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Five Realty Crowdfunding Projects Raising $50M Or More

Real estate crowdfunding has been growing exponentially for the past couple years, and this year the industry continues to move from being a niche phenomenon to establishing itself as a legitimate and credible fundraising tool. It has also transformed real estate investing from being a rich man’s preserve to an activity in which the ordinary retail investor could participate. It […]

Top Power Women in US Crowdfunding

Did you know the top 10  women crowdfunding in the US?  They are in the fields of business, arts, philanthropy, law, film, as well in government and non-government organizations.  They are women that inspire us to excel in our chosen fields. If you’re interested in crowdfunding, then you would have heard of these ten most influential women in the US […]

Is Alternative Finance Disruptive or Collaborative?

Alternative finance, a concept which encompasses peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding, has experienced rapid growth globally. It started in 2008, after the global financial crisis, as an online extension of conventional financing through family and friends, then spread to include online communities of issuers and investors across the globe. This led to the democratization and globalization of capital raising processes. Several […]

Institutional Real Estate Crowdfunding: Big Players Join the Crowd

It’s Time to Rethink Your Stance Current trends suggest that those who believe crowdfunding is a “minority capital” and that it excludes (to a large extent) the participation of high-profile investors should now reconsider. High-profile investors – institutions, angel investors, venture capitalists, and high net worth individuals – have begun co-investing alongside capital raised from “the crowd”. In the real […]

Syndicate Funding: A New Way To Invest In Startups

How does one become an angel investor? There is no university where one can learn angel investing. However, crowdfunding is creating a unique path for learning through a system called syndicate funding. A growing trend in the U.K. and other parts of Europe, such as Belgium and Italy, this system allows professional business angels and crowd investors to participate on […]

Crowdfunding In Europe: The Top 10 ‘Peer-to-Peer’ Lenders

Crowdfunders generally fall into different categories: equity, donation, reward, and debt. The last is also known as microfinancing — and commonly referred to in Europe as “peer-to-peer lending.” Here are the top 10 up-and-coming peer-to-peer lenders e making financial waves in Europe: 1. Zopa This London-based P2P lender offers loans of up to £15,000, with individual borrowers dealing directly with […]

Real Estate Crowdfunding: Post-Valuations Of $100M For Series A?

Fundrise has raised $31 million from Renren, a Chinese technology firm, Ackman-Ziff (Real Estate Group) and Silverstein Properties (owners of the World Trade Center Twin Towers). My discussions with the founder Ben Miller, concerning the successes of this platform, have revealed that Fundrise is currently on a hiring growth stage. At $31 million raised, assuming that they give up 40% […]

Why Canada’s Top Real Estate Mavericks are Targeting the US Market

The revitalization of the American real estate industry in recent times after it suffered a major setback in the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis has caught the attention of foreign investors. These real estate savvy investors have been attracted to the vast and high yielding investment opportunities that abound in the United States. While the U.S. real estate marketplace […]

Villazzo: A Luxurious Miami Villa for the Entertainment of Hedge Funds, Investors, and the Rich and Famous

  by David Drake As an avid traveler, on a quest for the ultimate destinations for the ultra-rich, I have visited several countries and stayed at countless hotels. Traveling almost always gives me the satisfying feeling of being able to experience a city or a country just by staying in its famed hotel for a few days. Recently I got […]

How Institutional Players Can Enter the Real Estate Crowdfunding Game

The real estate crowdfunding marketplace has been dominated by young tech entrepreneurs from the start.  These entrepreneurs leverage technology and the internet to bring this new innovation to mainstream real estate investing. Lately, the appearance of institutional players onto the marketplace is altering the industry in a profound way. Institutional players have alluded to their many years of industry experience […]