Crowd Finance

Collaborative or decentralized models of finance and investing, including equity crowdfunding, reward crowdfunding, crowd currencies, peer-to-peer lending and peer-to-peer commerce.

How Crowdsourcing Supports Entrepreneurs

Crowdsourcing supports entrepreneurs by helping them to be more efficient, effective and successful in developing and growing their businesses. It supports entrepreneurship in several valuable ways, including validating and improving an initial idea, generating...

Countries With CBDCs, Or At Least Testing

The issues associated with central bank digital currencies, for good or for worse, are far from a universal one-size-fits all. Different central banks, and their national governments, have a range of different priorities of what they want CBDCs to resolve. The needs...

The Risks and Returns of Crowdfunding

The higher the returns anyone wants from making an investment, the more uncertainty (or risk) they need to expose their money to. This is certainly true in crowdfunding. This article looks at the risks and returns involved in reward, debt and equity crowdfunding, with...

UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Backs Startups in India

Our Head of Content, Clive Reffell, caught up with the co-founder and director of CrowdInvest, Nakul Garg. It is a new cross-border equity crowdfunding platform that will begin trading in the UK in Q4 2022. Nakul is creating a win-win: through Crowdinvest, Indian tech...

The Fundamentals of Farmland Investing

In the early 2000's, a sudden realization that the world would need to feed a rapidly expanding population led several US institutional investors to create investment vehicles in farmland. In the early 2010s, famous funds like the Soros Fund Management further...

Decentralization and Deglobalization

Crowdsourcing Week’s Theme of 2022 I believe 2022 will be a pivotal year for how we live and work, and for many aspects of the crowd economy. Decentralization and deglobalization deliver a more even distribution of power in society, and it’s our theme in 2022. There...

The Important Role of Crowdfunding for Agriculture

The world’s population is expected to have grown by over a third from 2009 to 2050, an additional 2.3 billion people. To feed this number of people, food production will have to increase by around 70% from the 2005/07 levels (source: The World Bank). Meeting this...