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RealtyShares Raises $20 Million For Its Real Estate Investment Marketplace

By Jonathan Shieber for Techcrunch

Less than a year after it closed a $10 million round of financing, the real estate investment marketplace RealtyShares has managed to rake in another $20 million for its funding platform. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

February 10, 2016

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Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin Moves To A New Role, To Be Replaced By Current COO

By Lucas Matney for Techcrunch.com,

There’s a major leadership shakeup happening at your second-favorite crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

January 26, 2016

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Profit From A Profile On AngelList

By Evan Baehr for Techcrunch.com,

At a basic level, AngelList is the LinkedIn for startups; it’s a directory for finding and researching great startups. Many of the biggest seed venture capital firms and angel investors are on the list, and many use it to help them source and validate deals. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

January 22, 2016

Crowdo launches, unfazed by other ECF platforms

By Goh Thean Eu for Digital news Asia,

CROWDFUNDING platform operator Crowdo, which officially launched its equity crowdfunding (ECF) platform in Malaysia on Jan 11, believes it has what it takes to beat off its rivals and emerge on top. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

January 12, 2016

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Deals: Malaysias’ Curren$eek seeks up to $115.5k on CrowdPlus.asia’s platform

By Liz Lee for Dealstreetasia,

Malaysia’s first equity crowdfunding (ECF) platform operator to launch, CrowdPlus.asia, has now posted its first listing – a location-based currency comparison app Curren$eek. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news

January 2, 2016

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Development of Indian crowdfunding and online-lending platforms

E27.CO: Mumbai-based crowdfunding platform for social, personal and creative projects Ketto has raised US$700,000 in funding, led by Pradyumna Dalmia, a member of Calcutta Angels and Sudhir Rao of The Chennai Angels.

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Crowdfunding/investing, India, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 17, 2015

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Realty Mogul Raises $35M For Its Real Estate Investment Marketplace

TechCrunch: Realty Mogul, a startup that connects investors with real estate projects, announced today that it has raised $35M in Series B funding. The company launched its online marketplace more than 2 years ago with a focus on equity deals funded by individual, accredited investors. (So it was offering a kind of real estate crowdfunding, but one where most people couldn’t invest.) (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, news

July 14, 2015

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South Korea: government and venture funds move towards FinTech

GROOVEMAESTRO: The Korean Government has announced “Plans for Boosting Investments” at the 8th Meeting Promoting Trade and Investment chaired by the President Park on July 9th. The plans are developed to encourage investments in sectors such as tourism, venture, and construction where growths can be accelerated.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Korea, news

July 13, 2015

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Crowdfunding Enters New Era

WIRED: The UK is a “world leader” in equity crowdfunding, with further democratisation set to open up everything from hedge funds to IPOs in the next few years. Speaking at WIRED Money 2015 Darren Westlake, co-founder and CEO of leading investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, said the future of crowdfunding in the UK and around the world was “more democratisation”. “Crowdfunding platforms are well positioned” to “put the P back into IPO,” he explained, pointing to the success of Crowdcube’s existing equity system as an example of public interest.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

July 13, 2015

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New Funding Rounds: CircleUp and Omaze

TechCrunch: As crowdfunding sites like Tilt and GoFundMe and lending site Funding Circle raise large rounds to take their businesses to the next level, a startup that sits in the same area of web-based fundraising is trying a new approach. CircleUp, a crowdfunding platform for consumer brands to raise money from accredited investors, has closed a $22M fund of its own to back a range of brands on the platform.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, news

July 13, 2015

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Real estate crowdfunding: new capital inflow

TECHCRUNCH: In a move that feels fairly unusual, Global Founders Capital (GFC), the venture capital arm of German startup factory and e-commerce behemoth Rocket Internet, has invested in a startup before it’s even launched. The company in question is BrickVest, a London and Berlin-based real estate investment platform founded by Emmanuel Lumineau, Thomas Schneider, and Adalbert Wysocki, who have a background in investment banking, real estate and fintech. It’s launch is pegged for Q3 2015, but interested parties can sign up for pre-registration now with the promise to be able to get in on the action early once the first real estate is listed on the site.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

