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All Crowdview Investor Analysis


Two tempting plays in the music industry for equity crowdfunding investors

12th December 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Technology has upturned the music industry and while some commentators lament the demise of the old model the music tech sector is booming. Could there be opportunities for retail investors to buy into ...

A new P2P lending platform is crowdfunding, aiming to revolutionise friends and family borrowing

1st December 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

A new peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform that integrates social networks for trust-based lending will soon launch in the UK and Ireland.   Flender is not a traditional P2P platform with an ...

The ticketing industry is on the cusp of change - does this signal an opportunity for crowdfunding investors?

28th November 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Ticketing sites are the hot topic of the week as MP’s call for an investigation into the ticket-resale market following complaints from consumers and event owners about profiteering in the industry.   A ...

An alternative way to play the growth in alternative finance

21st November 2016 David Stevenson

There’s a reasonable chance that if you’re reading this website then you already think that alternative finance could be set for rapid growth. The $64m question then becomes how to play this ...

Alternative finance needs to do more to fill the gender funding gap

11th November 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Alternative finance has been welcomed around the globe as an important innovation in democratising access to capital and investment opportunity. This relatively new industry was supposed to open up the ...

A fintech innovator overfunds equity crowdfunding round in eight hours

31st October 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

WeSwap, the fintech platform that allows people to swap currency, managed to pull off a noteworthy pre-registration campaign, overfunding its £1m target by over £500,000 with backing from 1,086 ...

A greenfield opportunity for investors in the insurance sector?

21st October 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

You would be forgiven for thinking that the centuries old insurance industry has little to offer in the way of new products or innovation but EmbryoCare, believes it has a product which is completely new ...

Technology is driving a revolution in real estate

17th October 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

LOT11 is a company threatening to bring the UK property market into the 21st century by disrupting the traditional auction method and persuading the public that online auctions are a better proposition ...

Design tools for dummies are attracting big-name backers, but can the crowd invest?

7th October 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Graphic design platforms have experienced huge growth and VC’s are falling over themselves to back startups with potential. The platforms that make it easy for anyone to create their own websites, ...

Restaurants, food, and beverage - an outperforming sector for equity crowdfunding?

30th September 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

In its recent portfolio update, Seedrs reported that food and beverage (F&B) is its most popular and best-performing sector with a 22.77 per cent non-tax-adjusted IRR.    In light of ...

Incubators and accelerators – an accessible route into tech equity investment

22nd September 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Accelerators are a fairly new player in the startup ecosystem but their growth and an infinite supply of budding tech entrepreneurs mean that these types of funds will become more and more common on equity ...

Is property a better bet than a pension?

2nd September 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Investing in property is a better bet than a pension, according to Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England. Haldane courted controversy again this week by stating that investing in ...

Three startup equity crowdfunding campaigns with disruptive ambition

26th August 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Deep in the midst of the holiday season, with offices running a skeleton staff and emails  bouncing back with out-of-office replies, Lisa Walls-Hester still finds a steady supply of interesting equity crowdfunding campaigns ...

Fine art investment for the ‘not so’ filthy rich

20th August 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Ever wanted to own a Jackson Pollock or vintage Porsche? Well, you can stop dreaming because a new platform, Shares.com, is planning to bring this assets class to retail investors.   Anyone ...

Who should investors back in the £5.3bn equity investment industry?

10th August 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

For investors who want to own a share in the alternative finance sector, there has been no end of opportunity this year as equity crowdfunding platforms line up to raise finance.   Crowdcube, ...

The crowd sees success in WaaS – Website as a service

28th July 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

In her latest Crowd View column, Lisa Walls-Hester takes a look at MBJ London a company aiming to disrupt the global web industry with its brand new concept of WaaS – website as a service.   MBJ ...

Crowdcube to raise funding under prospectus in industry first

4th July 2016 Ryan Weeks

Crowdcube is planning to raise money under a prospectus on its own platform, meaning the round could well top the €5m mark.   Crowdcube is poised to follow in the footsteps of Brewdog. ...

Equity Crowdfunding arms race continues…UPDATE*

24th May 2016 Rupert Taylor

* = Article updated in the light of some clarifications and with the addition of a quote from Seedrs.    Last week saw the publication of a report from research company Beauhurst.  ...

Crowd Due Diligence – Do Crowdfunded Companies Have a Better Chance of Survival?

3rd May 2016 Lisa Walls-Hester

Investors now have access to a wider variety of investments than at any other time in history; the rise of the alternative finance industry has democratized investment opportunity meaning that unquoted ...

The Seedrs Way

19th April 2016 Ryan Weeks

CEO Jeff Lynn opens up on everything from sector-wide transparency, to platform structure, to the so-called wisdom of the crowd.   The UK’s equity crowdfunding sector is in a state of ...

A Revolution In The Making

18th March 2016 David Stevenson

This week in CrowdView we’re stepping back from our usual focus on up and coming campaigns as well as current investment offers, and focusing instead on the bigger crowd inspired picture. You might ...

SyndicateRoom Drops Platform Carry

7th March 2016 Ryan Weeks

SyndicateRoom will no longer levy a platform carry fee on investments made through the platform.   The platform carry was a 2.5% fee that was applied to any profits earned by SyndicateRoom ...

The Crowd Loves An Idea, But They Hate Playing The Odds

2nd March 2016 Rupert Taylor

Investment wisdom tells us that valuation is the single most important consideration when choosing an equity investment.  The world is an uncertain place - even more so in the world of business.  ...

Equity Crowdfunders or Investment Bankers?

22nd February 2016 Sacha Bright

What with the dizzying pace of change in the alternative finance world, it seems like decades ago, but just a couple of years back in December 2013, when I launched Business Agent to an unsuspecting world ...

