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Crowdentials Expands Investor Verification to Include SIFMA Guidance

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Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, also known as SIFMA, released a document this summer that provided guidance for investment advisers and broker-dealers to bring more clarity to the process of investor verification. Crowdentials, a compliance firm focused on making capital formation easier for investors and entrepreneurs through automation, has now expanded its own first-to-market Investor… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter Experiences Break-In; Burglar Stole Apple Laptops & iPhone (Video)

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Last Friday (September 26th), New York City police announced they have been searching for the perpetrator that broke into Kickstarter’s headquarters and stole some electronics earlier in the week. CBS New York reported that around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday (September 24th), the suspect entered the crowdfunding giant’s office building at 58 Kent St. in Greenpoint,… Read More

Crowdfunding Professional Association Holds Education Summit in Washington, DC this Week

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The Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) is holding their annual educational summit in Washington, DC this week.   Registration is still open for the two day event that is described as  the “Premier  Annual Education Event” for the crowdfunding industry’s non-profit trade association. Topics scheduled for discussion include an update on the status of crowdfunding, legal… Read More

SEC Study: Market Quality for Small Cap Equities

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has published a report on markets for small capitalization equities as part of the requirement of the JOBS Act to study decimalization and trading of small cap companies.  Questions of liquidity and market efficacy have been ruminating at the SEC and market participant for years. In 2001 the SEC ordered… Read More

Wealth Forge Opens Offices in NYC, San Francisco

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Richmond, Virginia based WealthForge has announced the opening of to new satellite offices in both New York City and San Francisco.  The company expects to open an additional office in Los Angeles later this year. WealthForge is a technology provider and broker / dealer that facilitates multiple investment crowdfunding platforms.  In a release the company… Read More

24 Members of Congress to SEC: Keep State Blue Sky Preemption for Title IV of JOBS Act

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In a comment letter addressed to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, 24 members of Congress have demanded the SEC keep state “Blue Sky Review” preemption as part of Title IV of the JOBS Act, commonly referred to Regulation A+.  The Congressmen also requested removal of the review to be expanded to all aspects of Title… Read More

Update: OurCrowd Has Funded 50 Companies with Over $70 Million

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This past July global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd published an announcement they had raised $60 million for 46 companies.  In a report filed with TechCrunch yesterday, the pace of growth appears to be increasing as they state they have funded 50 companies with at least $70 million.  Not too bad for a platform that has been… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding: Debt vs. Equity (Infographic)

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Real estate crowdfunding is booming.  The synergies between matching investors with investment opportunities online are incredibly compelling.  Real estate is a multi-trillion dollar industry on a global basis and the efficiencies delivered by crowdfunding will grow the pie – not just slice it up further. The team over at RealtyShares has created an high level… Read More

VibeWrite Overfunds on Seedmatch: AppSolutely Versatile Pen for School, Work & Gaming

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VibeWrite, the digital pen that independently recognizes handwriting and in conjunction with a vast number of  applications, is set to close on Seedmatch today. Having raised over  € 565K over the course of its campaign, the startup surpassed its initial crowdfunding goal of € 184,750 by 565% with the help of 547 investors. Led by… Read More

Torch Bike Safety Gear 248% Overfunds on Seedrs: Ride Stylishly and Safely

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Creating stylish safety gear for cyclists, Torch Apparel has ignited investor interest on Seedrs, securing over £124K for the 21.66% equity offered.  The campaign is currently overfunding, surpassing its modest initial £50K goal. Torch Apparel focuses on stylish safety for cyclists, featuring its hugely-successful 2012 Kickstarter hit T1 helmet and upcoming FLUX backpack. Torch’s first product, the T1, pre-sold to 34 countries. Torch… Read More

Stay Fit Housing Campaigns on AngelList, Partners with Soothe – Uber for Massage

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Stay Fit Housing LLC, a corporate housing and wellness company based in Los Angeles and New York City, announced a partnership with Soothe to be the official massage service for Stay Fit Housing guests.  Stay Fit Housing also recently began  its crowdfunding campaign on AngelList. Stay Fit Housing Chief Executive Officer Daniel Corridon commented,  “This… Read More

Comedy Central Series “South Park” Pokes Fun at Crowdfunding & The Washington Redskins

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In case you missed it last night, creators of the hit Comedy Central television show South Park decided to share their own views of the crowdfunding method during the latest episode, which was titled “Go Fund Yourself.” According to The Verge, the episode attacked crowdfunding giant Kickstarter, startup companies, the NFL, and of course the Washington Redskin’s owner,… Read More

Brief: Publicly Traded Companies Gear Up to Leverage JOBS Act “General Solicitation”

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In the UK the first publicly listed equity crowdfunding round was a smashing success so why not the same in the United States?  The JOBS Act and the various provisions were largely designed to assist startups gain access to much needed capital but the intent was to help young companies but this does not mean… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo’s Danae Ringelmann Set to Be Keynote Speaker at Midem 2015

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On Thursday (September 25th), Reed MIDEM announced co-founder and chief development officer of Indiegogo, Danae Ringelmann, is set to be the keynote speaker at the annual music industry tradeshow, Midem 2015. According to Billboard, during the Midem Talks conference sessions, Ringelmann will discuss how crowdfunding offers a viable source of funding for innovative technologies and new… Read More

HBS: Prodigy Network – Democratizing Real Estate Investment

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Last month Harvard Business School published a case study on the real estate crowdfunding platform Prodigy Network and its founder Rodrigo Niño.  Authors Karim Lakhani, Katja Hutter and Greta Priar, reviewed the dramatic rise of Prodigy Network and the vision of Niño that “crowdfunding will disrupt the status quo of traditional equity investment in real… Read More

Sixth Annual North Texas Giving Day Raises Record-Breaking $26.3 Million

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Kimbia, a provider of online crowdfunding, and event management solutions, announced today that its client, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), raised a record-breaking $26.3 million in its 18-hour North Texas Giving Day. Hosted by CFT, the largest community foundation in Texas, the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day took place on September 18, 2014, and raised $1.1… Read More

MoveYourMountain.org Continues Crowdfunding Efforts For California Fire Victims

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MoveYourMountain.org is a crowdfunding organization that is currently responding to the devastation currently being caused by the California fires, especially the King Fire burning close to their main headquarters in Reno, NV. The fire has crossed into Placer County, CA and burned into the Tahoe National Forest north of the Eldorado National Forest. MoveYourMountain.org founder… Read More

ieCrowd Creates “Life Science” Group

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ieCrowd, a platform that enables anyone to participate in helping them find, fund and commercialize breakthrough life and health discoveries, has announced a new life science business group.  Molly Schmid has been appointed to lead the new initiative at ieCrowd.  The new Life Science Business Group will focus on the commercialization strategies, product development activities,… Read More

Use of Crowdfunding to Finance Maternal and Neonatal Health: Funding to support partnership with Kangu to crowdfund safe childbirth in Latin America

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Last week, the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) announced a $200,000 Innovation Fund grant to Financing for Development (F4D). The grant aims to increase equity and access to healthcare supplies and services in Latin America and the Caribbean through the Coalition’s Market Development Approaches Working Group. The grant to F4D supports expansion work with Kangu,… Read More

Equity vs. Debt Crowdfunding

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There is a lot of media focus on crowdfunding, but sometimes the types of crowdfunding are not properly distinguished. You hear a lot about the Kickstarter’s and Indiegogo’s of the world and people are confusing these with actual investments in companies. To understand debt (lending) vs. equity based crowdfunding you must first know the four… Read More