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Crowdcube Declares: “100,000 Investors Joined Our Equity Crowdfunding Platform This Year!” (Infographic)

Crowdcube Team

This week, Crowdcube announced that more than 100,000 investors have joined its well-known equity crowdfunding platform this year. The website shared: “Just a few months ago (September to be precise) we announced that £100m had been successfully invested into businesses through Crowdcube since we launched… Read More

Peak Ventures Offers Up Seed investment in Peer-to-Peer Real Estate Marketplace Homie

Johnny Hanna

Peak Ventures announced on Tuesday an investment in Salt Lake City-based peer-to-peer real estate marketplace, Homie. Homie offers a platform that allows buyers, builders, and sellers of homes to meet, negotiate, and transact without a middleman or high commission fees. When buyers and sellers use Homie, they save tens… Read More

Brief: Brains Worldwide Foundation Joins #GivingTuesday Global Movement to Help Prevent Undetected Concussions in Children


The Brains Worldwide Foundation NPF announced this week that it is joining the global initiative, #GivingTuesday to help prevent undetected concussions for children. On #GivingTuesday, which will be held on December 1st, the foundation will launch a campaign through crowdfunding platform Crowdrise to help raise… Read More

AlliedCrowds Unveils New “Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship” Report


AlliedCrowds, has published a new Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship report as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The data analysis company stated: “Crowdfunding is no longer just a niche form of financing for creative projects. In 2015, transactions across donations, lending, reward, and equity crowdfunding is expected to cross $34… Read More

Dealstruck Teams Up With Lendio to Release Joint eBook: “Small Business Lending in the Digital Age”

Dealstruck Lendio

On Tuesday, small business lending platforms Dealstruck and Lendio, announced the release of their joint eBook, “Small Business Lending in the Digital Age,” which focuses on strengths, weaknesses, and projections regarding the online small business lending industry. Ethan Senturia, CEO of Dealstruck, stated: “Small businesses are the backbone of… Read More

Nonprofit Organization Easter Seals Forms Partnership With CrowdRise to Participate in 2015’s #GivingTuesday


Ready to kick off this year’s holiday season, nonprofit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs, Easter Seals, announced on Tuesday it is participating in #GivingTuesday. Easter Seals is partnering with CrowdRise for its second annual Giving Tuesday campaign on… Read More

Business Advisor of New Kickstarter Alum BLOCKS Discusses Smartwatch Startup’s Success

Phillip Jarman

Just a few days after the closing of BLOCKS’ Kickstarter campaign, the business advisor of the company, Phillip Jarman sat with his alum mater, Imperial College London, to discuss the startup’s creation and success. BLOCKS, which was co-founded by Serge Didenko and Alireza Tahmaseb, created the… Read More

Fundera Releases New Report on the State of Online Small Business Lending

Jared Hecht

Fundera, an online marketplace for small business loans, announced on Monday the release of its new report on the State of Online Small Business Lending. The platform believes that this new document shows its dedication to transparency in the alternative lending sector. The report was… Read More

Biz2Credit Forms New Partnership With TaxAct & Webiquity to Boost Small Business Success

Rohit Arora

Tax preparation and filing solution company TaxAct announced on Monday that it has formed a partnership with marketplace lending platform Biz2Credit and business management platform Webiquity. President of TaxAct, JoAnn Kintzel, stated: “We’re excited to add Biz2Credit and Webiquity as partners in supporting our customers who… Read More

Mass Fidelity Offers Up Details About The Core’s Indiegogo Success

The Core 5

Last year, Mass Fidelity Inc.’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Core Wireless Speaker System and Core Wireless Sub become the top crowdfunded Canadian company. Now, the company is ready to share details about its success with the funding method.   Noting what inspired the Core project, the company stated: “The Core is the… Read More

Hip Hop Group De La Soul Announces Kickstarter Album Release Date

De La Soul 1

Earlier this year, 90’s hip hop group, De La Soul, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for its new and highly anticipated album. Now nearly seven months after achieving over $600,000 through the funding initiative, the band has announced the record’s released date…. Read More

RealtyMogul Completes “Industry Breakthrough” Full Capital Stack Debt and Equity Combo


On Monday, online marketplace for real estate investing, RealtyMogul,  announced a full capital stack transaction combining debt and equity with the successful purchase of a 112-unit apartment community, Bristol Park Apartments, in Fayetteville, NC. Bristol Park Apartments, located six miles southwest of the US Army Base… Read More

Small Business Lender LQD Business Finance Closes $30 Million Credit Facility With Route 66 Ventures

George Souri

Last week, LQD Business Finance, a Chicago-based small business lending firm, announced it closed a $30 million credit facility with Route 66 Ventures. The credit facility will help LQD accelerate growth and expand lending operations nationally. The company was launched in 2013 to offer structured small… Read More

Cowen and Company is Interested in Using Regulation A+ (Deck)

Christopher Weekes Kevin Laws Rick Fleming at SEC

Cowen and Company, a publicly traded (NASDAQ:COWN) diversified financial services firm, is looking at the potential benefits of leveraging Regulation A+.  Title IV of the JOBS Act allowed the SEC to update old Reg A thus creating a securities exemption that has actually experienced some… Read More

Indiegogo Alum Bluesmart Carry-On Luggage Hits Brookstone Shelves

Bluesmart 5

On Monday, retailer Brookstone announced the arrival of the Indiegogo success, Bluesmart carry-on smart, connected suitcase. Originally started as an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, Bluesmart uses a combination of Bluetooth, GPS, and innovative technologies not found in other suitcases to do things other suitcases simply can’t…. Read More

FDIC Cautions Banks on Purchasing Loans from “Nonbank Entities”

Drawbridge Danger

The FDIC has published an advisory on Effective Risk Management Practices for Purchased Loans and Purchased Loan Participations.  The document states that banks should use caution when purchasing loans or participating in shared credit facilities.  Noting that some institutions have experienced some success to achieve growth… Read More

KKR / Victory Park Capital Lead $175 Million Securitization of Avant Consumer Loans

Zach Jarvis, a principle at KKR

Victory Park Capital (VPC) and KKR have announced a $175 million asset-backed securitization of unsecured consumer loans originated via Avant, a direct lending platform. The securitization was priced on Nov. 13. The transaction pairing KKR and VPC is a first. According to company representatives, the… Read More

Brief: Video Game Industry Veterans Launch New Crowd-Publishing Platform “BrightLocker”

Bright Locker

BrightLocker, an Austin, Texas-based crowd-publishing platform that was created by a group of video game industry veterans, has recently unveiled its Beta website that is dedicated to help backers participate in the funding, creation, selection and development of games. Ruben Cortez, CEO of BrightLocker, Inc., stated: “In… Read More