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All in: CFIRA Applauds SEC Commissioners Approval of Reg A+

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously adopted final rules on Wednesday to expand Regulation A, an existing securities registration exemption, under Title IV of the JOBS Act, often referred to as “Regulation A+.” The expansion of Regulation A will expand capital markets for small public securities offerings. The final rules, which will become effective in the… Read More

Online Valuation Firm Equidam Updates Platform

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Netherlands based Equidam, an online company valuation platform, has released an update and complete re-design to its site that is described as a new “focus on value creation and growth”.  Equidam has operated for the past three years tackling a difficult issue of SME valuation when no easy method is available. The redesign is said… Read More

VPC Specialty Lending Adds Positions in OnDeck, Funding Circle & Others

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VPC Speciality Lending Investments (LSE:VSL) has published a brief comment stating they have added investments in several direct lenders including OnDeck Capital, Funding Circle (USA), Upstart Network, Borro and Kreditech.  VPC has also provided a balance sheet loan to Applied Data Finance.  The company acquired these investments from private funds managed by the Company’s investment… Read More

Is Yelp the Next “Blackfish”? Review Website Fires Back Against Billion Dollar Bully Kickstarter By Revealing Screenshots of Its Backend System

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Just a week ago, Yelp became under fire when a small production studio known as Prost Production launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for a new documentary Billion Dollar Bully, which would share details about the review website’s dark past. Now, it looks like Yelp will do whatever it takes to maintain its innocence, by providing… Read More

Aerie Teams Up With Kickstarter Alum Yellowberry For Limited-Edition Tween Bra Collection

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Intimate apparel line Aerie announced today that it has joined force with tween intimate brand Yellowberry to launch a limited-edition collaborative bra collection for girls 11-15 called Aerie for Yellowberry. Yellowberry is a start-up created by 19-year-old entrepreneur Megan Grassell for preteen girls. Grassell took to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with a mission to empower young girls with colorful, fun and unique… Read More

Crowdcube Receives Business of the Year Nomination For 2015 Express & Echo Business Awards

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On Thursday, Express & Echo, Exeter’s local newspaper, announced the nominees for its 2015 business awards. The media outlet stated: “The competition – now in its fifth year – attracted a phenomenal 133 entries from companies and entrepreneurs in Exeter and the surrounding area. The high volume and calibre of entries meant all those who have made… Read More

Symbid Unveils Full Year 2014 Results

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On Thursday, Symbid, one of the first investment crowdfunding platforms worldwide, announced its full year 2014 results. Korstiaan Zandvliet, co-founder and CEO of Symbid Corp, stated: “We are pleased to report continued exponential revenue growth ahead of average industry figures. Our results are a reflection of our commitment to successful innovation and the creation of long-term value… Read More

CommunityLeader to SEC: Thanks for Publishing Reg A+ Rules!

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On Wednesday, the SEC Board of Commissioners approved the publishing of the rules associated with the Jobs Act 2012 Title IV. Now, the executives at CommunityLeader, Inc., a technology and service leader in the emerging crowdfunding industry, is ready to share their thoughts about the rules. Commonly referred to as Reg A+, the new rules reform… Read More

NIN Ventures Names Dr. Sunil Patel as a Board Advisor & Venture Partner

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On Wednesday, Chicago-based NIN Ventures announced that it has added Dr. Sunil Patel to its roster as a board advisor and venture partner. The venture capital fund stated: “Our goal as NIN Ventures is to invest in disruptive technologies. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Sunil Patel has joined NIN… Read More

Brief: Canary Redefines Home Security With Retail Debut of Crowdfunded Product

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Canary today announced the much anticipated launch of their award-winning home security product with major retailers throughout the U.S. Since its successful Indiegogo campaign came to an end, which gained over $1.9 million, the New York City startup has shipped tens of thousands of units to 78 countries. Reportedly, the early users have demonstrated a remarkably high level of… Read More

New PENSCO Report Reveals Key Trends in Equity Crowdfunding & Early Stage Investing

