It's Trading Tuesday! Seedrs Secondary Market

A trading fair with chat and deals in full swing

Investors in startup equity can find their money tied up for long periods waiting for an exit. Now, crowdfuniding platform Seedrs has decided to pilot a secondary market, in which investors who have bought through Seedrs can trade parts of their portfolio with one another.

The idea came about because the platform observed that its users were already discussing private trades in internal chat rooms.

SyndicateRoom Closes EIS Fund - For Now

A debate at the Cambridge Union

SyndicateRoom has announced the closure of Fund Twenty8, with a total of £4.5 million invested, but we understand that a new fund is already in preparation, and will be available later this year.

FundTwenty8 is a unique offering in the world of early stage equity, as far as we know. We've seen it described as a fund without that uses technology to pick investment, but the truth is a lot more interesting than that, if you ask us.

Patient Capital, An Idea For Our Time

Whiskey maturing in barrels, since 1989

Crowdfunding is about bringing the human dimension to investment. For some people, that means restoring capitalism, for other replacing it, but the idea of a financial system that serves businesses and supports human values is strong and persuasive. 

What is patient capital, and why is it good for crowdfunding?

Hybrid Air Vehicle Has Bumpy Landing

The Airlander 10 in flight, against a pink sky

Airlander 10, the giant aircraft funded by the crowd to the tune of £2 million for a 5.5% stake in Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. (HAV), has made its maiden flight, and had its first crash. The prototype damaged its cockpit, we understand.

While others discuss the engineering problems, we want to look at the impact on equity investors.

The Highest Valuations Are Not The Best

diagram of how to do a high jump

Equity crowdfunders are delighted when their raise succeeds, but investors expect to see a fair return for their money. Luke Davis  of IW Capital argues the industry needs to change its ways and focus on finding better details for investors.

Another Crowd believes small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  are proof positive that crowdfunding is not a fad, but is a real social change that returns market capitalism to its 18th and 19th century roots by giving investment back the human dimension. Britain's small businesses have real needs, and whoever funds their expansion will see real returns. But growth is not a magic trick.

Top Reasons Angels Invest

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Crowdfunding allows small investors to invest in startup equity, and, in many cases to get the same reward for the same risks. How do you think like an angel? New research by Propel(x), a  platform that helps business angels discover and invest in biotech, medicine and information technology, quantifies what motivates angels, the reasons they invest and the things they look for.

We can't teach you to think like an angel, but if you want to know what the angels are thinking, this'll get you started.