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Wealth Migrate Unveils ‘World’s Global Real Estate Marketplace’ at EPIC 2014
Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootJul 19, 2014 04:45 pm GMT2198 views
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Crowdcube Raises £3.8M, Crowdfunding £1.2M Through Own Platform
Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootJul 18, 2014 08:17 pm GMT737 views
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Mesenaatti Helps Individuals and Organizations Crowdfund in Finland
Crowdfunding

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!

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Anton RootJul 17, 2014 08:29 pm GMT1038 views
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Funding Circle Raises $65M
Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootJul 17, 2014 04:52 pm GMT987 views
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Patch of Land Facilitates Real Estate Crowdlending
Crowdfunding

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. 

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Anton RootJul 16, 2014 08:47 pm GMT962 views
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Lending Club’s Billion-Dollar Quarter [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootJul 15, 2014 11:10 pm GMT2134 views
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OurCrowd Hits $60M in Investments
Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootJul 15, 2014 05:01 pm GMT951 views
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RapGenius Raises $40M, Changes Name to ‘Genius’
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

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.

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Anton RootJul 14, 2014 09:20 pm GMT1123 views
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The Crowd Invited to Help Name Planets
Crowd Creativity

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has launched an initiative called NameExoWorlds that invites astronomy organizations and groups to submit names for 305 planets outside our solar system that were discovered before December 31, 2008. After the names are submitted, the crowd will be able to vote on the suggestions.

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Anton RootJul 11, 2014 08:35 pm GMT1109 views
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Lessons Learned from NYPL’s 'Ensemble' Beta
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

Having a creator explain the methodology behind a crowdsourcing project can be highly useful when the campaign is successful. But perhaps it's even more helpful when the project is not as engaging as its creators hoped it would be. That’s exactly what Doug Reside of the NYPL does in his paper ‘Crowdsourcing Performance Arts History with NYPL’s Ensemble.’

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Anton RootJul 10, 2014 10:52 pm GMT1054 views
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Kickstarter Releases Q2 Numbers
Crowdfunding

The platform’s Q1 numbers weren’t very inspiring, though there wasn’t too much cause for concern. Backers were reluctant to spend after the holiday season, and Kickstarter was hacked in mid-February, which may have given some potential backers temporary pause. That’s all a distant memory now, and it’s encouraging to see a bounce-back on Kickstarter’s part.

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Anton RootJul 10, 2014 06:13 pm GMT1150 views
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Startup Investing 101 [Webinar]
Crowdfunding

Thinking about crowdfund investing, but don’t know how to get started? RockThePost, the New York-based equity crowdfunding platform that has helped startups on its platform raise more than $65 million, is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm Eastern (4pm Pacific) to help educate individuals thinking about investing in startups.

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Anton RootJul 09, 2014 10:03 pm GMT2011 views
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Seedrs COO on Convertible Equity, Future Ad Labs Campaign Success
Crowdfunding

On Monday, Seedrs announced a new investment type: convertible equity. To find out more about this new investment type (Seedrs claims it's the first crowdfunding platform to offer it), and why the company decided to begin offering it to their investors, we spoke with platform president and COO Carlos Silva.

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Anton RootJul 09, 2014 08:59 pm GMT1540 views
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Indiegogo Launches iOS App in Canada
Crowdfunding

We’ve seen platforms like Kickstarter and CrowdTilt launch their own mobile applications, and it’s hardly surprising that Indiegogo, one of the leaders in the rewards-based crowdfunding space that raised some serious cash earlier this year, did the same last week.

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Anton RootJul 08, 2014 09:35 pm GMT1409 views
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Potato Salad Tops $50K in Pledges
Crowdfunding

Zach Danger Brown just wanted to raise $10 on Kickstarter for some potato salad — he wasn’t even sure what kind he wanted to make. Six days later, Brown’s raised $52,000, found thousands of fans, and has already appeared on Good Morning America to spread his gastronomic gospel.

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Anton RootJul 08, 2014 08:07 pm GMT1850 views
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Kickstarting the Internet of Things [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

CrowdFund Productions took a look at 176 internet of things projects from 2012, 2013, and the first six months of 2014. The resulting infographic shows the growth of the number of projects on the platform, as well as the decrease in the number of projects getting funded this year.

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Anton RootJul 07, 2014 10:02 pm GMT2949 views
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Seedrs Now Offering Convertibles to the Crowd
Crowdfunding

Seedrs, the UK-based equity crowdfunding platform, announced that it is now offering convertibles for some of its campaigns. The company claims that it’s the first crowdfunding platform in the world to offer this type of funding option to its investors.

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Anton RootJul 07, 2014 07:52 pm GMT1148 views
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Indiana’s Equity Crowdfunding Law Goes into Effect
Crowdfunding

The Invest Indiana Crowdfunding Exemption, which was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence back in April, allows Indiana’s entrepreneurs to collect up to $2 million from Indiana residents via the web; the investors can put in up to $5000 per opportunity.

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Anton RootJul 02, 2014 10:42 pm GMT2025 views
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Michigan Creates Crowdfunding Program for ‘Placemaking Projects’
Crowdfunding

Last week, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that it has partnered up with the Michigan Municipal League and the crowdfunding platform Patronicity to finance parks, alley reconstructions, trails, plazas, and the like. The initiative, named Public Spaces Community Places, can help in not only funding the projects, but also identifying community interest in altering their neighborhoods.

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Anton RootJul 02, 2014 05:08 pm GMT2038 views
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LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Breaks Kickstarter Record
Crowdfunding

LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow campaign got off to such a great start that it seemed like it was only a matter of time before it broke some sort of a record. Indeed, that's just what took place yesterday, as Kickstarter tweeted out that Reading Rainbow is now the project backed by the most number of people on its platform.

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Anton RootJul 01, 2014 06:53 pm GMT1708 views
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