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Is this the End of Marketplace Lending?


By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Sr.Guest Editor, Co-founder of the LendIt conference& the FinFair Conference, Monday’s news that Renaud Laplanche was stepping down as Lending Club’s CEO sent shockwaves throughout the industry – particularly coming hard on the heels of industry layoffs and disappointing earnings announcements. Since Monday morning, the alarmists have been out in full force, nonsensically declaring the end of marketplace finance and FinTech in general. But what some may consider the end, I view as a new beginning. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach Cynics, I have a newsflash for you. When the automobile industry…

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The Future of P2P and Online Lending


By Dara Albright, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Co-founder of the LendIt conference & the FinFair Conference, LendIt – Once Again Helping Predict the Future of P2P and Online Lending 1996 was great year.  Hootie & the Blowfish were packing stadiums. Cellphones were just starting to get a little bit smaller than that monstrosity famously used by Michael Douglas in the 1987 classic film, “Wall Street”. Starbucks opened its first store outside of North America, gracing Asia with custom lattes. The infrastructure to support this new invention called the Internet was developing. Money was pouring into NASDAQ as a new generation of technology stocks were setting IPO records. It…

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Investment Red Flag Alert – Failure to Launch

Investment Red Flag Alert – Failure to Launch

by Dara Albright, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Co-founder of the FinFair Conference,Recognized speaker, writer & influencer on topics relating to market structure, New Issues, FinTech, P2P & crowdfinance You see it all of the time. A starry-eyed CEO is out on the capital raising trail luring investors with hopeful promises. Prospective investors are assured that their money will fund the next world changing innovation. They receive well thought out financial forecasts and pitch decks dressed up with hockey stick charts. Of course, every assertion, every number and every eye candy chart hinges on one key element – the product launch. Anyone who has ever brought a new product…

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Before Investing, Make Sure that the Emperor Has Clothes

Before Investing, Make Sure that the Emperor Has Clothes

by Dara Albright, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Co-founder of the LendIt conference & the FinFair Conference, When weighing investment opportunities, I am always skeptical about what I refer to as the “gonna press release”, for it can be an early indication that the emperor has no clothes and that the business is merely all smoke and mirrors. “Gonna” announcements are essentially declarations of what a company intends – or more appropriately, hopes – to accomplish. As detailed in an article I published a few months ago on Crowdfund Insider called, “When to Pivot, When to Fold”, falling into the “gonna” category include: partnerships that bring no quantifiable revenue; new hires who…

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FinFair 2015 NYC Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FinFair 2015 NYC  Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WHERE WALL STREET LEGENDS & TODAY’S FINTECH PIONEERS COME TOGETHER TO DEMOCRATIZE INVESTING! What is FinFair? FinFair is the ONLY conference platform to feature the leadership, products and technologies driving the crowd-centric retail alternatives market while simultaneously bridging the information gap between the Wall Street establishment and today’s financial innovators.     What are crowd-centric retail alternatives? Crowd-centric retail alternatives are a new class of unconventional assets aimed at bringing non-correlated yield and pre-IPO equity growth to mainstream investors’ portfolios. Specific products include funds, managed accounts and online platforms that provide retail access to peer-to-peer, peer-to-business and peer-to-real estate debt as well as JOBS Act…

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2015 Predictions of a Self-Proclaimed Crowdfinance Clairvoyant


by Dara Albright, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor,  This the season to reflect, predict and, for some, to even gloat a little. And by some, I mean “me”. I am proud to announce that every single one of my 2014 crowdfinance prognostications rang true. Just as I projected at the start of this year: Institutional as well as retail capital poured into P2P Equities-crowdfunding began to germinate through sell-side channels Non-Title III crowdfinancing structures are proving to be more viable solutions Venture capital was deployed into crowdfinance infrastructure plays According to arithmeticians, four out of four would equate to 100% accurateness – or some other percentage as…

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Profiting from the Crowdfinance Revolution

