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Comedian & Political Activist Russell Brand Announces His Support For Cryptocurrency Bitcoin

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Ready to join the newly defined “Crypto Revolution,” comedian and political activist Russell Brand recently declared his support for the cryptocurrency, bitcoin. According to Newsbtc, Brand, who has joined forced with StartJOIN so that he may attract more attention to crowdfunding and digital literacy programs, stated: “I’m very interested in setting up social enterprises, such as… Read More

Indiegogo Reveals the ABCs to Crowdfunding For Medical Projects

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In an effort to help those seeking money for medical/health campaigns, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo shared some tips on how these type projects can ultimately receive the funds they need. The popular funding platform’s Breanna DiGiammarino stated: “Crowdfunding proved an effective aid for the Villanova family, as well as thousands of others who have turned to the Internet to raise money for… Read More

William Shatner Set to Launch New Kickstarter to Save California From Droughts

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Ready to save California from a potential drought, 84-year-old actor William Shatner has announced plans to launch a $30 million crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a pipeline that will bring water to the in danger state. During an interview with Yahoo! Shatner stated: “California’s in the midst of a 4-year-old drought. They tell us there’s… Read More

Brief: EFactor Acquires Crowdfunding Platform RocketHub For $15M

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Ready to make a few changes to its reward-based crowdfunding platform, RocketHub announced this week that it has been acquired by entrepreneur networking site, EFactor for $15 million. According to Entrepreneur, RocketHub, which operates in over 190 different countries and regions, will continue to exist as its own brand under the EFactor umbrella. Co-founder of the platform, Alon… Read More

Singing Sensation Amanda Palmer Talks Label Breakup & Crowdfunding Success

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Last month, singer and songwriter Amanda Palmer launched a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon to raise funds for her upcoming projects, which consists of making new art and traveling to Berlin, Germany to record an album in German. The new projects surfaced just two years after she captured over $1 million dollars on Kickstarter for her first studio album,… Read More

Lending Platform China Rapid Finance Reaches New Milestone With 800,000 Loans To Chinese Borrowers

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China Rapid Finance, a Chinese marketplace that specializes in lending and credit decisioning, announced that it has reached a new milestone – in the first two months since it launched the service, the company has provided more than 800,000 loans to Chinese borrowers over its marketplace lending mobile platform. In February of this year, China… Read More

Crowdfunder UK’s Rob Love Selected To Head Up Brighton’s #VOOM Pitch to Rich Panel

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The Chairman of Cornwall’s Crowdfunder, Rob Love, will head up the #VOOM: Pitch to Rich panel in Brighton, in search of the best business minds across the UK Virgin Media Business’ Pitch to Rich 2015 competition to award Britain’s biggest ever business prize will be kick started with six events, taking place up and down the country… Read More

SoFi CEO & Co-Founder Mike Cagney Dubbed LendIt 2015 Innovator of the Year

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Mike Cagney, CEO and co-founder of SoFi, a leading marketplace lender, was named Innovator of the Year by LendIt, a conference series dedicated to connecting the global online lending community. Cagney was recognized for his innovative work redefining the mortgage experience including a first-of-its-kind mobile experience that provides real rate quotes to qualified applicants in under… Read More

Kickstarter Campaign Organizer Wearality Names Former Google Ambassador Michael Jones As New CEO

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Michael Jones, former chief technology advocate of Google, has joined Silicon Valley’s Wearality Corporation as the startup’s new CEO. In this role, Jones will oversee the launch of today’s most innovative virtual reality (VR) wearable technology, including the recently launched Wearality Sky, to help users experience the true power of immersive 3D worlds. Jones will drive sales with major mobile technology partners, manage overall operations, and… Read More

SmartAngels and Global Insurer Allianz Launch €10 M Crowdfunding Investment Fund 

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French equity crowdfunding platform SmartAngels and the French arm of global insurer Allianz announced today the launch of a crowdfunding investment fund. Allianz’s customers will be able to use SmartAngels’ crowdfunding platform to invest in startups and high-growth companies. Allianz France will co-invest in the very same companies by matching euro for euro the investments… Read More

