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Singapore Crowdfunding Startup CoAssets lists on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX)

Singapore Crowdfunding Startup CoAssets lists on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX)

CrowdFundBeat News,  SINGAPORE, 8 July 2015 – Homegrown crowdfunding platform CoAssets has listed on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX), Australia’s second largest stock exchange. The company, the first in Southeast Asia to provide crowdfunding for real estate projects, will trade on the NSX under the symbol “CAX”. CoAssets will also broaden its offerings to include peer-to-peer (P2P) lending for businesses outside of the real estate industry. Businesses looking for short-term trade financing of more than S$100,000, can now look to CoAssets’ online platform for crowdfunding within a maximum period of one year. Mr Getty Goh, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoAssets said,…

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The Crowd Speaks

The Crowd Speaks

By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, As the discourse over the last handful of years has been on the power of the crowd, there is a crowd that will render a financing decision that will have reams of ramifications for not only companies, but for their entire society – namely Greece. Interestingly, though quite inarticulate, a referendum has been posed to the Greek community on its willingness to accept further draconian measures to remain aligned within the Eurozone, or,conversely, might they choose an economic divergence and autonomy? While the media has reported from both sides, and there is much support for the remaining within…

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Sony Reveals First Flight Crowdfunding Platform for Employees

Sony Reveals First Flight Crowdfunding Platform for Employees

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire,  Sony is going through a very successful period in the video game space, with the PlayStation 4 currently selling very well around the world and showing no sign of slowing down for the foreseeable future. But the company does have a relative problem with the exclusive content, which might be solved in the coming months and years by a new crowdfunding platform called First Flight. The new feature will allow Sony employees to pitch their ideas and get the money required to create make them real as quickly as possible. The company has not said whether it plans to fund the…

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Funding Portals & ‘Secondary Market’ What’s Next ?

“crowdfunding,” hit Oxford English Dictionary

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Around 500 new words and phrases have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in the tome”s quarterly update, including several that provide an insight into 21st century hobbies, such as “sexting,” “photobombing,” “vaping” and “crowdfunding.” Other gems included in the latest version of the dictionary are the words “meh” and “twerk,” as well as more complex ones like “Enviropig”—the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with enhanced digestive capabilities—and “pharmacovigilance,” which denotes the practice of monitoring the effects of drugs after they have been licensed for use. These regular updates to the dictionary are designed to reflect the…

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SEC brings unregistered broker-dealer “finders” case

SEC brings unregistered broker-dealer “finders” case

By Scott Purcell  Founder, CEO FundAmerica, The SEC just brought action against a firm operating an online platform for EB5 investors for acting as an unregistered broker-dealer: http://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2015/34-75268.pdf  This is good timing, considering the article I just published regarding the do’s & don’ts of general solicitation. Although this is regarding a firm in the EB5 space, the implications are broad and I think can be seen as applying directly to our industry. It’s great to see the SEC taking action on these situations. There’s a huge, ongoing need for education on this topic, something my General Counsel, Scott Andersen, and I write about frequently. In this…

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5 Common Crowdfunding Mistakes

5 Common Crowdfunding Mistakes

By  Alexandria Embleton, Social Media & Digital Campaign Management Looking to launch a crowdfunding campaign? Avoid these common creator mistakes and prepare a project worth funding. Launching without an engaged audience Who is going to show up to your campaign page on launch day? As a campaign creator, you should know exactly who those people are and rely on them to contribute and share.  Do you have an email list?  Does your social media have engaged users?  Are followers and fans regularly sharing your content? If you do not know this data, then you are not ready to launch a campaign.  A campaign’s success is contingent…

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A BREADTH OF INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FRENZY OF CROWDFUNDING

A BREADTH OF INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE FRENZY OF CROWDFUNDING

By RYAN SCHELLHORN, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, July 1, 2015– The past twelve months was a year of growth for the crowdfunding industry, where many record-setting and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns took place. In fact, according to a report by CNBC, crowdfunded projects have conducted fundraising totaling to $662 million in the first quarter of 2015. The fund-raising mechanism behind the crowdfunding frenzy wasapproved last year. The businesses within this sphere engage in a range of operations and span a plethora of industries, most prominently in the food and beverage, biotechnology, software, health and fitness, music, and real estate industries. Food & Beverage One of the successful companies…

