Opinion

Regulator flips as the ePenny drops! Could this presage a sea-change in the USA too?

Regulator flips as the ePenny drops! Could this presage a sea-change in the USA too?

BY Barry E James, Founder & CEO at The Crowd Data Center & The Crowdfunding Centre, Founder / Director of The Social Foundation “It’s an imperative for regulators to be standing on the right side of progress… A key objective of the Project Innovate program is to make sure that positive developments, the ones that promise to improve the lives of consumers or clients, are supported by the regulatory environment.” said Martin Wheatley as he announced the launch this week. This marks a sea-change in the UK where government and parliament have repeatedly and publicly urged the regulator to move from what’s been called a stubborn and inflexible…

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CrowdFunding in 2020

CrowdFunding in 2020

By PAUL NIEDERER on MARCH 17, 2014 Looking 6 years into the future, what can we expect crowdfunding to be in 2020 Firstly, the word “crowdfunding” will have virtually disappeared as peer to peer transactions will have become the norm. Same thing happened with the term social networking. Thats just the way most people communicate now and few call it social networking. Secondly, even equity crowdfunding will have moved more towards the “instant gratification” favoured in rewards based crowdfunding offers and be reflected as follows: Royalty based crowdfunding will draw business away from equity crowdfunding as computer systems can monitor and manage complex royalty disbursements Large…

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New regulations threaten to lock ordinary investors out of equity-based crowdfunding….

New regulations threaten to lock ordinary investors out of equity-based crowdfunding….

JENNY CHAPMAN | 11 March 2014 | Cambridge News – New regulations threaten to lock ordinary investors out of equity-based crowdfunding, as FCA Director asks consumers to be “clear on what they’re getting into”. New statistics have revealed more than £1,700 per hour is being raised via crowdfunding in the UK, but this could decline following new rules. Data compiled by The Crowdfunding Centre, shows that since the beginning of 2014 more than 2,600 equity and rewards projects were launched – more than 45 per day, attracting pledges of over £5.7m. Successful projects raised an average of a little over £9,500 each. Barry James, founder of…

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Concise Analysis of the Future of Crowdfunding in the UK

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7h4xpv/the_future_of) has announced the addition of the “Concise Analysis of the Future of Crowdfunding in the UK” report to their offering. DUBLIN, February 12, 2014 /PRNewswire - Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way of financing projects, business ideas, charity and loans through small contributions from a large number of individuals. The collaborative power of crowdfunding can stimulate the economy, democratise financial systems, create new and better jobs, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, strengthen civil society, and help local communities flourish. Crowdfunding is a way of raising funds via specialist online platforms in a climate where raising funds for projects, loans and business ideas through business angels or…

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Crowdfunding & The BBC’s In-Business – A new era of ‘Capitalism without Capital’?

Crowdfunding & The BBC’s In-Business – A new era of ‘Capitalism without Capital’?

By Barry E James, Founding Editor at The Crowdfunding Centre, Founder / Director of The Social Foundation The BBC’s Peter Day just published a fascinating piece “Imagine a world without shops or factories” in which he, independently, explores a new world dawning that’s astonishingly similar to that of Capitalism Rebooted – the programme for the upcoming Crowdfunding Deep Impact Conference on 1st Nov. In summary: A new age is happening all around us, based on new dynamics and new rules overturning long established wisdom A post-consumer society. Consumers are becoming a thing of the past as we move to a post-consumer, people-centric world – with people…

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