Tagged: angels

Does crowdfunding have more sizzle than steak? – Part 2

Assessment of the impact of crowdfunding amongst those supplying funds starts with the identification of distinct groupings. Two are useful; individuals supplying their own funds – angels – and organizations using other people’s money – firms. The evidence thus far is that crowdfunding models are… Read More

SeedInvest bridges angels, VCs, crowdfunding

Some have said that crowdfunding will somehow replace angel investors or venture capitalists. Ryan Feit doesn’t see it that way, and it’s not how SeedInvest, the New York City crowdfunding site he co-founded, is operating in its first few weeks. Instead, he told me, SeedInvest is partnering with… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Platform Crowdcube Joins UK Business Angels Association

UK based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube has announced their joining the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA).  Crowdcube CEO and Co-Founder, Darren Westlake, was quoted as saying, “Business angel investing in the UK is in good health and showing signs that it will flourish in the… Read More

House Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing on JOBS Act Implementation, Delays

Today the US House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held a meeting today in an effort to provide an update on the implementation of the JOBS Act. Two panels were invited to testify on the record. The first panel included Lona Nallengara and John Ramsay of… Read More

Crowdfunding vs. VC: Is there a win-win?

There’s been all sorts of overheated rhetoric about whether crowdfunding will crowd out venture capitalism. But the debate misses some big points, argues Roger Ehrenberg, a founder of IA Ventures. Writing in Fortune, Ehrenberg makes the case that a good venture capitalist (as opposed to… Read More


True entrepreneurs don’t just have a business idea, execute it, and then move into a cushy corner office. They must continue to innovate and come up with new plans to disrupt a market. Investors need to start considering what they are backing — the idea… Read More

Syndicate Funding 2.0: the investment model that brings crowdfunding and Business Angels together

A new model of finance was unveiled at the Great British Private Investor Summit on 19th March: Syndicate Funding 2.0. Based on the concept of allowing crowdfunders to co-invest alongside Business Angels, the model is supported by an online platform called Syndicate Room, which will… Read More

Interview with Korstiaan Zandvliet Managing Director at Equity Crowdfunding Platform Symbid

As a Dutch national (but born and raised in Hong Kong and living in the US since 1985) I thought it was particularly interesting that the Netherlands created one of the first equity crowdfunding platforms in the world – Symbid. Being ONE of the first… Read More

Crowdfunding: Striking a Balance between Investor Protection and Investor Freedom

Crowdfunding is a new capital formation tool that allows large numbers of ordinary investors to aggregate relatively small investments in exchange for equity positions in companies. It’s redefining what it means to be an investor and disrupting the delicate balance between investor protections and investor… Read More

Fake crowdfunding cuts through the chaos at Launch festival 2013

The Launch festival is a three-ring circus. Fifty startups are here presenting on the main stage, 250 startups are in the demo pit, and it’s got panel discussions with influencers from the tech community, not to mention nearly 6,000 registered attendees. To help sort through the… Read More

500 Startups’ Paul Singh: ‘This decade will be the rise of the angels’

VANCOUVER — According to Paul Singh, a partner at accelerator 500 Startups, this is the decade of the angels. He’s speaking tonight at GrowLabs’ demo day in Vancouver, and the message is not too much different from 500 Startups founder Dave McClure’s. “If you can… Read More

Who Needs Wall Street? Private Issues Rise to $1.16 Trillion

A tectonic shift is under way in how companies raise money—and it will have a profound impact on U.S. investors and markets. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s most recent estimates, businesses have been raising more funds through private transactions than through debt and… Read More

SEC: Don’t Make Crowdfunding Useless for Main Street

Nearly two years ago, I championed the idea of making it legal for entrepreneurs to raise money by selling equity stakes in their companies online. This kind of crowdfunding came much closer to becoming a reality when President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law… Read More

Can Mature Firms Benefit from Crowdfunding?

Like the entrepreneurs on Kickstarter trying to raise money to sell hot-chocolate cubes, cut an album, or manufacture a wireless dive-log device for scuba divers, later-stage private companies may soon be finding investors online. But will crowdfunding for firms that are more established and have… Read More

The Rise of the Heartland

The common wisdom says that the American heartland is finished after a disastrous series of economic decisions outsourcing the manufacture of America’s physical goods. The pundits say the American dream is dead and this next decade will see the further decline. It may be that… Read More

Crowdfunding won’t solve the Venture Capital Series A Crunch

A lot has been written in recent weeks about the Series A crunch in venture capital. For the uninitiated, the Series A crunch is the widening gap between the number of angel/seed financings (growing) and the number of Series A financings, the second round of… Read More

Soho Loft takes Crowdfunding Global

The Soho Loft is expanding its financial innovation conferences globally.  Led by financial innovation visionary David Drake, the firm now co-produces over 250 events per annum globally on financial innovation.  The global growth strategy of The Soho Loft is embracing strategic global partners like EFactor,… Read More

‘Rich Man’s Crowd Funding’

Private Equity, funds, angel networks and broker dealers are embracing the technology underpinning crowdfunding with its standards of deal presentation and distribution channels to potential investors. According to Jouko Ahvenainen, Chairman and co-founder of Grow VC, “At Grow VC Group we work with many broker dealers to offer our platform… Read More

Crowdfunding alternative: Start-ups and entrepreneurs continue to raise business funding through Venture Giant

London – According to a recent poll conducted by Venture Giant, an online matching service that connects vetted business investors with entrepreneurs and start-ups revealed that over 72% of its network of millionaires, angel investors and even investors from the Sunday Times Richlist believed that… Read More

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