Tagged: perspective

Report Shows Bitcoin is Grossly Energy Consumptive. But is Proof-of-Stake Relevant for Bitcoin?

Alex de Vries, Digiconomist.net founder and a blockchain specialist at PwC’s Experience Centre since 2015, has produced an important report on the Bitcoin network’s extreme energy consumption and waste production, which far exceed that generated by regular banking. De Vries conclusion that Bitcoin should “follow… Read More

Puerto Rico Financial Commissioner George Joyner: “There’s a space for virtual assets that won’t go away”

George Joyner has Puerto Rico in his blood. The Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions is a veteran player who has spent his whole career in the fast-growing banking and, latterly, FinTech industry in the US territory of Puerto Rico, with the exception of… Read More

Malaysia Proposes Healthier ICO Framework That Also Shows Signs of Naivete

Citing a “growing interest” amongst the public in “blockchain-based digital assets,” the Malaysia Securities Commission has issued a proposed regulatory framework for the issuance of ICO’s (initial coin offerings) and is asking for the public’s feedback. The proposal actually contains many cogent suggestions that improve… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding: Inside Advice from Six Entrepreneurs Who’ve Done It

We interviewed several entrepreneurs who ran successful Reg CF campaigns – as well as two equity crowdfunding platforms – to break down the ins and outs of running a campaign. The bottom line? According to our review, you’re off base if you think equity crowdfunding… Read More

North American Securities Administrators Association Worries About Fintech and State Regulatory Relevance

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued their legislative agenda for the 116th Congress. Buried within their priorities were the Association’s concerns pertaining to emerging Fintech services. Fintech has the capacity to provide better services for both consumers and businesses – typically… Read More

What’s the Back Story to Security Token Offerings and Regulation?

The initial coin offering (ICO) / Security Token Offering (STO) continues to endure a period of regulatory uncertainty. As things stand right now, ICOs are securities. End of story. If you completed an ICO after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the DAO Report… Read More

How Fintech Should Help to Close the Gender Gap in Business Lending

The number of women-owned businesses has been steadily increasing globally. Despite this, accessing finance to start or grow their business remains a struggle for many women. A study by the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Kansas City found that women are less likely… Read More

The Best Secure Mobile Messaging Apps 2019 Not Called Facebook Messenger

Internet messaging services are big business today, with some of the biggest names in tech involved, but for most people, the dream is a secure, fully encrypted service that will keep users information completely safe. That dream isn’t shared by various governments and those tasked… Read More

Time to Settle on Cryptocurrency; It’s About to Get Really Boring

On heels of many tumultuous months in the space, dare I say even a few scary months in the crypto space, I’m looking forward to what should be a superbly boring rest of 2019. Whether it’s traditional financial market leaders buying into the space, a… Read More

David Weild: The Collapse of the Small IPO is Undermining Entrepreneurship, Tokenization May Help Fix the Problem

Last week Crowdfund Insider attended the KoreSummit in Miami – a security token focused event. The opening presentation was delivered by David Weild, a former Vice Chairman of NASDAQ and now CEO of his own firm Weild & Co. Weild, a staunch proponent of the… Read More

CEO of Sowefund: French Equity Crowdfunding is Not in Decline

Recently, the French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France or FPF) published their annual crowdfunding barometer. The report indicated that alternative finance continues to grow in France but when you separate equity crowdfunding, this segment indicates a decline. Crowdfund Insider published an article on the FPF… Read More

The Gig Economy: Embedding Freelance Workers into Modern Lending Practices

Recent disruption in financial services has been driven by several factors – technologically savvy and connected customers, tighter government regulations, aggressive new Fintech market entrants and more. However, another potentially huge disruptor has been bubbling below the surface for several years now and is finally… Read More

Gender Bias Contributes to Blocking Female Founders Out of Investment & Venture Capital. We Need to Fix This.

The world of business equity raising is still dominated by men. Melinda Gates wrote in ReCode back in 2017:  “We like to think that venture capital is driven by the power of good ideas. But by the numbers, it’s men who have the keys.”  Gates argued that… Read More

There are 47 FINRA Regulated Reg CF Portals. In 2018 $109.3 Million was Raised Using this Security Exemption

Periodically, Crowdfund Insider reviews the status of Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) the smallest crowdfunding exemption in the US. Reg CF has been in use since May of 2016. According to a recent report published by Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), $194 million has been raised in… Read More

Tokenization: The Meaning of “Equity Securities” Under 
Section 12(g) – It’s Broader than You May Think

2017 saw a roaring ICO market, with billions of dollars raised by blockchain-based digital asset issuers selling “utility tokens” in initial coin offerings. As the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) began cracking down on token issuers for failing to follow securities laws, in late… Read More

European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime Eagerly Awaited in Europe

The European Parliament Elections are looming in May – and so far, there is no progress in sight regarding the European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime. It remains unclear whether the Romanian Finance Minister TEODOROVICI will make the conclusion of the negotiation process a priority. The… Read More

Alternative Finance in France Grows Driven by Crowdlending While Equity Crowdfunding Continues its Decline

Baromètre du Crowdfunding en France 2018 Recently the French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France or FPF) published their annual report on alternative finance in France. The report, produced in partnership with KPMG, is now in its third year and provides an important snapshot of sector growth for online… Read More

The House Financial Services Committee: What Should Fintech Expect from Chair Maxine Waters?

The House Financial Services Committee is one of the most powerful Congressional committees on the Hill. The Committee oversees not only the entire financial services industry but its policy portfolio also includes other overlapping responsibilities such as Housing, entrepreneurship and international financial organizations. Last election… Read More

Farewell Venture Capital: The Shift to Crowdfunding and Other Sources for Scaling Startups

A successful startup needs successful venture capital (VC) backing, right? Well, not always. The status quo of startup funding is beginning to shift as smaller, more nimble outfits backed by crowdfunding campaigns have proven that they, too, can reach stratospheric heights. Moreover, the founders of… Read More

Crowdcube Has Completed 100 raises over £1 Million, 32 of which were in 2018

Yesterday, Crowdfund Insider covered the annual Deal report from Beauhurst. The research targeting equity investment in the UK provides a fascinating snapshot of the progress of capital formation for promising young firms in Great Britain. The authors note that while overall investment declined during 2018,… Read More

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