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Brian Kerr: Kava Labs CEO Explains How the Rise of Fintech Has Enabled Decentralized Finance

Brian Kerr, co-founder and CEO at San Francisco-based Kava Labs, a venture-backed firm working on improving payments systems by leveraging blockchain technology, recently shared his views and insights with Crowdfund Insider. Kerr, a business administration and marketing graduate from San Francisco State University,  explained how… Read More

Private Equity Has Better Returns & Lower Volatility than Public Markets: Will the SEC Make it Easier for Retail Investors to Gain Access to this Asset Class?

Earlier this week there was a meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee. During the meeting, the Committee discussed the SEC’s Concept Release on regulatory harmonization and several topics specifically. First, was the subject of access to capital… Read More

Christian Catalini: Co-Creator of Libra Explains How the Facebook-led Project Aims to Enable Financial Inclusion

Christian Catalini, co-creator of the Facebook-led Libra payment system and head economist at Calibra, a subsidiary of the social media giant that’s focused on developing a digital wallet for Libra, says he’d been doing research in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space for many years before… Read More

Sara Hanks Comments on SEC Concept Release, Defends Reg A+, Advocates on Behalf of Companies in Need of Growth Capital

Last week, a meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) held a meeting. On the agenda was the topic of the SEC’s concept release on regulatory harmonization. The concept release was initiated in recognition of the current ecosystem of private… Read More

Jiro Olcott: Power Transition CTO Discusses How His Company’s Hedera Hashgraph-based Platform Uses Energy More Efficiently

Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, consumes more energy than entire countries such as Ireland and Switzerland. A newly developed decentralized application (dApp), called Power Transition, based on Hedera Hashgraph (a DLT-based platform that claims to be “faster, fairer, and more secure” than existing blockchain networks),… Read More

Between Profit and Impact: Inside The Mind of Millennial Investors

Investment has never seen anything like Millennials. This savvy, ethical and growing group consciously spend their money like no demographic before them. The impact of their dollar is just as important as the profit it generates – something investment has not been forced to consider… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Alipay and WeChat Pay Open to International Visitors Previously, international tourists visiting China cannot enjoy the convenience of local mobile payment (Alipay & WeChat Pay) services if he/she did not have a Chinese mobile number and bank account. This changed this week. On November 7th,… Read More

Chinese Tech Giant Tencent to Launch a Blockchain-based Virtual Bank in Hong Kong

Chinese tech giant Tencent is reportedly preparing to launch a blockchain-enabled virtual bank, after the company obtained a license from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). Previously, Crowdfund Insider has reported that 8 virtual bank licenses have been issued with the most recent (4) being announced… Read More

Crypto Mom: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Says Lack of Regulatory Framework has Harmed Digital Asset Innovation

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce delivered a speech, entitled Broken Windows, addressing SEC enforcement actions earlier this week. Peirce reviewed the topic in advance of the annual report on such actions. The SEC Division of Enforcement is the largest Division within the Commission. According to the… Read More

The Marketplace Bank: Is LendingClub the Future of Banking?

Earlier this week, leading marketplace lending platform LendingClub (NYSE:LC) announced Q3 financial results that beat on both the top and bottom line. Importantly, LendingClub reported its first profitable quarter in years – a longtime goal of the Fintech. LendingClub went public in December 2014 during… Read More

CrowdStreet Raises $12 Million in Series C Funding: CEO Tore Steen Plans Thoughtful Expansion

CrowdStreet, a real estate crowdfunding platform, has raised $12 million in a Series C funding round from its “community of individual  investors and commercial real estate sponsors.” CrowdStreet leveraged its own platform to raise the growth capital. CrowdStreet also reported that it is on track… Read More

1000 and Counting: Crowdcube Hits Milestone Number of Crowdfunding Rounds

Crowdcube, the UK’s largest crowdfunding platform by total funded, has tallied its 1000th raise, according to a report from the company. Luke Lang, Crowdcube’s co-founder and CMO, stated: “Reaching our 1000th raise shows how committed communities are backing trail-blazing businesses in greater numbers than ever… Read More

What the European Crowdfunding Industry Recommends for Harmonized EU Rules

Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported on comments by EC Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commissioner whose portfolio includes Financial Stability, Financial Services, and the Capital Markets Union, indicating harmonized crowdfunding rules may be forthcoming before the end of the year. In a tweet, Dombrovskis stated… Read More

Ron Suber Shares Perspective on Fintech: “Creating a successful digital bank is like golf and bridge – harder than it looks”

Ron Suber is one of the better-known names in the Fintech sector. Originally, Suber’s role as the President of the marketplace lending platform Prosper Marketplace brought Suber’s name to prominence as the Fintech emerged as an early leader in the US online lending market. Since… Read More

Dr. Joshua Ellul: Chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority Reveals Motivations Behind Launching a Masters in DLT Program at University of Malta

We recently caught up with Dr. Joshua Ellul, chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority and director of centre for DLTs at the University of Malta. Last month, the island country of Malta introduced a Masters in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology program. The crypto-friendly jurisdiction… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

People’s Bank of China and the State Administration for Market Regulation Jointly Incorporate Fintech Products into the National Certification System To implement the policy of “pushing for the establishment of a management system based on government supervision and led by standards where corporate responsibilities are… Read More

Association of German Banks Advocates for Programmable Digital Euro

The Association of German Banks (Bundesverband Deutscher Banken), the association that represents all of the private banks in Germany, is demanding a programmable digital Euro. A position paper published by the Association is advocating for the creation of a digital Euro in response to Facebook’s… Read More

Open Banking: Learning Lessons from Asia

With the implementation of PSD2 in Europe, Open Banking payment solutions are starting to be rolled out across the UK and Europe. But while the core Open Banking payment solutions are live, there is a long way to go until we see the widespread adoption… Read More

CoinList Announces Launch of Crypto Exchange – CoinList Trade, Receives $10 Million Investment from Polychain Capital & Jack Dorsey

CoinList, an offshoot from the team that created AngelList, is launching a compliant cryptocurrency exchange – CoinList Trade. The company called the move a “natural next step” that will allow secondary trading of tokens as well as seamless distribution. CoinList has been a leader in… Read More

Neo Investment Bank Equisafe Updates on First STO AnnA, Plans 15 Security Tokens in the Next 9 Months

This past June, France saw its first security token offering based on a real estate transaction. The process was managed by Equisafe, a platform that describes itself as a “neo investment bank.” The digital securities raised €6.5 million. In a blog post from August, the… Read More

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