General News

Brief: Seedrs Not Impacted by Heartbleed

Seedrs Office Sign

Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has posted a statement noting their transactional platform was not impacted the the Heartbleed security vulnerability.  Heartbleed, as the world now knows, impacted OpenSSL – something a majority of systems utilize today in transmitting encrypted information.  Sys Admins around the globe have been scrambling in panic to address this unfathomable security… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Singapore Update

Paul Niederer

This third day of conference has been devoted to Crowdfunding (and Digital Currencies). As promised by the organizers, much discussion and speeches take place throughout the day. Introductions and states of the market are being provided by event organizer Epi Ludvik Nekaj and Mr. Paul Niederer (ASSOB, Australia). Later in the day, discussions about crowdfunding… Read More

truCrowd, Zacks Form Strategic Alliance


truCrowd and Zacks CF Research have partnered up to bring independent valuation reports to companies seeking to raise money from non-accredited investors. “We’re pleased to announce this partnership. We look forward to working with truCrowd to bring additional transparency to the companies [that] choose truCrowd to list their crowdfunding [campaigns],” says Howard Orloff, vice president… Read More

Digital Currencies and Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing?


Today at the Singapore Crowdsourcing Week conference, were discussions about digital currencies and there relative advantages. These discussions touched upon how digital currencies fit with crowdfunding operations. The panel gathered; Alexis V Nicosia of Seedcoin, James Cox of Ripple and David Moscowitz of Coin Republic. Seedcoin is a Payment mechanism that also enables anyone to… Read More

One Spark Takes Off: ‘The World’s Crowdfunding Festival’ Happening Now in Jacksonville, Florida

Worlds Largest Crowdfunding Festival

Look out, SXSW, because Austin has some competition. Now in its second year, One Spark– a five-day event that brings artists, entrepreneurs, and leading experts together for a celebration of crowdfunding – is putting Jacksonville, Florida on the map of entrepreneurial, creative cities. One Spark 2014, billed as the “World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival,” opened on April 9… Read More

Watch: Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche’s Interview Series For Entrepreneurs With The Khan Academy, Kauffman Foundation

renaud laplanche

Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche has taken a very interesting path to becoming the CEO of the largest peer lending platform in the United States. In a collaboration between the Kauffman Foundation and the Khan Academy, Laplanche shares a bit of that story and his thoughts on entrepreneurship in a series of three short videos…. Read More

Indiegogo Co-Founder Danae Ringelmann Recognized as Powerhouse Woman

danae ringelmann

Posted up on Refinery29, an independent fashion and style site, Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo is recognized as one of the 5 “Powerhouse Women Paying it Forward”. Ringelmann is recognized as being on the first to understand the power of crowdsourcing by leveraging technology.  Rightly so – as Indiegogo predates the time… Read More

Crowdfunding For Video Games Leveling Off: What Gives?

Kickstarter & Indiegogo

Joystiq’s monthy Crowdfund Bookie report is out for March, and – much like the first two months of the year – the results are less than great. The report tallies up crowdfunding statistics from Kickstarter & Indiegogo and in the video game space specifically. The quick hits… $991,113 was raised in total 22 projects were… Read More

Registry of Accredited Investors Shares Data on 506(c) Filings

Registry of Accredited Investors

On September 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began accepting filings under Rule 506 (c), a new method of raising capital for private businesses through accredited investors that allowed general solicitation.   The Registry of Accredited Investors, a private company that provides verification services to accredited investors, has reviewed of all the Rule 506(c)… Read More

Dr. Richard Swart Joins Capital Services Group – Board of Advisors

Richard Swart

San Diego based Capital Services Group has appointed Dr. Richard Swart, a recognized thought leader in the crowdfunding industry, to its board of advisors.  Capital Services Group just recently announced their equity crowdfunding plug-in for 506(c) private placements. Founder and CEO, Thomas Carter, said that “We are excited to have Richard join our team. His… Read More

Crowdsource Week Announces Event in Brussels


Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) announces the CSW Summit in Brussels on June 5-6, 2014, the first in a series of global summits planned for 2014. The two-day summit with BNP Paribas Fortis as a premier partner will be the first of its kind in Brussels. The event will connect an expanding crowdsourcing community in Belgium to… Read More

SEC Commissioner Stein Talks Blue Sky, JOBS Act in Speech to NASAA

Commissioner Kara M. Stein BW

In a double header day, SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein also addressed the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) at their 2014 Public Policy conference in Washington, DC. Introduced by NASAA President Andrea Seidt from Ohio, Commissioner Stein dove right in to addressing the pressing concerns of the NASAA. Blue Sky Review finds it origins… Read More

SEC Commissioner Aguilar Talks Crowdfunding, JOBS Act in Speech to NASAA

Luis A. Aguilar

In a speech given today to the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) at their annual conference held in Washington, DC, SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar addressed the hot topic of the JOBS Act and some of the exemptions regarding crowdfunding. The NASAA has been very vocal about their apprehension towards crowdfunding.  Regarding proposed rules… Read More

Brief: Administrative Hearing For Candace Klein Postponed (Again) Until June

Candace Klein (

An administrative hearing for former SoMoLend CEO Candace Klein has been postponed yet again, this time being pushed back to June. The hearing was scheduled to continue today. This continues a trend of delays during the hearing. SoMoLend was served a notice of intent to issue a cease & desist in August of 2013. This led… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Global 2014 Opens in Singapore


This year Crowdsourcing Week global conference in Singapore is poised for an excellent start. This morning, people were still flocking in the 400-seats Fusionopolis theatre when the introduction started with Epi Ludvik. Over 40 presentations are planned over the week along with a full schedule of accompanying sessions. This year’s introduction key quotes are :… Read More

Capital Services Group Offers Equity Crowdfunding Plug-In for 506(c) Offerings

Capital Services Group

Capital Services Group has launched their Equity Round Managed offering for companies raising capital on their own websites under the Rule 506c general solicitation framework. This web-enabled general solicitation application is designed for integration directly into the offering company’s website. The Equity Round Managed Plug-In is an investor relations and financial offering platform designed to… Read More

CrowdsUnite Organizes Equity Crowdfunding Class for April 28th


CrowdsUnite has scheduled an equity crowdfunding training class for later on this month in New York City.   The four hour gathering entitled, “Equity Based Crowdfunding:  Everything You Need to Know for Success” will be held at the offices of Eisner Amper, a leading full service accounting and consulting firm based in Manhattan.  The session… Read More

CrowdAlliance Announces New Equity Technology Platform

CrowdAlliance Dark

CrowdAlliance, part of the Asset Alliance group of companies, has designed and developed atechnology platform for issuers and accredited investors to meet in an online interactive marketplace. The CrowdAlliance platform will enable accredited investors and issuers to support each other’s goals and create opportunities to grow with one another. Issuers will be able to utilize… Read More

Crowdentials Offers Open Source Services for Investor Accreditation & Bad Actor Checks


Equity crowdfunding compliance software provider Crowdentials has launched an open-source network for crowdfunding portals and companies raising capital through new securities rules enacted last fall by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is extending its product offerings to include automated bad actor checks for investment crowdfunding portals and potential investors. The Crowdentials Network… Read More

A Kickstarter-Funded Restaurant Won A Michelin Star Four Months After Opening

the musket room

Getting a Michelin Star can be one of the great pinnacles of success for any chef. A Manhattan restaurant called The Musket Room won the award just four months after opening, and Kickstarter played an important role in the opening of the establishment. No, it wasn’t the only funding source; the restaurant was self-funded with… Read More