Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.
How Indiegogo leveled investors’ playing field
The platform to shake up equity crowdfunding.
Blockchain & Millennials: A Relationship of Trust and Transparency?
Blockchain comes second only to the invention of the web, experts claim, in its disruptive power which seems to be reshaping every aspect of human activity, spanning from business to law to entrepreneurship with society, at large, ending up being assimilated confirming that Blockchain is a real game changer which, sooner or later, will revolutionize also the way we all think.
Brexit hits equity crowdfunding as the industry faces the first slowdown since its foundation
Altfi Data’s 2016 “Where are they now?” report reveals the status of all companies that have been funded using equity crowdunding, since the industry was conceived in 2011. What has been the impact of Brexit until now? [Report]
Victoria Silchenko: platforms owners struggle as Millennials look for the capital G.
Why Equity Crowdfunding Evangelist Victoria Silchenko is so optimistic about the future of equity crowdfunding.
KLEVERLAAN (CrowdfundingHub): “I expect a strong growth of equity crowdfunding over the next 5 years.”
Oliver* met up with Ronald Kleverlaan, Founder and Chairman of CrowdfundingHub, the European Expertise Centre for Alternative and Community Finance, to discuss about equity crowdfunding, current challenges, future scenarios, and a paper produced in partnership with AIG. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
The rise of crowdfunding in China [Report]
Crowdfunding is booming in China, a new report points out.
Ben Jeffries and the importance of word of mouth in crowdfunding
Why do companies look for “famous individuals”?
Murray gets into the full swing backing entrepreneurs on Seedrs
Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs: “It’s great to see how active Andy has become in early-stage investment and his recent investments on Seedrs into Perkbox and WeSwap reaffirm this. He is a great example of an investor who understands this asset class and the importance of building a broad investment portfolio, into which these two disruptive tech brands will add even more diversity.”
4 steps to build an entrepreneurial state (for an entrepreneurial society)
The real question is how to apply the lessons of successful mission-oriented policy in the past to the societal challenges of today, an academic claims, suggesting a four-step keynesian formula via the Harvard Business Review.
Could serial crowdfunding lead us towards the first European internet lion?
As companies are entering the concept of serial crowdfunding questions on having the first European internet lion begin to arise.
Ravanetti (Crowd Valley): “We are reaching a new stage of development for the fintech sector.”
Oliver* met up with Crowd Valley Inc., the leading global digital finance platform provider, to discuss about fintech, current challenges, future scenarios, and a partnership with the European business angels association. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
People have the power
A crowd-funded project to prosecute politicians for “lying” during the EU referendum campaign has raised over £175,000 and now wants to see dishonest politicians jailed, the project’s founder has told The Independent.
UK Investors are Turning to Alternative Finance in Low Interest Rate World [Report]
Interviewed by Crowdfund Insider, Luke Davis, CEO of the London-based private equity house IW Capital, said the Bank of England’s actions had caused a “ripple effect” for people across the UK.
VCs ‘threatened’ by equity crowdfunding
According to the latest study from Business Insider, Nesta, and KPMG, equity crowdfunding is one of the fastest-growing areas in the booming alternative finance industry as it is starting to threaten legacy players in the investment industry.
Crowdfunding platform Seedrs announces plans to open an office in Berlin
European crowdfunding platform Seedrs is planning to set up shop in Berlin, having already opened offices in Amsterdam and Lisbon within the last year.
Christian Catalini: “VC slowdown means a test for equity crowdfunding” [VIDEO]
Christian Catalini, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, explains how venture capital investment has slowed down in many of the verticals since the end 2015. He says that if this is a trend rather than a blip, it will be a good test for the nascent market of equity crowdfunding. Many different models have emerged and platforms have adopted different types of solutions to solve for the problem of information asymmetry. Christian Catalini talks about those models and which ones are seeing the most success.
10 biggest Fintech Crowdfunding Platforms of all Time (According to Tech Bullion)
In 2014, more than US$16 billion were raised through crowdfunding worldwide, which increased to over US$34 billion in 2015 and is estimated to increase in 2016. Crowdfunding has proven itself very popular in the world in its short history. All the signs show that crowdfunding is poised to be the next big investment trend. Here are the 10 biggest fintech crowdfunding of all time.
Cambridge/KPMG Global Alternative Finance Study
KPMG’s Warren Mead and University of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance’s Robert Wardop present a joint study on alternative finance during LendIt Europe 16.
Simon Williams Joins Crowdcube As New Chairman
Equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube announced it has appointed former Citigroup and HSBC executive, Simon Williams, as a new chairman of its board. Williams notably has over 30 years of experience in banking and investment.
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