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Lending Club, one of the leaders in the peer-to-peer lending space, announced yesterday that it has made its first acquisition.
There have been a number of announcements in recent weeks about VC firms investing in real estate crowdfunding platforms for accredited investors. Why the enthusiasm? We spoke with Hrach Simonian of Canaan Partners, which recently invested $9 million in Realty Mogul.
We take a look at Crowdnetic's latest report, which showcases some of the numbers around private issuers publicly raising cash. Unsurprisingly, real estate is doing well.
The venture capitalist's preference for software over hardware seems to be melting away. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this change in mentality, and one of them is the ability to show market validation via crowdfunding. It's much easier for a VC to sign off on an investment when the startup in question is already scheduled to ship out hundreds or thousands of pre-orders.
We reached out over email to Markus Steinhauser, the marketing and PR manager at Testbirds, to find out how the crowdsourced software testing company got its start, where it is heading, and the advantages of crowdtesting.
While most of the popular crowdfunding campaigns are glitzy gadgets or creative projects, the new funding method can be used for much more. We profile Harvest Funders, a crowdfunding platform for agriculture.
In a blog post published yesterday, Uber introduced the new UberRUSH, a courier service. For now, the service is limited to parts of Manhattan, though if it works there, the company may consider rolling out the feature in more cities.
Indiegogo announced this morning that it's beginning to roll out a website redesign, which features a new logo. The dynamic logo will showcase campaigns that the platform has hosted; every time a user refreshes the page, a new campaign will be featured.
Kickstarter announced yesterday that it's opening up to creatives from the Netherlands. It's a big step forward for the platform, which had previously only been available to those in several English-speaking countries.
Kickstarter released its Q1 funding totals yesterday, showing that the company raised $112 million in the January – March period. That's not a bad tally, but it puts the company on pace for $448 million raised for the year, less than 2013's $480 million mark.
We feature a Q&A with Sarunas and Kc Daugirdas of ElevantProductions, a company that helps crowdfunding campaign owners create their pitch videos. They talk about some of their favorite videos, and what makes them effective.
Rewarder, a “marketplace for knowledge and expertise,” announced this morning that it’s partnered up with eBay Classifieds. The partnership enables users on eBay Classifieds to post “Wanted” ads, connecting those in need of answers to the 750,000-strong Rewarder community of experts.
There's been a lot of attention on equity crowdfunding regulation in the UK, New Zealand, France, and elsewhere, but one country that's quietly working on its own crowdfunding rules is Japan. Indeed, the cabinet recently approved a bill that paves the way forward for equity crowdfunding to take root. To find out a little more about the existing crowdfunding industry in Japan, we reached out via email to Kaz Ohmae of CrowdBank, a crowdfunding platform, and Crowd Securities Japan.
We profile Vroombank, a new platform that (thanks to Title II of the JOBS Act) lets the accredited crowd invest in auto finance.
Non-profits are constantly cash-strapped, spending hours applying for grants and attending industry events in search of wealthy philanthropists. Crowdfunding can be a great tool to help ease their fundraising burdens.
The last important date around Title III of the JOBS Act was Feb. 3, the deadline to submit comments on the proposed rules. What's going on behind the scenes? We speak with CrowdCheck CEO Sara Hanks, who used to work at the SEC, to find out.
To celebrate its first birthday, RealtyMogul created an infographic showing some of its stats from the year. The platform says there are 6000 investors in its network, and that they've funded over $14 million thus far.
PayPal, the eBay-owned payment processing company, announced last night that it has updated its policy with regards to crowdfunding. That will be welcome news to the large number of platforms that make use of PayPal, perhaps the best recognized and trusted online payments company.