July 8, 2015

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GoFundMe’s Valuation Rises To Around $600M-$650M In Latest Funding Round

TECHCRUNCH:  Our sources have given us some additional information since crowdfunding site GoFundMe confirmed its funding round last week, saying that the company is now valued at around a range of $600 million to $650 million. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

June 22, 2015

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SEC Reg A+ Will Now Let You Crowdfund Equity

TECHCRUNCH: Crowdfunding just got a little bit more interesting. According to SEC Regulation A+, as of today companies can secure funding via crowdfunding provided they are compliant with a set of very specific laws and standards. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

June 19, 2015

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Etsy Debuts Crowdfunding Platform While GoFundMe Confirms Its Funding Round

TECHCRUNCHGoFundMe confirmed that it has raised venture capital financing in a blog post today, infusing the previously bootstrapped company with cash that will give it room to grow. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, Fintech news, news

June 18, 2015

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Crowdfunding For Small Firms

The Economist: Crowdfunding is just one of a number of ways in which European SMEs, typically far more reliant on bank financing than their American counterparts (see chart), are trying to compensate for the continuing decline in bank lending. Others include issuing publicly tradable debt or equity; placing securities privately with institutional investors; and accepting loans from non-bank financial institutions (“shadow banks”). Banks and others are also securitising loans to SMEs (ie, pooling them, dividing the pool into tranches with different degrees of risk, and selling the resulting securities to investors). Governments are keen to promote all this, to limit the economic harm done by sickly banks.  (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

June 1, 2015

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Tripartite Alliance of CoAssets, FundedByMe & New Union Advances Singapore’s Crowdfunding Space

DEALSTREETASIA: Singapore-based crowdfunding platforms CoAssetsFundedByMe and New Union have established a tripartite alliance to grow crowdfunding in Southeast Asia. Combined, the three companies have facilitated raising of S$200 million ($148.17 million dollars) through international campaigns, to date. They plan to accelerate this growth in the coming months, despite the relative youth of the industry in the region. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, InspirAsia, Singapore

May 27, 2015

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Korean Crowdfunding Platform For Creative Artists Raises $16M Funding

TECHINASIATumblbug, a South Korean crowdfunding platform for the creative arts, announced today it has raised KRW 17 billion (just over US$15.5 million) in series A investment, according to BeSUCCESS. The funding comes from DCM, Strong Ventures, and Naver, the maker of messaging app Line. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Deals, InspirAsia, Korea

May 21, 2015

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How Kickstarter Is Priming Itself For Success In Germany, Its Biggest International Expansion Yet

FAST COMPANY: People in Germany can crowdfund their bright ideas using Kickstarter. If it comes as a surprise that they haven’t been able to do so for a long time, that’s understandable. Germany, after all, is the fourth biggest economy in the world. It has the largest population in the European Union. Entering Germany at its own pace is entirely consistent with Kickstarter’s way of doing things, which tends to be measured and thoughtful. In its six years of existence, the company has only rolled out in 10 countries. Germany is number 11; France, which goes live on May 27, will make it a dozen (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

May 12, 2015

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Equity Crowdfunding Platform FlashFunders Is Automating Securities Law For Seed-Stage Rounds

TECHCRUNCH: Thanks to the JOBS Act, the world of equity crowdfunding is blowing wide open. FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform, is announcing a new program that automates the process for entrepreneurs, making it entirely free to raise or invest in a seed round. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

May 11, 2015

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Selequity Is A Crowdfunding Platform For Investing In Commercial Real Estate

TECHCRUNCH: For those who are looking to invest in real estate, finding good opportunities can be difficult. In commercial real estate, unless you know a property owner or developer, it’s nearly impossible to get your foot in the door. But today onstage at Disrupt NY, a company called Selequity has launched a platform that will make crowdfunding real estate investments much easier. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

May 4, 2015

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Does Crowdfunding Have A Future In Indonesia? We Take A Look At Five Crowdfunding Sites

