Opinion

Editorial opinions on the burgeoning industry of CrowdFunding and the associated regulations.

Here is the Legislation that May Finally Fix the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The current definition of an accredited investor is an anomaly based on ease of enforcement and policy inertia. The statute dictates that accredited status is based on annual income or the size of an individual’s (or couples) bank account – yet everyone understands that wealth… Read More

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney: “Profound Changes Demand a New Finance. And a New Finance Demands a New Bank”

In a sweeping speech that was broadly positive, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney set the tone for what will be his final year leading the central bank. Carney said that an “effective financial system must be resilient, fair and dynamic” to deal with tectonic… Read More

Mulling an ICO? Look Beyond Glitzy Ads, Ask Tough Questions

  It’s fair to say there’s been a huge swell of investor interest in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) – from crypto enthusiasts and retail investors, increasingly through even to institutions. These ‘token sales’, involving  the sale of newly minted coins based on Ethereum, saw businesses… Read More

Crypto Philosopher Antonopoulis Speaks in Panama on ‘Decentralized Globalization’

Bitcoin and crypto’s unofficial chief philosopher has released a video of a talk he gave on ‘globalized decentralization’ at the PanamaChain conference in Panama City May 6th. Andreas Antonopoulos is the author of two important books on Bitcoin: The Internet of Money (for lay audiences)… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network Updates on EC Fintech Plan, European Regulatory Approach for Crowdfunding

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) is the leading independent advocate for Fintech innovation, including crowdfunding, in Europe. The ECN has earned a reputation of engaging with a broad group of industry participants, thought leaders and public officials to help guide the evolution of new forms… Read More

Walmart Patents Blockchain System for Accessing Emergency Medical Records. Is Blockchain Required?

Walmart has successfully obtained a patent on a compelling system for storing medical records on blockchain that can be accessed in emergency situations, CCN reports. But is a blockchain really required? The proposed system would allow first responders on the scene of an emergency to… Read More

Steve Bannon Considering Own Cryptocurrency

  Fresh on the heels of news that Bitcoin-sustained Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has been receiving visits from far-right activists comes a story that the “crypto space,” that haven for problem children, has yet another strange bedfellow. Political strategist and alt-right leader Steve… Read More

UK Finance: SME Loan Approval Increased Slightly in Q1, iwoca CEO Calls Bank Support of SMEs Dire

UK Finance’s most recent report indicates that the number of new loans to UK SMEs increased slightly in the first quarter of 2018. There were 73,971 new loan approvals to SMEs across the UK in Q1 versus 72,272 in Q1 of 2017. A report by UK… Read More

Common Pitfalls that Startup Founders Must Avoid

Across the UK, there were 589,000 new businesses launched in 2017 – that’s more than 1,600 every day, or 67 each hour. It’s a remarkable statistic that illustrates how there is an insatiable appetite among large portions of the British public to move away from… Read More

French Enlightenment: Comments Provide Insight into France’s ICO Aspirations

  Just as North America is drawing a line in the sand, drawing a hard line that defines just about all initial coin offerings as securities, France appears to be heading in a different direction. Organized by the Autorités Des Marchés Financiers (AMF), France launched a consultation… Read More

Goldman Sachs Presentation Foreshadows Digital Banking Aspirations of Marcus

While Goldman Sachs’  (NYSE:GS) most prominent foray into Fintech started with online lending, Marcus is poised to become so much more in the digital banking arena. As previously reported, Marcus zoomed into online lending fueled by consumer deposits due to an acquisition from several years… Read More

SEC Boss Jay Clayton Says Crypto Tokens Traded and Used to Fundraise are ALWAYS Securities and Thus Regulated

Cryptocurrency used to fundraise for business ventures are regulated securities, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are not, and relevant laws will reman, the same, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairperson, Jay Clayton, said yesterday on CNBC. The point made by Clayton draws a hard line for any… Read More

There are Now 41 Reg CF Crowdfunding Portals 2 Years After JOBS Act Exemption Commenced

The number of Reg CF crowdfunding platforms in the US continues to slowly grow with several recent additions. Last time we reviewed the number of FINRA approved investment platforms in March, there were 38 regulated sites. So what has changed? First, to update on what… Read More

Crypto Rush: Fidelity Hiring DevOps System Engineer to Build Digital Asset Exchange

It has been widely reported today that mutual fund giant Fidelity is hiring a “DevOps System Engineer to help engineer, create and deploy a Digital Asset exchange.” The fact that Fidelity is going crypto is just further validation of the digital asset revolution that is… Read More

Chinese Search Giant Baidu Claims to Have “Super Chain” Blockchain

According to China News Weekly, Xiao Wei, Chief Blockchain Scientist at Baidu, China’s Internet search giant, announced this weekend at a conference that Baidu has developed a high-performance “super chain” blockchain and will soon be, “completing a blockchain transformation of its own business.” The news follows… Read More

UK Signs Innovation Agreement with Israel

Israel and the United Kingdom have signed a new “landmark” agreement designed to strengthen entrepreneurial and innovation ties between the two countries. Israel is a country with more startups per capita than anyplace else outside Silicon Valley. A unique culture and acceptance of risk taking… Read More

Retailers Will Drive the Adoption of Cryptocurrency, Not The Other Way Around

When Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) became the first major retailer to accept Bitcoin for payment in 2014, the move raised eyebrows. Four years later, cryptocurrencies still struggle with being seen as “fake” money, exacerbated by boom and bust headlines and regulatory uncertainty. The fastest path to legitimacy?… Read More

Robo.cash CEO Sergey Sedov Explains New P2P Investor Studies (Infographic)

Last week Robo.cash surpassed a €4M investment milestone and briefly commented on new studies conducted by its analytical center.  Today the Latvian P2P lending platform Robo.cash tweeted a detailed infographic and Founder and CEO Sergey Sedov explained the findings on TechBullion: the younger generation of investors who consider P2P lending… Read More

SEC Regulation A+, ICOs and Small Business Capital Formation: For Whom the Bells Toll?

  If the Wall Street Journal is any indicator, so called Regulation A+ offerings, which sprung to life in June 2015, courtesy of Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act) and SEC rulemaking,  are (or should be) all… Read More

Will Blockchain Automate Lawyering? Yes and No.

At a recent cryptocurrency conference in Toronto, Dmitry Buterin, father of Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin and himself a technologist and programmer, floated the idea of an AI judge making better decisions than a human judge hungry for lunch. Judges, said Buterin, are known for issuing… Read More