Brief: Indiegogo Redesigns Its Campaign Creating Experience

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This week, crowdfunding portal Indiegogo announced it is updating its campaign creating experience. The redesign offers creators a chance to reveal who they are, what they are creating and why they are raising money in a cleaner, more organized way. The funding platform shared: “Every day, we talk to… Read More

Orchard: There are Two Sides to the Marketplace Lending Slowdown

David Snitkof Deep Dive Consumer Lending

    The first quarter of 2016 saw the US economy slip into a bit of a funk. Lingering questions regarding the sustainability of the economic recovery were buffeted by geopolitical tensions. The marketplace lending industry was in no way immune to the shifting winds… Read More

CFA Institute: Crowdfunding & Data Standards Discussed at NYC FinTech Forum

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XBRL US announced a free half-day FinTech forum for financial technologists, investors, analysts, regulators, investor relations professionals and data providers: Crowdfunding & Data Standards. The forum, hosted by Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business and sponsored by the CFA Institute, is designed to provide an introduction to… Read More

Crowdcube #FundedClub Member Adzuna Launches Best British Workplace of 2016 Competition

Adzuna

This week, UK-based job search engine, Adzuna announced it has launched its Best British Workplace of 2016 competition. The company previously secured over £2 during its equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube. It has already attracts six million visitors a month, but wanted to increase that as part of… Read More

Y Combinator Alum ClearTax Rakes in $1.3M Funding, Backed by Angels Levchin, Ravikant

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Income tax returns e-filing website ClearTax has secured an angel investment of $1.3 million from top Silicon Valley angels. ClearTax was founded in 2011 by the father-son team of Raja Ram Gupta and Archit Gupta, Srivatsan Chari and Ankit Solanki, ClearTax is the fourth Indian start-up  funded… Read More

Intro Crowd Let’s You Invest in Undeveloped UK Land

Gregory Baker

The property crowdfunding sector is a very hot space. The ability to allow smaller investors to gain access to the real estate finance market has gained solid traction with several investment crowdfunding platforms experiencing robust growth.  Intro Crowd, the most recent entry as an online property… Read More

Brief: Luke Lang & Giles Andrews Among the “40 Coolest People in UK Fintech” List

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This week, Business Insider announced its 40 Coolest People in UK Fintech list. This list features entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, regulators, hackers, and investors. The media outlet declared: “We looked at who’s done cool and interesting things in the past year, including companies that have raised money or… Read More

Angel Capital Association Announces 2016 ACA Summit’s Luis Villalbos Award Finalists

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The Angel Capital Association (ACA), a leading professional and trade association for angel investors, announced on Wednesday the three startups that have been selected as finalist for the Luis Villalobos award. This award was named in memory of Luis Villalobos, who angel investors nationwide admired for actively… Read More

UK Entrepreneurs Gather in London to Celebrate Business Creativity With Virgin Media Business Voom 2016

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On Wednesday, reward-based crowdfunding portal Crowdfunder UK announced some of Britain and Ireland’s entrepreneurs gathered in London celebrate the nations’ business creativity with Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016. As previously reported, Virgin Media Business launched its search for the most innovative and exciting businesses with the UK and Ireland’s pitch competition… Read More

Brief: Citi Ventures Invests in Fintech Startup BlueVine

Eyal Lifshitz

Online provider of working capital financing to small businesses, BlueVine, announced on Wednesday that it has secured a strategic investment from Citi Ventures. This investment will support the company’s growth as it continues to develop its capital financing platform for small businesses and expand. Eyal… Read More


“Dark Souls – The Board Game” Captures Over £1.5M First Week on Kickstarter

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Last week, UK-based Steamforged Games launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise £50,000 for Dark Souls – The Board Game. Not even five minutes into the initiative, the game surpassed its initial goal and in 24 hours hit £1 million. Now, just a week after the launch, the campaign… Read More

Brief: Camden Town Brewery Announces Second North London Location

Jasper Cuppaidge

  Less than six months after it was acquired by mega brewer AB InBev, Crowdcube success Camden Town Brewery announced details about its second North London location. Camden Town Brewery revealed that it has signed a lease for a facility in Enfield, which will be… Read More

UK’s Idler Academy Seeks £125,000 on Crowdcube to Continue Online Education Course Program Expansion

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Over the weekend, Idler Academy took to equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to raise £125,000 as it prepares to expand its new online course programs. Founded by author Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler Academy is an publishing and events business that now offers on-demand education, which includes online courses in the liberal arts… Read More

Kickstarter Unveils 2015’s Transparency Report

Charles Adler, Perry Chen, and Yancey Strickler

This week, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter released its 2015 transparency report. This report shares details about the year’s copyright and trademark claims. The funding platform stated: “Kickstarter is a space for creative people to present and find support for new and imaginative ideas. Like many sites entrusted with… Read More

Spring Ahead? Lending Club Plans First Sale of Bonds Backed by Unsecured Loans

Renaud Laplanche

The US’ largest marketplace lender LendingClub Corp. is planning its first sale of bonds backed by its unsecured loans, reported the WSJ, seeking new funding sources in today’s challenging market. Working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Jefferies Group on the offerings, LendingClub’s plans to discuss updates with potential investors as early as this week, reported the WSJ; Goldman… Read More

CEO Helman Comments on RealtyMogul $1M Chicagoland Equity Investment Closing

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RealtyMogul.com, one of the leading online marketplaces for real estate investing, announced the closing of a $1,000,000 equity investment in an industrial property in Glendale Heights, IL, within the Chicago metropolitan area. The sponsor for the acquisition is Clear Height Properties, a real estate investment and… Read More

Swiss Nexuslab & Dutch Rabobank Collaborate on Early European Blockchain Ventures

DANIEL GRASSINGER

Nexuslab, the Swiss blockchain startup programme powered by Startupbootcamp, has announced a partnership with Rabobank. The Dutch bank joins Nexuslab to support the first round of its programme geared towards early-stage European blockchain ventures. The collaboration adds leading financial industry expertise to the programme and… Read More

Five Online Investment Platforms to Join Millennium Trust Company’s Network

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On Tuesday, Millennium Trust Company announced it was expanding alternative investment access for advisors and individuals by adding five online investment platforms to its network, Millennium Alternative Investment Network (MAIN). Along with Lending Club, which joined late last month, these portals are EquityZen, iCapital Network, Prodigy Network, R.J. Oasis.  Millennium… Read More

Crowdfunded Skyscraper BD Bacata “Revives Downtown Bogota”

BD Bacatá

Arguably the largest equity crowdfunding offer ever, BD Bacata raised over $150 million to finance the first skyscraper in Bogota, Colombia in decades.  It was real estate developer and real estate crowdfunding platform operator Rodrigo Niño who figured out the methodology to help finance the… Read More

Simple and Rational P2P Regulation Expected: Details Emerge from Reserve Bank of India

Raghuram Rajan

According to Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor R Gandhi, approval of new types of NBFCs (non-banking finance companies) will continue.  Detailed information has not yet been released from the bank, but Gandhi commented while inaugurating the ASSOCHAM summit discussing NBFCs: The Changing Landscape’ reported Mumbai’s Deccan Herald:… Read More