Opinion

Editorial opinions and perspective on Fintech.

Reg CF Has Best Month Ever Regarding Investor Commitments at $23.2 Million in July

Reg CF (or Regulation Crowdfunding) a securities exemption that allows small companies to raise capital online had a great July – even in the midst of social distancing and lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 health issue. According to an email distributed by Crowdfund Capital… Read More

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

Second Thoughts? Goldman Sachs Takes Another Look at Crypto

At one point in time Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), the most prominent investment bank in the world and emerging Fintech powerhouse, was poised to create a crypto trading desk. In May of 2018, Goldman Sachs executive Rana Yared indicated the bank would enter the crypto space… 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

Shares in Overstock are Going Gangbusters and That’s Good for tZero, Meanwhile tZero ATS Reports Best Month Yet

Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) has recently seen its shares rocket from all-time lows to all-time highs. Earlier today, Overstock hit a new 52 week high of over $98/share. Overstock started the year in the single digits at $7, dipping to just over two bucks a share as… Read More

OnDeck Pairs with Enova: Fintech Consolidation Expected to Continue

Earlier this week, OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) announced it was being acquired. For months, there had been rumors circulating that OnDeck had put itself up for sale. During Q1, OnDeck CEO Noah Breslow said during its earnings call that OnDeck was working with its board of directors… 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

OnDeck Shares Hold Gain Following Enova’s Acquisition Announcement

OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) announced it was being acquired by Enova yesterday. The news of the acquisition should not have come as much of a surprise as rumors have been circulating for some time now. In May, Crowdfund Insider reported on these rumblings while referencing previous comments… Read More

Germany: Wirecard Scandal Compels Regulatory Adjustment

Wirecard (WDI:DE), once a Fintech darling that fell through the regulatory cracks and now is one of the biggest financial debacles ever in Germany, is compelling public officials to revamp their approach to compliance and oversight. According to a report in Suddeutsche Zeitung, German Finance… Read More

NextSeed CEO and AOIP Chairman Youngro Lee: Innovation is truly the only way our communities and our nation can recover from the current COVID-related devastation

NextSeed is a securities crowdfunding platform that launched as a bank replacement – SME lending service operating under Reg CF. Over time, NextSeed has evolved offering additional services as well as facilitating capital under all three crowdfunding exemptions – Reg D 506c, Reg A+ as… Read More

36H Group and the Future of Fintech: We should leverage the innovation in financial services and use it to enable economic recovery

The 36H Group launched in January of 2020 as the unified voice for lending platforms that accept retail investments. 36H replaced the UK Peer to Peer Finance Association, a group that had long been a prominent advocate for the emerging P2P lending sector – a… Read More

Fintech Entrepreneurs Should Focus on Emerging Markets which have Significantly Increased their Share of Global GDP

A recent blog post notes that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there’s been a significant acceleration in digital banks and P2P wallet activity volume (during the first half of 2020). The blog states that the impact of the Coronavirus crisis has “disproportionately” affected the world’s… Read More

Bitcoin and Other Blockchain Networks May Not be Decentralized as Recent Cloudflare Outage led to Lower BTC Transaction Confirmations

San Francisco-based Cloudflare, a web-infrastructure and website-security firm, offering content-delivery-network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security, and distributed DNS services, experienced downtime again on July 17, 2020. Whenever Cloudflare goes down or has some other type of technical difficulties, it immediately affects millions of websites that… Read More

Plaid on Open Banking: Every company is a Fintech company

Plaid is a Fintech that jumped to the top of the news cycle when Visa (NYSE: V) announced in January that it was acquiring the Fintech for $5.3 billion. Plaid’s services enable consumers the ability to share their financial information with thousands of apps and… Read More

World Economic Forum: Fintech has been able to lower transaction and service costs and reach populations otherwise unable to participate in the formal financial system

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a highly influential global organization that engages with top political leaders, business executives and other prominent members of global society to demonstrate that combined with integrity and high standards of governance, entrepreneurship is in the global public interest. Among… Read More

Long Awaited Wave of STOs? CoinList President says More Offerings Like Republic Note Will Make it Happen

Republic will kick off the sale of Republic Note, a digital asset that will be a tradeable, profit sharing investment opportunity, on Thursday, July 16. The Note tokens will sell for $0.12 each with a funding cap of $8 million. A prior private sale is… Read More

Railsbank CEO Calls on Regulators to Step Up Safeguarding of e-Money Firms Following Wirecard Collapse

The Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) scandal has rocked the Fintech world as the once high flying firm that was a member of the DAX filed for bankruptcy following the revelation of a €1.9 billion in missing funds. Regulators, elected officials as well as Fintech industry insiders have… Read More

Fintech Insider Says Online Lenders are Struggling Due to US Government Programs Supporting Businesses During COVID-19

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider reported on layoffs at OnDeck (NYSE:ONDK) – an SME focused online lender. Like many online lenders, COVID-19 has hit this sector of Fintech hard. Looking for additional insight into the challenges the industry CI reached out to an industry insider for their perspective… Read More

6 Ways UK Start Ups Can Access Funding

Almost every startup company will need some sort of external funding source to get going, but navigating the UK funding world can be quite difficult. Not only are there a lot of options that can seem almost identical, but there are many requirements and rules… Read More

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