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Black Eye: Estonia Hit by Shuttered P2P Investment Platforms, Impacted Investors Look for Answers

Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported on two debt-based investment platforms based in Estonia closing their doors leaving investors with many questions and apparently no money. Envestio tweeted that the problem had to do with a “well-planned set of actions aimed to cause significant financial and… Read More

Funding Trends: How Startups Will Raise Capital in 2020

Any new blockchain startup needs funding, but where does that all-important juice come from? While venerable entities (let’s not list them, presumably, you know what and who they are) certainly have the means to plank billions into their chosen ventures, they can’t be expected to… Read More

French Crowdfunding Returns to Faster Growth Driven by Individual Investors’ Appetite for Real Estate and Renewable Energy Funding

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France) and the French team of auditing firm Mazars just released the French 2019 Crowdfunding Barometer. This annual report analyzes the alternative financing facilitated by 58 marketplace platforms which represent the bulk to the French market. The report focuses… Read More

OurCrowd Plans Retail Funds with Private Securities in Partnership with Stifel

In October 2019, OurCrowd, one of the leading securities crowdfunding platforms in the world, announced a new partnership with Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF). Simultaneously, it was announced that Stifel was taking a minority stake in the global investment platform. In its brief history, OurCrowd… Read More

First! Paxos is Now Settling Securities Using Blockchain, First Customers are Credit Suisse and Instinet

In a first for the blockchain industry, Paxos Trust Company, a New York-regulated financial institution has launched the Paxos Settlement Service. According to a note from the firm, the service can now settle select U.S. listed equity trades between broker-dealers Credit Suisse and Instinet, LLC…. Read More

A New Era in Fintech? LendingClub Reports Profitable Q4, Announces Acquisition of Digital Bank – Radius

LendingClub (NYSE:LC), the largest online lending marketplace in the United States, has simultaneously announced a GAAP profitable Q4 while revealing it has purchased a federally chartered bank, Radius Bank, thus immediately vaulting the Fintech into the hot digital banking realm. According to a release distributed… Read More

YieldStreet Partners with BlackRock on $1 Billion Fund for Retail Investors

YieldStreet, an alternative investment platform that largely caters to accredited investors under Reg D 506c, has announced a new partnership with BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) on a $1 billion fund that will target retail investors. Michael Weisz, founder and President of YieldStreet, hit the studios of CNBC… Read More

Republic CEO Kendrick Nguyen: “I am more excited about the potential of private investing for the crowd than 4 years ago”

Republic, an investment crowdfunding platform that is an offshoot of AngelList and affiliated with digital asset issuance platform CoinList, is one of the leading sites in the US providing access to equity capital for early-stage firms. It is also democratizing investment opportunities by allowing non-accredited… Read More

FinnoSummit Latam Fintech Revolution: The Battle of the Latin America Fintech Startups!

Part 7 of a series of articles covering the fast-emerging Fintech ecosystem in Latin America. First I want to thank FinnoSummit and LendIt and all the attendees to give us a glimpse of what’s coming to this all so important part of the world, Latin… Read More

Dr. Huang Lin Explains Why He’s Developing the ZK-ConSNARK Privacy Protocol for Conducting Secure Cryptocurrency Transactions

The developers of the Suterusu protocol are presently working on a scalable, privacy-preserving second layer solution for secure digital asset management. Any crypto-asset, including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), may soon be used to conduct fully anonymous transactions using the Suterusu protocol. Suterusu’s technology, ZK-ConSNARK,… Read More

Interested in Investing in Early Stage Firms? OurCrowd Has a Long List, Reports 36 Exits to Date

OurCrowd is arguably the leading investment crowdfunding platform in the world. Based in Israel but listing offerings from companies around the world, OurCrowd has seen approximately $1.4 billion in committed funding since inception. Of the 212 portfolio companies, 138 are based in Israel. Since its… Read More

After Years of Development, Compliance Focused Digital Asset Exchange BlockQuake Nears Launch

BlockQuake is a digital asset exchange that hopes to launch at some point in 2020. Sure, they may appear late to the game but the company has been founded by a group of Wall Street veterans who are focused on the need to be compliant… Read More

Digital Bank Varo Money Receives FDIC Approval Nears Final Stage of Bank Charter Journey

The Federal Deposit and Insurance Commission (FDIC), the US regulatory agency that provides vital deposit insurance for millions of account holders in the US, has given the green light to Varo Money – a digital-only bank. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC),… Read More

Sherwood Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors Updates on Reg CF Progress: “Successful Reg CF companies have pumped almost $1 billion into local economies”

Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and its co-founders have been a leading voice advocating on behalf of online capital formation since Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss and Jason Best helped to create the language of the JOBS Act law that legalized securities crowdfunding in the United States. Neiss… Read More

Tim Carmody: CTO at IPC, a Leading Financial Trading and Communications Tech Firm, Explains Role of Natural Language Processing in Finance

We recently caught up with Tim Carmody, Chief Technology Officer of IPC, a global leader in financial trading and communications technology solutions. Carmody, who has several decades of experience in designing and leading complex technology solutions for the trading community, discussed how Wall Street companies… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Insurtech Platform Huize.com to List on NASDAQ on February 12 On February 6th, online insurance platform Huize.com updated its F-1 prospectus filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and planned to list on NASDAQ on February 12th, with a stock code “HUIZ”. It… Read More

Here is the Token Safe Harbor Proposal by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on a speech delivered by SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce that outlined a safe harbor for digital assets that may not be regulated as securities. In brief, Rule 195, proposed that a token issuer has three years for a digital asset to… Read More

Rule 195: SEC Commissioner Peirce Proposes Safe Harbor for Token Offerings Not Immediately Deemed to be Securities [u]

Today, in a speech delivered at an event in Chicago, SEC Commissioner Peirce presented a new proposal in the treatment of digital assets that may not be treated as securities perhaps representing a dramatic shift in the US token offering marketplace. In the US, pretty… Read More

SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee Meeting: Private Investment in Early Stage Firms Rise, Public Companies Decline. What to Do …

This week, the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met at the Commission to discuss access to capital around the country. Multiple presentations were delivered on the state of access to capital including one by the Office of the Advocate for Small Business as… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance AI Report: Financial Services are Undergoing Profound Digital Transformation Underpinned by Artificial Intelligence

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, has published a new report on artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of financial services. CCAF is the leading research entity covering the global ecosystem of Fintech from online capital… Read More

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