Monthly Archives: June 2015

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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TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

Coindesk (press release) (blog)Crowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Opens to ICOs - CoinDeskCoindesk (press release) (blog)The startup revealed today that, through an existing partnership with MicroVentures, it will begin offering services to projects seek to use the blockchain funding model. [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

Ypsi crowdfunding statistics reveal startling disparityConcentrateWe all hear the words "Kickstarter," "Patronicity," and "GoFundMe" on an almost daily basis, but how much good do those campaigns actually do? Here in Ypsilanti, quite a lot – although more [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

Business InsiderSeedrs CEO hails 'standout year' as total investment on crowdfunding platform passes £300 millionBusiness InsiderSeedrs said crowdfunding investors reaped "strong returns" but didn't specify the amount. The crowdfunding platform, one of the two [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

Want to Hold Your Own ICO? Indiegogo Can Help You With ThatFortuneCrowdfunding sites like Kickstarter (kickstarter, +0.00%) and Indiegogo raised start-up cash for a generation of online entrepreneurs, but one increasingly visible method of internet-sourced financing seemed to have sli [...]

Financial TimesCrowdfunding a mission to save capitalism from itselfFinancial TimesJeff Lynn is on a mission to save capitalism from itself at a time when millions feel locked out, and unable to foresee themselves better off than their parents. His answer: to democratise capital. That [...]

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