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FundersClub Streamlines Platform Operations

FundersClub, an online venture capital platform providing access to early stage growth companies for accredited investors, has downsized and streamlined operations.  Crowdfund Insider recently heard some industry chatter regarding a culling of staff so we reached out to CEO and co-founder Alex Mittal for an… Read More

VentureFounders Joins with Other Co-Investment Partners to Support London Co-Investment Fund

Albion Capital, Concentric Team, Mustard Seed Impact, Startup Funding Club Ltd, Venture Founders. Join e existing LCIF partnership. VentureFounders, an investment crowdfunding platform that supports UK tech scale ups, has been selected as a partner by the London Co-Investments Fund (LCIF).  Since launching in 2015, LCIF has invested £14… Read More

Zinsbaustein Crowdfunds Real Estate Project in Munich

Real estate crowdfunding in Germany is expected to experience rapid growth this year. Following a precarious moment where regulators were considering blocking real estate from the crowdfunding space, we are seeing a growing number of property deals come accross our desk. Zinsbaustein.de, luanched in 2016,… Read More

Fundnel Partners with ThincLab to Boost Australian Startups

Fundnel a crowdfunding and community platform serving all of AsiaPac, has announced it formed a first of a kind partnership with ThincLab, an Australia start-up incubator born out of the University of Adelaide. The collaboration will bring ThincLab’s network to Singapore, Fundnel’s home base, and… Read More

Robo-Advisor Betterment Expands Access to Licensed Financial Experts: Financial Advice Anytime, Anwhere

Betterment, an online financial advisor, has introduced a new messaging feature designed to give users the best of both worlds. The Robo-Advisor will now offer access to financial advice from experts via there App. So users may ask questions wherever and whenever they want. This… Read More

First Mobility Only Fund in Israel Includes Equity Crowdfunding Leader OurCrowd

Maniv Mobility has announced the close of the first mobility-only fund in Israel. The $40 million fund includes several high profile names including Valeo, InMotion Ventures (part of Jaguar Land Rover) and leading global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. The intent of the fund is to act… Read More

Innovate Finance: Global Fintech Investment Hits $6.5 Billion, UK Fintech Investment Jumps 37%

Innovate Finance is out with a report on global VC investment into Fintech. According to their numbers, the first half of 2017 saw $6.5 billion of VC investment into 787 Fintech deals globally. This was a dramatic decline of 45% versus the same period year… Read More

SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance & Enforcement Issue Joint Statement on ICO Report

The SEC Division of Corporate Finance and Enforcement have jointly published a public statement regarding the DAO investigation and the ensuing report and cautionary statement on ICOs. The two powerful branches of the SEC came together in recognition of the changing world of finance as… Read More

Here is the SEC Investigative Report on ICOs that Will Squelch Emerging ICO Market

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an investigate report on the fast growing Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market that will squelch the ICO market, at least in the US. The report, embedded below, was specifically directed at the DAO or Decentralized Autonomous Organization that… Read More

SEC Issues Investigative Report on ICOs. Cautions Investors that Issuers are Subject to Federal Securities Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an investigative report today that may chill the booming Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market that has experienced hockey stick like growth in recent months.  The SEC cautioned market participants that sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are… Read More

Tim Draper Invests in Credo’s Initial Coin Offering Set to Launch Tomorrow (July 26)

BitBounce is a cryptocurrency spam solution and Credo is a cryptocurrency that can be used via BitBounce to help manage spam. Credo is preparing to launch their Initial Coin Offering (ICO) tomorrow (July 26th) and the organizers have reported that Tim Draper, via his VC… Read More

Bootstrap Legal is First Robo-Lawyer for Real Estate Investing

  Bootstrap Legal is a new Legaltech and Fintech startup that has officially launched today. Bootstrap Legal is a software service that automates the drafting of complex legal documents for smaller real estate projects. The service was luanched in recognition of the fast changing world… Read More

Digital Challenger Bank Banco BNI Europa Reaches Profitability in 2017

Banco BNI Europa, a digital challenger bank based in Portugal, has announced it has reached profitability in the first half of 2017, its third year in operation. Banco BNI Europa said its total assets grew 36.7% reaching almost €500 million in June this year. Total… Read More

New Era in Banking? Digital Only Varo Bank Files for National Bank Charter

Varo Money has applied for a national bank charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for federal deposit insurance. This is the next step in creating a digital only challenger bank (Varo Bank) that… Read More

Seedrs Partners with Exterion Media to Promote Crowdfunding Offers in London Underground

Exterion Media has formed a partnership with Seedrs, one of the UK’s largest equity crowdfunding platforms. Exterion is the largest privately held Out of Home (OOH) advertising business that manages outdoor advertising across the UK and Europe. Exterion is the conduit for outdoor displays such… Read More

CFTC Grants First Authorization to LedgerX to Operate as Clearing House for Digital Currency Derivatives

LedgerX, has received regulatory approval from the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to operate as a clearing platform for derivatives in contracts clearing in digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Under the order, LedgerX will be authorized to provide clearing services for fully-collateralized digital currency… Read More

Center for American Entrepreneurship Launches to Advocate on Behalf of Economic Opportunity & New Business Formation

The Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE) has launched today. The new organization is non-partisan in its make up but clearly is designed to help the little guy by advocating on behalf of entrepreneurship, startup innovation and the plethora of economic benefits created by new business… Read More

Here is the Letter by the ICBA Slamming SoFi’s Effort to Become a Bank

Last week, the Independent Community Bankers of America  (ICBA) sent a letter to the attention of Kathy Moe, Regional Director of the FDIC in San Francisco. The subject of the letter was the ICBA’s vehement opposition to Fintech darling SoFi’s effort to become a licensed… Read More

“Sarbanes-Oxley is Shutting Out Average Investors from the Early Growth Stages of the Next Cisco & Starbucks”

It is a fact that the number of public companies and the number of companies going public have dramatically decreased over the last 15 years. For private investors like High Net Worth Individuals or Venture Capitalists this has not been an issue. It is arguable… Read More

Crowd Dialog Europe will See Crowdfunding Experts from All 28 EU Member States Join in Athens

Crowd Dialog Europe 2017 will take place in Athens, Greece this coming September. The EU sponsored event will have the participation of crowdfunding experts from across all 28 EU member states. Organizers expect over 400 representatives from business, academia and politics will convene to discuss the most current… Read More