Strategy

CEO Ben Miller’s Fundrise Portfolio: 28 Deals, $265,800 Invested, $9,936 in Returns

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Of course readers want to know what’s in your portfolio! Fundrise’s CEO Ben Miller just posted that he indeed invests in Fundrise’s offerings, 28 deals to date. “As a developer myself, I understand that there are risks in any real estate project and not everything… Read More

A Prominent Attorney Sees Regulation A+ as Perfect to Raise Debt Capital

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Title IV of the JOBS Act fixed some of the issues swirling around old Regulation A.  Lightly utilized in its previous incarnation, Regulation A+ (as it is commonly called) created two different funding tiers which allow non-accredited investors access to a new securities exemption and… Read More

North Drinkware Used 3D Printing to Save Money to Launch their Super Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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North Drinkware set out to raise a mere $15,000 on Kickstarter for its Mt. Hood glassware.  The idea was pretty simple.  Create a 3D replica of Mt. Hood and form it in the bottom of pint glasses.  I will bet a good number of people… Read More

Advice: Conducting Diligence to Mitigate Risk for Deep Technology Startups

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As more investors start to look to equity crowdfunding, to get beyond the typical mobile app startup, it’s important to see what’s going on in deep technology. We define deep technology as companies founded on a scientific discovery or meaningful technological innovation. Deep technology startups… Read More

LendingRobot Partners with Lending Club to Automate Investing in Marketplace Loans

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LendingRobot is a “robo-advisor” for the marketplace lending sector allowing individuals to automate the process of investing in loans.  The core premise of the service is that individuals may generate high rates of return (today around 7 to 10%) but require sufficient diversification across a… Read More

Indiegogo Offers Up Tips on How to Get the Press to Cover Crowdfunding Campaigns

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  Seeking to help organizers draw more attention to their projects, Indiegogo has revealed tips on how to get the press to cover campaigns. The crowdfunding platform stated: “We want every campaign on Indiegogo to be successful. Our team is constantly researching the best ways… Read More

The Kingii Crowd-First Tactics & Go-to-Market Strategy with Crowdfunding

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After losing a close friend in a drowning accident, California-based entrepreneur, Tom Agapiades, created Kingii. Founded in early 2014, Kingii is dedicated to water safety, and is on a mission to affect the sad statistic of more than 372,000 people who die from drowning accidents… Read More

A P2P ‘Land Grab’ Attracts Over 100 Startups In UK–And The Sector Is ‘Still In The Foothills’ In Terms Of Volume

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  In the UK, more than 100 peer-to-peer lenders have applied for full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which took over regulation of P2P last year, notes the Financial Times. Nearly 180 companies have interim permission to operate, according to figures obtained from the FCA… Read More

How Good Is Too Good? The Underwriting Risks Of Crowdfunding Real Estate Deals

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The awareness and popularity of real estate based equity crowdfunding (i.e. “RECfunds”) continues to grow exponentially. As do the number of real estate crowdfunding portals. RECFunds offer substantial benefits to today’s investors including access to multiple types of projects, smaller barriers to investment, and portfolio… Read More

MakerBot is the 3D Printing Company that Helped to Create the Coolest Cooler (Video)

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MakerBot, a 3D printing company, was a vital part of the production process in creating the Coolest Cooler.  Founded by Ryan Grepper, Coolest Cooler was the most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time until it was topped by Pebble Watch earlier this year. Coolest raised… Read More

Access Granted: Ireland’s Small Businesses Soon To Access Low-Interest, Asset-Backed Loans, Funded By The State

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  Asset-backed finance has been chosen as the next round of lending for the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), which was set up in 2014 to offer low-cost loans to lenders, according to a recent story in the Independent. The SBCI, led by Scotsman Nick… Read More

‘The Lines Between Hardware & Software Are Blurring': Crowd Supply Founder On Endorsement From Founder Of Free Software Foundation & GNU Project

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Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project, has formed a type of partnership with Crowd Supply, a crowdfunding company mainly focused on open source hardware and software projects, according to Ars Technica. According to Crowd Supply founder Josh Lifton, the partnership… Read More

SPIN Remote Raises Equity on Symbid After Successful Rewards

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The step ladder from rewards to equity crowdfunding is becoming more commonplace these days. While occurring in the other direction as well at times (equity then rewards), many startups are using rewards based crowdfunding to test the market, and hone their product, with valuable market… Read More

Q&A: Estate Baron Co-Founder Moresh Kokane Talks Access To New Australian Financial Services License & Real Estate Crowdfunding

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Australia’s crowdfunding scene recently took the spotlight with the news that CoAssets, a Singapore-based real estate crowdfunding platform, would publicly trade shares on NSX, an Australian stock exchange. On the investment side, Aussie real estate crowdfunding platform Estate Baron has recently secured backing of note: from Benni Aroni, founder of WaterSun Homes… Read More

FundedByMe Publishes Review of What Makes a Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

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FundedByMe, based in Sweden, has published a review of successful Nordic equity crowdfunding campaigns.  FundedByMe provides a portfolio of services for companies raising capital including debt, equity and rewards based crowdfunding. The platform has successfully funded around 500 companies from 25 different countries so they… Read More

Do You Really Need a Business Plan? Bill Morrow of AngelsDen Thinks Not (Video)

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This one falls under the category of recently discovered.  Bill Morrow, co-founder and Director of AngelsDen, a crowdfunding portal that has raised over £18 million for business believes “those who ask for business plans are doomed to fail”.  Now Morrow is not just being glib…. Read More

Role Reversal: Dragons’ Den’-Style Panel Of Entrepreneurs Question VCs During London Tech Week,

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In a turning of the tables, VCs recently took the stage before a “Dragons’ Den”-style panel of entrepreneurs to pitch for themselves. The event was held by Innovate Finance, part of a series of events complementing London Tech Week, as Innovate Finance reports. “Could it be time for disruption… Read More

Brief: Big Data is China’s New Tool Against Illegal Fundraising

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China’s crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending markets have frequently featured in the news, as China seeks to decrease fraud in its rapidly expanding Internet finance world. Now, Beijing’s financial supervision agencies are using big data to crack down on illegal fundraising, with an online pre-warning platform already… Read More