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The Hot Air Revolution? McKinsey Consultancy Says Blockchain Struggling to Mature

Management consultancy McKinsey & Company have published an elegant analysis of enterprise blockchain called “Blockchain’s Occam,” stating: “A key to finding the value is to apply the technology only when it is the simplest solution available.” Blockchain has been touted as a revolutionary technology capable… Read More

A Win for Fintech? Linda Lacewell Nominated as Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Linda Lacewell to become Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services. Lacewell will replace Maria T. Vullo who announced on December 19th her intent to depart the agency after three years. Vullo will… Read More

As of January 1st, There Are 46 FINRA Approved Reg CF Crowdfunding Portals

Reg CF (or Regulation Crowdfunding as it is inconveniently called) is a securities exemption that enables companies to raise up to $1.07 million online via a regulated funding portal or broker-dealer. The concept of a funding portal was created alongside the exemption which was part… Read More

Trulioo Launches Global Identity Verification Solution to the Czech Republic & Slovakia

Trulioo, an on-demand global identity verification company, announced on Thursday it now verifies customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia through its electronic identity verification platform, GlobalGateway, helping to mitigate money laundering and fraud in two of the world’s fastest growing markets. The company reported: “The Czech… Read More

Hacker Demands Bitcoin Ransom to Return 9-11 Attack Records

“(E)ach time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you,” says an extortion note from the prolific hacker ‘Dark Overlord,’ who now claims to possess sensitive records relating to the 9-11 stolen from prominent insurance and legal firms, Motherboard reports. The… Read More

2018: Invesdor Rakes in Nearly €23M from Public & Private Rounds

Finland-based online investment platform Invesdor operates and connects European growth companies with investors worldwide. Since launching six years ago, Invesdor has helped raise more than €63 million for more than 130 businesses.  How did the platform fare last year? This morning Invesdor Co-Founder and CEO… Read More

CityFALCON Soars Past Initial Seedrs’ Equity Crowdfunding Goal

Third time’s proving to be a charm for UK fintech platform CityFALCON.  Having secured £566,488 in 2017 during its second Seedrs round, UK fintech CityFALCON quickly surpassed its initial £150,000 funding target during its third Seedrs’ run in November. The platform has increased the amount of… Read More

Goren Holm Group Launches New Company Targeting Security Tokens

The Goren Holm Group, creators of the Crypto Invest Summit – an investment focused event targeting the blockchain and crypto industry, have announced the formation of a new company, Security Token Summit, LLC. The announcement was accompanied by a first scheduled event to be taking… Read More

MassChallenge Switzerland Announces Partnership with the FIA Smart Cities Initiative

MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, recently announced it has formed a new partnership with the FIA Smart Cities Initiative to support the Global Start-Up Contest, to identify and support the most innovative and impactful startup technology companies that have the power to… Read More

Fintech Predictions for 2019. Where We Have Been & Where We Are Going

As we head into a market correction, 2019 and beyond will be very interesting for the evolving Fintech industry. This sector of finance saw significant M&A activity and massive fundraising during the 2nd half of 2018 and I predict that we will see more of… Read More

Agri-tech Small Robot Company Scores Big Funding on Crowdcube with Days Remaining on Campaign

Happy New Year, Crowdfund Insiders! 2018 was a great year for Small Robots Company. The UK-based agri-tech startup won £565K Innovate UK funding — one of the largest awards given in 2018, signed up 20 farm businesses and received £90K in pre-sales on its services. As… Read More

Where Will Crypto be in 2019? Crypto Experts Share their Predictions

As the year comes to a close, let’s get the scoop on Cryptocurrency predictions for 2019! Crowdfund Insider reached out to the Fintech and crypto community for its thoughts on how the sector will change during the next year. What disruptions, innovations, regulation, and partnerships can… Read More

CMU: Common Securitization Rules Kick in on January 1st in the European Union

As part of the Capital Markets Union (CMU), updated rules for securitization will commence on January 1st, 2019 in the European Union (EU). The new “harmonized” rules are designed to streamline the process of financial services firms to leverage securitization to boost access to capital…. Read More

A Good Way to Diversify? Netherlands Crypto Firm Libereum Purchases Spanish Football Club Elche CF

Netherlands based crypto firm Libereum has acquired the Spanish football club Elche CF, according to a note from the company. Libereum said the purchase was conditioned on a bank guarantee of € 4.3 million as a 1st downpayment.  Libereum believes there is the potential for Elche CF to return to… Read More

Fintech in 2019? Predictions for Crowdfunding, Open Banking, SMEs, Regulations & More….

‘Tis the season for decking halls, lighting candles, spending time with family and friends, reflecting on 2018 and thinking ahead to 2019 and new trends in the global Fintech market. Crowdfund Insider reached out to the Fintech community members to look into their crystal balls… Read More

EY Report: In the UK, Crowdfunding Tops Bank Financing as Preferred Option

EY has published their second annual “Fast Growth Tracker” report that surveys founders and entrepreneurs in the UK. The brief report provides an interesting perspective into the UK innovation economy that is vital to economic growth and prosperity. An interesting finding from the report is… Read More

Report: 340 British Crypto Businesses Folded in 2018, Individual Investors Lost Their Homes

Over 340 British crypto companies have folded this year (up from 139 last year) says British news outlet Sky News. And thanks to bad timing, some inexperienced and over-leveraged crypto investors – members of the general public – have even lost their marriages and homes:… Read More

Let Me Read! Fintech Leaders Share Book Recommendations

During the new few weeks, readers will hopefully have some more time to not only catch up on their own reading but also time to explore some new books. Need some fintech, fiction, or non-fiction recommendations? Not sure how to explain crypto and blockchain in… Read More

Commercial Real Estate Security Tokens: Is this Sector of Fintech Poised for a “Megatrend” ?

CREST or Commercial Real Estate Security Tokens is a new initiative created by the Security Token Academy. The idea of taking a hard asset class like property and tokenizing it has become a hot topic of discussion in the digital asset sector. Real estate, unlike… Read More

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