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Bode Miller Founded Firm Peak Ski Company Raises Money on Republic

The Peak Ski Company is raising money from investors on Republic. According to the offering page, Peak Ski has already raised over $900,000 on a funding goal of $1.24 million backed by 436 investors. T The company is offering a “Crowd SAFE” with a valuation… Read More

Canada: Round13 Digital Asset Fund Claims 40% Gain Since Launch

Round13 Digital Asset Fund (DAF), a fund created by Round13 Capital that invests in crypto-focused Canadian firms, has reported a 40% gain since its inception. According to the company, the Fund was launched in April 2022 and has invested in 20 different portfolio firms backing… Read More

Funding Portal Rise Up Crowdfunding Launches with Three Securities Offerings, Collaborates with Coca-Cola

Rise Up Crowdfunding, a FINRA-regulated Funding Portal, has announced its official launch promoting three individual securities offerings. Rise Up Crowdfunding was founded by CEO Ruth Hedges, well known in the investment crowdfunding world. Longtime industry supporter Attorney Kendall Almerico is another founder of the company…. Read More

Small Business and Enterpreneurship Council Warns that New Independent Contractor Rule will Destroy Jobs, Undermine Entrepreneurs

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is warning that there are profound policy threats that would deeply harm US entrepreneurship. Perhaps most pressing is the new rules under the Biden Administration that would conflagrate Independent Contractor status. These new rules go into effect… Read More

Linked Finance Partners with Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland to Lend to Irish SMEs

Linked Finance has partnered with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) to lend up to €50 million to Irish SMEs. The loans are said to be issued at a discounted rate. Linked Finance is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform serving smaller firms in Ireland…. Read More

BlockchainK2 Invests in RealBlocks

BlockchainK2 (OTC:BIDCF) says it has invested in RealBlocks – a company that aims to provide a platform to launch and operate private funds. The terms of the deal were not immediately available. BlockchainK2 is a microcap valued at around $7.85 million. TYhe company said it… Read More

Anti – Deepfake Firm Clarity Raises $16 Million Seed Round

Clarity, a firm that aims to “immunize” businesses from Deepfakes and AI-generated “synthetic media,” has raised $16 million in Seed funding in a round led by Walden Catalyst and Bessemer Venture Partners. In a blog post, the company said they are addressing one of the… Read More

The SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee to Address Definition of an Accredited Investor Once Again

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee (SBCFAC)will reconvene once again to discuss the definition of an Accredited Investor. At the same meeting, the Committee will review the status of the IPO market in the US along with several other… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Founder Bryan Zhang Appointed to the Board of the UK Financial Conduct Authority

Bryan Zhang, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), has been appointed to the Board of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Zhang commenced his initial three-year term as a non-executive Director today (February 19, 2024). The FCA is… Read More

Credit Agricole Acquires Pledg, a BNPL Provider

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance has announced the acquisition of Pledg, a provider of buy now pay later (BNPL) services. Terms of the deal were not revealed. Pledg was founded in 2016 aiming to serve companies operating in B2C/B2B and financial institutions wishing to launch their own… Read More

Coinbase Shares Jump Over 15% Following Q4 Earnings Report

Shares in Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN), the largest crypto exchange in the US, jumped considerably higher today following the release of its Q4 and full year 2023 results. The company beat analyst expectations delivering a profit – the first in several years. Currently, Coinbase shares are trading… Read More

LendInvest to Offer First Time Home Buyers Fixed Rate, 90%LTV 2-Year Mortgates

Online lending platform LendInvest says it will now offer 90% LTV two-year fixed mortgages for first-time home buyers. LendInvest’s Residential Mortgages are said to have stretched LTIs up to 6.49x, to support homebuyers to borrow enough for their first home. Paula Mercer, Head of Sales… Read More

ETF, Mutual Fund Manager Van Eck Chastized by SEC for Not Disclosing Influencer Role in Fund Launch

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has penalized Van Eck, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) and mutual fund manager, for not disclosing the role of an “influencer” in the launch of a new ETF. The specific ETF was the VanEck Social Sentiment (VEAC) ETF (NYSE:BUZZ). Van… Read More

She Beverage Founders Must Pay $12 Million in Disgorgment Plus Interest and Penalties, Sold Securities and Used Most of the Money for Luxury Purchases, Vacations, Cars etc.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained a final judgment against She Beverage and its principles, including Lupe L. Rose, Sonja F. Shelby, and Katherine E. Dirden. The charges pertain to a suit filed by the SEC in 2021. Approximately 2000 investors were impacted… Read More

Reg A+ Update: Data Highlights Performance in this Sector of Crowdfunding

Data pertaining to online capital formation, or crowdfunding, can be hard to come by. Several providers provide good numbers when it comes to Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), but when it comes to Reg A+ and Reg D 506c – it is a bit of a… Read More

Temenos Hit by Short Seller Statement, Banking Software Provider Says Short Seller is Wrong

Hindenburg Research, a short seller that pumps its own book after it sells shares, is targeting Banking as a Service (BaaS) provider Temenos (SWX:TEMN). In a report published today, Hindenburg claims that Temenos is manipulating its earnings, hiding accounting irregularities while engaging in “sham partnerships”… Read More

Eurocrowd Seeks Equity Crowdfunding Platforms to Better Understand IP Needs

EuroCrowd is looking for four equity crowdfunding platforms to better understand their needs in regard to Intellectual Property (IP). According to a blog post, EuroCrowd, working with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is seeking empirical information on platforms and IP. This follows an… Read More

Crypto Crime Report: Money Laundering Declines in 2023, New Tactics Being Used by Swindlers

Money laundering facilitated by crypto and the platforms that enable digital asset transactions exp[experienced a notable decline in 203 when compared to the year prior. According to a report by Chainalysis, in 2023, $22.2 billion was laundered in contrast to $31.5 billion laundered in 2022…. Read More

Robinhood Touts its Ability to Trade Individual Stocks 24/5

Robinhood (NASDAQ: HOOD), an online investment platform that aims to enable a more tech-advanced group of investors, is touting its ability to trade single securities around the clock. Robinhood states that it is the only US brokerage to facilitate trading 24/5 (not quite every day… Read More

Global Corporation Mondelēz Joins Hedera Council

Mondelēz International (Nasdaq: MDLZ) is the next corporate to join the Hedera Council. The company makes well-known brands like Toblerone, Oreo, Ritz, and more, generating more than $31 billion in revenue annually. The company has a market cap of almost $100 billion. Hedera is the… Read More