SEC Investor Advisory Committee Schedules Meeting for April 10

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The Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee has scheduled a meeting for April 10, 2014 to take place from 10AM to 4:30PM EST. The agenda for the meeting includes: remarks from Commissioners; remarks from the Investor Advocate; election of Investor Advisory Committee Chair; a recommendation from the Investor as Purchaser Subcommittee regarding crowdfunding regulations; and nonpublic subcommittee… Read More

Prosper Becomes Latest Billion-Dollar Platform, Underscores Peer Lending Dominance

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$1 billion in loans 3,000% growth in eight years 118,000 personal loans issued Over 75,000 investors Over 93,000 borrowers 47 states Its been a long road since the first loan in 2006. Since then the $1 billion dollars issued through Prosper went towards helping people fix their debts, pay medical bills, chase their dreams, and… Read More

Recent Data on Crowdfunding, Alternative Finance & New Markets

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Crowdfunding Research. At the SVCrowdfund conference on April 3, 2014, Richard Swart, PhD., gave a fascinating presentation on the growing ecosystem of crowdfunding and alternative finance. Dr. Swart is a well known authority in the crowdfunding world.  He runs the UC Berkeley’s crowdfunding research initiative and is also a partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors Group…. Read More

A Rebuttal to the New York Times: Why Give Crowdfunding “Investors” Trinkets When You Could Give Them Returns?

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The recent $2 billion acquisition of Oculus by Facebook is an ideal example of why continued delay in the release of final Title III crowdfunding rules is a bad idea. If Title III had already been in place, the contributors to Oculus would be receiving a return on their investment, instead of just thank you… Read More

Documentary On Indiegogo As Some Accuse Kickstarter Of Undue Censorship

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted in May of 2013 of a host of horrific charges related to late-term abortions and other medical misgivings. Some have called him “the most successful serial killer in the history of the world” while estimating that he may be responsible for over a thousand late-term abortions. It’s enough to make… Read More

Crowdcube Booms in March, Shows 800% Growth Over Year Prior

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Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube had a great March.  The company funded 8 businesses totaling £1.6 million in investments.  Crowdcube’s own projections indicate these funded companies will generate 281 new jobs over the coming years. To make things even better it appears the momentum may be increasing because in the last 7 days  over £1 million… Read More

Crowdfunder Claims Top Spot for Rewards Based Crowdfunding in UK

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UK based rewards crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder has confirmed that it has raised over £1.5m for UK projects – and grown by a factor of 15 in the last 12 months.  Accompanied by a report from The Crowdfunding Centre stating that Crowdfunder.co.uk has more projects than all other UK platforms, Crowdfunder was pleased to claim the… Read More

Pressy Raised $695K on Kickstarter but Competitor Xiaomi Was Watching

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Last October Pressy  ”the Almighty Android Button” – crushed their crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter raising just under $700,000 on a $40,000 goal.  The Pressy team had designed an elegant android button to facilitate manual actions on Android phones.  With a simple approach and an integrated app it was a quick hit with the Android crew…. Read More

Report: Crowdfunding Boosts UK Economy Over £9 Million in Past Three Months

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The Crowdfunding Centre has released statistics that indicate that crowdfunding has increased the UK economy over £9 million including: Rewards crowdfunding raised £4.3m, at a rate of more than £3,800 per hour during March, compared with £1,700 per hour in January and February. Equity crowdfunding raised more than £5m, in excess of £3m of that… Read More

Coastal Shows Schedules Crowdfund Real Estate Summit

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Event organizer Coastal Shows has announced their next crowdfunding summit.   Crowdfund Global Expo (CFGE) Crowdfund Real Estate Summit and the co-located CFGE Crowdfund Entrepreneur Summit will take place in Austin, Texas this coming May. “This summit will present a two-day comprehensive deep dive into new opportunities presented by crowdfunding, providing attendees with access to… Read More

Brief: Crowdfunding on AgFunder, OnFarm is Now Over-Subscribed

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AgFunder’s first live investment opportunity on their investment crowdfunding platform, OnFarm is on it’s way to success.   OnFarm has now reached $705,000 in investor commitments, exceeding their original target goal of $400,000 in just over 30 days. The round is capped at $800,000, and will close the earlier of 7-days or $800,000 in total investor… Read More

New Debt / Equity Crowdfunding Platform “TradeUp Capital Fund” Announces Launch

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New debt and equity crowdfunding platform serving globalizing companies, TradeUp Capital Fund,  announced its launch  at the Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference in Palo Alto. TradeUp is the first-in-class debt and equity crowdfunding platform for globalizing companies, an outperforming and rapidly growing segment. The Los Angeles-headquartered company brings together savvy investors with high-growth globalizing companies to fuel… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding in Canada (Infographic)

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Here is a great infographic on the status of equity crowdfunding in Canada.  This is courtesy of Oscar Jofre, CEO and Founder of BoardSuite & Co-Chair of the ECFA Canada. On March 20, 2014, there was a country wide announcement by Canadian regulators regarding proposed regulatory approach to the new form of finance. The below… Read More

Dragon Innovation To Launch Two New Features For Hardware-Related Crowdfunding Startups

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Dragon Innovation is a niche crowdfunding play aimed directly at servicing the funding needs of hardware-related startups. The platform has now announced two new upcoming features; one aims to place a Dragon Innovation seal of approval on internally vetted campaigns, and the other follows a strategy similar to those undertaken by other crowdfunding platforms. Dragon… Read More

Two Similar Crowdfunding Campaigns, Two Very Different Outcomes (Or, Why Messaging Matters)

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It isn’t every day that two very similar campaigns are raising money at the same time on two of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the world, but that is the case right now. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are both playing host to campaigns seeking funding for spy cameras, and at least one of those campaigns has… Read More

StandDesk Fills Void and it is Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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So not too long ago I was searching for a standing desk and I encountered the exact same issue that Steven Yu discusses in his pitch video.  Standing at your desk is known to be good for your health and productivity, but most good ones are ridiculously expensive.  My solution at the time was to… Read More

Startup Funding: Embrace Bad Ideas and No Business Model

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In early 2010 my husband Keith, and I were having dinner with two of our old Yahoo! co-workers at a taqueria near Downtown Mountain View. One of them was Brian Acton, who had been a long-time family friend and the best man in our wedding. He was working on a new messaging app on iOS with another… Read More

Crowdfunding Considered For Lady Liberty Companion “Statue Of Responsibility” On West Coast

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A brief history lesson: in the late 1800′s as the Statue of Liberty was being constructed in France, a group in the US was trying to find a way to fund and construct a pedestal for the new monument. That pedestal was essentially crowdfunded via newspaper ads and stands as the first example of crowdfunding in… Read More

Crowdcube, hubbub Partner Up to Bring Crowdfunding to Education

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Crowdcube and hubbub have joined forces to bring crowdfunding to the education sector.  hubbub shared on a blog post that; “combining forces will enable Crowdcube-hubbub to provide the compelling additional offer of equity crowdfunding alongside hubbub’s standard reward-based crowdfunding solution. The offer means that – through one portal – universities will be able to engage… Read More

European Crowdfunding Legislation: What’s Taking So Long?

Should the EU Monitor Instead of Implementing European Crowdfunding Regulations?

As the U.S. is making major efforts to implement the JOBS Act, the European Union seems to be only capable of analyzing the developments, as J.D. Alois’ article “EC Releases Communication on Long Term Financing Including Crowdfunding” shows. The most important conclusion was that the European Union should monitor, rather than develop and implement legislation…. Read More