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Bitcoin Ought to Be Outlawed: NOT! – An Open Letter to Joseph Stiglitz

It was recently reported that the former chief economist of the World Bank wants Bitcoin banned, saying “Bitcoin is successful only because of its potential for circumvention, lack of oversight” You missed something crucial. Because of the ‘McKinsey’ factor. The operative rules (laws of nature from… Read More

2018: When ICOs Will Light a Great Big Fire Under Fintech

Until now ‘Fintech’ has had a rather timid relationship with crowdfunding – and to put it bluntly many Fintech founders would have rather be seen dead in a ditch than crowdfunding a million dollars or two – even as a first step. Until now. Initial… Read More

ICOs, Crypto-Tokens and Blockchain Legitimized at a Stroke as Rock Solid Gibraltar Swoops In

The future is arriving a lot sooner than almost anyone thought as, fuelled by billions in ICO cash, the blockchain revolution moves ten times faster than the internet revolution ever did: Gibraltar, their nimble regulator and Stock Exchange are providing an exemplar that may now… Read More

Crowdfunding 2.0: Smart eTokens Have Arrived!

Crowdfunding is about to enter a new and more powerful phase. Having become ensnared in a tangle of aging regulation designed for a disconnected, opaque world of fast-talking strangers Crowdfunding – in all it’s forms but especially Equity (ECF) – has yet to live up… Read More

Women Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Access to Capital

Last month PwC and the Crowdfunding Center partnered on a report regarding women and crowdfunding. Referencing data collected by the Crowdfunding Center that analyzed 450,000 rewards based crowdfunding campaigns, the document entitled “Women Unbound: Crowdfunding – Unleashing Female Entrepreneurial Potential,” showed that women-led campaigns reached their… Read More

PwC & Crowdfunding Center: Women Outperform Men in Crowdfunding Campaign Goals

PwC and the Crowdfunding Center have published a joint report based on two years of data on seed (rewards) based crowdfunding from 9 different platforms. According to the report, campaigns led by women reach their target more often than crowdfunding campaigns led by men. The… Read More

New Routes to Funding: What I Learned from Writing the Book

  The thing that has struck more most forcibly is just how much untapped potential there is here – and how badly it is going to be needed. I’ve lived near the leading edge of technology for several decades now and seen how it has… Read More

COUNTDOWN:  2 Weeks from Now Crowdfunding Will Change the World of Men & Women Forever

As impact goes it doesn’t get much bigger. Crowdfunding has been much misunderstood and, let’s be honest, has underperformed our best expectations. It was supposed to “democratise finance” – and much more. Much focus has been on equity, regulation and the JOBS Act. The friction… Read More

Research on Risk Shows Crowdfunding Has Significant Fraud Immunity: Here’s Why

It may be counterintuitive but the research has been done and the results are now in – and it’s as we’ve been saying for almost five years. Fraud in crowdfunding is not just almost non-existent –  so much so as to be hard to measure,… Read More

The Crowdfunding Center: London is the Crowdfunding Capital of the World

The Crowdfunding Center, based in the UK, has issued a statement that London has regained its crown as the crowdfunding capital of the world. The Crowdfunding Center compiles data on multiple rewards-based platforms and several investment based platforms. The complete list of sites monitored may… Read More

Report: Crowdfunding Delivers More Cash to Business than UK Startup Loan Scheme

The Crowd Data Center is out with a report stating that seed crowdfunding is more effective in delivering more money to businesses than the UK government’s program: 40% more funding in 2016 than the government funded Startup Loans scheme. The Crowd Data Center has collected… Read More

The Banker’s Banker Appointed to Regulate the Crowdfunding Henhouse Unveils His Cunning Plan

The time has come for crowdfunding to mature – or die, and be reabsorbed by the body politic (or should that be that body corporate). You don’t hear people talk about “the democratisation of finance” much any more. Why is that? We’ve seen growing pains… Read More

PwC & Crowdfunding Centre: Women Entrepreneurs Outperform Men – Given the Opportunity

PwC and the Crowdfunding Centre are prepping to jointly publish a report in early 2017 entitled “Women Unbound”.  Their initial feedback indicates that women led crowdfunding campaigns are significantly more successful than those led by men across most industries – and across the world. The… Read More

Crowdonomic MINT: New Routes to Funding Topic of London Conference

New routes to funding – and making them more widely available, are the focus of an international conference to be held at London Southbank University later this month. According to organizers, a book will be published in the new year based on end-to-end data from… Read More

Agile is The New Super-Power: Meanwhile the USA jostles its way to the Back of the Queue Just as a Revolution Races around the Globe

In August 2014 Chancellor George Osborne set his stall out clearly stating the UK government’s intention to make London the FinTech capital of the world – and so maintain its position as, arguably, the world’s most important financial center in the years to come. It’s… Read More

What Will Define The Future of Crowdfunding? – An Interview with Danae Ringelmann

    What defines crowdfunding now – and in the future? Danae Ringelmann commenced a quest to redefine and redesign funding with an entrepreneurial journey that began in 2001. She has been a driving force behind the team that co-founded and launched the first of the… Read More

Is Indiegogo in Decline? [Updated]

Indiegogo has been at the forefront of the rewards based crowdfunding phenomena.  While Kickstarter may be a bit better known, Indiegogo actually launched prior to its committed competitor. Over the years, Indiegogo has expanded its platform moving into new countries and offering new and innovative… Read More

Data Reveals: Rewards Crowdfunding is the New Seed-Funding

Data provided by TheCrowdfundingCentre asserts that crowdfunding is the vehicle driving an “unprecedented” global wave of innovation.  In a report entitled, “2016: State of the Crowdfunding Nation”, the authors state that rewards based crowdfunding is providing much needed seed funding for smaller firms thus generating… Read More

Why Zano Is A Learning Point, Not a Game-Changer for #Crowdfunding

A recent Juniper report suggested that the failure of the Zano campaign was a game-changer, signalling a move away from Kickstarter-style reward crowdfunding toward an equity (and mixed) model. Given the regulatory costs and other issues this is naive at best. Apart from the fact that… Read More