Monthly Archives: April 2016

Crowdfunding Site Defends Its Diligence Process

In 2015, UK company Rebus raised “£816,790 via crowdfunding platform Crowdcube last year to fund an expansion that aimed to deliver investor returns of up to 10 times within three years,” per the Financial Times. It has since gone into … Continue reading

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On The Other Hand, Q1 2016 VC Stats

PriceWaterhouseCoopers reports that venture capitalists invested $12.1 Billion in 969 deals in the first quarter of 2016. Investors moved toward more proven concepts as seed investing declined 10% from last quarter and represented only 3% of all dollars invested, while … Continue reading

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Psssst! Is the Startup Bubble Bursting?

Hear that? It may be the startup bubble bursting in Silicon Valley as startup funding dropped 25% in Q1 2016 from Q4 2015. The Wall Street Journal says it’s the largest drop in investment since the dot com bust, with … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Disaster?

What is being billed as the “biggest Kickstarter disaster” is apparently getting worse. According to a hyperbolic report, the company that raised $18 million to manufacture a cooler is now asking backers to pony up another $97 for “expedited shipping.” … Continue reading

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SEC Charges Texas Attorney General With Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that the Texas Attorney General  “… raised $840,000 in investor funds for Servergy and received 100,000 shares of stock in return, but never disclosed his commissions to prospective investors while recruiting them.” Further, the … Continue reading

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Crowdfunded Venture Capital “Index Fund”

There is a new venture capital “index fund” created by CrowdFunder that makes coattail investments with known venture capital firms on the same terms. They plan to invest in 15 startups per month, with a maximum of 1,000 investments from … Continue reading

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No Startup Above The Law

The Los Angeles District Attorney slapped unicorn Uber with a $10 million fine for its misleading advertising and failure to pay airport fees. In its press release the DA’s office warns businesses and “… startups in particular, that in the … Continue reading

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