Crowdfunding Portals and Marketplaces

Crowdfunding platforms and other online investment marketplaces including peer to peer lending, marketplace lending and real estate platforms.

FundedByMe Appoints Emma Leven as Group CFO

FundedByMe, a multi-national investment crowdfunding platform, has appointed Emma Levén as the new group CFO. This new role is part of FundedByMe’s ongoing expansion plans. Levén, previously CFO at Swedeltaco AB, has a background in international growth and public offerings and is described as a… Read More

StreetShares Relocates Headquarters In Order to Accommodate Growth

Financing military veteran-owned small businesses lender StreetShares announced on Tuesday it has relocated its Virginia headquarters in order to accommodate the growth of its team. The lending platform’s headquarters will now be located at 1900 Campus Commons Drive #200 in Reston, Virginia. Founded in 2013, StreetShares describes itself as America’s… Read More

Chinese P2P Lender Hexindai Announces Equity Stake Acquisition in Indonesian Online Lending Platform Musketeer

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Hexindai (NASDAQ:HX) announced on Tuesday it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire a 20% equity stake in Musketeer Group Inc., an Indonesian online lending platform that offers consumption installment loans, for approximately $1.6 million, and simultaneously completed the acquisition.  As… Read More

Perspective: FCA Regulatory Shift on P2P May Help Bolster Sector & Build Trust with Investors

The Financial Conduct Authority will Update Rules for Loan Based Crowdfunding. Crowd2Fund CEO Chris Hancock Shares His Perspective. The growth and success of P2P lending, and its positive effect on the UK economy, cannot be disputed. Initially starting out as curiosity during the depths of… Read More

Smoothie Operator: PACK’D Smoothie Kits Now Overfunding on Crowdcube

Producing over two million Smoothie Kits, PACK’D is a natural nutrition brand on a mission to fuel potential. Grown from a Prince’s Trust market stall to one of the UK’s ‘Top 50 Startups’, the company now has over 1500 product listings including Sainsburys and Ocado…. Read More

Funding Societies Tops S$ 200 Million in SME Crowdfunded Loans

Singapore based Funding Societies, a leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform in Southeast Asia, has topped S$ 200 million mark in total crowdfunded SME loans. Funding Societies notes that this accomplishment arrives just 6 months after crossing S$ 100 million in January of this year. The… Read More

Fintech Sancus Expands Operations in Ireland with New Hires

The Sancus BMS Group has expanded their business in Ireland with two new appointments from the property finance sector. According to Sancus, Michael Mooney has joined the Group as Managing Director of Sancus BMS (Ireland) Limited and Geoff Savage as Director of Lending. Sancus CEO Andrew… Read More

Overfunding: PledgeMe Secures $500,000 Funding Target in Four Days Through Self-Running Crowdfunding Campaign

Less than a week after launching its own equity crowdfunding campaign, New Zealand-based PledgeMe has successfully secured its initial $500,000 funding target from more than 200 investors. As previously reported, PledgeMe was launched in 2012 and claims to be the first project-based crowdfunding platform in New… Read More

Ning Tang, CEO of CreditEase, Shares Insight into P2P Lending in China

Ning Tang, founder and CEO of CreditEase – a huge Chinese Fintech that started as just a peer to peer lending platform, recently spoke to Bloomberg in Asia. CreditEase is also the majority shareholder of US listed online lender Yirendai (NYSE:YRD) Tang provided an interesting… Read More

ICO Founder Claims Binance Crypto Exchange Asked $2.5 Million to List Token

The Twitterverse was aflutter over the past two days after the founder of a forked version of Ethereum called “Expanse” claimed the Binance crypto exchange asked him to pay 400 bitcoins (worth about $2.5 million) to list his crypto token there. Subsequent tweets by Franko… Read More

Aspen Coins for Sale: Templum Markets Issues First Tokenized Security with St. Regis Aspen Resort

Templum Markets is now offering Aspen Coins – a tokenized security by Aspen Digital. According to Templum, each token represents a single share of common stock in the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Offered under Reg D 506c, the security exemption utilized by most issuers of… Read More

Hexindai Further Strengthens Risk Control to Better Protect Investors

Hexindai (NASDAQ:HX), a China-based peer to peer lender, announced on Friday it has further strengthened its risk control system to better protect investors throughout the entire process of borrower acquisition, risk-based pricing, post-loan management, and default risk coverage through its new comprehensive, stable and efficient asset… Read More

BitMEX Launches New Derivative Products as Trading Platform Tops 1 Million Bitcoin Traded in a Day for 2nd Time

BitMEX (Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange), has announced two new crypto based trading products. ETHUSD perpetual swaps, and UPs and DOWNs, the company’s first call and put options. Just like more traditional securities  markets, derivative security products are quickly becoming ubiquitous. And why not? Derivatives can help with… Read More

Trading Limits Boosted on Coinbase Just as Ethereum Classic Begins to Trade

Coinbase has announced that trading limits have been boosted. Starting immediately, users may trade cryptocurrency immediately after purchase without a necessary five day waiting period for funds to clear. “Most” users will see their daily trading limits increased to $25,000 – previously this was a… Read More

Gage & Tollner Partners with Wefunder: Great Eats, Nibbles & Sips in Brooklyn

No Eats ‘Til Brooklyn? Riffing on the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” on this new revenue sharing Wefunder campaign which plans to bring back to life the historic and beloved Brooklyn restaurant Gage & Tollner. Gage & Tollner, once known for its stunning Gilded-Age dining room and its… Read More

Research: Marketplace Lending DOES Benefit Borrowers but Improving Credit Scores May Mean More Debt

There has been an ongoing debate regarding the benefits of marketplace lending when it comes to consumer loans.  A Federal Reserve study hammered peer to peer lending (ie marketplace lending) in late 2017 only to see the study pulled as industry advocates highlighted shortcomings in… Read More

LendInvest Debuts Exclusive Five-Year Fix Product Through Buy to Let Club

Following the recent changes on its marketplace lending platform, UK-based LendInvest announced the launch of an exclusive five-year fix product through the lender’s Buy to Let Club. The lender reported that the product is Designed for landlords who wish to utilize a higher fee, lower… Read More

LendingClub Q2 Earnings: Originations Increase 31% YoY, Net Revenue Rises 27%

LendingClub (NYSE:LC) is out with numbers for the second quarter of 2018 ending in June. According to a release, LendingClub delivered the following results: Record net revenue of $177.0 million, up 27% year-over-year Record originations of $2.8 billion, up 31% year-over-year Improved Contribution Margin to… Read More

LendInvest Product Changes: Removes Debenture & Reduces ICR Assessment Rates For Buy-to-Let Loans

UK-based marketplace platform for mortgages LendInvest recently announced it has removed its debenture and floating charge to its Buy-to-Let (BTL) loan product. The online lender reported that it will no longer require a debenture or floating charge on limited company applications. According to LendInvest, as part of its… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd Joins in $200 Million Series D for Hong Kong based Unicorn Klook

Klook, short for “Keep Looking,” has raised $200 million in a Series D funding round led by big name global VCs. Klook is a travel activity and services booking firm that is reportedly on track to generate over $1 billion in bookings during 2018. The… Read More