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Clash of the crowdfunding platforms

Clash of the crowdfunding platforms

Equity crowdfunding – which enables armchair investors to buy shares in private companies online – has been growing rapidly over the past two years. Sites like Crowdcube and Seedrs allow people like you and me to look at business plans online and decide which one we want to invest in. Like the fire-breathers of Dragons’ Den, we can solemnly declare to our computer screen, ‘And for that reason, I’m out.’ Or of course, decide that the business is worth a £50 punt (minimum contributions actually start at £10). Cutting out banks and institutional investors, equity crowdfunding puts ordinary people in contact with ambitious businesses – both start-ups and established…

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KnowRoaming stickers cling to your SIM, aim to kill roaming charges

KnowRoaming stickers cling to your SIM, aim to kill roaming charges

A new crowdfunding project is aiming to reduce mobile roaming costs and allow you to take advantage of local networks when you’re travelling, simply by attaching a sticker to your SIM card. While you’re at home, the KnowRoaming sticker remains discreetly dormant, but automatically and seamlessly switches to a local provider on your arrival in a new country. This means that instead of paying international rates, you’ll pay local rates, which can reduce roaming costs by up to 85 percent. If you have friends, family or business contacts in the country you’re travelling in, you can also purchase a local number that will allow them to call you…

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Clear Books seeks crowdfunding for stakes

Clear Books seeks crowdfunding for stakes

The founder of a web-based support service for accountants is attempting to persuade his clients of the value of crowdfunding by offering them the means to buy a stake in his business. Tim Fouracre, founder of Clear Books, is confident of success having already received thousands of pledges from his customers amounting to a capital injection of almost £2m after seeking expressions of interest. He is now formalising this process by publishing a share offer document with a target total of £840,000 to expand his small team of development and marketing staff in west London and introduce various services for his clients. If successful, Mr Fouracre…

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Hackers Offer Crowdfunding Reward for Beating iPhone Fingerprint Lock!

Hackers Offer Crowdfunding Reward for Beating iPhone Fingerprint Lock!

Apple’s new iPhone 5S is to be released Friday with a fingerprint scanner, and computer hackers are offering a bounty for the first person to pick the biometric lock. Security researchers Nick Depetrillo and Robert David Graham launched the Is Touch ID Hacked Yet website to crowdfund a reward to hack the phone’s fingerprint reader. The reader is used to lock and unlock the phone, rather than a numerical code or password. The successful hacker must produce a video proving they can lift a fingerprint from any surface, reproduce the print, and use it to unlock the owner of that fingerprint’s iPhone 5s. Graham told the…

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Orsto Ltd. Launches Crowdfunding Project For The PLUS+ Watch Bliss And Dynamic On FundAnything.com

Orsto Ltd. Launches Crowdfunding Project For The PLUS+ Watch Bliss And Dynamic On FundAnything.com

With a goal of $100,000 Orsto Ltd. based in Durham, England has launched a crowdfunding campaign on FundAnything.com, the new platform partly owned by business mogul Donald Trump.  Happy to be one of the pioneering projects on the business mogul’s site dedicated to effectively raising money for noteworthy projects Orsto Ltd. has put its newest project front and center.  The PLUS+ Watch Bliss and Dynamic, otherwise known as two distinctive products of next generation wearable technology, are the first of their kind in the marketplace.  Hoping to garner the eye of Donald Trump himself to become one of the coveted “Trump’s Picks” Orsto Ltd. developers power…

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UK CrowdFunding News

road.ccTemple Cycles hits crowdfunding target in days + videoroad.ccBristol bike brand Temple Cycles is looking for crowdfunding to grow its business, allowing it to launch a revamped range of bikes, recruit 15 new members of staff and invest in manufacturing bikes from scra »»»

Cauli Rice reaches 308% of crowdfunding targetThe Investment ObserverThe start-up has already shown considerable promise, winning awards including: The Grocer's “Product Launch of the Year” for Rice, Pasta & Noodles beating market leaders Uncle Ben's and Tilda; »»»

DEALSTREETASIAThe UK experience for Asian fintechs: Engagement through crowdinvestingDEALSTREETASIAFor the last six months, five British fintech ventures raised £6,9M from their current and potential clients via crowdinvesting (equity crowdfunding) platforms. This news were »»»

BBC NewsZTE scraps 'design our smartphone' crowdfunding campaignBBC NewsThe Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE has cancelled a crowd-funding campaign for a smartphone design based on ideas submitted by the public. With just over a day to go, 190 backers had pledged $36 »»»

The IndependentPressure group launches crowdfunding to encourage corporations to stop advertising in 'hate' mediaThe IndependentA pressure group whose aim it is to encourage corporations to stop advertising on media outlets that they say encourage hate speech and e »»»

Gizmodo UKSomeone's Crowdfunding A Dildo Selfie StickGizmodo UKLadies and gentlemen, please welcome to the Hall of Bad Ideas our latest inductee: the Sexfie Stick. Yes, that's right, it's a selfie stick with a dildo on the end, "created to photograph or f »»»

Financial TimesUK start-ups struggle to raise money as private equity deals fallFinancial TimesOne bright spot was the growth of crowdfunding platforms, which are moving from early seed capital to regularly raising £1m plus. Despite an overall decline in crowdfunding deals, »»»

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