Strategy

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

Bill Morrow

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

SEC Staff Provides Early Guidance on Use of Regulation A+

SEC Regulation A+

  On June 23, 2015, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission provided some public guidance on certain issues arising under the new Regulation A+ Final Rules. In a new section of the SEC’s Compliance and Disclosure and Interpretations (C&DI’s),  a Q and A… Read More

ThinCats Australia On The Lookout For Strategic Investors, En Route To Potential IPO

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ThinCats Australia, among the latest peer-to-peer lenders to join the Australian market, is on the prowl for strategic investors as it prepares for a potential initial public offering, notes the Australian Financial Review. The FR writes, It’s understood ThinCats Australia, backed by UK-parent ThinCats, is in discussions with… Read More

FundedByMe Emphasizes the Importance of Social in Raising Capital

Wealth and Wisdom

Investment crowdfunding platform FundedByMe has been reviewing what are the characteristics of a successful campaign.  Their data should come as no surprise. Beyond having a solid concept for a business, social media and the right team is crucial for achieving a targeted funding goal. FundedByMe… Read More

LendingRobot Launches Secondary Trading of Lending Club Loans

LendingRobot Returns

LendingRobot, an automated investment platform for peer to peer / marketplace lending investors, has launched secondary trading for Lending Club loans. The Seattle, Washington, based company raised $3 million in a Series A funding round earlier this year to help finance the new service. LendingRobot allows… Read More

Will Reg A+ Issuers Be Required to Undergo Rigorous FINRA Review?

Bumpy Road Danger

In a little over a week Title IV of the JOBS Act, commonly called Reg A+, will become actionable.  We are already hearing chatter about companies planning on using the new exemption. Whenever a new chapter is written in the Securities Law Book there is… Read More

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SEC Commissioners in 1934 including Joseph P Kennedy

The Securities and Exchange Commission is celebrating 81 years of guiding financial markets this month. While there have been more than a few ups and downs since the ’34 Act that created the SEC (on June 6th), their mission remains true in guarding investors and… Read More

Should You Raise Capital by Equity Crowdfunding? Paul Niederer Helps You Decide

Paul Niederer in Singapore

Founder and CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB) Paul Niederer has tackled a persistent question: Should you use equity crowdfunding to raise capital for your company?  Niederer has created a “fundability” diagram to help potential issuers decide whether to move forward –… Read More

Symbid Partners with Catena, Offers Independent Risk Scoring with Loan Crowdfunding

Symbid Funding Network

“We’re delighted to announce this strategic partnership with Catena Investments while The Funding Network continues to grow and mature. As our monthly transaction volume exceeds $35 million it is right that we keep pushing for more professionalism,” said Korstiaan Zandvliet, co-founder and CEO of Symbid Corp. “With Catena on… Read More

SeedInvest: By Using Reg A+, Issuers May Avoid VC “Strings”

The Real Fred Wilson

There has been much debate, discussion and recent consternation regarding Title IV of the JOBS Act, something commonly labeled as Reg A+.  Some prognosticators believe it is much ado about nothing but others believe Reg A+ can become an important step in the evolving capital… Read More

UPDATED: Scampaign Alert: Beware of Crowdfunders Re-Labeling Already Made Products

Axis Drones Pocket Drones Alibaba Indiegogo

Recently we have had discussions with several people about a problematic issue with rewards based crowdfunding.  Some campaign creators may be finding products on Alibaba, repackaging them and launching crowdfunding campaigns posing as new creations.  Is this illegal?  Probably not. Is it wrong. Yes – definitely…. Read More

Sport Club in Need of Funding? Crowdfund It.

The Jockey Club Racehorse bond

While banks remain slow to provide new loans for many types of businesses, sporting clubs may be a perfect match for crowdfunding.  The affinity between fans and supporters for their favorite club may provide a very viable avenue for raising capital in times of need. According to… Read More

ECN Released Joint Declaration on the Capital Markets Union: Speaking with “One Voice”

European Crowdfunding Network ECN

The European Crowdfunding network (ECN) released a Joint Declaration on the Capital Markets Union, together with seven other significative European federations representing capital market players and SMEs including AFME, EBF, Eurochambres, EBAN, EBN, European Issuers and Business Angels Europe and the European Crowdfunding Network. “Joining forces for the first time with other organizations representing capital market players… Read More

When to Pivot, When to Fold: What Every CEO & Investor Needs to Know

Pivot or Fold Question

The thing that excites me most about today’s crowdfinance-inspired path of capital formation is its unprecedented ability to mitigate shareholder risk and groom more productive businesses. It does this by allowing companies to gauge consumer demand and presell products prior to it outlaying any manufacturing,… Read More

Aligning Entrepreneur and Crowdinvestor Interests

An Army of Investors 2

  Crowdinvesting has contributed to the development of new organizational forms that in particular affects entrepreneur – investor relations. In this new reality, it is normal for startups to have an average of 125 investors. A potential burden for small founder teams, but also a… Read More

FirstBuild: Crowdfunding By GE

FirstBuild GE Office

More corporations are recognizing the efficacy of capturing consumer feedback by using crowdfunding to pretail forthcoming products.  General Electric, a multi-national corporate behemoth is one of these companies. They don’t need your money – they want your advice. FirstBuild is GE’s “co-creation community”.  Described as a… Read More