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How Do You Create a Robust Secondary Market for SMEs? Watch this Video to Find Out

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The subject of venture exchanges, or secondary markets for small cap companies, is a hot topic right now.  Sparked in part by the signing of the JOBS Act, and the new securities exemptions now coming into play, investing in SMEs is better for everyone if… Read More

Ron Suber: Where We Are Today & The Future of Marketplace Lending (Video)

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Ron Suber, President of Prosper – one of the leading peer to peer lenders in the US, delivered one of the keynote presentations at the LendIt conference held in Manhattan last month.  Suber really did not focus on his company but instead gave a high level… Read More

SEC Commissioner Kara Stein: “I Have Been Thinking About Ways to Plug the Gaps in Access to Capital for Startups & Emerging Companies”

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SEC Commissioner Kara Stein participated in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Corporate Women in Finance Symposium last week where she delivered a speech tackling creating a stronger economy and creating healthy companies.  The topic of the day was “Opportunities for Investment, Innovation, and Growth through Technology and Corporate… Read More

Spain Updates Crowdfunding Regulations, Crowdcube Spain Shares Perspective

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Crowdfunding has bee legal in Spain for some time now but the first run at creating a viable regulatory regime endured several challenges.  Regulations published in february 2014 were broadly criticized for being overly restrictive and the new rules are being described as an improvement having eliminated several restrictions… Read More

California Crowdfunding Bill Takes Another Step Forward

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According to a report from Small Business California, the crowdfunding bill (AB 722) took another step in a positive direction as the bill came up in the Assembly Judiciary Committee and was unanimously approved (7-0). Apparently some changes needed to be incorporated into the existing bill… Read More

Report: European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum Meets

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The European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum, created in 2014 comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders in the emergent crowdfunding sector, met last month in Brussels. Unfortunately for those unable to attend these gatherings are not live-streamed (something we compliment the US SEC on doing). There… Read More

FundedByMe CEO Daniel Daboczy Opines on the Effects of TTIP, Title III & Global Fintech

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“… the American market should be much easier for European platforms: one law, one interpretation and ca. 320 million customers. A perfect opportunity for scaling up the business.” The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US government and the European Commission will have multiple… Read More

Venture Exchanges and How They Should Be Regulated

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There is a growing policy push to create a Venture Exchange, or exchanges, to facilitate the purchasing and selling of new types of securities in smaller cap companies.  A securities value is best determined by the market and if one does not exist valuations are… Read More

German Bundestag Adopts Tighter, Yet “Workable” Rules on Crowdfunding

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Germany has passed its new investor safety law, one that was viewed with trepidation by the investment crowdfunding industry as it impinged on online platforms ability to raise funds, but the final rules appear to be less onerous than initially anticipated. Tamo Zwinge, CEO and… Read More

SEC Chair Mary Jo White Visits House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services to Ask for Funds

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April 15th was not only the dreaded federal tax deadline day, but it is also the date that Jackie Robinson played his first professional baseball game and the day Abe Lincoln died. It also happens to be the date (this year) that SEC Chair Mary Jo… Read More

Tim Cheng of FlyingV on Equity Crowdfunding in Taiwan

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FlyingV may be the largest crowdfunding platform in Asia today.  Based in Taiwan, the platform has led the space in Taiwan, and in many respects Asia general.  Crowdfund Insider interviewed Tim Cheng, CEO of FlyingV, late in 2014 to hear about his viewpoint on the crowdfunding space…. Read More

Larry Summers: Conventional Finance Has Let Us Down

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“Regulators should allow new firms to operate, generate data on the outcomes created by novel business models before writing new rules.” Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and Director of the National Economic Council under President Obama, delivered a rousing speech… Read More

SEC Commissioner Gallagher: International Financial Stability Board “The Height of Regulatory Hubris”

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In a world of growing governmental over-reach it is rare to find a regulator who wants to do less not more.  But it makes sense. Budgets are made, and funding allocated, based on predicted needs of tomorrow not the reality of last year. Legislators make rules… Read More

Colorado Division of Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome Shares Key Aspects of the State’s New Crowdfunding Law

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With Governor John Hickenlooper recently signing the Colorado Crowdfunding Act into law, which will allow the state’s residents to be able to stock in local companies without becoming an accredited investor, Colorado’s Division of Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome shared key aspects of the new bill and what it… Read More

gamesGRABR First Tech Firm to Receive LCIF via Crowdfunding: Crowdcube Selected to Seal the Deal

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gamesGRABR, the social network for gaming, has successfully raised more than £450,000 in its second round of funding on the Crowdcube platform, smashing its initial £250,000 target by over 80% and attracting 221 investors, including the London Co-investment Fund. “We are so proud of this latest round of… Read More