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BY Dara Albright  CrowdFunding Beat Guest Sr. Editor,  a financial revolution – ignited by hordes of individuals who have grown leery of conventional financial institutions, and powered by contemporary P2P and crowdfund marketplaces – has been germinating across the planet.In the same way that the Industrial Revolution redefined manufacturing and theInternet Revolution refashioned commerce, this “Crowdfinance Revolution” will transform global capital markets and reconstitute financial systems.Just like in prior seismic industry shifts – innovative businesses will arise from the ashes of the old, visionaries will replace retiring CEOs, and fortunes will be made as well as lost.What sets today’s revolution apart is the speed at which it is progressing, and…

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Congressman Patrick McHenry on New Regulation A+

The Evolution of Securities Marketing and its Impact on Issuers, Intermediaries and Investors

The Evolution of Securities Marketing and its Impact on Issuers, Intermediaries and Investors

CrowdFunding Bear News Wire, Oct 10,  2014 By Dara Albright, Crowdfunding Beat , Guest Contributor  With the exception of the occasional red-hot IPO, investments don’t sell themselves. If they did, there wouldn’t be much need for financial media, research analysts or investment advisors. Nor would there be any acting gigs for former Law & Order stars, who always seem to wind up back on the airways, peddling some sort of financial product like reverse mortgages, gold bullions or discounted brokerage services (cue Law & Order theme clang). Security offerings, like any type of product vying for market share and devoted customers, require a solid marketing strategy in order…

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ForbesHow Crowdfunding Can Supercharge Your Campaign In 2016ForbesThey say that there are about 7.45 billion people living in this world right now. Imagine that if you could get each of these seven-and-a-half billion people to contribute one cent to your project, well, you know what I [...]

How Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup GameSingularity HubCrowdfunding has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, funneling millions of dollars into thousands of projects. Technology in particular is one of the leading categories on popular fundraising platforms like Kickstarter an [...]

The GuardianCrowdfunding: the new buzzword for academics needing research moneyThe GuardianArchaeologist Dr David Petts, from Durham University, has also used crowdfunding, raising almost £25,000 to fund a project on Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast. The dig, in June, led to [...]

Crowdfund InsiderWhen It Comes to Retail Crowdfunding, SAFEty FirstCrowdfund InsiderOn September 22nd, Crowdfund Insider published a post summarizing the arguments presented in our new essay entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE“ (forthcoming in Virginia Law Review Online). [...]

CNNMoneyDorothy's fading red slippers saved by $300000 in crowdfundingCNNMoneyThe ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are set to undergo a major conservation effort following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The Smithson [...]

Airbitz, BitPay, and Wefunder leverage bitcoin and new US ...Brave New CoinEquity crowdfunding platform, Wefunder, recently started accepting bitcoin. On the same day, popular bitcoin mobile wallet provider Airbitz announced the ...and more » [...]

BloombergCouples Desperate For Children Turn to Crowdfunding FertilityBloombergCrowdfunding has become a popular mechanism for many couples who can't afford the high costs of IVF, or adoption and surrogacy. “It's not an easy thing to share publicly,” says Crystal Barrett, 33 [...]

Equities.comEntrepreneurship in the Crowdfunding EraEquities.comBrandon Adams & Greg Rollett are the co-hosts of Ambitious Adventures: Reality TV for Young Entrepreneurs, so they've learned a thing or two about how to start a business. Here, Rollett and Adams talk entrepreneu [...]

Kiplinger Personal FinanceRaise Money for Personal Bills on Crowdfunding SitesKiplinger Personal FinanceWhile crowdfunding is often associated with business start-ups, many people are finding it a fruitful way to raise money for personal needs. Sites such as YouCaring, GoGetFunding, G [...]

AZCentral.comTiny companies lure investors under Arizona crowdfunding lawAZCentral.comInvestors who make bets under the state's one-year-old crowdfunding law certainly have the potential to get in on the ground floor, but they must be patient and might not receive any returns. Th [...]

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