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Insurance Companies Entering the Fintech Space

Insurance Companies Entering the Fintech Space

By  Irene Tordera,  The last one to announce its intention of investing €1.25 billion in the fintech sector is the third largest European insurance company, the Italian Generali. The investment is part of a bigger plan of reducing the company’s costs of operations by €500 million over the next three years. However Generali is not the first insurance company moving steps into fintech and online investing. A few other large corporations in the field created investment funds and partnerships within the fintech sector. For example, AXA last year set up a €200 million fund to support  innovations in the financial sector. Investing in financial innovation…

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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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SEC Sanctions Finder’s Fees by non-Broker-Dealer

SEC Sanctions Finder’s Fees by non-Broker-Dealer

By Jonathan Wilson CrowdFundBeat , Sr. contributing guest editor, partner in the corporate law department of Taylor English  LLP In a consent judgment announced recently the SEC re-emphasized its position that parties who are not licensed as broker-dealers are prohibited by securities laws from accepting so-called finder’s fees for connecting investors with securities issuers. In its consent judgment in In re IREECO, LLC, the SEC described IRRECO, LLC and certain named affiliates who ran a business in which they assisted prospective investors in EB-5 transactions with regional centers who were seeking investors for EB-5 project financings.  The EB-5 program is one that allows non-U.S. citizens to make an investment of at…

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Paul Niederer: Crowdfunding’s Next Frontier

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Los Angeles TimesCrowdfunding campaign's goal: Buy Twitter, then ban TrumpLos Angeles TimesFormer undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to raise enough money to buy Twitter so President Trump can't use it. Wilson launched the crowdfunding campaign last week, t [...]

ForbesHow One Startup Raised 10 Times Its Original Crowdfunding GoalForbesRunning a successful crowdfunding campaign isn't easy. The odds are heavily stacked against you, as very few end up succeeding. "Statistically, up to 89% of campaigns fail. Kickstarter has the highest [...]

ForbesThe Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding ChecklistForbesCrowdfunding is not limited to the platform where you launch your campaign. Instead, it has become a valuable way to transform your idea into a mainstream business. In order to head in that direction, you must execute a number [...]

SCORE: Dos and don'ts for crowdfunding small businessesPost-BulletinI shared in my last week's column that financing was a common issue small-business clients bring to SCORE mentors. A reader from that column emailed me and said, "You mentioned crowdfunding as an option [...]

ForbesCrowdfund Strategies - Mifold Hit Gold On Indiegogo But It Was VC And Angel That Made It PossibleForbesFast forward to 2015, and Sumroy is launching his product – now dubbed Mifold – on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site. “July 14 was the most exciting day of my life,” he recalls. [...]

Wicked Local LexingtonKids' tech literacy crowdfunding campaign a successWicked Local LexingtonResponding to a crowdfunding campaign by the Cary Memorial Library Foundation to raise $5,000 in five weeks, 82 generous Lexington donors and others helped surpass the goal, giving more [...]

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

Digital Arts Media Network, Inc. Purchases An Equity Stake in Cannabis Crowd Funding Company, Fundanna, Inc.Nasdaq23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Digital Arts Media Network, Inc. (OTCMKTS:DATI), a specialized tech accelerator leveraging the Public Accelerator-Incubator (PAI) model, has c [...]

WFAAMore Dallas teachers turn to crowdfunding for classroom suppliesWFAATight budgets mean more Dallas area teachers are seeking out crowdfunding options to obtain the supplies their students need. The site DonorsChoose.org featured 371 active projects marked "urgent" for Da [...]

Eater LondonFat Macy's Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Open Restaurant in PeckhamEater LondonFat Macy's — a food social enterprise which aims to train young Londoners living in temporary housing — have launched a crowdfunding campaign. Their aim is to raise £55,141 to fund a [...]

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