Zacks to Offer Microcap Research, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo

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Zacks Investment Research has announced it is launching microcap research and has selected its first company for “detailed investigation”.  Simultaneously Zacks has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $7000 in capital for the new research product. “Independent research is the platinum standard. Zacks is already known across the globe for the quality and… Read More

FirstFunding Trains its Lenders on Morf Media e-Learning System to Help Them Increase their Share of the Industry’s 2015

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Developer Morf Media, Inc., announced on Wednesday (December 17th) FirstFunding has selected its e-Learning cloud system to help them train their correspondent lenders to perform at their best in 2015. FirstFunding is adopting Morf Media GILS on mobile devices to train their lenders to meet key regulatory requirements such as TILA/RESPA and to optimize their playbooks for strong… Read More

American Solar & Roofing Partners with Mosaic

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Scottsdale, Arizona based American Solar & Roofing has disclosed a partnership with Mosaic, a leading peer to peer lending platform for financing solar energy projects.  The agreement will assist American Solar in financing projects while generating a new deal flow pipeline for the young P2P platform.  Arizona is second only to California in the number… Read More

Peer to Peer Lender Lendable Raises £2.5 Million in Seed Round

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UK based peer to peer lending platform Lendable has raised approximately £2.5 million in a seed round. Lendable states their new platform, only launched at the beginning of 2014, can  deposit funds in your bank account in “minutes” – once a quote is accepted.  The company’s objective is to “make borrowing as swift and painless… Read More

Invest4Justice Peer-to-Peer Litigation Crowdfunding; Enabling Equal Access to Justice, Globally

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Invest4Justice, a new online financial platform that upends this historical inequity by creating what’s considered the first online market for justice, leveling the playing field between litigants, globally, regardless of their financial resources. The platform attacks this historical unfairness by combining two tools that have developed over the past decade, in order to allow litigants,… Read More

Angel Capital Association: How to Define an “Accredited Investor”

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At the recent Small Business Forum at the SEC held this past November one of the hot topics of discussion was the definition of an “Accredited Investor”.  As it stands today, an accredited investor is a wealthy sort that earns over $200,000 per year or happens to have $1 million in his or her bank… Read More

MassCatalyst Says Investment Crowdfunding Platform to Launch in January

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Coincides with New State Crowdfunding Regulations in Texas. MassCatalyst has announced its investment crowdfunding platform, handling both debt and equity financing, will launch in January targeting both startups and mature companies in need of capital. The MassCatalyst platform was previewed this past Fall at TechCrunch Disrupt. In October, the state of Texas finalized intrastate crowdfunding… Read More

UK Thought Leader Sam Ridler, Executive Director of Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, Delivers Answers, Challenges & Inspires

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In late November  The University of Cambridge teamed up with EY, the global professional services organization, and launched the European Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey with the support of major European industry associations. As readers may know, this is the largest study to date on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of alternative finance in Europe.  This benchmarking survey, which opened on… Read More

Brief: Lending Club IPO Tops $1 Billion After Exercise of Over-Allotment Option

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Lending Club (NYSE: LC) an online marketplace the connects borrowers and investors, announced on Tuesday (December 16th) the closing of its initial public offering and the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 8,700,000 shares from Lending Club. After the underwriters’ exercise of the option to purchase additional shares, a total… Read More

Brief: Gosnell Movie Selects John Sullivan As Its Executive Producer

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Earlier this week, producer of the Indiegogo film Gosnell Movie, Phelim McAleer announced that co-writer and co-director of the documentaries 2016: Obama’s America and America: Imagine the World Without Her, John Sullivan, has signed on as executive producer. The film is the story of Philadelphia’s abortion doctor, Dr.  Kermit Gosnell and his devastating crimes. He was… Read More

Crowdcube’s Luke Lang Sets New Year’s Resolution: Double Funding & Branding in 2015

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Crowdcube Co-Founder Luke Lang shared his goal 2015 goal with Insider’s Storm Rannard:  the platform is aiming to fund more than 200 businesses in 2015 after revealing that 100 companies are set to raise capital before the year is out. In his Insider interview, Lang promised to “continue to invest in Crowdcube’s workforce and marketing to consolidate its position… Read More

Kickstarter Campaign Creator Accused of Scamming Backers; Runs Off With Over $54,000

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Earlier this year, 20-year-old San Diego resident, Taylor Beck, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise a mere $2,000 for his new tutorial called Le arn iPhone App Development. Not only did the project surpassed its initial goal super quickly, it reached well over $54,000 thanks to nearly 660 backers. This online video course… Read More

Kickstarter Unleashes Its Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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With only nine more shopping days until Christmas, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter has announced its 2014 holiday gift guide. Kickstarter’s Julie Wood took to the platform’s blog and wrote, “When you put a gift under the tree, it’s fun to know where it came from. Who made it? How’d they do it? The gifts below have some of… Read More

Oracle Communications Extends WebRTC Functionality to Mobile Apps: P2P Enabler

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Communications Service Providers and Enterprises Can Now Offer WebRTC-Based Capabilities in Native iOS or Android Client Applications  In response to the growing demand for real-time communications (RTC) anytime, anywhere, and from virtually any device, many communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises are now offering browser-based WebRTC capabilities and services. The latest release of Oracle Communications… Read More

LICKALIX Popsicles Near Goal on Crowdcube: Delectable Locally-Sourced Lollies Please the Crowd!

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The natural popsicle Camden-based startup LICKALIX has raised over 97% toward its Crowdcube crowdfunding £225,000 goal with the confidence of over 165 investors for 15% equity offered.  Secured funding will allow LICKALIX to scale up its existing successful efforts, to purchase higher volume production equipment, and to achieve a bigger production and distribution capability, according to the startup…. Read More

Seedrs Posts Last Minute Gift Guide: Not Too Late for a Crowdfunded Holiday

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Among the many crowdfunding platforms, holiday gift ideas abound.  Take for example Seedrs’ Holiday Survival Guide just posted on its blog.  Not only are gift ideas shared, but also discount codes: the more, the merrier.  For the oenophile stop by Humble Grape’s website  and enter discount code “HB1o”; Humble Grape is offering a 10% discount on all Humble… Read More

Brief: Fundrise Partners With Larson Realty Group to Redevelop Form Tiger Stadium in Detroit

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First Crowdfunded Real Estate Project in Detroit  Fundrise, a leading real estate crowdfunding platform, today announced it is partnering with Larson Realty Group to develop the former Tiger Stadium in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.  It will be Fundrise’s first project in Detroit. The Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit has awarded Larson Realty Group… Read More

Private Equity Crowdfunding Marketplace for Retail Investors InvestX Announces Beta Launch

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Initial USD $5.2 Million Seed Round Secured From Prominent Investors  InvestX Capital announced on Tuesday (December 16th) the beta launch of its cross-border private equity crowdfunding marketplace for U.S. and Canadian investors, opening up an asset class previously only accessible through larger (USD $1 million or higher) investments.  For the first time, InvestX will provide accredited… Read More

A Record Breaking Year Puts RateSetter in Pole Position for 2015

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RateSetter has moved from 3rd to 1st to be at the forefront of the fintech revolution as it breaks into 2015  RateSetter will be ending 2014 on a high, confirming its position as the UK’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) lender, turning a profit and having been recognized as one of the country’s most promising high-growth technology… Read More

2015: The Ascendency of Small Business & the Middle Class in Washington, DC

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As 2014 comes to a close, this is the time of year when all good journalists look back at the year’s events, and then look forward – typically with a list of bold predictions for the year ahead.  For those of you focused on small business capital formation in our Nation’s Capital, the former task… Read More