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PENSCO Trust Company released a report today on key trends driving the surging popularity of equity crowdfunding. In the 2015 PENSCO Crowdfunding Report preeminent voices in crowdfunding and early stage investing discuss the leading edge of private equity and provide tips for investors in search of these growing opportunities. CEO of PENSCO, Kelly Rodriques, stated: “At PENSCO,… Read More

Gary O. Shelton Named CFO of CrowdFunding Cooperative

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Sustainability Partnerships and Gary O. Shelton Consulting (GOSC) are collaborating to help small and large businesses effectively launch crowdfunding cooperative campaigns. Gary O. Shelton, CEO of GOSC and CFO of Crowdfunding Cooperative, stated:  “Crowdfunding is the new normal for small business finance.” Today, big companies are becoming more and more intrigued with crowdfunding, but for different reasons… Read More

Realty Mogul Takes a Bite of the Big Apple: Multi-family Brooklyn Property First NYC Investment

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Realty Mogul, the online peer-to-peer marketplace for real estate investing, announced the completion of its first-ever crowdfunding project in New York, raising $1.6 million from 46 investors for two apartment buildings in Brooklyn and enabling project sponsor Cayuga Capital Management to recapitalize the property.  The deal closes a highly successful first quarter for Realty Mogul,… Read More

Realty Mogul CEO Jilliene Hellman Shares Opinion on Gender Discrimination (Video)

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With the ongoing trial of Ellen Pao, formerly of Kleiner Perkins and now interim CEO of Reddit, and her gender discrimination accussations, there has been a lot of media coverage on the issue of women in business – specifically tech. The results of the trial will be known soon enough and while Pao’s allegations have… Read More

Magellan Forms Strategic Partnership With Crowded Reality to Stream New Talk Show Wake Up!

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Magellan Holdings, LLC, a provider of mobile OTT media delivery solutions, and Crowded Reality Inc, a crowdfunding platform for reality tv and talk shows, today announced a strategic partnership to stream new talk show Wake Up! “backstage” video content to mobile app users. OTT delivery of content is now mainstream and quickly becoming the preferred delivery… Read More

BankMobile Announces New Crowdsourcing Contest “BYOB: Build Your Own Bank!”

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BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank (NYSE: CUBI) and a bank that offers a no fee, mobile, online and tablet banking platform, today announced the launch of its new crowdsourcing contest, “BYOB – Build Your Own Bank!” The contest is open to the public and the firm invites everyone to submit an entry as a video… Read More

Israel’s Equity Crowdfunding Platform iAngels Successfully Captures $2.25M Seed Round led by Billionaire Roman Abramovich

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iAngels, an angel investing equity crowdfunding  platform that enables private investors to co-invest with Startup Nation’s leading angels and gain access to exclusive early-stage opportunities, announced today that it has raised a solid $2.25 million seed round led by Roman Abramovich’s fund, Millhouse Capital.   #Roman Abramovich leads investment in Israel’s @iAngels# #http://jewishbusinessnews.com/?p=84652# pic.twitter.com/Uf0Vc3Mym8 — Jewish Business… Read More

Symbid Announces New Partnership with EBU; Captures $1M in StartUp Loans From Regional Development Fund

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Symbid, one of the first investment crowdfunding platforms worldwide and now The Funding Network, announced a strategic partnership with Economic Board Utrecht (EBU), a Dutch regional economic development group, to support small businesses with over $1 million of funding. The partnership will provide local, sustainable initiatives with loan capital via The Funding Network by Symbid. EBU… Read More

Manta Survey: Most Small Businesses Have No Idea of Alternative Finance Options (Infographic)

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While much of the media and industry insiders continue to pound the table on new forms of finance such as crowdfunding the vast majority of small businesses remain unaware of new options. Most likely these smalls are way too busy running their firms and paying bills to learn about peer to peer lending and other… Read More

Deadline Today for Comments on Massachusetts Crowdfunding Rules

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The Massachusetts Securities Division will be holding a public hearing today at 10AM to review the incorporated “emergency regulation” for intrastate investment crowdfunding. While the meeting will occur this morning, written comments will be accepted until 5PM today. This is part of the process prior to permanently adopting the rules that were announced this past… Read More