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  1. July 18, 2014

    Investing in wine? It’s a mug’s game

    Rowan Gormley, 51, launched Naked Wines, the crowdfunded online wine retailer, in December 2008. The company is based in...

  2. July 8, 2014

    Internet joker tickles crowdfunding taste buds with potato salad

    Kickstarter has raised millions of dollars for under-appreciated projects, from smartwatches to “ostrich” pillows. It now...

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  1. June 24, 2014

    ‘Crowdfunding’ muscles in on the bond market

    Crowdfunding is coming for the bond market. Two UK restaurant chains have raised fixed-income debt in the past week through...

  2. June 22, 2014

    Role of banks recedes in wake of crisis

    It looks as though the greatest long-lasting victim of the global financial crisis could be the bank itself. In different...

  3. June 17, 2014

    New partnerships boost innovation

    On a Thursday night last month in New York, the product development team for a company called Quirky was in a quandary. On...

  4. June 17, 2014

    ArtFund offers crowdfunding as grant source

    Jake and Dinos Chapman are among the artists and organisations to be offered a new funding route after the launch of a...

  5. June 9, 2014

    Naked Wines mulls suspending entry into angel investment scheme

    Naked Wines – the “Kickstarter for vineyards” – is considering temporarily closing its angel investment scheme to new...

  6. June 6, 2014

    DIY scientists turning biotech hobby into business

    An orange plastic suitcase opens up to reveal a small LCD display, numerical keypad and a couple of slots. At first sight,...

  7. June 6, 2014

    Malaysia and Singapore take action against online critics

    The rise of social media in Malaysia and its tiny neighbour Singapore is testing the patience of the leaders of two of the...

  8. June 5, 2014

    Small investors lend £1m to manufacturer Mecmesin

    Small investors have lent £1m to a manufacturing business in what is thought to be the largest single peer-to-peer loan to...

  9. May 19, 2014

    Peer-to-peer lending: The wisdom of crowds

    Julie Robinson does not consider herself to be a financial innovator. But when the 44-year-old secretary from Hertfordshire...

  10. May 17, 2014

    The dangerous myth of ‘low risk’ property persists

    It combines one of the biggest investment themes of the past decade with one of the hottest themes of the current one. It...

  11. March 31, 2014

    Banks drag their feet on loan offers

    Just days after seeking working capital for his Fresh Pasta Company via the Funding Circle website, Mark Garcia-Oliver...

  12. March 31, 2014

    Crowdfunding sites hit at new rules

    Crowdfunding websites and peer-to-peer lenders are divided over new rules that will govern their activities from Tuesday –...

  13. March 28, 2014

    Intellectual property: investing in higher education

    Benjamin Franklin once said that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. The structural shifts in higher...

  14. March 25, 2014

    Regulators will get the blame for the stupidity of crowds

    Crowdfunding has wide appeal. For libertarians on the political right it demonstrates the power of individual action, free...

  15. March 10, 2014

    Even open capital needs a watchdog

    Denigrate, imitate, eliminate are the three steps that incumbents typically take to see off challengers using an...

  16. March 6, 2014

    Mixed reception for new crowdfunding rules

    The UK’s financial watchdog has unveiled new rules to protect investors giving money to start-up companies through...

  17. March 6, 2014

    FCA outlines crowdfunding rules

    Online marketplaces for loans and equity funding in the UK face greater scrutiny over the safeguards provided and...

  18. January 28, 2014

    Indiegogo to expand after securing $40m

    Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, has secured another $40m for its own coffers from institutional...

  19. January 17, 2014

    Tech and capital-raising craft takes off

    The first aircraft to be designed and built in the UK for decades has gained the finance to go into full production, thanks...

  20. January 2, 2014

    Rise of mobile computing fosters new tech hubs

    The rise of mobile computing is fostering a fresh round of tech start-ups around the world, turning cities such as New York,...

  21. December 13, 2013

    Alternative financing draws in almost £1bn

    Almost £1bn in loans and equity funding has been generated through crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and invoice trading,...

  22. December 12, 2013

    Clamour for regulation raises doubts over wisdom of crowdfunding

    The use of the web to drum up funding for ventures has caught the popular imagination. Crowdfunding platforms such as...

  23. December 4, 2013

    Crowdfunders put up $1m in pledges for $99 computer kits venture

    A London-based start-up trying to make computer programming as simple and fun as Lego has smashed its initial fundraising...

  24. November 29, 2013

    Q&A: Crowdfunding

    What is crowdfunding? One of the dramatic changes that the internet has created on commerce is the ability to make it much...

  25. November 29, 2013

    Jon Moulton criticises FCA for clipping angel investors’ wings

    The potential of crowdfunding to unleash a nation of angel investors is being held back by the regulator’s refusal to allow...

  26. November 28, 2013

    Crowdfunders and peer-to-peer lenders draw lines in the sand

    A war of words over the way financial regulators define online fundraising has escalated, after the head of the crowdfunding...

  27. November 25, 2013

    Seedrs to tap investors across EU

    Seedrs will this week become the first crowdfunding platform for equity investments to allow cross-border fundraising rounds...

  28. November 20, 2013

    Rules for peer-to-peer lending at risk of being lost in the crowd

    The Financial Conduct Authority has been accused of failing to understand the difference between peer-to-peer lending and...

  29. November 18, 2013

    US taps crowds for seed capital

    To its proponents, it is the beginning of a new era of public investment in the small businesses and innovation that drive...

  30. October 24, 2013

    UK peer-to-peer lender targets the US

    Funding Circle, one of the largest peer-to-peer corporate lenders in the UK, is expanding into the US market by acquiring a...

  31. September 22, 2013

    Clear Books seeks crowdfunding for stakes

    The founder of a web-based support service for accountants is attempting to persuade his clients of the value of...

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