Cinedigm Acquires North American Rights to SXSW Audience Award Winner & Kickstarter Film A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY

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Documentary Follows Extraordinary Woman’s Journey from Cyber Bullying Target to Inspiring Anti-Bullying Activist and Champion Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment distribution rights to A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY. The highly acclaimed documentary premiered last month at SXSW, received multiple standing ovations and won the prestigious festival’s… Read More

Kickstarter Funded SunJack Solar Charger Hits Home Depot’s Store Shelves

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The Home Depot, a home improvement retailer, is now offering SunJack portable power products for sale on the store’s website. The Kickstarter-funded device is manufactured by GigaWatt Inc, a California solar company that distributes and installs solar components. The SunJack is described as a charger that can charge 8 smartphones or 2 tablets with only 5 hours of sunlight…. Read More

Colorado Division of Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome Shares Key Aspects of the State’s New Crowdfunding Law

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With Governor John Hickenlooper recently signing the Colorado Crowdfunding Act into law, which will allow the state’s residents to be able to stock in local companies without becoming an accredited investor, Colorado’s Division of Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome shared key aspects of the new bill and what it means to investors and businesses in the state. During his… Read More

COBI Raises More Than $4M in First Post-Kickstarter Funding Round

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COBI, developer of the self-dubbed “world’s smartest” connected biking system, has completed one of the largest financing rounds ever for a bike startup. The company is set to receive more than $4 million from European investors Capnamic Ventures, Iris Capital and Creathor Venture. Private investors from COBI’s seed round of financing also participated. COBI will… Read More

Global Commodities Company Setién Lists Campaign DarcMatter: Touts Efficiency of Liquid Sugar

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Setién, an international commodities trading company headquartered in New York City with operations in Mexico, Chile, China, UA, Brazil, Venezuela and India, has patented a process for the production of liquid sugar that generates 30-40% savings on production costs compared to the traditional process for obtaining liquid sugar.  The commodities company has listed its equity crowdfunding campaign… Read More

UC Berkeley Announces CrowdBerkeley to Understand the Crowdfunding Revolution

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UC Berkeley has announced a new entity in ‘CrowdBerkeley’, a partnership focused on teaching and learning about the power of crowdfunding.  Berkeley states that crowdfunding is changing the future of finance by fostering the exchange of capital through new technology channels and by providing a more equal playing field for funding investors and recipients. This new… Read More

Singapore P2P Lender Capital Match Launches: Targets SMEs

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The Singapore-based peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Capital Match which targets Singapore SMEs obtain loans financed by individual investors has launched. The company stated that its are two-fold, to provide business borrowers with the next best interest rates after banks and to give investors access to an attractive yield with a low investment entry amount. Capital Match has an in-house… Read More

gamesGRABR First Tech Firm to Receive LCIF via Crowdfunding: Crowdcube Selected to Seal the Deal

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gamesGRABR, the social network for gaming, has successfully raised more than £450,000 in its second round of funding on the Crowdcube platform, smashing its initial £250,000 target by over 80% and attracting 221 investors, including the London Co-investment Fund. “We are so proud of this latest round of funding and the attention gamesGRABR has attracted. Our unique approach of… Read More

Inkshares Announces Partnership With Sci-Fi/Fantasy Podcast The Sword & Laser For New Feature

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Crowdfunded Book Publisher Launches “Collections” Feature with Science Fiction/Fantasy Publishing Contest Inkshares, a start-up crowdfunded book publisher, announced today a partnership with The Sword & Laser, an award-winning science fiction and fantasy podcast and community, to launch a feature called “Collections”—allowing third parties to run publishing imprints on Inkshares. As part of this launch, Inkshares… Read More

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Signs Equity Crowdfunding Act into Law

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On Monday, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Colorado Crowdfunding Act into law which will allow the state’s residents to be able to stock in local companies without becoming an accredited investor. Earlier this year, a drafted crowdfunding legislation for Colorado was presented that will facilitate crowdfunding by authorizing on-line intermediaries to match the state’s investors with a state-based business…. Read More