Is there a shift from Business Crowdfunding to Property Crowdfunding?

19th February 2016 Richard Bush

Earlier this week, the University of Cambridge and Nesta released the 2015 UK Alternative Finance Industry Report, a very comprehensive analysis of the whole industry. Flicking through the graphs and commentary ...

Why can nobody agree on UK Equity Crowdfunding volumes?

18th February 2016 Rupert Taylor

Last week Seedrs made an impressive announcement. It’s worth repeating their exact claim because the wording is important: “As the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform, we ...

Crowdfunding equity : Lessons from Mainstream Equity Markets

8th February 2016 David Stevenson

The failure this week of crowdfunded business Rebus has stirred up a debate that we suspect just won’t go away i.e whether equity investments via the crowd are worth the obvious risk of failure. ...

What to consider when investing in real estate equity

29th January 2016 Ryan Weeks

I recently learnt that a close friend – one who, incidentally, knows next to nothing about alternative finance – was considering putting some money into Property Partner. This particular fellow ...

Punks Beware!

18th January 2016 Rupert Taylor

Brewdog want to sell you great beer. But they have little interest in delivering you a financial return on your investment.      Whilst the use of such colourful language is a first ...

Equity Crowdfunded Company on Brink of IPO?

16th December 2015 Ryan Weeks

A successfully funded Crowdcube company has closed a significant up-round.   easyProperty – the online estate agency that raised money through Crowdcube in 2014 – has secured a ...

A double header: Assetz’s Quick Access Account and Business Agent’s campaign

10th December 2015 David Stevenson

We’re got a double header for readers this week, comprising two very different ‘crowd’ based investment ideas. Our suspicion is that the more popular and accessible product will probably ...

The missing ingredient in equity crowdfunding

2nd December 2015 Ryan Weeks

We now have some insight into the state of companies that have to date raised money in the UK through the medium of equity crowdfunding. If you're an equity crowdfunding investor in the UK, you ...

Can the crowd help turbo charge the electric car revolution?

20th November 2015 David Stevenson

By David Stevenson & Sam Hodges   One of the most interesting funding projects this year called POD Point has just gone live on Crowdcube looking for a combined investment of £1,750,000 offering ...

What sort of track record should an investor look for in a crowdfunding platform?

23rd October 2015 Rupert Taylor

This week’s crowdview implores investors not to consider the merits of an investment campaign in isolation….   Earlier this month SyndicateRoom made an announcement that was highly ...

What does a crowd know?

16th October 2015 Ryan Weeks

The CrowdView column has felt a little bit like the SyndicateRoom show lately, primarily because the platform is ahead of the game in terms of disclosure standards. It’s tough to produce a measured ...

The Phoenix and Check4Cancer

24th September 2015 David Stevenson

Definition of the Phoenix : “(in classical mythology) a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian desert, after this time burning itself on a funeral pyre and rising from the ...

Rest Easy Crowdfunders

17th September 2015 Rupert Taylor

For this edition of Crowdview I have headed over to Syndicate Room.    Syndicate Room does not perhaps have the profile of Crowdcube but as an investor seeking sound investment opportunities, ...

The Art of Startup Valuation

16th September 2015 Sam Griffiths

Valuing the equity of a company is not an exact science. There are thousands of highly paid analysts who work at banks, research companies and asset managers whose job it is to value companies. The majority ...

Digging Into the iwoca Bond Issue

14th August 2015 David Stevenson

This week on CrowdView we’re abstaining from our usual look at the go-go world of crowdfunding equity based campaigns and focusing instead on the loans space – or should we say bonds space! ...

A Clinical Look at Info-CTRL

4th August 2015 Ryan Weeks

Many of the equity crowdfunding platforms chirp to the same tune: understand the risks, invest only what you can afford to lose, check that the valuation is fair, ensure that you are investing on reasonable ...

Seedrs Joins Crowdfunding party and Raises £7.5m

31st July 2015 David Stevenson

At Crowdview our regular focus is on projects looking for funding through one of the main equity based platforms, but increasingly another opportunity has started to take centre stage – backing the ...

Boring is Best!

22nd July 2015 David Stevenson

A new business targeting Lone Workers via an app is never going to set the world alight but we think this new CrowdCube campaign is worth watching….   More on crowdfunding campaign: StaySafe   Web ...

Weighing Up Crowdfunding Returns

14th July 2015 Rupert Taylor

The news of the first ever UK Crowdfunding exit this week has made some recent analysis by AltFi data all the more interesting.  Whilst we don’t know exactly what return the lucky investors ...

Take a Drive Down the fast lane with Elemental

26th June 2015 David Stevenson

Focus this week : The Elemental Motor Company Platform: Syndicate Room Looking to raise: £600,000 Pre money valuation: £1.7m Already raised: £342,380 Product: the Rp1 road ...

Is the risk of investing in P2P loans worth the bother?

12th June 2015 David Stevenson

Over in Money Week, our executive editor David Stevenson recently looked at the full range of returns from investing in the fast growing P2P lending space and explored how an ordinary investor might build ...

Death to the Fat Cats? If Brew Dog represents the future then lets hope not…

2nd June 2015 Rupert Taylor

Here at AltFi we feel happy to be on the right side of a new wave of more equitable finance.   We want to support small and exciting businesses - particularly those that are prepared to innovate ...

Hambledon Vineyard’s English Fizz Mini Bond

27th April 2015

Welcome to the inaugural CrowdView column. Every week we’re planning to bring you our insights into a new crowd based investment opportunity or product. Our focus will mostly be on crowdfunding equity ...