Coming Sooner Than You Think

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With a compound annual growth rate of 88% since 2011, crowdfunding, particularly equity crowdfunding, is taking off. The decentralization of finance gives individuals more choice and control as to where they invest their money, and simultaneously offers startups access to new sources of capital. So… Read More

Angels Den Raises Capital for WhiskyInvestDirect, Whisky Crowdfunding Platform

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Angels Den is raising capital for a new niche crowdfunding site, WhiskyInvestDirect. The live investment offer for the new funding portal wants to capitalize on a consumable that has seen an average annual return of 5% since 1980. WhiskyInvestDirect was founded by Paul Tustain and Rupert… Read More

It’s Official – the FinTech Revolution has arrived, according to The Economist!

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Is this a defining moment? For many I suspect it will be – although to judge by the comments, some of them who clearly think that the trust that the banks squandered long ago is still in place, other who clearly see the old order… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: BuddyGuard Home Security, Brease Personal Cloud Storage & Mellow Electric Skateboard

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A few weeks back Kickstarter announced German crowdfunding campaigns.  The campaigns just started going live this past week and so we are happy to be featuring two projects from German creators. I travel quite a bit so I am constantly swapping between desktop, laptop and… Read More

Investing in BrewDog Equity Crowdfunding Round: Good Deal or Not?

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There is a lot of discussion going on the merits of participating in BrewDog’s most recent Equity for Punks crowdfunding round.  The 4th go at raising capital from the crowd, this one is the most ambitious to date seeking a raise of £25 million from… Read More

SyndicateRoom CEO Gonçalo de Vasconcelos Shares Secrets of UK Crowdfunding Platform’s Success: Exclusive Interview

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“The [SyndicateRoom] model was a result of my experience. I was working with business angels when equity crowdfunding appeared. I loved the idea of a wider group getting access to investment in early stage companies, but I didn’t like how it was being done, and… Read More

Moving On: Commissioner Daniel Gallagher Expected to Depart SEC After Four Years

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One of the most vocal advocates for small business and rational rule making is leaving the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Daniel Gallagher, an SEC Commissioner for the past four years, has reportedly told multiple people he is ready to move on after a vocal tenure… Read More

Taxing Crowdfunds: Canary Wharf Hack Moot In The Face of Brussels Butchery of EU VAT Laws

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EU Poised to Tax Crowdfunding Campaigns Potentially Killing Off Source of SME Funding Will Crowdfunders from the US and across the world be caught in the crossfire as the EU quietly prepares to declare war on the Internet’s behemoths? The European Union is considering the… Read More

BrewDog Crowdfunds £5 Million in 20 Days. Drops “Fat Cat Bankers” from Helicopters Over the City (Video)

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Iconoclastic brewery, and financial innovators, BrewDog easily raised £5 million in just 20 days making the point that equity crowdfunding is an effective path to raise capital. The established independent brewery, based in Scotland, is looking to raise £25 million in total as part of its… Read More

Claire Cockerton, Founding CEO of Innovate Finance and Chairwoman of Entiq, Talks FinTech Innovation

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  Web search results for “Claire Cockerton” will have her bio featured on one of Europe’s largest technology accelerators, financial services conferences or a listing of women in fintech (to name a few) – providing a snapshot of what her LinkedIn profile confirms: Claire is a serial entrepreneur and… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: GoSun Grill Cooks with the Sun, PENXO Minimal Pencil & Bricwave Express Charging

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With warm weather finally here (for much of the US) it is time to start polishing up the grill to enjoy outdoor cooking. Gas or charcoal is the option most of us use today, but GoSun is now providing a 3rd option – powered by… Read More

The New Crowdfunding Market in Asia: Taiwan

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  Crowdfunding is estimated to be commencing this May (2015) in Taiwan. To encourage the development of start-ups and SMEs, the financial authority in Taiwan, which is called Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), will provide a regulatory structure for crowdfunding. Since the Security Act in Taiwan requires the… Read More

STATE OF THE STATES: An Update On Intrastate Crowdfunding

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Normally when I write about updates on intrastate crowdfunding legislation it’s simply to let readers know that one, two, maybe even as many as three states have either enacted or proposed new legislation. Not this time, however, as the first quarter of 2015 has brought… Read More

The Orchard Marketplace Lending Universe Expands

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  Orchard describes its beginning as a small circle of friends, driven by the same interests, with a desire to make a difference in the alternative lending space.  But what was once a bit of a hobby is now a pretty enormous and incredible business. I… Read More