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Brief: TweelX Music Stock Exchange Completes Series A Funding

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TweelX, a Nashville-based startup that launched its patent-pending Music Stock Exchange in 2013, has raised $200,000 in series A funding. Three investors participated in the transaction last month, including La Ragazza & Associates and Atlantic Merchant Capital Investors. Co-founder and CEO of TweelX, Chase Tweel noted, “This funding transaction is part of a broader plan… Read More

How to Run a “Kick Butt” Kickstarter Campaign (Infographic)

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Running a crowdfunding campaign, be it for rewards or other, takes a ton of work. The team at Crowdfund Insider continues to see promising products that fail in their crowdfunding venture mainly due to lack of preparation and the fact that too many creators believe: if we build it they will come. Unfortunately having a… Read More

elmspring Participants PeerRealty & ReaLync Set To Be Featured at January 2015’s Technori Pitch

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Real estate startup accelerator program, elmspring, announced this week that two participants of its program, PeerRealty and ReaLync, are set to featured at the January 2015’s Technori Pitch. Technori Pitch is described as “a monthly showcase of innovative starters, showcasing what they have just launched.” The series has brought over 180 tech startups and professionals—including the founders of 37signals, Apple’s… Read More

Fund Wisdom: Equity Crowdfunding Public Offerings Drove $278M in Angel Investing for 2014

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Fund Wisdom, an equity analytics firm analyzing online equity offerings, released its first annual Investment Insight report for 2014. The report details industry-wide online private equity offerings from top investment platforms including AngelList, SeedInvest, WeFunder, Onevest, Fundable, EquityNet, Return On Change, CrowdFunder, and EarlyShares for the last calendar year. FundWisdom found that 296 SEC Regulation… Read More

Alchemiya Becomes First Sharia’h Compliant Crowdfunding Campaign on Crowdcube

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Earlier this month, Crowdfund Insider reported on Alchemiya, a premium online subscription-based video on demand platform for Muslim entertainment, which launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £60,000 so that it may expand its already growing services. It was known as the first Muslim media company to debut a public equity crowdfunding campaign. Alchemiya aims to… Read More

A $710 Million Crowdfinanced Company: An Alternative to Venture Capital

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Last week the UC Berkeley case study on Sanovas Inc., the San Rafael California Life Science accelerator was presented  at the JP Morgan Chase OneMed conference to a packed audience of over 120 investors.  I presented the case study, which is the first in a series to be released by UC Berkeley looking at innovative… Read More

Debrett’s Dubs Crowdcube’s Co-Founder Darren Westlake One of Britain’s Most Influential Entrepreneurs

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Debrett‘s, an online source on British social skills, etiquette and style, recently announced its annual Britain’s 500 Most Influential List. This list features very well known people in British society and is carefully complied by independent panels of specialists in each field who has provided nominations for selections. Co-founder of Crowdcube, Darren Westlake, was selected… Read More

Matthew Inman’s Exploding Kittens Card Game Becomes Most Backed Project in Kickstarter’s History (Video)

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One week down, nearly three more weeks to go! The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman has been super busy continuing to promote his already Kickstarter success card game, Exploding Kittens.Now the project is nearing $4.3 million on the crowdfunding giant’s platform and has been dubbed the “The Most Backed Campaign in Kickstarter History.” As previously reported, Inman teamed… Read More

iProperty: “UK Property Industry is Running Scared”

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This is a bit of an interesting story of the disruption occurring in the UK real estate market. The internet is improving all forms of commerce.  Real estate is one of the industries in dire need of innovation.  A company called theiPropertyCompany launched last year to list real estate globally for free. No buyers or… Read More

Seed&Spark Partners With Wemo.io to Launch Content Production Grant to Promote Diversity & Educate Virtual Reality Content Filmmakers

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Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and distribution platform for independent filmmakers and Wemo.io, a virtual reality technology and platform company, today jointly launched a diversity-minded grants program to empower independent filmmakers to become part of the growing virtual reality (VR) industry. During the Sundance Film Festival, Wemo.io and Seed&Spark will demo various VR experiences for filmmakers and… Read More

ToyBacker Launches New Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to Toy Projects

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With the increasingly competitive landscape of the toy development and retail industries, crowd funding has emerged as a gateway for toy innovators to display and gather support for ideas that may have been passed up by large toy companies. ToyBacker announced on Wednesday (January 28th) the launch of its very own crowdfunding platform that is… Read More

Mangopay Establishes Presence in UK in Expansion Push

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Luxembourg based Mangopay, a payment solutions provider that works with a broad variety of transactional sites including crowdfunding platforms, has opened up an office Level 39, Canary Wharf in London positioning the company for further growth.  The Mangopay API was released in 2013 and today has over 350 European clients.  Mangopay will be working with Barclays as… Read More

Report: UK Leads Europe for Equity Financings for VC backed Companies in Q4

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The United Kingdom led the way in venture capital for Q4 of 2014. The UK led Europe for both number of deals and amount raised. Germany took second place under both these metrics with the Netherlands in 3rd. The UK received € 524 million across 69 deals in Q4. The Brits took in 30% of all investment… Read More

Oppenheimer to Pay Fine for Selling Unregistered Securities

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Oppenheimer & Co.  was hit by a significant fine by the SEC for violating federal securities laws. Oppenheimer has agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay $10 million to settle the charges, according to the SEC.  Oppenheimer will pay an additional $10 million to settle a parallel action by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)…. Read More

The Green Party Quickly Approaches £100,000 Through Crowdfunder UK

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The Green Party has pioneered a new path for British politics by using Crowdfunder to raise money, campaign and bring greater choice to voters in 2015. Over the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder, gathering the support of over 2,500 backers and raising an average of £550 a day. This money is… Read More

Funding Tree Puts Wind in Investors’ Sails; Offers A Chance to Invest in the Round Britain & Ireland Challenge

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Investors have been given a chance to profit from the popularity of sailing, after the company behind a new round Britain yacht race that’s open to all listed on the crowdfunding platform, Funding Tree. Circular Sailing, which has already attracted substantial equity investment, is now seeking a loan of £50,000 via the Funding Tree platform in… Read More

MobileCause Unleashes New Crowdfunding Initiative for Nonprofits

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MobileCause, a mobile, social and online fundraising platform, has released its newest service, crowdfunding for nonprofits. This new product empowers organizations to conveniently raise donations through volunteers, board members, donors and staff. Differing from traditional crowdfunding for projects, MobileCause crowdfunding pages can be setup on a nonprofits website where donations and full donor data are collected… Read More

“Is it a Crowd? Is it a Herd? Is it a Problem?” How Informed Startup (Crowd) Investors Really Are.

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Welcome to the Jungle New York City, 1968. Busy street. A group of people have stopped on the sidewalk to look up at a window on the 6th floor of the adjacent office building. No one is in plain sight. No one is trying to make a jump. Nothing. A crowd is forming on the… Read More

Colorado Drafts New Intrastate Crowdfunding Regulations

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It appears that Colorado wants to improve capital formation for small companies as well.  The Centennial state is preparing to introducing legislation that will facilitate crowdfunding by authorizing on-line intermediaries to match Colorado investors with a Colorado based business that wishes to sell securities to raise funds in a “simplified regulatory regime”. While there are… Read More

Actress Julia Roberts Secures Rights & Stars in Crowdfunding-Success “Batkid Begins”

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This past summer, non-profit organization Moving Train, Inc. launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $100,000 for a new documentary called Batkid Begins. The project quickly gained popularity and by the campaign’s deadline, it raised nearly $110,000 thanks to over 945 backers. As previously reported, the project is describe as “a feature documentary that explores… Read More