Why investors are pouring millions into crowdfunding

A Crowd of $100 Benjamin Franklin

There is no shortage of evidence testifying to the value of crowdfunding for those seeking to finance a new product idea, company, or even personal need. Just this month, Kickstarter-born Oculus VR was snatched up by Facebook for $2 billion. Smartwatch-maker Pebble sold more than 400,000 of its crowdfunded smartwatches last year. And in March, Kickstarter surpassed $1 billion in pledges made. In all,… Read More

Update: Gosnell Movie Passes $1 Million on Indiegogo

Gosnell Movie Thanks 1 Million

The Gosnell Movie crowdfunding on Indiegogo, that caused some controversy as allegations of censorship arose as the film moved from Kickstarter to Indiegogo, has now passed the $1 million mark charting a course to their $2.1 million goal.  Over 11,000 backers have contributed to the film about “America’s biggest serial killer, abortionist Kermit Gosnell and… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada Holds Inaugural Conference

ECFA Conference

The Equity Crowdfunding Alliance of Canada is presenting a full day event this coming week in Toronto. The almost sold out event invites interested parties to hear about recent developments in securities law on how registrants can sell securities on the internet. Representatives from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and equity crowdfunding experts in Canada… Read More

Two Companies Filming One Spark Documentary

Reality Crowd TV

Sharing details about his latest project, Connecticut native Manolis Sfinarolakis announced his new documentary-style reality show at The Landing during the event. The One Spark project will be aired as a web based show on Reality Crowd TV.  Anyone that visited Manolis during One Spark had a chance of being on his show. Mr. Sfinarolakis… Read More

Scout Ventures Launches $30 Million Campaign for Fund II on SeedInvest; Over $7.5 Million Raised to Date

Scout Ventures Fund II

NYC-based early stage VC firm Scout Ventures seeks investors to raise $30 Million to fund its Fund II portfolio on SeedInvest.  To date, $7,555,000 has been raised for their second fund, with a $100,000 minimum investment. Scout Ventures targets entrepreneurs in the entertainment, media and commerce sectors to build solid businesses by providing the necessary… Read More

Brief: Lending Club Now Valued at $3.75 Billion


A significant byproduct of the acquisition by Lending Club of Springstone was the additional funding raised from T. Rowe Price Group, Wellington Management, BlackRock and Sands Capital was the valuation placed on the company.  Lending Club is today worth $3.75 billion.  This represents a 63% increase versus the last valuation from this past November. With… Read More

Dana.io Gears Up For Its Crowdfunding Donation Platform


Hoping to change crowdfunding as we know it, a new Vancouver-based platform Dana.io is ready to take on the industry leaders Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  Dana.io is a crowdfunding website that charges entirely by donations and consider its practice to be “gifting forward” or “unconditional gifting.” Buddhist and long-time campaigner for human’s rights in Burma, Alan… Read More

Research on Crowdfunding For Wearable Technology (Infographic)

Running Pebble

CrowdFund Productions, a Colorado based crowdfunding and event management company, recently completed its research titled “Crowdfunding for Wearable Technology.” The industry, which includes activity tracking, health monitoring devices, smart textile, virtual reality hardware, wearable computers and hands-free communicators, already has reached billions of dollars in sales and continues to rapidly grow. Alongside huge global corporations… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Storium, Woodies & Bluetooth Sports Headband

Smart Headband on Indiegogo Bluefingers

For this weeks Mailbox we have two Kickstarter and a single Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign:  Storium from San Jose, California, Woodies Clothing from New York City and the Smart  Headband from our mates in Manchester, United Kingdom. First up is Storium crowdfunding on Kickstarter now.  This campaign easily blasted past their $25,000 goal in just 24… Read More

Peter Rummell Talks One Spark Crowdfunding Festival (Video)


One of the co-founders of the One Spark crowdfunding festival that just took place earlier this month in Jacksonville, Florida was recently interviewed on CNBC about the fast growing event.  Peter Rummell talks about the importance of keeping “bright young people” and how they need jobs and other bright young people. Rummell states that at… Read More

RateSetter Moves Down Under in Expansion to Australia

Ratesetter Australia

UK based P2P platform RateSetter is taking their platform to Australia claiming the title of  first regulated platform from the outset.  The company has secured investment of $3 million from local and international investors alike to kick-start its Sydney offering. Headed up by Daniel Foggo, a former banker with Barclays Capital and NM Rothschild, the… Read More

Mix Aerospace Crowdfunding on Indiegogo, Aims To Bring Flying Car To Market


Bringing excitement of the future to backers, Mix Aerospace has teamed up with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to launch its campaign for Skylys, the flying car. The project, which has been in the works for four years, is aiming to build “a drivable vehicle capable of vertical take off and landing.” The crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo… Read More

Equidate Seeks Funding on AngelList to Grow its Startup Equity Marketplace

Equidate Small Logo

Equidate recently launched a round of equity crowdfunding on AngelList.  Currently, Equidate will only allow accredited investors, who either have a net worth of more than $1 million or make at least $200,000 a year, to participate in their campaign.  Neither financial details nor investor information has been disclosed to date. Equidate,  a marketplace that… Read More

P2P Growth More than Doubles in United Kingdom

P2P Lending in the UK Q1 2014

A recent report by the UK Peer to Peer Finance Assocation (P2PFA) indicates that cumulative lending  for the first quarter of 2014 achieved a total of £1.207 billion, a number that is in stark contrast to the same period year prior at £491 million.  The data also shows exceptional growth in both the consumer segment… Read More

Eureeca Investment Crowdfunding Platform Attracts More Startups

Eureeca Logo Square

Based in Dubai, Eureeca, an investment crowdfunding platform, has continued to grow according to a report in WSJ.  Since their launch last year Eureeca has posted 14 startups – seven of which have become fully funded.  Total raised to date stands at over $1 million. Recently Crowdfund Insider published an article on the Middle East… Read More

Crowdfunding boss: Never mind ISA’s – invest in start-ups and new tax breaks mean you can radically cut your income tax bill


With last financial year’s ‘use it or lose it’ Isa frenzy now at an end, investors are free to take stock of two new Budget announcements that could dramatically affect their decisions this tax year. As well as introducing the ‘NISA’ in the recent Budget – a £15,000 tax-free allowance that can be used for… Read More

Kickstarter Adds Subcategories to Growing Platform

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Global rewards based crowdfunding leader Kickstarter has updated their platform by adding 94 new subcategories to their site.  Apparently a growing number of project creators and backers have been requesting the new feature.  Incorporating a more granular categorization will certainly aid those looking for specific project types. No word on whether they will start breaking… Read More

Casting Call for CFGE Crowdfund Entrepreneur Summit for Reality Show

American Gnuity

Entrepreneurs and inventors are invited to apply to be the next reality star, getting funding and fame for their companies at the upcoming Coastal Shows Crowdfund Global Expo (CFGE) Crowdfunding Entrepreneur Summit. The casting call for the new reality TV show “American Gnuity” will be held in conjunction with two days of intensive crowdfunding education… Read More

SeedInvest Self-Crowdfunding Campaign Grows


Sharing some news about its progress, New York based equity crowfunding platform SeedInvest announced it has already raised $2,850,000 out of its campaign goal, which recently kicked off.  Of that amount $850,000 was raised online. SeedInvest launched the campaign on its own platform to raise $3 million. The company has already raised $2 million so… Read More