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Crowdcube announced that it completed its latest, £1.2 million ($2 million) self-run crowdfunding raise in just 16 minutes. The crowdfunding campaign was just a part of a larger, £5 million ($8.5 million) Series B round, which also saw Balderton Capital invest £3.8 million ($6.5 million) last week.
We take a look at Squishable, a company that has been asking its community for toy design input since it launched back in 2007. Plush toys aren’t the first thing most would associate with crowdsourcing, but 'Chief Squisher' Zoe Fraade-Blanar thinks they are a fantastic fit, and tells us why.
In this edition: crowdfunding promises to change startup investing; Kickstarter campaign likely a scam; progress in open innovation; Rand Paul advocates for the sharing economy; crowdsourcing science; and more.
Evan Hafer, CEO of TwistRate, writes in to discuss how both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can help young veterans looking to enter the workforce.
Rose Spinelli continues with her advice column, answering two questions from the crowd over the past week. In this edition, she takes a look at two campaigns, and weighs in with how they can improve. Read her advice, and submit your own questions in the comments.
The real estate equity crowdfunding market is growing fast in the US. A number of platforms have come online in the past year, and they are attracting both investor and issuer interest. That, in turn, has convinced VCs and angels to back the platforms, further legitimizing the young industry and fueling growth. Now, another player has joined the ranks.
Yesterday, Crowdcube, one of Britain’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms, announced that it has raised £3.8 million ($6.5 million) of a £5 million ($8.5 million) round. The rest of the cash Crowdcube will be raising on its own platform -- the campaign will open on Tuesday.
We recently reached out to Pauliina Seppälä, co-founder of the Finnish rewards-based crowdfunding platform Mesenaatti with some questions about her platform, as well as the crowdfunding scene in her country, in general. Check out her responses after the jump!
Funding Circle, the online peer-to-peer lending platform for small business, announced last night that it has raised a $65 million Series D round. The round was led by Index Ventures, with previous investors Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital also participating.
In this Crowd Coffee: Crowdcube raises Series B; Crowdnetic releases Q2 report; crowdfunding for the homeless; crowdsourcing investigative journalism; the sharing economy for boats; and more.
Real estate crowdfunding is hot these days: VCs investing in the startups, and accredited investors are taking note of the opportunities on existing platforms. We profile Patch of Land, a real estate debt crowdfunding platform that launched in October 2013.
In this mid-week Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding bill in North Carolina advances; crowdfunding real estate is in; a Kickstarted video game struggling; NYC vs. the sharing economy continues; and more.
Lending Club, one of the leading peer-to-peer lending platforms around, announced last week that it recorded its first billion-dollar quarter. The company has now facilitated over $5 billion dollars in loans since it was founded back in 2007.
OurCrowd, the Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding company, announced today that it has helped startups on its platform successfully raise $60 million since launching early last year. The company’s portfolio is made up of 46 startups. Twenty have raised over a million dollars, and four of those have raised over $3 million.
RapGenius, the crowdsourced lyric annotation site, announced on Friday that it has raised $40 million round led by Dan Gilbert, changed its name to just Genius, and introduced a new feature that allows users to make their own sites annotatable.
Rose Spinelli, the expert when it comes to raising cash via rewards-based crowdfunding, writes in with her inaugural advice column 'Rose Recommends.' She answers questions about whether the crowdfunding field is getting too crowded, and about crowdfunding campaign guidelines. Have your own questions?
In this Crowd Coffee: FCA warns platforms about tweets; BitTorrent crowdfunding a series; why Lockitron has taken so long; the sharing economy in Australia; crowdsourcing votes in Indonesian elections; and more.