Strategy

Getting it Right: the UK Supports SME Growth with EIS & SEIS Tax Programs

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Starting and creating a new business is a highly risky endeavor.  Yet these same small businesses are the ones that create the most jobs and drive economic growth. In brief, SMEs are imperative for society as a whole. The UK has supported an innovation-based economy… Read More

Spring Ahead? Lending Club Plans First Sale of Bonds Backed by Unsecured Loans

Renaud Laplanche

The US’ largest marketplace lender LendingClub Corp. is planning its first sale of bonds backed by its unsecured loans, reported the WSJ, seeking new funding sources in today’s challenging market. Working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Jefferies Group on the offerings, LendingClub’s plans to discuss updates with potential investors as early as this week, reported the WSJ; Goldman… Read More

Coolest Cooler Garners Enough Interest from Backers Willing to Pay More to Receive Cooler Sooner

Coolest Cooler Keep Calm and Blend On

Coolest Cooler founder and creator Ryan Grepper recently offered an alternative to backers who have yet to receive their Kickstarter reward.  While having delivered over 20,000 coolers to backers, more than 30,000 remain in limbo as the company ran short of cash creating a critical… Read More

Crowdcube’s Darren Westlake Offers Up An Entrepreneurs Guide to Looking After Investors

Darren Westlake CEO Crowdcube

This week, Crowdcube co-founder and CEO, Darren Westlake, revealed his very own entrepreneurs guide to looking after investors. Westlake shared: “The people who have invested in a company have a right to know how their money is being spent and have a vested interest in… Read More

Complying with AML Laws: Challenges for the Fintech Industry

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  “Silicon Valley is coming.  There are hundreds of startups with a lot of brains and money working on various alternatives to traditional banking.” This warning came not from a pundit or Silicon Valley lobbyist, but from Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer… Read More

Why is NewsBeat Social Doing a Reg A+ Mini IPO? Transparency & Participation are at the Top of the List

Geoff Campbell

NewsBeat Social is a social news platform that has many unique users (around 59 million) but little in the way of revenue – yet. The company is now working with WR Hambrecht to raise growth capital by using updated rules under Title IV of the… Read More

JOBS Act Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016: Don’t Get Busted for Solicitation!

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  It’s been five months or so since the SEC published its long awaited investment crowdfunding rules.  Though Congress dictated that this task be completed by the end of 2012, the SEC missed the mark by nearly three years.  Now, with rules in hand, and… Read More

Google’s Primer App & Indiegogo Presents: “How Crowdfunding Success Begins With an Email”

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On Friday, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that it has teamed up with Google’s Primer App to present a “short lesson” on why email marketing is important for crowdfunding entrepreneurs. The funding portal declared: “Overall, we find that building momentum early can help set up a… Read More

Snowball Effect’s Shaun Edlin: Here’s Some Advice For Businesses Looking to Secure Funds Through Crowdfunding (Video)

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  Earlier this month, Snowball Effect’s head of deal flow, Shaun Edlin, recently shared some advice on how businesses can find success through crowdfunding initiatives. During his interview with Xero Accounting Software, Edlin revealed: “Businesses are literally raising hundreds of millions of dollars through crowdfunding at the… Read More

SEC Launches PR Campaign to Help Investors Save Themselves from Fraudsters

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is continuing to pound the drum on investor fraud, a serious issue that impacts thousands of duped individuals every year. The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has launched a slick campaign designed to warn individuals to beware of… Read More

Companisto Update: New Safety Feature Tested on Ameria’s New Crowdfunding Campaign

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Companisto founders David Rhotert and Tamo Twinge announced a new safety initiative called crowd voting, offering Companists “the chance to invest in venture capital with a safety net.” After collecting feedback and communicating with investors over the last months, the process of crowdsourcing inspired the founders to offer crowd… Read More

Access to Capital: What are the Options for Small Company Finance?

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Small business is extremely important for the economy. This is not just a US or UK issue, it is a global phenomenon. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the drivers of economic growth, job creation and thus wealth. Fostering an ecosystem that facilitates access to… Read More

Entrepreneurs Beware: The EB-5 & JOBS Act Industries Are Under the SEC Enforcement Microscope  

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The recent economic downturn is not the only challenge for entrepreneurs in the EB-5 and JOBS Act industries.  Rather, the challenges include close regulatory scrutiny by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement.  While both EB-5 and the JOBS Act were… Read More

AlphaFlow Wants to be the Etrade of P2P / Real Estate Investing

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Investing via online platforms, be they a marketplace lender /P2P site, or a real estate crowdfunding platform, takes time and typically entails jumping from platform to platform.  As the internet finance industry matures, it is inevitable that new channels crop up to help facilitate investors… Read More

Brief: University at Buffalo School of Management Study Reveals Three Key Factors to Crowdfunding Success

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This week, University of Buffalo School of Management released a new study that found three key factors that crowdfunding campaigns need to achieve their goals. According to the research, high-quality photos and video, previous crowdfunding success and positive comments. Study co-author Yong Li, PhD, associate professor… Read More