Mangopay Establishes Presence in UK in Expansion Push

Céline Lazorthes

Luxembourg based Mangopay, a payment solutions provider that works with a broad variety of transactional sites including crowdfunding platforms, has opened up an office Level 39, Canary Wharf in London positioning the company for further growth.  The Mangopay API was released in 2013 and today has over 350 European clients.  Mangopay will be working with Barclays as… Read More

GiveALittle Raised $12.2 Million in New Zealand for 2014

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GiveALittle is a zero fees donation crowdfunding platform for New Zealanders. The no fee pledge is thanks to the owners the Spark Foundation who acquired the platform back in 2012.  The site has been doing the crowdfunding thing for about 8 years now and they are the leading charity platform in New Zealand.  Since the site launched… Read More

Filmmakers Launch Indiegogo Campaign For New Documentary About Washington RedSkin Owner’s Legal Battle With Sportswriter

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Creators of the new documentary Under Our Skin – A Dave and Goliath Story recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise nearly $100,000 for the film’s production. The documentary gives viewers the behind-the-scene history of Washington Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder and his legal woes against sportswriter Dave McKenna. Explaining the epic court battle, the… Read More

ShoeBuy Acquires Minority Stake in Kickstarter’s Boston Boot Company

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ShoeBuy, a leading global online retailer of shoes and clothing for shoppers seeking the best variety and brands, today announced it has acquired a minority stake in Boston Boot Company. The acquisition marks ShoeBuy’s expansion into the footwear manufacturing business, and provides an opportunity for the company to directly deliver superior products to its customers…. Read More

Fundrise Opens New Crowdfunding Initiative For 3 World Trade Center

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Real estate crowdfunding platform, Fundrise, announced this week that it has opened a new crowdfunding campaign dedicated to raise $2 million for New York City’s 3 World Trade Center. The investment summary reads,”This investment is dependent upon the performance of Class 1 Bonds for 3 World Trade Center, a 2.5 million square foot class A ground-up… Read More

Crowdcube Announces Annual Award Recipients

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Crowdcube has gotten in the habit of handing out rewards to some of the more interesting and more creative companies that have raised capital via their platform each year.  It is a bit of the “best of the best” sort of thing where individual campaigns are recognized for their accomplishments during the past 12 months. Crowdcube… Read More

Smartphone Instant Camera Case Prynt Makes Crowdfunding a Snap on Kickstarter; Reaches $125,000 in Three Hours

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Prynt, a San Francisco-based gadget startup, recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $50,000 for its self-titled instant camera case for iPhone and Android smartphones. Prynt is considered the “first ever” instant camera case that is specifically used for smartphones. Simply plug in your phone, take a picture and get a photo within… Read More

Report: UK Leads Europe for Equity Financings for VC backed Companies in Q4

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The United Kingdom led the way in venture capital for Q4 of 2014. The UK led Europe for both number of deals and amount raised. Germany took second place under both these metrics with the Netherlands in 3rd. The UK received € 524 million across 69 deals in Q4. The Brits took in 30% of all investment… Read More

Oppenheimer to Pay Fine for Selling Unregistered Securities

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Oppenheimer & Co.  was hit by a significant fine by the SEC for violating federal securities laws. Oppenheimer has agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay $10 million to settle the charges, according to the SEC.  Oppenheimer will pay an additional $10 million to settle a parallel action by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)…. Read More

The Green Party Quickly Approaches £100,000 Through Crowdfunder UK

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The Green Party has pioneered a new path for British politics by using Crowdfunder to raise money, campaign and bring greater choice to voters in 2015. Over the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder, gathering the support of over 2,500 backers and raising an average of £550 a day. This money is… Read More

P2P Global Investments Successfully Raises £250 Million

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P2P Global Investments plc has announced their C Share funding round was over-subscribed and is now closed. According to a company spokesperson, the issue raised gross proceeds of £250 million via the issue of 25 million C Shares, of which 24,098,657 C Shares will be issued under the Placing and 901,343 C Shares will be issued… Read More

Zopa Receives 2X Recognition at MoneyFacts Awards

Giles Andrews

Peer to peer lender Zopa received a nice shout out at the 2015 Moneyfacts Awards. Zopa received awards for both “Personal Loan Provider of the Year” and “Best Customer Service”. The latter award is particularly nice as the P2P space continues to grow and service will continue to be a great product differentiator. The judging… Read More

Patch of Land: We are Leading the Way for 506(c) Filings

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Real estate crowdfunding platform Patch of Land has apparently had a nice 2014. Granted things are just revving up this year after an eventful 2014, but the investment portal recently shared that in Q4 of 2014 they topped the list of SEC filings for 506(c) offerings.  Now for those of you who are not quite clear… Read More

Funding Tree Puts Wind in Investors’ Sails; Offers A Chance to Invest in the Round Britain & Ireland Challenge

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Investors have been given a chance to profit from the popularity of sailing, after the company behind a new round Britain yacht race that’s open to all listed on the crowdfunding platform, Funding Tree. Circular Sailing, which has already attracted substantial equity investment, is now seeking a loan of £50,000 via the Funding Tree platform in… Read More

MobileCause Unleashes New Crowdfunding Initiative for Nonprofits

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MobileCause, a mobile, social and online fundraising platform, has released its newest service, crowdfunding for nonprofits. This new product empowers organizations to conveniently raise donations through volunteers, board members, donors and staff. Differing from traditional crowdfunding for projects, MobileCause crowdfunding pages can be setup on a nonprofits website where donations and full donor data are collected… Read More

California’s Crystal Wash Launches $100,000 Kickstarter For New Laundry Cleaning Product

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Crystal Wash is clinically demonstrated to be as effective as detergent and lasts up to 1000 washes.  Their goal now is to make it “connected” with Version 2.0, which will make it even easier to use than it is already and give you a set of tools & features that will help you do your… Read More

“Is it a Crowd? Is it a Herd? Is it a Problem?” How Informed Startup (Crowd) Investors Really Are.

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Welcome to the Jungle New York City, 1968. Busy street. A group of people have stopped on the sidewalk to look up at a window on the 6th floor of the adjacent office building. No one is in plain sight. No one is trying to make a jump. Nothing. A crowd is forming on the… Read More

Hold My Mercedes McLaren, Would You? Luxury Asset Lender Borro Crowdfunds on OurCrowd

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A “last-minute business opportunity” is why an 18-karat white gold bracelet, diamond weight approximately 19 carats, was taken off its owner’s wrist and housed in a highly secure vault or with Citibank or Malca-Amit—temporarily. But jewelry and diamonds are only one type of high-class goods that Burro, an online luxury asset lender, accepts as collateral… Read More

Funding Circle Fires UP Fractional Loans. P2P Lender Claims First in US Market

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Funding Circle, a small business loan marketplace, has claimed “first’ in offering individual investors the opportunity to invest in secured fractional small business loans with the launch of its new Fractional Loan Marketplace. Now individual investors may purchase fractional loans ranging in size from $25,000 to $500,00 with terms from one to five years. Coupon rates… Read More

Shari’ah Compliant Crowdfunding Platform Grows in Singapore & Indonesia

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Singapore based startup Club Ethis may be the world’s first Shari’ah compliant crowdfunding platform and according to information provided by the portal it is growing fast. Club Ethis is guided by 2 in-house Islamic scholars. Ethis believes it has shown that Islamic Finance, crowdfunding and real estate development are complementary industries and sectors that feed off… Read More