crowdfunding

Entrepreneurs are Crazy - So What?

crazy looking man wearing a device that measures his brainwaves

An equity crowdfunding CEO wrote a piece praising 'crazy' entrepreneurs in Friday's Guardian. What do investors need to know about the people who run the businesses they invest in?  Short answer: some successful people are crazy. Most crazy people are not successful. For the longer version, read on.

Deloitte, Peer-to-Peer and the Banks

Deloitte building, Fetter Lane, London

A major new report on peer-to-peer lending hit our desks on Monday. Consulting firm Deloitte analyses the sector, and concludes that disruption will be minimal, and the banks will continue to control the business, or almost all the important business.

We think it's worth our while looking in depth at Deloitte's analysis, and we will offer articles from several different perspectives over the next few days.

We think it's worth our while looking in depth at Deloitte's analysis, and we will offer articles from several different perspectives over the next few days.

Here is the first.

Drone Project is Prominent Crowdfunding Failure

Zano drone

Zano, the drone quadcopter project that raised £2.3 million in crowdfunding early this year, is in trouble, and the CEO of Torquing Group, the company that raisedthe money, has resigned. Zano was the biggest ever money raise in Europe on the Kickstarter platform. Zano's downfall - if this is what it comes to - will be just as visible as its ascent.

Energy Shortages Prompt Debate On Renewables

The UK has a flourishing community energy sector, led by crowdfunders Trillion Fund and Abundance. At least it did, until the Treasury changed the rules this summer. Now Shadow Energy Secretary Lisa Nandy (Labour, Wigan) has called on the government to rethink its energy policies.

windfarm in the sunshine

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The National Grid is fighting a power shortage, and this week invoked emergency measures; it issued a ‘notice of inadequate system margin’ (NISM) on Wednesday.  Money-saving site SimplySwitch reported this and quoted Ms Nandy:

Crowdnetic's Crowdfinance - The View From Europe

In crowdfunding and alternative finance, Europe leads the world, and the UK leads Europe. We're grateful to the data solutions wizards Crowdnetic, for this panel session, filmed in New York City, and published earlier this week. 

Delivered to an American audience it provides an overview of crowd investment in Europe. But if you're European, we think you'll enjoy the variety of voices, and the strength in depth offered by ArchoverAssetz CapitalBondora, and  Money&Co..

10 Things You Ought To Know About Crowdfunding

Today, we shine a light on the basics of crowdfunding. 

crowd in concert

The light should be illuminating, not blinding.

The principles of peer-to-peer finance are old and ethical, and they come from a time when business was more human and entrepreneurs built empires. It may be fashionable, but we see crowdfunding as a revival, as much as it is an innovation.

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