Barry James

ICOs, Crypto-Tokens and Blockchain Legitimized at a Stroke as Rock Solid Gibraltar Swoops In

The future is arriving a lot sooner than almost anyone thought as, fuelled by billions in ICO cash, the blockchain revolution moves ten times faster than the internet revolution ever did: Gibraltar, their nimble regulator and Stock Exchange are providing an exemplar that may now… Read More

Crowdfunding 2.0: Smart eTokens Have Arrived!

Crowdfunding is about to enter a new and more powerful phase. Having become ensnared in a tangle of aging regulation designed for a disconnected, opaque world of fast-talking strangers Crowdfunding – in all it’s forms but especially Equity (ECF) – has yet to live up… Read More

New Routes to Funding: What I Learned from Writing the Book

  The thing that has struck more most forcibly is just how much untapped potential there is here – and how badly it is going to be needed. I’ve lived near the leading edge of technology for several decades now and seen how it has… Read More

COUNTDOWN:  2 Weeks from Now Crowdfunding Will Change the World of Men & Women Forever

As impact goes it doesn’t get much bigger. Crowdfunding has been much misunderstood and, let’s be honest, has underperformed our best expectations. It was supposed to “democratise finance” – and much more. Much focus has been on equity, regulation and the JOBS Act. The friction… Read More

Research on Risk Shows Crowdfunding Has Significant Fraud Immunity: Here’s Why

It may be counterintuitive but the research has been done and the results are now in – and it’s as we’ve been saying for almost five years. Fraud in crowdfunding is not just almost non-existent –  so much so as to be hard to measure,… Read More

The Banker’s Banker Appointed to Regulate the Crowdfunding Henhouse Unveils His Cunning Plan

The time has come for crowdfunding to mature – or die, and be reabsorbed by the body politic (or should that be that body corporate). You don’t hear people talk about “the democratisation of finance” much any more. Why is that? We’ve seen growing pains… Read More

Agile is The New Super-Power: Meanwhile the USA jostles its way to the Back of the Queue Just as a Revolution Races around the Globe

In August 2014 Chancellor George Osborne set his stall out clearly stating the UK government’s intention to make London the FinTech capital of the world – and so maintain its position as, arguably, the world’s most important financial center in the years to come. It’s… Read More

What Will Define The Future of Crowdfunding? – An Interview with Danae Ringelmann

    What defines crowdfunding now – and in the future? Danae Ringelmann commenced a quest to redefine and redesign funding with an entrepreneurial journey that began in 2001. She has been a driving force behind the team that co-founded and launched the first of the… Read More

Why Zano Is A Learning Point, Not a Game-Changer for #Crowdfunding

A recent Juniper report suggested that the failure of the Zano campaign was a game-changer, signalling a move away from Kickstarter-style reward crowdfunding toward an equity (and mixed) model. Given the regulatory costs and other issues this is naive at best. Apart from the fact that… Read More

2016 From ‘Disruption’ to Redesign; As the Revolution Sparked by Crowdfunding Takes Hold

2015 Was the Year  of Change Crowdfunding became mainstream – in the sense that it was accepted as part of the ‘new normal’ and not a fad that’s going to fade away In the USA the SEC finally, perhaps reluctantly, followed the Fintech leaders in… Read More

Five Crucial Things You Get, Apart from the Money, From #Crowdfunding

We asked for short, snappy, helpful video for Crowdfunding Week 2015 and the shortest, snappiest and most helpful of these (so far anyway) is from management consultant and  Crowdfunding expert Tim Wright of twintangibles. Here’s my summary of what he has to say: Crowdfunding is great… Read More

Banks, Bordeaux, FinTech and The Future

Crowdfunding and the democratisation of finance where key themes as over 300 experts from banks, startups, technology and finance came together for France’s first conference on FinTech. Perhaps surprisingly, a major centre for MedTech and computer science,  Bordeaux had gone out of it’s way to… Read More

#FinTech and #Crowdfunding: Friend or Foe?

Crowdfunding and ‘Alt-Finance’ are of course one of the cornerstones of FinTech as key parts of the ‘Finance’ leg. Although FinTech is broader-based encompassing cryptocurrencies such as BitCoin and related technologies (especially Blockchain) as well as new and faster ways of transacting and transferring ‘legacy’… Read More