Author: lucasabia

Hello! I am currently leveraging 10+ yrs' professional experience in stakeholder engagement and management to research upon the role of online communities in new venture funding. Find out more about me here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucasabia/

"We started by issuing a Code of Conduct, then we made reporting standards mandatory for member platforms. Now, we are offering a third consumer protection tool. These three measures demonstrate how we go above and beyond legal requirements in terms of retail investors’ protection." ( Jamal El Mallouki, Chairman of the board of the German Crowdfunding Association on how they set the new "Transparency Seal", the first self regulatory scheme to protect retail investors within the European market for alternative finance)

"In the flat where I stayed in Cape Town last month, the bathtub felt like a relic of a lost civilisation. It may never be used again. Beside it was a shower containing an egg timer. The two-minute wash has been standard here since the recent three-year drought. In the city’s public bathrooms, a dribble comes out of the tap. Posters everywhere warn against wasting water. This is what adapting to climate change looks like." (FT Simon Kuper on life after climate change).

Seedrs' co-founder Jeff Lynn goes out of beta as the platform introduces AutoInvest, a new investment bot for early-stage private companies which constitutes equity crowdfunding’s first move into automation: "This is a very exciting release for us, and for me personally, as it represents the initial realisation of a vision we have had for quite some time."