TECHINASIA: Brooklyn-based crowdfunding site Kickstarter has proven many times over that collecting funds from the public for creative projects can work. In crowdfunding, backers donate money to make a project or cause they admire come true. Some crowdfunding campaigns are based on a pre-order system, where the backer gets a product once it is completed and deliverable. Others are based on a system where the backer gets a gift or some form of other perk as reward for their contribution. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Indonesia, InspirAsia

May 1, 2015

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Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

TECHCRUNCH: TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008. According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is around $500 million, though one source said the valuation could that go beyond that. Sources said the deal has not closed yet, so as usual things could certainly change through the end of the funding process. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

April 23, 2015

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Alphaworks Equity Crowd-Funding Platform Rebrands To Quire

TECHCRUNCH: Alphaworks, the equity crowd-funding platform for startups and their communities, is today re-branding to Quire.com. CEO Erin Glenn said that the company was eager to get a .com domain and that ‘quire’ (a centuries old word that which means ‘folio’ or collection of single pages) was a perfect fit for what the platform represents. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news

April 21, 2015

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New Startup Brings P2P Loans To Singapore’s Small Businesses

TECHINASIA: Meeting Capital Match co-founders Pawel Kuznicki and Kevin Lim, it feels like they are well on their way to bridge the gap between a technology company and big finance. Dressed in button-up shirts and dark trousers, I get the feeling they’re going to advise me about loans rather than discuss setting up a tech startup. It’s a good thing, then, that they are here to do both. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p/online lending, Singapore

April 17, 2015

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WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

TECHCRUNCH WeFinance, launching today, is the latest startup to use a combination of technology and crowdfunding in order to offer borrowers lower interest rates on loans, while reducing lenders’ risk. The new peer-to-peer lending platform operates something like a Kickstarter for personal loans – largely those in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, and many of which are being used to help borrowers fund their educational expenses, including tuitions, bootcamps, financial support during unpaid internships, and more. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

April 7, 2015

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Kickstarter’s ‘Campus’ Offers Project Creators Community Guidance

TECHCRUNCH: Kickstarter has enabled a private beta feature that’s starting to show up for logged in project creators, offering a kind of community knowledge base that lets users ask questions and provide answers to other creators about crowdfunding and best practices. The so-called Campus seems designed to act as a central repository for the kind of advice that’s often being exchanged between crowdfunders anyway in conversations every day, only centralized, archived and indexed on Kickstarter itself. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

April 1, 2015

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Alibaba Rival JD.com Launches Crowdfunding Site For Startups

TECHCRUNCH: China’s largest e-commerce companies are eager to leverage their millions of users and hoards of data for new projects. For example, Alibaba’s other businesses include healthcare management, financial services, and cloud data. Now JD.com, its smaller but still formidable rival, is branching out into crowdfunding for startups. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 31, 2015

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2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report

Crowdsourcing.org: Global crowdfunding experienced accelerated growth in 2014, expanding by 167 percent to reach $16.2 billion raised, up from $6.1 billion in 2013. In 2015, the industry is set to more than double once again, on its way to raising $34.4 billion. These are the figures from Massolution’s highly anticipated 2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report, which was released today. Thanks to our sponsors, the first 50 copies of the report can be purchased at half price with the code FIRST50. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 31, 2015

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Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

TECHCRUNCH: During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities for raising seed funding, beyond the ever-illusive Silicon Valley checkbook. There are going to be complications associated with making sense of what funding route is best for your company and product needs, but sometimes the answer will reside in a combination of options. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news, p2p/online lending

March 30, 2015

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Pebble Time’s $20M Kickstarter Campaign By The Numbers

TECHCRUNCH: Pebble went back to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help fund the Pebble Time, its second major hardware iteration. The company likely could’ve gone with a more traditional product launch, with a brief pre-order window or direct to market availability, but the campaign did break Kickstarter’s all-time records, netting over $20 million ($20,338,986 to be exact) from 78,741 backers, which is newsworthy over and above the actual product it’s selling. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, news

March 29, 2015