Championing French Fintech & Fintech Education: An Interview with Anaïs Raoux

Individual Fintech startups can’t disrupt financial services. It takes an ecosystem to do so. We spoke in Paris with Anaïs Raoux, the Managing Director of the industry association France Fintech about how the association helps build an effective ecosystem for French Fintechs ‒ tackling issues… Read More

Pearachute Founder Desiree Vargas Wrigley Shares Insight into Successful Crowdfunding Offer on Republic

  Desiree Vargas Wrigley is the founder of two companies, GiveForward and Pearachute. GiveForward is the well-known donations based crowdfunding platform that was recently acquired by YouCaring. The combined platforms have helped to raise over $800 million for medical expenses and other charitable causes. Vargas Wrigley… Read More

Startup Bro Culture Really Sucks and it Needs to Change

I’m the founder of a Fintech startup based in Pittsburgh. I’ve built an online platform that connects developers of impactful, neighborhood-building real estate projects with investors — both accredited and otherwise. I spend tons of time, energy, and resources making sure this platform is secure, reliable, and… Read More

Kabbage Co-Founder & Head Fintecher Kathryn Petralia: Power Lending, Predictions & Progress

  “Fintech, online lending, AI and privacy are complicated issues, so we’ve created innovative solutions and approaches that D.C. embraces once they understand them. Our message to Washington is: call us! We have someone to translate tech speak and “bureaucratese” for all of Washington’s questions.”… Read More

ApplePie Capital CEO & Co-Founder Denise Thomas Makes Marketplace Lending Success Look Easy

“We have gained a foothold within the industry by partnering with 42 brands to date. Moving forward we will continue to innovate…” Having spent more than 20 years as a corporate executive in companies backed by prosperous VC firms including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital, ApplePie Capital CEO… Read More

The Fem-preneurs Of Crowdfunding: Did the JOBS Act Change the Venture Landscape for Female Entrepreneurs Forever? Let’s Hope So!

  “Them that’s got shall get / Them that’s not shall lose / So the Bible said”… and is it still news? Raising significant amounts of capital has never been easy for anyone. For some, it has been a higher hurdle than for others. The… Read More

Will the UK Retain the Fintech Crown? Gillian Roche Saunders Provides Unique Update on Regulatory Review & UK Fintech Ecosystem

The United Kingdom has dominated the Fintech sector globally.  Starting with innovations in capital formation from crowdfunding and peer to peer lending platforms, the UK has fostered an impressive ecosystem of Fintech entrepreneurs. While a culture of innovation and risk-taking has been vital to this… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Evangelist Victoria Silchenko: We Have Witnessed Unprecedented Growth in Alternative Finance

Victoria Silchenko has been a staunch propopent of the benefits of crowdfunding and alternative finance since day one. The founder of Metropole Capital Group and the Global Alternative Funding Forum, an annual event that brings together many prominent names in the Fintech sector, Silchenko has charted… Read More

Downing Head of Crowdfunding Julia Groves: “FCA Review Is Most Welcome”

Julia Groves, Downing Partner and Head of Crowdfunding, is a respected pioneer and force behind many successful digital businesses and fintech groups. Since founding ba.com for British Airways in 1994, she has instigated disruptive customer-led propositions across online retail, renewable energy and financial services market sectors. She… Read More

Lend Responsibly: Folk2Folk CEO Jane Dumeresque Shares Vision of P2P Lending

In explaining how they are different, Folk2Folk, an up and coming peer to peer lender explains they are “resetting the values around lending money.” While embracing technology that facilitates the lending process, Folk2Folk maintains numerous brick and mortar locations as they believe in dealing with… Read More

French Crowdinvesting Platform WiSeed Ditches Bespoke Crowdfunding Status for EU passport as Investment Services Provider

This summer, crowdinvesting platform WiSeed became authorized as Investment Services Provider (ISP) by the French regulator of financial institutions, the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR), with the approval of the securities market regulator, the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). Obtaining this status… Read More