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Blockchain: New MIT Research Looks Beyond the Hype

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With a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and with the price of Bitcoin reaching towards its 2016 high, Bitcoin is both the most established and the most secure cryptocurrency. Its ascendancy has triggered both a great deal of enthusiasm and a fair share of… Read More

Christian Catalini & Joshua Gans: Bitcoin & Blockchain will Challenge Existing Models & Incumbent Businesses

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Christian Catalini of MIT is out with a new paper – this time on the future of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology.  Catalini may be best known for his work on crowdfunding but with this publication, Catalini has partnered with Joshua Gans of the University of… Read More

Video: Christian Catalini Says Title III Crowdfunding Not Likely to Generate the Next Uber

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Christian Catalini, a Professor at MIT Sloan School of Managment and one of the leading academics in the crowdfunding sector, recently published a new video sharing his views on the emerging investment crowdfunding sector. Catalini has long followed both the rewards iteration and accredited crowdfunding under… Read More

Tech Coast Angels MIT / Harvard Report: Angel Returns Superior to VCs

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Tech Coast Angels has enlisted the assistance of Josh Lerner from the Harvard Business School and Antoinette Schoar from MIT to research angel investing and the overall impact on the companies they fund.  The report (embedded below) indicates that angel networks have a demonstrably positive… Read More

A New Era for Crowdfunding?

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Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have long allowed individuals to support start-ups in exchange for pre-buying a ticket or early prototype of a product, but not for equity.  Accredited investors—with a net worth of over $1 million or who earn over $200,000 a year—have their… Read More

MIT Offers Online Fintech Certification Course

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has decided to offer a “Fintech certificate course” labeled “Future Commerce”.  The promotional page notes that venture capital investment into Fintech has jumped to over 600%. Probably more interesting is the fact that Fintech is quickly becoming the norm… Read More

Propel(X) Raised $3.6 Million for Tech Startups in 2015

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Propel(x), an angel crowdfunding platform that helps individuals source promising technology startups, has announced that during 2015 it helped raise over $3.6 million dollars for early stage companies.  According to information provided by the company, Propel(x) helped to fund 14 different deals at an average… Read More

MIT Sloan Leads Collaboration Launching Groundbreaking FinTech Ventures, First US Grad-Level Fintech Program

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  “Throughout the course’s seven weeks, students will explore different sub-industries within the FinTech space, including consumer finance, payments, trading and cryptocurrencies.” The Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Finance Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in collaboration with the MIT… Read More

Christian Catalini Talks Crowdfunding & the Power of the Syndicate (Video)

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  Christian Catalini, a professor at MIT Sloane School of Business, is a prominent crowdfunding researcher and he believes he has discovered the “killer app” for crowdfunding in partnering professional investors with the crowd. Angel investors and VCs have been leveraging “syndication” for a very… Read More

Connecting Deep Technology Startups With Angel Investors, Platform Propel(x) Receives $1.5 M In Seed Financing

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lis     Among the infinite possibilities for online investing–from mobile apps, to clean energy, to an overseas prince who wants to make you fantastically rich, deep technology startups–defined as those founded on a true technological innovation or scientific discovery–are not among the top five. It’s… Read More

OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow Shares His Innovative Vision for Marketplace Lending: Transforming How Money Flows

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“We are extremely excited by the possibilities of the next decade in the alternative finance market… OnDeck’s vision is to transform how money flows to small businesses by leveraging our platform to provide capital on demand for small business owners. The data flowing through a small… Read More

MIT Professor: Syndicates Are Best Approach for Equity Crowdfunding Investors

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MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Christian Catalini has targeted his research on the economics of innovation, entrepreneurial finance and crowdfunding.  Catalini is part of an elite few academicians who are analyzing the emergent investment crowdfunding space, so when he shares his findings, and associated perspective, it is… Read More

Rewards, Equity, and a Crowd in Between

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“Let’s be clear… Reward- and investment-based crowdfunding are VERY different funding models. The underlying economics are simply too different to ignore, and we have to keep that in mind and be clear on what model we talk about when we discuss CROWDFUNDING.” A little while… Read More

17th Annual MIT Venture Capital & Innovation Conference

This year’s conference format has been revamped to feature TED Talks-style keynotes and dynamic panels. The conference also features the highest ratio of female speakers in its seventeen-year history and the highest among any student-run investment conference. Slated keynote speakers include: Dave McClure, Founder & Partner,… Read More

Empatica Hits Indiegogo to Raise Funds For New Medical-Quality Wearable Device

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On Tuesday (November 18th), Empatica, Inc., an affective computing startup focused on human data analytics,  launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to develop its first ever consumer offering, The Embrace. The device is an all-in-one watch and medical-quality wearable device, is designed for people seeking to improve… Read More

DreamFunded’s Co-Founder Manny Fernandez: Catching Up with SF’s Guardian Angel

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DreamFunded: A Crowdfunding Platform “Built by Angels for Angels” Manny Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of equity crowdfunding platform DreamFunded and SF Angels Group founder, has enjoyed quite a summer:  Fernandez recently was awarded “SF Angel Investor of the Year” by Startups Showcase and his recently… Read More

3D Printing Startup NVBOTS Launches $150,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Fundable

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Boston-based NVBOTS, a 3D printing startup founded by MIT students, is seeking to raise $150,000 with a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable. The funds from this new campaign, which launched today (July 23rd), will be added to an $850,000 seed funding round that the company has raised… Read More

Robot Jibo Now Over $400,000 on Indiegogo

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Meet Jibo  the world’s first family robot. He will be many things for people — most importantly, an interactive companion that knows you and brings intelligence, helpfulness and personality to experiences for every member of your household. Available for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo,… Read More

“Time Capsule to Mars” Launches $25 Million Crowdfunding Campaign

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Student-led interplanetary mission Time Capsule to Mars has officially announced the launch of a self crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to raise $25 million for their Mars mission. The team, consisting of Duke, MIT, Stanford, University of Connecticut students/faculty, is setting out to send 4-inch-wide probes to the… Read More