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Equity crowdfunding: The next leg in online investing

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

In 2007, I dipped my big toe into the online finance space when I joined Seeking Alpha.

Since then, we’ve seen so much happen in fintech: the past few years have witnessed the rise of the personal finance manager (PFM), the roboadvisor, a new type of currency and underlying infrastructure with Bitcoin, tools to mimic hedge funds and mutual funds, and more.

The history of online investing

I’ve tried to outline what I feel to be the historical signposts along this road toward online investing.

The momentum that kicked off when Charles Schwab launched a new way to invest in 1971 — a way that prized independence, low fees, and a do-it-yourself attitude that no one can manage your own money as well as you can — is ramping today.

When Wealthfront gets another $1 billion under management, when LendingClub and Prosper underwrite another $1 billion in marketplace consumer loans, when another asset class gets crowdfunded, this is what I’m talking about.

Can all asset classes be crowdfunded?

TechCrunch ran this story over the weekend about CrowdJustice — a platform that

allows communities to band together to access the courts to protect their communal assets — like their local hospital — or shared values — like human rights. Successive governments have made access to justice harder and more expensive but we are using the power of the crowd to try and stem the tide

When cryptocurrencies meet social networks, when peers fund peers, when we move our investing opportunity online, we deconstruct old markets and create new ones.

Crowdfunding is already changing the way young and small businesses find financing.
Equity crowdfunding — drawing relatively small investments from the crowd to early stage companies — is just getting going.

If you’re interested to see how it works, join us at OurCrowd.

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  • Simply invest like a hedge fund — with Mike Kane

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 11:32 am UTC

    In the world of investing, there’s a lot of excitement around roboadvisors.

    These automated and cheap investment platforms, like Wealthfront and Betterment, are attracting billions of dollars.

    But, according to Mike Kane, there’s a big problem. Their investment strategies aren’t best of breed and investors will get hammered when markets go south. The CEO of Hedgeable joins Tradestreaming host, Zack Miller to talk about his roboadvisor that uses sophisticated tools — the like employed by hedge funds — to manage retail investor money.

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    About Mike Kane

    Hedgeable CEO, Mike KaneMike is the CEO of Hedgeable. He co-founded the company with his twin brother, Matt, and Mike oversees Hedgeable’s investing, strategy, business development, and branding initiatives.

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  • Invest in franchises — with ApplePie Capital’s Denise Thomas

    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm UTC

    Don’t know about you, but owning or investing in a franchise business has always captivated me. Something about local ownership, the brand, a business in a box. But minimum investments were typically too high and who really wants to run a small restaurant or bagel place?

    ApplePie Capital enables individual investors to build diversified portfolios by investing in franchise debt. Co-founder and CEO, Denise Thomas joins me, your Tradestreaming Podcast host, Zack Miller, to talk about this interesting “asset class” and how to invest in a portfolio of top franchises using ApplePie Capital’s crowdfunding platform.

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    About Denise

    Denise Thomas, CEO of ApplePie CapitalDenise Thomas is the co-founder and CEO of ApplePie Capital. She has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in business and market strategy development.

    Resources Mentioned In The Podcast

    • ApplePie Capital (Denise’s company)
    • FRANdata (a research company Denise mentioned during the podcast that has the largest library of Franchise Disclosure Documents — yearly reports about franchise businesses that she recommends as a get-smart resource for people interested in investing in franchise businesses)

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  • Invest In Small Businesses With An Ecommerce Twist — Kickfurther’s Sean De Clercq

    Posted on March 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm UTC

    Many people have grown tired of passive investing. Sure, the data show that the more remove the human elements — our evolutionary biases — the better we perform in the stock market.

    But many investors are getting more and more excited about participating more with their investments (I believe that’s what’s behind much of the excitement behind angel investing).

    Enter Kickfurther. Part investment platform, part crowdfunding platform, and part ecommerce site, this new company enables people to finance small businesses and earn an equity-like return. I’m Zack Miller, your host on Tradestreaming Radio, and I’m joined by Sean De Clercq, Kickfurther’s founder and CEO to discuss how investors are rolling-up their sleeves and helping the next generation of small businesses grow.

    About Sean

    Kickfurther's Sean De Clercq Sean is the founder and CEO of Kickfuther.

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  • The online investing course — with Mesh Lakhani

    Posted on February 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm UTC

    It isn’t every day you stumble upon your doppelganger.

    Mesh Lakhani may very well be mine. He’s the investor and author behind the Future Investor Course (www.futureinvestor.co ), a great new course that teaches all about online investing tools like Wealthfront, Acorns, Betterment, and more.

    Mesh joins us to discuss his personal journey to adopting these tools and how today’s investors are using them. Check out the interview.

    About Mesh

    mesh lakhani and future investor courseMesh Lakhani is an investor, a teacher, and the founder of the Future Investor course.

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