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Ahead of the Curve: Opportunities that Deliver Extraordinary Returns for Investors

Imagine if the going rate for your iPad 2 was $100 trillion. Apart from costing five times the GDP of the United States, such a device would be almost impossible to manufacture in a sustainable manner. In the 1940s, however, the technology needed to power… Read More

Startwise, a New Crowdfunding Platform using Reg CF Goes Live with Revenue Sharing Offerings

Making Revenue Sharing Investments Accessible to Everyone Today, Startwise, the newest FINRA approved Reg CF platform, has officially launched a marketplace where you can invest in companies you care about for as little as $100. The newest entrant into the crowdfunding sector joins a growing list… Read More

Don’t Panic! US Securities Exemptions for Initial Coin Offerings

So you were ready to do an initial coin offering (ICO), and then the Securities Exchange Commission released an investigative report concluding that DAO tokens were securities.  Seasoned securities attorneys have always known that token sales could implicate securities laws if the tokens were treated… Read More

Israeli Crowdfunding Platform ExitValley Self Crowdfunds, Plans UK Expansion

ExitValley is leveraging its own platform to raise growth capital for the young investment crowdfunding site. According to the campaign page; “2 years after we pioneered Israel‘s first Crowdinvesting platform, new government regulations are now in place that allow everyone to invest in Start-ups. We… Read More

Why You Should Start Considering Socially Responsible Investing

Narrowly looking only at a company’s published financial accounts when investing in it could prove to be a costly mistake. Every company is also about people, and every company is only as good as the people who embody its mission. Quantitative assessment of a company… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Alibaba’s Yuebao Reduces Credit Limit for Personal Balance to RMB 100,000 Alibaba’s Yuebao is now the nation’s largest money market fund with assets hitting RMB 1.43 trillion (US$210.18 billion) as of the end of July, up sharply from the end of last year. On August… Read More

Full Steam Ahead: BlockMason to Offer ICO to US Purchasers Minus a Filing with the SEC

BlockMason is moving full steam ahead with their Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that will apparently be open to US purchasers. BlockMason is developing the Credit Protocol (CP) and associated Credit Protocol Token (CPT). With Credit Protocol, BlockMason says it has taken the “next logical step… Read More

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Closes Reg A+ at $30 Million with Pre-Money Valuation of $120 Million

A Defining Moment for the Crowdfunding Industry as Offer Mirrors Small Cap IPOs of the Past Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) is reporting that its Reg A+ crowdfunding offer has closed at the top end of its range having raised $30 million… Read More

Savings Marketplace Raisin Passes the €4 Billion Mark Faster than Any Wealth Management Fintech

Headquartered in Germany, Pan-European savings marketplace Raisin reports that in less than 4 years its customers have invested more than €4 billion in the platform’s savings products. As a result, Raisin is the leading marketplace for investments in Europe and one of the fastest growing… Read More

How to Move the Outsiders In: What’s Missing in the Movement

  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead, Anthropologist This quote is often used to nudge small groups of activists into increased optimism. To remind us that sweeping… Read More

Ready to be Disrupted: Europe’s First Digital Only Insurance Company “ONE” to Launch Next Month

ONE (part of the Wefox Group) wants to change the way the world uses and purchases insurance and apparently the company is going to launch in September.  Starting in Europe, ONE, the newest Insurtech startup, says it will reinvent insurance many different ways. The insurance… Read More

Danger: Crowdfunding on the Wrong Platform Could Force You to Go Public

Some equity crowdfunding platforms are putting startups at serious risk.  Working with a platform that doesn’t structure your deal appropriately could jeopardize your ability to raise future capital or worse, force you to become a public reporting company. The emergence of equity crowdfunding is a… Read More

4 Questions that Show Where U.S. Entrepreneurs are Succeeding with Regulation Crowdfunding

The first Fiscal Year of Regulation Crowdfunding has come to an end and our data continues to deliver valuable information for investors, founders and government officials. Overwhelmingly, California has taken the early lead in Regulation Crowdfunding from both an entrepreneur (aka issuer) and investor point-of-view…. Read More

RealtyMogul Update: Over $290 Million has Been Invested via the Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

RealtyMogul was one of the first investment platforms to enter the real estate crowdfunding space. Starting as an Accredited Investor service that paired debt and equity real estate deals to a broad base group of investors, RealtyMogul has since empowered non-accredited investors to to participate… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Sets up Centralized Clearing Platform for Online Payments The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, has required all banks and third-party payment institutions to connect to a unified platform by June 30 of 2018 to ensure effective regulation and transaction security. The… Read More

After Raising a $232 Million ICO, Tezos Gives Back with $50 Million Commitment to Companies Using Their Platform

Tezos shot straight through the stratosphere in the blink of an eye with their Initial Coin Offering several weeks back. Tezos raised an unbelievable $232 million in and ICO that took just two weeks. Simply incredible. But following the outsized success, the Tezos team has… Read More

7 Reasons Why Investing in Real Estate Online is Efficient & Effective

Real estate investing is on the rise again. Online real estate investing is quickly becoming the preferred method of investing for many people. Forbes reported earlier this year that real estate crowdfunding was a $3.5 billion industry in 2016, up from $1 billion in 2014…. Read More

Women Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Access to Capital

Last month PwC and the Crowdfunding Center partnered on a report regarding women and crowdfunding. Referencing data collected by the Crowdfunding Center that analyzed 450,000 rewards based crowdfunding campaigns, the document entitled “Women Unbound: Crowdfunding – Unleashing Female Entrepreneurial Potential,” showed that women-led campaigns reached their… Read More

Journal Entry: LangDi FinTech Conference in Shanghai. The Biggest Fintech Meetup In The World!

Familiar Faces This is the second year that I travelled to China for the LangDi FinTech Conference in Shanghai. What a difference a year makes? Last year, the conference had a massive showing of over 1,300 attendees. This year, the conference nearly doubled to 2,400… Read More

Protocol Labs Raises $52 Million in Filecoin “Advisor Sale” ICO, Public Offering is Available Now on CoinList

CoinList is an ICO Platform Backed by AngelList Protocal Labs is reporting it has raised $52 million in an “Advisor Sale” of its Filecoin token. The Initial Coin Offering is (ICO) is live now and open for investment by accredited investors. Protocol Labs was founded in… Read More