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.

Is there a sustainable future for solar energy?

Is there a sustainable future for solar energy?

In July 2016 US President Barack Obama announced plans to bring more solar energy to American homes, with a focus on a 10-times increase on the alternative energy for low- and moderate-income households. "Today we're offering even more families and communities the...

Equity Crowdfunding vs Venture Capital

Equity Crowdfunding vs Venture Capital

Venture capital (and angel investors and private equity) were just about the only option for early stage companies to go to when they needed cash, before equity crowdfunding came along. There is no doubt that the right venture capital firm can be a valuable partner....

Equity Crowdfunding Tips From Around The World

Equity Crowdfunding Tips From Around The World

There is nothing better than learning from those who have done it before. I have recently interviewed seventeen companies who have been through equity crowdfunding, and heard their insights about what they thought of the experience, and what worked best for them. They...

Bitcoin has a pretty bad reputation

Bitcoin has a pretty bad reputation

Bitcoin’s own website says “Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.” That’s certainly coming true, it is now often associated with cyber-criminals and drug dealers, and to be honest that association isn't entirely...

India’s Top 10 Crowdfunding Platforms

India’s Top 10 Crowdfunding Platforms

The global crowdfunding industry generated about $34.4 billion in capital last year. No reliable numbers are available for India though it is estimated it accounts for a small fraction of this. Yet local crowdfunding sites are proliferating and drawing attention from...

The Ethereum Trilogy Part II – The Two Chains

The Ethereum Trilogy Part II – The Two Chains

I wrote my first post about the DAO heist expecting it to be the end of the story. If it were a film, it would end with the successful hard fork, defeat for the attacker and our heroes triumphantly setting the blockchain back to normal. However, the story didn't end...

How to Crowdfund Without a Lead Investor

How to Crowdfund Without a Lead Investor

“Lead investors” are well-versed, experienced investors who spend the time conducting due diligence on a company, and then invest a large amount in an equity crowdfunding campaign. Lead investors are a catalyst for unlocking investment from others: the funds they...

$50m Ethereum heist had no easy answer

$50m Ethereum heist had no easy answer

This was not a drill. A week before the Brexit panic, panic gripped users and developers of the Ethereum blockchain when flagship application "The Dao" came under attack. The Dao is an example of a DAO: Decentralised Autonomous Organisation, a business whose rules are...

Choosing a crowdfunding platform that’s right for you

Choosing a crowdfunding platform that’s right for you

Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons of equity crowdfunding versus other ways of raising money, you as a company founder will still be faced by a bewildering array of options over funding portals. In any single country where the legislation has been passed, there can...