By Haje Jan Kamps for Techcrunch
In many countries crowdinvesting took off with issuers offering financial securities to investors and thus granting returns in the form of interests, dividends, and/or parts of the earnings of the business. Today, a large range of portals has been set up to facilitate the matching between entrepreneurs and the investing crowd.
By Peter Moskovitz for Wired.com
EMMA HOFMAN, A kindergarten teacher in New Orleans, needs your money. In the past two years, she has set up six fund-raising campaigns on the website DonorsChoose.org. Her goal isn’t to fund expensive field trips or even a new computer. She just wants her kids to have books, pencil sharpeners, and a few blocks to play with. (more…)
By Trevor Clawson for Forbes
The onward march of digital technology hasn’t been altogether kind to those seeking to eke out a living within the music industry. Admittedly, relatively easy access to the big online streaming and download platforms has made it possible for just about anyone to distribute music nationally and internationally, a development that’s worth at least two cheers. (more…)
By Yon Heong Tung for e27,
It wants to become a platform for startups to raise funds, and is raising awareness through events, workshops and various outreach events (more…)
By Malavika Velayanikal for dealstreetasia,
Exits are vital for a startup ecosystem. They improve liquidity because investors can sell their stocks and redeploy those funds into new startups. (more…)
By Lucas Matney for Techcrunch.com,
There’s a major leadership shakeup happening at your second-favorite crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
TECHCRUNCH: GoFundMe 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…)
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…)
DEALSTREETASIA: Singapore-based crowdfunding platforms CoAssets, FundedByMe 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)