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Congressman Patrick McHenry Asks SEC Chair Jay Clayton to Act & Fix Crowdfunding Rules

Once again, crowdfunding’s white knight rides into action. Congressman Patrick McHenry sent a letter to the newly sworn in Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton outlining certain provisions of the regulations relating to Title III of the JOBS Act that need… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Financial Technology Becomes a New Spotlight of the Belt and Road Initiative Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative, was held in Beijing on May 14-15. President Xi Jinping highlighted the role that financial technology has played… Read More

Is Your Crowdfunding Portal Ready For Your First FINRA Exam?

With the one year anniversary of Crowdfunding under Regulation Crowdfunding occurring on May 16th, business executives and compliance officers at registered Crowdfunding Portals (CFPs) should be actively preparing for their first regulatory examination by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).   FINRA’s 2017 exam cycle… Read More

Alternative Lending Index Unveils European Cross-Border Lending Opportunities

Twino, one of the leading Baltic lending marketplace, has produced in conjunction with KPMG Baltics a report called Alternative Lending Index which assesses the potential of alternative finance in 23 European countries based on a set of economic credit data. While the report does not… Read More

Indiegogo Founder Slava Rubin Talks Equity Crowdfunding on Reg CF Anniversary

  Indiegogo was originally envisioned as a vehicle to sell securities in small companies to the masses. That was back in 2008 and, as we all know, the regulatory environment had not yet caught up to the realities of a world with internet access. Thus… Read More

Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council Publishes Report on Blockchain

As part of a broader initiative to encourage Fintech innovation, the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong has published a report on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Blockchain. Recently, we shared a report on Fintech in which the FSDC chastised officials for not moving… Read More

Emmanuel Macron’s Presidency Raises Great Hopes & High Expectations: Taxation Viewed as Major Issue by Crowdfunding Leaders

On Monday, Emmanuel Macron was officially inaugurated as President of France. He is France’s youngest President ever, and the youngest democratically elected head of State worldwide. He is also a known proponent of Fintech and crowdfunding. To give a bit of background to those who… Read More

Regulation Crowdfunding: One year In Force 

    The new crowdfunding rules – Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) – are celebrating 1 year anniversary of being in force on May 16th. The new rules open new opportunities for both sides. Business owners have an alternative to funding their companies from a bigger… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Shares Perspective on Anniversary of Regulation Crowdfunding Launch

Doug Ellenoff is one of the most recognizable names in the crowdfunding space. A founding partner of the Manhattan law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole, LLP, he has spent the last few years acting as a JOBS Act champion and crowdfunding advocate both publicly… Read More

The JOBS Act Turns Five, Regulation A+ Turns Two, Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One: What Should Be Next on the SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s Agenda

With the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act having just reached its five year milestone, Regulation Crowdfunding hitting its one year milestone, and the two year anniversary of Regulation A(+) fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to (briefly) reflect on the… Read More

Commercial for YayYo Reg A+ Crowdfunding “IPO” Offer May Push Promotion Too Far

Earlier this month I was running CNBC in the background and a commercial came up that caused me to pause. On the screen was a besuited old white male pitching the next great investment. Coming off a bit like a used-car salesman, I learned later… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

There May Come the JD Bank JD.com Inc., China’s second-biggest e-commerce player, announced its financial arm was about to launch its own direct bank. After acquiring the banking license, this internet giant announced to cooperate with a domestic traditional bank to open a direct bank,… Read More

Contrarian Lending Marketplace Younited Credit Crosses €500 million Milestone

Since it opened for business in 2012, French lending startup Younited Credit has thrived by implementing strategic choices that ran contrary to common practice among lending marketplaces. It was the first of its kind (and still is the only one so far) to get a… Read More

Could China Cause the Price of Ethereum to Surge?

According to a recent article on The Cointelegraph, the price of Ether could surge due to activity within China. Similar to Bitcoin, Ether is a cryptocurrency that was developed and offered for sale to the public by Ethereum, a blockchain development platform, back in 2014. The value… Read More

Pearachute Founder Desiree Vargas Wrigley Shares Insight into Successful Crowdfunding Offer on Republic

  Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the founder of two companies, GiveForward and Pearachute. GiveForward is the well-known donations based crowdfunding platform that was recently acquired by YouCaring. The combined platforms have helped to raise over $800 million for medical expenses and other charitable causes. Vargas Wrigley… Read More

Transparency & Customer Engagement at Equity Crowdfunding Platform WiSeed

One of the benefits that a well-established equity crowdfunding platform brings to fundraising entrepreneurs is a loyal audience of investors. But how does a crowdinvesting platform keep its audience engaged? We asked Yannig Roth, the Marketing Director of French equity crowdfunding platform WiSeed, to present… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

WeChat Enters the U.S. Market WeChat Pay, one of the biggest mobile payment platforms in mainland China, has boosted its cross-border business by entering the U.S. market. With the backing of China’s largest social networking app WeChat, which now claims more than 889 million monthly… Read More

Shut Down on Indiegogo, Pulled from StartEngine Only to Return. What Happened to the Aido Robot by InGen Dynamics?

  A couple of weeks back we received a tip from a CI reader informing us that the InGen Dynamics Aido Robot offer had been unceremoniously yanked from equity crowdfunding platform, StartEngine. Not a good sign. StartEngine is perhaps best known for crowdfunding Elio Motors… Read More

Lemon Way: Payments & Regtech for 29 Countries in 24 Languages

In its early days as a Payment Service Provider, Lemon Way took up the challenge of meeting the complex needs of crowdfunding platforms while drastically cutting the costs and relieving them of much of the regulatory burden of payment transactions. Five years later, the company… Read More