The Crowdfunding Centre: London is the World’s Crowdfunding Capital

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Move over, New York City and San Francisco. According to a recent report, London has been dubbed the world’s capital of crowdfunding. During one of The Crowdfunding Centre events last week, an interactive map shows that London was the top city for the funding option, all thanks to local businesses and startups creating more campaigns… Read More

Federal Reserve: Peer to Peer Lending Poised to Grow

P2P loans are increasing as Traditional loans decline

Our friends at the Cleveland Federal Reserve have published a report on the Peer to Peer lending industry (P2P).  They  have come to the conclusion of just about everyone else but have incorporated some interesting data points.  P2P lending is expected to grow and will be filling gaps left by the traditional lending industry.  The… Read More

John Mullins: The Trouble with VC Funding (Video)

The Customer Funded Business

Professor John Mullins, from the London Business School, authored a book entitled “The Customer Funded Business”. He recently visited the studios of CNBC to share his perspective on how some VCs can be injurious to a business. Mullins states that running a business is a full time job.  Raising capital is a full time job…. Read More

Kickstarter “Night Trap” Campaign Creator Slams Nintendo; Then Applies for the Gaming System’s License

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A few days after a very awkward phone interview with gaming website, Kotaku, Night Trap’s executive producer and Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign creator, Tom Zito took to his own blog to post his thoughts about his past conflict with Nintendo. As previously reported, when asked by backers exactly why Night Trap revamp won’t be making an appearance… Read More

One Man Spent the Past 4 Years, 16 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, Animating a Film He is Crowdfunding Now

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Kory Martin Juul has worked on some blockbuster films.  His credit role includes: Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Spider Man, The Hobbit, Star Trek, Star Wars and more.  He has earned his stripes as a visual effects artist at the highest level.  Passionate about his metier, Kory has worked almost single handedly for four years,… Read More

Star.21 Fitness Band Reaches ¥300,000 on Pozible

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With less than two weeks until its Pozible crowdfunding campaign comes to an end, Oaxis’ Star.21 Fitness Band has officially hit¥311,014. The project originally set out to raise ¥100,000. The Star.21 Fitness Band helps its users “kickstart” their healthy lifestyle and cultivate long last healthy habits through a unique gaming experience. Based on the “21 Days Habit Formation” concept,… Read More

Seedmatch Responds to German Equity Crowdfunding Regulations

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The young German equity crowdfunding industry is under threat of excessive regulations under the guise of investor protection.  Earlier this month we reported on the proposed regulatory approach that crowdfunding platform Companisto described as; “… it is clear that the draft law significantly threatens the continued existence of crowdinvesting in Germany. The provisions of the bill… Read More

Cristiano Ronaldo Dares Beyoncé To Take the Ice Bucket Challenge In Support of the James McCarthy Crowdfunder Campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo

A host of celebrities are taking ice bucket showers to raise awareness for James McCarthy’s crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder. Braving the chill for the inspirational campaign, soccer players, Darren Fletcher, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, have all taken part to help James fulfill his dreams and now Cristiano Ronaldo has thrown the icy gauntlet to Beyonce, J-Lo… Read More

LendingTree Loan Revenue Grows with Addition of P2P Lenders

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LendingTree, an online lending exchange that aggregates loan options from many providers, has announced their loan revenue exceeded $1 million during the month of July.  The company also shared their growth has increased seven fold since July of 2013.  This significant growth in both volume and revenue is attributed to the industry’s increasing popularity as… Read More

P2P Lender LendInvest Surpasses £100 Million in Loans

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LendInvest, a UK based peer to peer lender that targets the mortgage sector, has announced they have surpassed £100 million in loans via their platform.  The P2P lender was launched in May of 2013 and according to the site this paces LendInvest as the fourth largest P2P lender in the UK following Zopa, Ratesetter and… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Conference is an Impressive Success

Crowdfunding Asia Featured Audience

The very first crowdfunding conference in Asia took place earlier this month.  A diverse and impressive group of regulators, high ranking politicians, portal operators and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss the benefits of crowdfunding in Asia.  Over 300 individuals attended the two day “Crowdfunding Asia 2014” event that tackled both rewards and investment based crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding… Read More

StartEngine CEO Schedules Open Call to Push Title III, Retail Crowdfunding Forward

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Following the example of the 28 members of Congress who forwarded a letter to the SEC urging them to publish the proposed rules on Title  III of the JOBS Act, some in the crowdfunding industry are taking action and looking to the crowd to join them. This Wednesday, August 20, 2014, StartEngine CEO Ron Miller,… Read More

elemoon Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Raise $100,000 For its Tech Bracelet

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Seeking to bring its stylish technology to wrists everywhere, New York-based company elemoon launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter earlier this week for its new self-titled technology bracelet. Not only does the device change colors to make any outfit, it alerts the person wearing it of important calls/text and helps to find a missing cellphone…. Read More

SmartThings Raised $1.2 Million on Kickstarter, 2 Years Later The Company is Acquired by Samsung for $200 Million

SmartThings on Kickstarter

Just saw the coolest Kickstarter project.. Mind. Officially. Blown. SmartThings will let you run your world by Smartphone. The above are some of the accolades piled upon SmartThings, a young company seeking capital and market approval just 2 years ago.  Crowdfunding out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, SmartThings raised an impressive $1.2 million on a $250,000 crowdfunding… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: iRBeacon, Demigods Rising, Father Nature Outdoors & HYDAWAY

Crowdfunding Mailbox Featured August 15 2014

Thank you to everyone who emailed in their crowdfunding campaigns this past week.  We had a lot of emails with some really creative projects.  I expect things will pick up even more after Labor Day as everyone gets back into the swing of things after the summer break. Unless you are into board games you… Read More

“One Spark Start Berlin” Queues Up for Germany in September

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The organizers of the successful and fast growing One Spark crowdfunding festival, held each year in Jacksonville, Florida, have taken their event and message on the road.  First stop is Berlin, Germany where One Spark Start: Berlin will take place this coming September. One Spark is self described as the World’s Crowdfunding Festival and in… Read More

Brief: Goodwin Procter Announces Crowdfunding Practice

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Law firm Goodwin Procter has announced the launch of its Crowdfunding Practice.  With crowdfunding booming around the world, the firm seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary team with specialized expertise in tech companies, venture finance, real estate capital markets, investment management, general corporate practice and consumer financial services litigation. The practice will advise both crowdfunding… Read More

Seed Equity Opens Equity Crowdfunding Platform to a Global Audience

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Seed Equity, founded by an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year, is launching a U.S. Registered Broker-dealer and online equity-based crowdfunding platform for Startups targeting a global audience.  Seed Equity is a member of FINRA and SIPC.  Founder Todd Crosland previously started and sold Interbank FX – a company he operated from 2001 to… Read More

Blue Mountain State The Movie Needs More Money

Blue Mountain State

Blue Mountain State: The Movie – ran a widely popular crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.  The project closed in May having raised over $1.9 million from about 24,000 supporters. Blue Mountain State is a fabled comedy television series that ran on Spike TV for three years. The plot is centered around a fictional university and follows… Read More

Crowdcube Shares Advice on Equity Crowdfunding

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Offering up some words of wisdom when it comes to equity crowdfunding, Crowdcube shared strategic insight in a post titled 7 Points Investors Should Consider. The platform provided advice for a wide range of equity topics including how to handle risk and skeptical investors. Investing on crowdfunding sites is increasing in popularity. Crowdcube has seen… Read More