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Dr. Richard Swart Named Chairman of Reality Crowd TV’s Newly Formed Advisory Board

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Since its inception in 2013, Reality Crowd TV’s (RCTV) goal has been to teach and help people learn about the many nuances involved with crowdfunding. In 2014, The Company engaged in a nationwide multi-state tour in an effort to promote the nascent crowdfunding industry and has posted hundreds of informational videos on their YouTube Channel. The Company… Read More

Report Followup: InvestUP’s James Tuckett Shares his Perspective on Massolution’s Crowdfunding Publication

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In a release, InvestUp MD and Co-Founder James Tuckett opined on Massolution’s Crowdfunding Report.  An excerpt follows: It’s not often that we get to write about the only global report on crowdfunding worth talking about. And this one’s doubly special, as we’ve waited for over two years to receive this report by Massolution, the leading market research… Read More

CAN Capital Names David Dart as CTO

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CAN Capital, a leading player in alternative small business finance, has named David Dart to the position of Chief Technology Officer. Dart will oversee the company’s continued development of technology focused on providing small businesses with fast, efficient access to capital.  He will be based in Kennesaw, Georgia and report directly to Daniel DeMeo, Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited to… Read More

CTRL+Console Captures $261,000 in Seed Funding

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CTRL+Console is an innovative application that turns the iPad into an intuitive, touchscreen remote for many programs, including Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. Today, the company announced it has raised $261,000, led by Foundry Group and the FG Angel AngelList Syndicate. The funds allows CTRL+Console to develop additional interfaces that simplify the creative process… Read More

Massolution Posts Research Findings: Crowdfunding Market Grows 167% in 2014, Crowdfunding Platforms Raise $16.2 Billion

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Report Forecasts Total Global Crowdfunding to Reach $34.4 Billion in 2015 North America Remaining the Largest Market and Asia, Outpacing Europe in 2014, in Second Place As crowdfunding accelerates at an unprecedented rate, it’s impacting government policy, informing enterprise innovation and changing the role of financial institutions around the world. Today the research firm Massolution… Read More

CommunityLeader’s Platform Software Is Ready to Support Reg A+

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CommunityLeader, a technology and service leader in the emerging crowdfunding industry, announced that its integrated private-labeled software and service package is ready and compliant with the new Reg A+ rules published last week by the SEC. Joseph Barisonzi, CommunityLeader co-founder and CEO, stated: “The power and flexibility of the CommunityLeader solution fits perfectly with the Reg… Read More

GrapeSeed Wine Fund Pairs Wine Lovers with ‘Dream Team’ Winemakers

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Today, GrapeSeed Wine Fund launched as the first company to marry consumers’ desire for choice and exclusivity with winemakers’ passion for creating distinctive, small production wines. Leveraging a crowdfunding model, GrapeSeed enables members, or “Partners,” to pay a subscription fee to fund one-of-a-kind wine projects from its growing roster of iconic winemakers. This discreet channel… Read More

Symbid Announces The Funding Network Received $40M in Investments First Month

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Symbid, an online funding platform for start-ups and small businesses, today announced its transaction volume since launching The Funding Network on March 4th. Over 50 companies were funded via The Funding Network™ for a total of $40.1 million in 22 days, creating the potential for future Symbid revenue streams. The results include the hybrid financing of a… Read More

Brief: PledgeMusic Partners With Herring & Herring Magazine For a New Campaign That Gives Fans A Personal Experience

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PledgeMusic is thrilled to announce a new campaign with photography duo and publishers of the fashion magazine, Herring & Herring, for the June release of the 2015 issue. Herring & Herring are about to start shooting their 2015 issue featuring Hilary Swank, Lilly Allen, Adrian Grenier, Emmy Rossum, Ozzy Osbourne, Terry Crews, Pamela Anderson, Eddie Huang, Peter… Read More

Rivetz Teams Up with Omni Foundation & HOPE Gold Coin to Enable Secure E-Commerce

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Rivetz, today announced the expansion of its community of software partners: Omni Foundation and HOPE Gold Coin will offer their customers state-of-the-art mobile security for e-commerce and ticketing. Rivetz has also integrated the Omni-Layer protocol into its software development kit, RivetzSDK. The toolkit now offers Omni-Layer protocol/software developers a turnkey solution to rapidly integrate hardware… Read More

Brief: Filmmakers Offer Up Tips on Setting a Kickstarter Funding Goal (Video)

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With more and more filmmakers looking to the crowd to fund their up and coming projects, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter gathered a few moviemakers to share their funding success tips. Kickstarter’s Niina Pollari wrote: “It can seem incredibly difficult to determine a realistic and attainable goal for your Kickstarter project — it’s one of the first things… Read More

Nordic Fintech Platform Holvi Expands to Germany: Makes Name Known in Euro Banking Landscape

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Having acquired customers across the continent including Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and the UK, the Nordic fintech startup Holvi seeks to make its name better known in the European banking landscape and reshape financial services across Europe by targeting Germany and Austria. “Germany along the UK is Europe’s official fintech hub. The number of fintech… Read More

Creators of Indiegogo-Success popSLATE Talk Crowdfunding & Backer Promises

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Back in 2012 into 2013, Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon, co-founders of San Francisco-based popSLATE, took to crowdfunding giant Indiegogo to raise $150,000 for their invention – the second screen case for smartphones. Within its 30-day run on Indiegogo, the project captured well over its initial goal and reached nearly $220,000 thanks to over 1,500… Read More

Steering Group on Financial Technologies to Advise Chinese Government: Aims to Make Hong Kong Fintech Hub

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The Chinese government announced the establishment of the Steering Group on Financial Technologies to advise the Government on how to develop Hong Kong into and promote Hong Kong as a Fintech hub. The initiative to set up the Steering Committee was announced in the Financial Secretary’s 2015-16 Budget. Chaired by the Secretary for Financial Services… Read More

RateSetter Secures £20 Million Investment from Ken Costa, Woodford Investment Management & Artemis

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The investment in the peer-to-peer lender RateSetter, from veteran investment banker, Ken Costa, Woodford Investment Management and Artemis, places confidence in the nascent UK P2P and crowdfunding industry. Costa also led a £25m investment in the online-only challenger bank, Atom Bank, late last year. The £20 million investment will be used to invest in technology and… Read More

The Opportunity of Regulation A+ (Infographic)

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Final rules on Title IV of the JOBS Act, Regulation A+, were announced last week by the SEC. The rules will be available for companies interested in raising capital in a bit over 60 days.  There has been much speculation and discussion regarding the impact of what has been described as a mini-IPO like exemption… Read More

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