News from Another Crowd

Crowdfunding Struggles To Be Understood

The increasingly popular options of peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding are "only really understood by around 30 per cent and 20 per cent respectively" of 500 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) surveyed by AXA Business Insurance.

AXA says its survey "reveals a worrying picture of firms not being able to access conventional means of finance. 

CF Conferences: Never Rains, But Pours...

It never rains, but it pours. 

As recently as March this year we saw the very first Alternative Finance Summit (Alt Fi), attended by FundingKnight CEO, Graeme Marshall, who spoke on a panel discussing business lending debate. Conferences of this sort were once a raroty. Now they're becoming ubiquitous.

Marchall soon reappeared at an Investors Chronicle seminar in May 

Nicola Horlick Launches Money&Co.

Nicola Horlick, Money&Co.

US news site FINAlternatives reports the launch of Nicola Horlick's new crowdfunding platform, Money&Co., launched in April 2014. 

The site quotes Horlick as saying:“Our platform will let people lend to businesses at a rate agreed by both parties,” she said. “It is a smarter way for businesses to get the capital they need and for people to get a better return on their cash.”