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Industry Report: Disruptive Finance is Making Finance More Transparent, Efficient & Democratic for Entrepreneurs & Investors

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New forms of finance are poised to inalterably change the entire finance industry ecosystem we know today.  Investment crowdfunding, and the various iterations of alternative finance, are still in the early stages of its evolution.   The disruptive finance industry is measured in mere billions… 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

FundedByMe Publishes Review of What Makes a Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

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FundedByMe, based in Sweden, has published a review of successful Nordic equity crowdfunding campaigns.  FundedByMe provides a portfolio of services for companies raising capital including debt, equity and rewards based crowdfunding. The platform has successfully funded around 500 companies from 25 different countries so they… Read More

Dr. Richard Swart: Every Month More Businesses Close Than Are Created. Disruptive Finance Can Help

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The Roosevelt Institute is publishing a series of policy papers tackling the trends and challenges that will sculpt our economy over the coming decades. Roosevelt notes that too frequently reactionary politicians take short term policy approaches to issues that require a more thoughtful, long term… Read More

FundedByMe Emphasizes the Importance of Social in Raising Capital

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Investment crowdfunding platform FundedByMe has been reviewing what are the characteristics of a successful campaign.  Their data should come as no surprise. Beyond having a solid concept for a business, social media and the right team is crucial for achieving a targeted funding goal. FundedByMe… Read More

Kauffman Report: Startup Activity is Increasing, But There is Still A Long Way to Go

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Kauffman Index on Startup Activity Indicates Reversal of 5 Year Trend. According to the Kauffman Index that measures US startup activity things are looking better. Following a downward slump that cratered in 2010, startup activity jumped in 2014 representing the largest year over year increase… Read More

Report: If You Crowdfund Your Company, You Keep More of Your Equity

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According to a report published by Beauhurst, companies that utilize equity crowdfunding end up selling a smaller stake in their company to shareholders. The document compared equity crowdfunding platforms in the UK to their counterpart Angel and VC groups.  The difference between traditional finance and… Read More

Lucerne School of Business Publishes Study on Crowdfunding in Switzerland

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The Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ, of the Lucerne School of Business, has returned to crowdfunding in a follow up to last years research on new forms of finance in Switzerland.  Crowdfunding has been evident in Switzerland since 2008. The authors note that in 2014,… Read More

EU Conducts Survey on Perceptions of Investment Crowdfunding

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The Financial Services Users Group (FSUG) has launched a survey to measure perspectives on crowdfunding across the European Union. The FSUG is a “consultative group” for the Commission and is targeting investor opinion regarding both debt and equity crowdfunding platforms. The notice of the survey… 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

CFA Institute Calls for Standardization & Transparency in “Shadow Banking” Sector

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The CFA Institute seeks to lead investment professionals around the globe promoting high standards in ethics and professional excellence. The organization claims over 130,000 members in 147 different countries.  As the traditional financial industry plods along, new forms of finance have leveraged technology to innovate… Read More

European Peer to Peer Lending: Has it Gone Mainstream or is the Opportunity Still There?

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Earlier this year the Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, in co-operation with professional services firm E&Y, released a pan-European study of the alternative finance market. The study, titled “Moving Mainstream”, can be considered the most comprehensive study on the subject released to… Read More

Kauffman Foundation: The Funding Myth for Startups (Deck)

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The Kauffman Foundation is an admirable research and advocacy group that promotes the benefits of entrepreneurism. The organizations ethos is that developing self-sufficient people and a vibrant economy & society are pretty important things, something most level headed people would quickly concur.  Last week Arnobio Morelix from… Read More

Juniper: Bitcoin Users Grow to 4.7 Million by 2019, “Adoption Limited”

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Research firm has published a research report on Bitcoin utilization.  The research (you have to pay for it) predicts Bitcoin users will grow t0 4.7 million by 2019.  The firm sees “adoption limited to niche demographics”.  Juniper estimated the number of users at just 1.3… Read More