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Blue Elephant Capital Management Commits $25 Million to Boat Finance

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Blue Elephant Capital Management, a firm founded in 2013 to leverage emerging opportunities in the marketplace lending sector of finance, has committed $25 million to Boat Finance, a specialty lender in the marine lending space. Blue Elephant described their commitment as a “turning point” in… Read More

Could Crowdfunding Power Unseat Scotland’s Lying MP Alistair Carmichael? Over 5,955 Indiegogo Backers Pledge Yes

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The People Versus Carmichael Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign continues to gain momentum as it swiftly passed the £106,140 mark with the help of over 5,955 backers. Fiona MacInnes and Tim Morrison’s original campaign was 102% funded on June 24, 2015. The purpose of the continued crowdfunding campaign… Read More

Brief: 5th Cell Partners with Video Game Focused Platform Fig to Crowdfund Original IP

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Last month, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, inXile’s Brian Fargo, and Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart launched Fig, which focuses exclusively on video games. The platform allows the reward-based component as a way of “proving out a market, de-risking investment, getting investors more excited.” If investors see fans supporting… Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Accredited Investor Verification

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For years, most capital raises conducted by private companies have primarily relied on Regulation D as an exemption from compliance with certain burdensome securities laws.  In particular, most offerings were conducted under what was known as Rule 506 under Regulation D.  Those offerings, which have… Read More

Blockchain Pioneer Symbiont Adds Fintech Industry Vets Maureen O’Hara & Keith Jarrett to Advisory Board

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Symbiont today announced the addition of two fintech industry veterans, Dr. Maureen O’Hara and Dr. Keith B. Jarrett, to its Advisory Board.  The blockchain pioneer, which launched in 2013 with its creation of Smart Securities, recently secured $1.25M seed funding.  The platform’s board appointments will provide proven expertise and guidance to the Symbiont… Read More

Brief: Y Combinator Ignites More Innovation through New Non-Profit, YC Research Funding, to “Benefit of the World”

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“Our mission at YC is to enable as much innovation as we can.  Mostly this means funding startups.  But startups aren’t ideal for some kinds of innovation—for example, work that requires a very long time horizon, seeks to answer very open-ended questions, or develops technology… Read More

Brief: Fundrise Links with Birtcher Anderson Realty to Finance Arizona Retail Development Project


“Crowdfunding is the future of real estate financing,” commented Fundrise CEO and Co-Founder Ben Miller. Asserting the partnership as the first-ever crowdfunded commercial construction loan, Jay Maddox of the commercial real estate services company Avison Young brokered a deal with Fundrise which resulted in the real-estate platform’s providing Birtcher Anderson… Read More

17 Funding Initiatives Providing Alternative to Traditional Banking Endorsed by Catalan Government

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In the days since the 27 September vote, Catalonia’s call for independence and regional election results have reignited debates against the Spanish government’s longstanding refusal to allow an independence referendum.   There has also been a call for freedom in finance, specifically a call for… Read More

Bluetooth TrackR Raises $8.7M, Foundry Group Leads Round


TrackR, a pioneer of the Bluetooth tracker and digital inventory space, has raised $8.7 million in funding for expansion. Foundry Group led the round with participation from Resolute Ventures and several angel investors. The TrackR team is revolutionizing how people keep track of their personal… Read More

Three Month Old Basix Loan Services Makes Millions: ZestFinance Secures $150M Debt Financing Deal with Fortress Investment Group

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Not yet a toddler, the three month old loan service Basix has hit some enviable milestones. California-based online lending startup, ZestFinance, has secured a $150 million debt financing deal with global investment giant Fortress Investment Group for Basix. Founded in 2009 by former Google CIO Douglas Merrill, ZestFinance… Read More

My Kind of Town, Chicago Is: PeerRealty Now Accepting Investments toward Ameritus Real Estate Fund

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If, like Frank Sinatra, Chicago is your kind of town, PeerRealty has an investment opportunity for you.  PeerRealty investors may now invest in a fund that has already acquired over a half-dozen office properties in Chicago’s River North, West Loop and North Shore submarkets. Real estate crowdfunding platform PeerRealty… Read More

FlashFunders Celebrates One Year, Partners with Raven Ventures & Secures $10 Million in Startup Seed Round Funding

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FlashFunders announced on its one-year anniversary that it has successfully funded over ten million dollars in startup seed rounds. In addition to this investments milestone, FlashFunders will partner with Raven Ventures to ensure that featured offerings are provided access to an extensive global network of accredited investors. Raven… Read More

Fundable Operator Acquires Zirtual Virtual Assistant Startup

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Fundable founder Will Schroter has announced a new company to its growing portfolio of businesses and services. Fundable is a software as a service crowdfunding provider that offers both investment and rewards services. According to Schroter, they have just acquired Zirtual, a virtual assistant platform… Read More

NYCTA Standards Manual Compact Edition Released; NASA Graphics Standards Manual Reissue Kickstarter Campaign Closes Today

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Kickstarter phenoms and Pentagram Associate partners Jesse Reed and Hamish Smith have experienced quite a crowdfunding year.  A little less than a year after raking in $802,812 on Kickstarter and setting a Kickstarter design record for their New York City Transit Authority Standards Manual project, graphic designers Reed and Smyth… Read More

EVEN Financial Partners with New York Institute of Finance to Offer Access to Student Loans

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Even financial has formed a new partnership with the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) to offer their students the option to finance their tuition via online lenders.  Even is a supply side provider of online lending that aggregates many different marketplace lending platforms. NYIF offers… Read More

IndiaLends Taps $1M from DSG Consumer Partners, Siddharth Parekh and Gautham Radhakrishnan for Online Marketplace


IndiaLends, a credit and financial technology startup based in New Delhi, has closed a $1M bridge round led by existing investors DSG Consumer Partners, Siddharth Parekh and Gautham Radhakrishnan. IndiaLends was cofounded by Gaurav Chopra, who has an MBA from the London Business School, and Mayank Kachhwaha, who graduated from IIT… Read More

uBiome’s CEO Jessica Richman Announced “Overall Winner” of the IVY Innovator Awards: Sequencing and Testing Microbiomes

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uBiome, the San Francisco-based company behind a self-sampling microbiome testing service, has been celebrated in two major national competitions, both focusing on technology and innovation. uBiomeʼs CEO and co-founder, Jessica Richman, was announced overall winner of the IVY Innovator Awards presented by Cadillac, in San Francisco… Read More

Research: New Finance Including P2P Lending & Crowdfunding to Top £10 Billion by 2020

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Financial services technology company Fiserv has published research on the UK alternative finance market that indicates new finance will top £10 billion by 2020. According to the report, UK SMEs will benefit dramatically from the growth of peer to peer lending and crowdfunding over the… Read More