The Trouble with Self-Directed IRAs

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A fintech-focused SDIRA newcomer who embraces technology will likely obsolete present-day providers Don’t get me wrong. Self-Directed IRAs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. They allow us to dramatically diversify our retirement portfolios with the asset classes typically reserved for the wealthy: real estate,… Read More

UK P2PFA: Strong Growth Continues in Peer to Peer Lending Market. Over £495 Million in Q1

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The Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) has announced Q1 data on P2P lending in the UK.  Updated numbers indicate that over £459 million was originated in the first quarter bringing the cumulative lending amount to more than £2.6 billion. Data provided also showed an increase… Read More

Wired Toy Company Roominate Returns to Kickstarter With New rPower Technology

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Roominate, an award-winning line of wired building systems for girls aged six and up, just launched a new Kickstarter to take their technology to the next level with a new circuit system and app. During the first Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Roominate hit its funding… Read More

Braveheart Changes Teams: Moves Venture Fund to Seedrs from Crowdcube

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Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced the creation of a venture fund last year. The concept was to allow a  professional fund manager do all the hard work in creating a diversified portfolio. As we all know investing in early-stage companies is risky business but a highly diversified… Read More

Faircent.com + Yodlee; Leading P2P Lending Marketplace in India Gains New Alliance With Yodlee’s Leading Technology

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One of India’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplaces, Faircent.com, today announced its alliance with Yodlee, a U.S.-based leading cloud-based technology and applications platform for digital financial services, according to India.com. Faircent is the first P2P lending marketplace to align with Yodlee in Asia, India.com noted. Yodlee, led by CEO… Read More

Dodgy Peer to Peer Lending Platforms Proliferate in China as New Regulations Near

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The number of complaints regarding peer to peer lending fraud in China continues to escalate, according to a report published by government officials. According to Tech QQ (part of Tencent), the Ministry of Public Security states that 8,700 cases of illegal fundraising were reported in… Read More

SeedInvest Will Remove Legal Review Fees for Startups Using KISS Legal Documents

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Yes KISS means Keep It Simple Stupid, but in this case it means Keep It Simple Security. SeedInvest, a leading investment crowdfunding platform, has announced they will no longer assess legal review fees to startups using KISS Convertible Note documents. SeedInvest is a highly selective… Read More

TrialFunder Launches Crowdfunding Platform For Civil Lawsuits

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TrialFunder, a new accredited crowdfunding platform for plaintiff litigation, has launched this week to assist plaintiffs in civil lawsuits dealing with police brutality, sexual harassment, wrongful death, personal injury, etc. CEO of TrialFunder, Anoush Hakimi, Esq., revealed that the platform was created with social justice in mind:… Read More

USA Olympians Announce Support For New Crowdfunding Platform TeamUSA Registry; Admits Funding Struggles

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In an effort to help more athletes fulfill their Olympic high cost dreams, new crowdfunding platform Team USA Registry has launched for various Olympian costs. During a recent interview with Forbes,  swimmer Natalie Coughlin and gymnast John Orozco announced their support for a new crowdfunding platform along… Read More

Creators of Kickstarter Success Mighty No. 9 Announces Fall Release Date

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Mighty No. 9 backers: BIG NEWS! Comcept USA, the company behind the Kickstarter success game, announced this week the official release of the Mega Man sequel. As previously reported, Mighty No. 9  surfaced on Kickstarter back in summer 2013 and secured over $3.8 million from 62,000 backers. It takes place in the… Read More

California Crowdfunding Bill Takes Another Step Forward

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According to a report from Small Business California, the crowdfunding bill (AB 722) took another step in a positive direction as the bill came up in the Assembly Judiciary Committee and was unanimously approved (7-0). Apparently some changes needed to be incorporated into the existing bill… Read More

Kickstarter Alum nutpods Brings Almond-and-Coconut-Based Dairy-Free Creamer to Seattle

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Green Grass Foods Inc. has chosen Seattle for its limited test market launch of nutpods, a dairy-free creamer made from almonds and coconuts. The product, in 300ml Tetra Paks, will be on shelves in 10 PCC markets in the Seattle area in mid-May. Since its Kickstarter campaign was launched in October… Read More

Ventureneer Reports: Crowdfunding for Female Entrepreneurs to Surpass Male Counterparts in Securing Funding & Driving Revenue Growth

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Ventureneer, a company  dedicated to online education and peer support for social entrepreneurs, non profit leaders, and small business owners with a social mission, recently released a report that reveals why women entrepreneurs are still significantly behind men when it comes to funding and growing their businesses… Read More

Landbay Lands Largest Institutional Finance Credit Line to Date in UK in P2PLending at £250 Million / Year

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Landbay is leapfrogging other, more senior, peer to peer lending platforms in the UK by lining up a sizable credit line. According to company representatives, the young P2P lender that focuses on mortgage lending has negotiated an impressive £250 million wholesale funding line to be… Read More

Wearable Solutions Startup XOEye Technologies Closes $1.9 Million Series A Round with IncWell LP II

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XOEye Technologies, a wearables solutions company that is reshaping industrial business processes and data capture, today announced it has closed its $1.9 million Series A funding round. IncWell LP II, an early-stage venture firm founded in 2013 by Tom LaSorda, formerly CEO of Chrysler Group… Read More

FOR SALE: OUYA Is Officially On the Market

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Last September, Crowdfund Insider revealed that OUYA was rumored to be making its way to the sale block. The Android gaming startup rocketed to fame and potential fortune back in 2012 during a 29-day Kickstarter campaign, which it raised $8,596,474 from over 29,000 backers.  Unfortunately, the device consistently… Read More

Report: European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum Meets

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The European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum, created in 2014 comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders in the emergent crowdfunding sector, met last month in Brussels. Unfortunately for those unable to attend these gatherings are not live-streamed (something we compliment the US SEC on doing). There… Read More

Creative England Forms Partnership With Crowdfunder UK To support England’s Top Filmmakers

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New filmmakers from across England will launch crowdfunding projects as a part of Creative England’s annual short film initiative: iShorts. Following hundreds of applications from aspiring filmmakers, 19 producer / director teams have been chosen to receive a share of just under £100k from Creative… Read More