InvestUP’s James Tuckett Opines on CrowdISA’s Potential and Effect for the Crowdfunding Industry: “Long Live the CrowdISA”

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In a release by James Tuckett, Managing Director of investUP, he shares his about the  crowdfunding supermarket, investUP, a potential ISA for the crowdfunding industry and what this could mean for the current state of the crowdfunding market. Below please find his unabridged commentary:  The crowdISA… Read More

OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow Shares His Innovative Vision for Marketplace Lending: Transforming How Money Flows

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“We are extremely excited by the possibilities of the next decade in the alternative finance market… OnDeck’s vision is to transform how money flows to small businesses by leveraging our platform to provide capital on demand for small business owners. The data flowing through a small… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform CrowdJustice Launches For “Public Interest” Litigation

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On Friday, new UK crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice officially opened its doors to those seeking funds for their latest legal situations. According to TechCrunch, CrowdJustice was founded by ex-United Nations lawyer, Julia Salasky, and is considered a crowdfunding platform for “public interest” litigation. She explained: “CrowdJustice… Read More

“Get Smart, Fund Art”: Tumblbug, South Korean Creative Arts Crowdfunding Platform, Raises KRW 17 Billion in Series A Investment

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“Get smart, fund art”: With a playful slogan (translated) and name that reminds this writer of a children’s toy, Tumblbug, a South Korean crowdfunding platform, is taking big steps in its development. The company just announced that it has raised KRW 17 billion (just over US… Read More

Lucerne School of Business Publishes Study on Crowdfunding in Switzerland

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The Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ, of the Lucerne School of Business, has returned to crowdfunding in a follow up to last years research on new forms of finance in Switzerland.  Crowdfunding has been evident in Switzerland since 2008. The authors note that in 2014,… Read More

NetEase Partners with HNA Group, Everbright Securities on Crowdfunding

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NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES), one of China’s leading Internet and online game services providers, has announced that is subsidiary Ujia E-commerce Co., Ltd., has signed an agreement with Everbright Securities Co., and HNA Group to form a joint venture company. The joint venture is described as having a primary… Read More

Brief: K-Lend Updates Loan Originations

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Auto China’s K-Lend, a peer to peer lending platform for vehicle financing, has just published an update for Q1 2015 operations. The Company announced that it recorded 1,180 new leases of commercial vehicles (primarily Class 8 heavy trucks) as part of the Company’s sales-type leasing… Read More

Catalan BioTech ZeClinics Secures Record Funding on Capital Cell, 2015’s Largest Spanish Biotech Crowdfunded Investment

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The Catalan company ZeClinics, supported by the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona and and Barcelona Biomedicine Research Park (PRBB) reached its crowdfunding campaign goal  on Capital Cell,  a campaign that set the record for the the year’s largest biotech crowdfunding investment in Spain.  The company is prevalued at 1M€.  After 88… Read More

Karma Launches Out Of Private Beta to Transform Trust & Reliability In Peer-To-Peer Marketplaces

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Karma, a platform that makes it easy to determine the reliability of people online through the use of its Karma Score, is launching out of private and into public beta today. The Karma Score’s unique algorithm makes it an ideal benchmark for the peer-to-peer community. With… Read More

Glowforge Raises $9 Million During Series A Funding Round to Bring 3D Laser Printer to Consumers

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Glowforge announced a $9 million Series A funding round to bring their 3D Laser Printer to market this year. The round was led by Foundry Group and True Ventures, with participation from Bre Pettis, cofounder and former CEO of MakerBot, and Jenny Lawton, former CEO… Read More

PledgeMusic Joins Forces With American Idol David Cook to Release His Fourth Album

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PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding platform for music, is happy to announce its partnership with platinum selling recording artist and American Idol season seven winner, David Cook, to release his 4th studio record and give fans a pre-order experience they will not soon forget. David Cook rose to… Read More

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

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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

Latvian P2P Lender Mintos Expands into Lithuania

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The Latvian P2P lending marketplace Mintos announced its both its expansion and new offering of  P2P loans, secured by cars as collateral to borrowers in Lithuania,  the third country Mintos operates in addition to Latvia and Estonia. Mintos is open to international investors from Europe.  The platform’s website… Read More

FreeAgent Swiftly Raises £324K+ on Seedrs to “Democratise Accounting”: Relax about Tax

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FreeAgent, the multi-award winning cloud accounting provider, today launched a £1M crowdfunding round with Seedrs to accelerate its vision of “Democratising Accounting” for UK micro-businesses and freelancers. The cloud accounting pioneer will use funding to to accelerate development of its  product and introduce more micro-businesses and freelancers to… Read More

Adzuna Launches £1.5M Crowdcube Campaign: Job Site “Gets Britain Working”

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Adzuna, the UK-based job search engine today launched its £1.5 million crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube for its mission to “get Britain working.” In just a few hours, the campaign has raised over £659,330 of its £1,500,000 targeted goal for 5.89% equity offered. Nearly 70 investors helped Adzuna hit 43% of its goal…. Read More

EU Conducts Survey on Perceptions of Investment Crowdfunding

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The Financial Services Users Group (FSUG) has launched a survey to measure perspectives on crowdfunding across the European Union. The FSUG is a “consultative group” for the Commission and is targeting investor opinion regarding both debt and equity crowdfunding platforms. The notice of the survey… Read More

Brief: Peer-to-Peer Community Entrepreneurs’ Organization Announces New CEO

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Earlier this week, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a peer-to-peer community of entrepreneurs, introduced Vijay K. Tirathrai as its new chief executive officer. Tirathrai, who brings a wealth of business experience from both corporate and non-profit sectors, will focus on strengthening EO’s impact while driving the organization’s initiative of… Read More

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

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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

Orchard Announces Two New Partnerships with Auto One & Interface Financial Group

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Orchard Platform has announced two new partnerships as it extends its reach into a growing number of financial verticals in the direct lending space.  Orchard has signed up Auto One Acceptance and The Interface Financial Group (IFG).  Auto One is described as the “vehicle lender… Read More

Bank Leumi, One of Israel’s Largest Banks, Will Launch P2P Lending Service

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One of Israel’s largest banks, Bank Leumi, recently announced that it will launch a new peer-to-peer lending service, according to PandoDaily. Theirs may be the first planned launch of an entire new P2P service from a bank with international stature, notes the publication. Lemur would receive a fee… Read More