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Dr. Rotem Shneor Discusses the Findings of “Advances in Crowdfunding, Research and Practice,” a Comprehensive and Insightful Compendium of Global Crowdfunding Research and Analysis

Rotem Shneor, Ph.D., and two colleagues, Liang Zhao, and Bjørn-Tore Flåten, are publishing “Advances in Crowdfunding – Research and Practice,” a 500-page compendium of articles by 30 contributors, mostly academic researchers, about everything you ever wanted to know about crowdfunding across business models, sectors, and… Read More

Fundrise Co-Founder Dan Miller Returns to Fintech with Steward, a CrowdFarming Platform

Dan Miller, alongside his brother Ben Miller, founded one of the first real estate crowdfunding platforms in the US. Fundrise was the very first online investment platform to leverage Regulation A (now referred to as Reg A+), to offer securities to investors based on property… Read More

Facebook Forms Financial Group, led by David Marcus, to Handle Digital Commerce and Payments Projects like Libra and Novi

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), which currently has a market cap of around $750 billion, employs over 52,000 workers, and generated over $70 billion in revenue last year, has introduced a new group to focus on payments and digital commerce opportunities. David Marcus, the co-creator of the… Read More

Seedrs Founder Jeff Lynn: We are experiencing meaningfully higher levels of fundraising and investment activity than the same time last year

Seedrs is a top UK based investment crowdfunding platform that is active in both the UK and continental Europe. Launched in 2012, Seedrs is a trailblazer in online capital formation for early-stage ventures. Since inception, Seedrs has booked over 1100 funded deals recording about £950… Read More

Reg CF: Bumper Collective Offers Investors a Chance to Invest in Royalties

Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding) is the smallest securities exemption available to issuers in the US for crowdfunding. A company raising capital under Reg CF may raise up to $1.07 million from both accredited and non-accredited investors – although the Securities and Exchange Commission is considering… Read More

Perspective: Why Shark Tank Sucks and Crowdfunding Rocks

A shark is never your friend, even if he or she happens to be carrying big bags of money. After all, sharks eat people.  They do this literally in the ocean and figuratively in shark tank competitions. Best case: they invest in your deal at… Read More

Underserved Small Businesses Have Been Dramatically Impacted by COVID, Improvements to Crowdfunding Can Help

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee met to discuss how capital markets are serving underrepresented segments of entrepreneurship and small businesses. As we all know, every early-stage firm needs to have access to capital to thrive… Read More

Neufund CEO Zoe Adamovicz Explains Reason for Pivot: Security Tokens No More?

This past June, Neufund, one of the first European platforms to issue security tokens, announced its intent to move away from digital securities. The Berlin, Germany based Fintech issued the following surprising statement: “We’ve been active participants of the discussions held at the Bundestag, engaged… Read More

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Clarifies Banks Ability to Serve Crypto Firms. What Does this Mean for Digital Asset Businesses?

Recently, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) posted a letter clarifying national banks’ and federal savings associations’ authority to provide cryptocurrency custody services for customers. Although recently we have seen improvements in banks providing services to crypto firms, many digital asset service providers… Read More

Metro Bank Acquires P2P Lender RateSetter, Metro Bank to Use its Deposit Base to Fund New Loans

RateSetter, a leading UK based peer to peer lender, has been acquired by Metro Bank. The purchase of RateSetter has long been anticipated as the P2P lender messaged earlier that it was exploring “strategic options” – a euphemism for a sale. In June, there were… Read More

Stuart Sopp, CEO at Digital Bank Current, Explains Why It’s Critical to Assist Low Wage Earners, Especially During COVID-19

Stuart Sopp, founder and CEO at digital bank Current, has previously noted that the COVID-19 outbreak has shown how his company serves employees whose roles are considered essential during the global pandemic. In June 2020, Sopp had confirmed that Current would remain focused on spending,… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Agricultural Bank of China Establishes Financial Technology Subsidiary On July 28th, the Agricultural Bank of China officially launched the “Agricultural Bank of China Fintech Co., Ltd.”. The new subsidiary is headquartered in Tongzhou District, Beijing with a registered capital of 600-million-yuan. Its main business is… Read More

Big News: Varo Money Becomes First US Fintech to Receive a National Bank Charter

Varo Money, Inc. has been granted its national bank charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and secured regulatory approvals from the FDIC and Federal Reserve to open Varo Bank N.A. This represents the first consumer Fintech in the US to… Read More

Crypto Exchange: CoinList Pro Wants to be the One Place to Buy Hold & Trade Crypto

  CoinList, a top primary digital asset issuance platform, has announced the launch of CoinList Pro – a full-stack crypto exchange designed to challenge established incumbents. While CoinList commenced basic digital asset trading earlier this year, CoinList Pro is described as a fully-featured crypto spot… Read More

OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved: Smart venture capitalists and other investors know that downturns often become the best venture vintages

OurCrowd is one of the largest investment crowdfunding platforms in the world. Based in Israel but investing globally, OurCrowd reports over $1.5 billion in committed capital and a growing number of institutional investors. Since platform launch, OurCrowd has had over 35 exits including high profile… Read More

In the Land of Fintech, Prime Trust is Killing It

  Prime Trust is a fast-growing Fintech and securities custody provider that appears to be in the midst of hockey stick trajectory. This week, in a widely distributed email, Prime Trust founder and CEO Scott Purcell outlined the transition from startup, to market traction, to… Read More

OnDeck Acquired by Enova for $1.38 a Share

Enova (NYSE:ENVA) has acquired online lender OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) for $1.38 a share including $0.12 in cash, according to a corporate release. Shares in OnDeck jumped in after-hours trading moving from around $0.85/share to around $1.22/share. Under the terms of the agreement, OnDeck shareholders will receive… Read More

Bitbond CEO: We Have Been Approached by 60 Different Companies Interested in Our STO Technology

Bitbond is a Germany-based Fintech that started life as a global online lender serving small business borrowers. Some years ago, Bitbond received a regulatory license by the German financial services regulator, BaFin. Crowdfund Insider reported that it took several years to complete the process but… Read More

Bid – Ask: Seedrs Secondary Market Now Allows Variable Pricing for Listed Securities

Seedrs has long been an innovator in the secondary market for crowdfunded securities. Today, the leading UK based crowdfunding platform is announcing variable pricing for its secondary market. Launched in 2017, Seedrs Secondary Market has continued to iterate and add new features and functionality. Of… Read More

Sky Guo, Founding Member at OMFIF Digital Monetary Policy Institute, Explains why Interoperability Is an Important Aspect of Central Bank Digital Currencies, or CBDCs

  We recently caught up with Sky Guo, a founding member at the OMFIF Digital Monetary Institute, the global central banking think tank that assists policymakers with understanding central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Guo, who’s also the founder of Cypherium, which focuses on enabling interoperability… Read More

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