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The Battle to Launch a Next-Generation Retirement Product & Control $14 Trillion in Investment Direction

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, FinTechREVOLUTION.tv  , Dara Albright Media, In the Fall of 2016, I penned an article entitled, “Modernizing the Self-direct IRA – The Trillion Dollar FinTech Opportunity” – the first in a new series of articles that focuses on next-generation retirement planning. The piece underscored how FinTech will mend America’s flawed retirement system and foster the growth of “digital” investing. This initial report drew attention to the growing necessity for a low-cost, high speed, autonomous retirement solution that would meet the demands of today’s alternative micro-investor. Most significantly, the piece summarized the two distinct individual retirement account prototypes – the Brokerage IRA and the…

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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

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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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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Entrepreneur5 Ways to Learn the Nuts and Bolts of CrowdfundingEntrepreneurCrowdfunding is a multibillion dollar worldwide industry that continues to disrupt the traditional world of corporate finance, as well as change the way products go to market. Businesses new and old, small and l [...]

Forbes6th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention Sponsored By ForbesBooksForbesIn 2012, crowdfunding raised $1.7 billion in capital – but last year, total capital raised using crowdfunding reached over $60 billion. This represents a seismic shift in the way that startups, non-profits, [...]

Boing BoingCrowdfunding a major new critical study of Robert A HeinleinBoing BoingIt's a huge book -- as befits an author with such a massive oeuvre -- and would have cost a fortune for a traditional academic press to publish, so she's crowdfunding the book on Unbound. Ebook [...]

Advocate.comGay Republican Obamacare Critic Turns to Crowdfunding After ...Advocate.com"Sassy Gay Republican" Alex Newman eventually found out workers' comp would cover his medical costs, but he continued crowdfunding to replace his car.and more » [...]

The ColumbianCrowdfunding raises $12000 to help Vancouver Safeway workerThe ColumbianCrowdfunding raises $12,000 to help Vancouver Safeway worker. Wayne Hudson was diagnosed with a life-threatening infection and will be hospitalized for at least three months. Popular Cascade Park Safe [...]

Forbes5 Crowdfunded Side Projects That Became Million-dollar CompaniesForbesCrowdfunding has also given many side projects a fighting chance, when no one else would. Many startups that originally launched on crowdfunding platforms have gone on to build $100 million businesses from the [...]

Indiatimes.comThrough Crowdfunding, Irish Farmer Saves 7 Cows From Slaughter & Sends Them To Sanctuary In UKIndiatimes.comThrough Crowdfunding, Irish Farmer Saves 7 Cows From Slaughter & Sends Them To Sanctuary In UK. KC Archana. September 24, 2017. An Irish farmer has decided [...]

Will Crowdfunding Become a Big Deal in India?Knowledge@WhartonCrowdfunding — the practice of raising small amounts of capital from a large number of people to fund new ventures — is finally gaining traction in India. The question is: Will it deliver like it has in other markets? India [...]

PCGamesNImmersive sim sequel Consortium: The Tower hits Early Access after crowdfunding successPCGamesNA massive sci-fi tower, a terrorist incident and a dramatic rooftop insertion all while the clock ticks down. It's like a sci-fi Die Hard, but very few games give equal weight t [...]

Fast CompanyHow Crowdfunding Site Patreon Is Helping Artists Build Media EmpiresFast Company(Yam, who built the original version of the site from scratch in three months, is CTO.) Like other crowdfunding platforms, it allows creators to solicit money from their audiences and share upd [...]

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