A Tale of Two Crowdfunding Platforms: Seedrs & Crowdcube

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…and within the UK equity crowdfunding market two platforms have emerged as the clear leaders. However, they are quite different in both philosophy and operation and it took little time (the timespan of a tweet in fact) for me to realize that competition between… Read More

OUYA Moving Away from Free to Play Requirement

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Crowdfunding superstar OUYA continues to find it’s way as it alters strategy once again.  In a recent blog post, OUYA’s Bob Mills stated; In the coming weeks, we’re going to let devs choose if they want to charge up front for their games. Now they’ll be able to choose between a free-to-try or paid model…. Read More

Two Angel Groups List Deals on SyndicateRoom

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While some angel investor groups have been slow to adapt to the changing world of capital formation for small businesses, SyndicateRoom, a UK based equity crowdfunding platform, recently had two different angel networks turn to their platform to funding Demonstrating a growing willingness to work with new technology the Minerva and Envestors angel networks recently… Read More

ECFA Canada Schedules Inaugural Conference

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The Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada (ECFA Canada) has scheduled their first conference for what is expected to be a series of events across the country.  ECFA Canada was formed only recently and with the recently and has picked up momentum with the announced regulatory proposals for Canadian investment crowdfunding. ECFA Canada is represented by… Read More

PledgeMe to Offer Equity Crowdfunding in New Zealand

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As regulation to legalize investment crowdfunding takes hold PledgeMe, based in New Zealand, will be ready to offer equity crowdfunding to Kiwi’s. In a statement on their site that presently offers rewards based crowdfunding the company stated;  Yes, New Zealand is finally making the long-awaited move into the equity crowdfunding space. At PledgeMe, we’ve been watching… Read More

Comments on Title IV, Regulation “A”, Deadline Today

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Comments on proposed rules regarding Title IV of the JOBS Act are due today pursuant to the deadline set by the SEC.  Traditionally public comments continue to be posted on proposed rule amendments after the deadline, it is understood the door for comments will be shut soon. The commenting period began this past December and… Read More

Cybersecurity Agenda Released for SEC Roundtable

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Previously announced in February, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced the agenda and panelists for this Wednesday’s (March 26, 2014) roundtable on the issues and challenges cybersecurity presents for market participants and public companies.  The roundtable will be held at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington D.C., and is open to the public on… Read More

P2P Lending Receives Big Boost from UK Government with ISA Inclusion

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Peer to peer (P2P) lending will be the vehicle that pulls saving back from the brink of extinction, thanks to a recent boost from government linking P2P with ISAs, says Madiston LendLoanInvest. This follows recent commitment from the Treasury that P2P lending will now be included in the new ISA, with a £15,000 annual investment… Read More

Crowdfunding Gets Fed’s Attention

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Crowdfunding was the somewhat surprising subject of a speech by Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein on Monday. In a short speech before the Crowdfunding for Community Development Finance Conference in Washington D.C., Stein cited a couple of examples of crowdfunding helping communities, despite the fact that, as he put it, “to the extent that most… Read More

NCFA Canada Applauds Regulators Approach on Crowdfunding

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On March 20, 2014, a total of six provincial regulators announced two main proposals for new Crowdfunding prospectus exemptions that would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and SMEs to raise up to $1.5 million of capital online through the issuance of securities. According to the  National Crowdfunding Asssociation of Canada (NCFA Canada) this… Read More

CFIRA Hosts Educational Session on General Solicitation

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The Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) hosted an educational session on crowdfunding last week (March 20) where they addressed the topic of General Solicitation (Advertising) for 506(c) private placements.  The panel discussion included a slide show plus several crowdfunding luminaries including: Sarah Hanks – CrowdCheck Daniel Gorfine – Milken Institute DJ Paul – Gate Global… Read More

Watch: Rodrigo Davies On Why Citizens Back Civic Crowdfunding Projects

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Rodrigo Davies writes regularly on the topic of civic crowdfunding at the MIT Center for Civic Media blog, and his most recent post raises an important and interesting question: is crowdfunding participatory citizenship or a sign of institutions in decline? He frames the question in his recent post… “Civic crowdfunding is the beginning of a… Read More

Brief: One Spark Announces Second Event In Berlin, Growth Expected To Continue

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The One Spark festival in Jacksonville, Florida is huge… perhaps so huge that the idea has outgrown the Jacksonville metro area. There have long been rumors that One Spark would eventually make its way to other cities, and that seems to be coming to fruition. It was just revealed that Berlin would host another One… Read More

Michigan’s First Investment Crowdfunding Candidate Is Tecumseh Brewing Co.

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The Michigan Invests Locally Exemption, or MILE for short, has its first potential benefactor. Tecumseh Brewing Co. will seek cash from the crowd in exchange for a revenue share in a bid to launch operations in Tecumseh, Michigan. The two cofounders, Tim Schmidt and Kyle DeWitt, were profiled in the Tecumseh Herald. The two met while working… Read More

Indian Crowdfunding Platform Milaap Partners with IndusLadies

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Based in India, Milaap.org, an online crowdfunding platform joined hands with IndusLadies.com, the largest online community for Indian women with the launch of ‘Change a Life this Women’s Day’ campaign on the occasion of International Women’s Day. “As the largest online community for Indian women, it is our responsibility to help rural women who have… Read More

Kickstarter, Netflix Aim To Change the Face of Television and Film Forever

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While the release of the Veronica Mars film last weekend opened to mediocre box office numbers, the very nature of the film’s production and financial backing is revolutionary to the Hollywood industry. Through Kickstarter, the popular yet short-lived television series, which starred Kristen Bell and helped launch her career, was brought to life by thousands… Read More

Crowdcube Comments on Ovivo Shut-down

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Luke Lang, co-founder of equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube commented on the recent closure of start-up business Ovivo Mobile, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that uses Vodafone’s UK network to provide competitive mobile phone packages: “We’re extremely disappointed that Ovivo Mobile has had to announce that for reasons beyond its control, it is closing down…. Read More

Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Event to Take Place in April

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This year venture capitalists poured more money into Crowdfunding: Indiegogo $40million, Crowdtilt $23 million, Teespring $20 million, over $83 million in January. Since Kickstarter first launched its crowdfunding platform in 2009, funders have now pledged over one billion dollars on projects all before its fifth birthday. Today the crowdfunding platform continues to assert its dominance… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Updates their Playbook

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Running an effective crowdfunding campaign is a ton of work.  Not only must you have 30% committed up front but a successful campaign takes weeks, if not months, of planning.  Once a campaign launches you have to be on every day promoting, communicating and dealing with the inevitable unknowns that always crop up.  Of course… Read More