CrowdPad.co’s Release Postponed – Developers Warn Real Estate Crowfunding Investors

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We’ve decided to hold of the launch of this real estate crowdfunding platform due to inherent legal difficulties and risks involved in crowdfunding real estate. We will revisit this later after the SEC rulings roll out and the kinks are worked out on existing sites; however, we see significant investment risk and an unacceptable (to us) litigation risk in all existing real estate crowdfunding platforms, at least a great deal more than we are willing to expose our client’s investment capital to. We will launch The Aria Group’s investment portal for accredited investors next week. It is unknown at this time if we will release the crowdfunding portal of non-accredited investors. We wish to err to the side of caution and not run into the already crowded space with anything less than our ability to offer investors a fully secure, predictable and litigation proof investment vehicle. Although recent market indicators predict a rebounding market yesterday’s meeting of The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee posed some significant unanswered questions that we at CrowdPad would like to see resolved which won’t happen until sometime after Fed Chairman Bernanke‘s successor takes the reins at the end of January 2014. We feel that the loss of traction by waiting until February will be far outweighed by our ability to continue to monitor existing real estate crowdfunding platform performance following the SEC’s release of the new regulations for several months and also allowing for the transition to Bernake’s successor and the release and analysis of the upcoming holiday shopping indicators.

We will instead opening our closed investment portal for accredited investors only within the next few weeks on our parent corp’s website at The Aria Group. We take the integrity and security of our client’s investments very seriously and simply do not wish to get caught up in the current frenzy to rush to market an investment platform which we see as having a higher than acceptable risk factor for our clients.ARIALogoSpec1

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Crowdnetic Acquires NowStreet Journal and Strengthens its Management Team with Key Hire

Industry Pioneers Unite to Construct the Infrastructure Necessary to Support the Rapid Growth of Crowdfinance

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Crowdnetic, the leading provider of funding portal platform technology and market data solutions, announced today that it has agreed to acquire NowStreet Journal, the preeminent educational platform for the burgeoning industry of crowdfinance.

Crowdfinance, perceived by many as the next frontier in financial services, has been increasingly popularizing emerging asset classes such as peer-to-peer (“P2P”) lending and securities-based crowdfunding. These promising assets democratize the flow of capital by giving America’s smaller investors and businesses newfound opportunities to prosper in a financial system that tends to favor large corporate entities and institutional buyers.

While financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, upon completion of the acquisition, NowStreet’s Founder, Dara Albright, will join Crowdnetic’s management team as its Chief Strategy Officer. In her new role, Albright will drive the expansion of Crowdnetic’s existing product portfolio as well as work with the team to launch a new line of products specifically designed to help conventional financial service providers increase assets under management, widen margins and add new revenue streams.

“It is an honor for me to join the Crowdnetic team and to have the opportunity to work alongside the very individuals who helped build the infrastructure in the 1990’s that allowed financial services to go online in the first place. Since starting NowStreet a few years ago, it has been my personal mission to help ignite the resurgence of the small cap underwriters who, throughout history, have consistently fostered economic growth by bringing some of the world’s most promising innovations to the investing public. With Crowdnetic’s technology and expertise, I finally have the chance to see this goal to its fruition,” said Albright.

Commenting on the acquisition, Luan Cox, Crowdnetic’s CEO, said, “Dara is a true visionary who, through NowStreet, has brought a great deal of Wall Street awareness to the nascent industry of crowdfinance. This union will not only bring a recognized media brand under the Crowdnetic umbrella, but it will also enable us to broaden our product suite, expand our sales reach and significantly increase both revenue and shareholder value.”

ABOUT CROWDNETIC
Crowdnetic is a leading provider of funding portal platform technology and market data solutions to the private equity and crowdfunded securities industry. We operate the industry’s premier centralized hub for real-time market data aggregated from platforms across the globe. Founded in 2011 by experienced financial technology and data industry experts, Crowdnetic is committed to creating a productive and sustainable marketplace for web-based private raises. Bringing over 15 years of experience in building complex, data intensive customized solutions, the leadership team has been instrumental in revolutionizing the equities industry through developing market data and analytics solutions. We are now bringing our expertise to the increasingly intricate crowdfunding space. Additional information can be found at www.crowdnetic.com.

ABOUT NOWSTREET
Symbolizing the Wall Street of tomorrow, NowStreet is a leading financial media and advisory company on the forefront of financial innovation. NowStreet is most known for its cutting-edge commentary and acclaimed financial events that introduce crowdfinancing mechanisms and neoteric asset classes to Wall Street. Some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry as well as the legislature have participated in NowStreet events. Our programs help issuers, investors as well as conventional financial service providers capitalize during this unprecedented period of financial industry disruption and regulatory reform. Additional information can be found at www.nowstreetjournal.com.

 

Crowdfunding Industry Briefing

Crowdfunding Capital Advisors is proud to announce the first of a monthly series of Crowdfunding industry briefings on November 19, 2012.

Access to information is the difference between success and failure—this rings especially true in a nascent industry. In an environment where companies are making decisions based upon regulations that are not even written yet—up to date information and access to insiders will mean the difference between success and failure.  For those who wish to participate in crowdfunding this is of particular importance.

As the leading crowdfund analysis firm and the group at the center of the launch of this global movement, we are being asked on a daily basis for briefings on what is occurring at the highest levels of this global movement. In response to overwhelming demands, beginning November 19, the Principals of Crowdfund Capital Advisors will be launching a monthly briefing on the state of the crowdfunding industry. Here is the link: http://crowdfundingindustrybriefing.eventbrite.com/#

This briefing will provide information and behind the scene updates on:

  • Regulatory changes and updates on the status of the JOBS Act implementation.
  • A global update on regulatory occurrences—what other nations are doing and how to benefit from these changes.
  • Breaking news and data—CCA is a leader in crowdfunding research, all new data produced will be released at these meetings.  Participants will have early access to the full reports before anyone else. These surveys and peer reviewed research papers will give insight into the market data (that has be reviewed and verified by leaders in top tier institutions.)
  • Current industry analysis—no other organization has the view that the CCA team has. We are speakers at all of the major conferences, know all of the participants and see what is occurring from an insider’s perspective. These briefings will provide an overview of the industry with key insights on opportunities to benefit and other information that will give those interested in participating in crowdfunding a true competitive advantage.

This month will be one of our biggest updates. Over the last two months we have or will be:

  • Worked with leaders of the Italian government, entrepreneurial and investment communities. Italy legalized crowdfund investing on October 6, 2012.
  • Worked with leaders of the Colombian government, entrepreneurial, and investment communities.
  • Advised entrepreneurial, government and industry leaders in Canada regarding crowdfund investing.
  • Speaking at events at the White House, UC Berkeley and SEC.
  • Revealing original data on the size of the crowdfunding market.

Up-to-date information gives you the completive advantage you need to thrive in today’s market. Please join us for an in-depth look at the crowdfunding industry. To facilitate discussion during our Q&A period we will be limiting the number of seats for this virtual event.

Who Should Attend:

  • Crowdfunding Platforms
  • Crowdfunding Service Providers
  • Investment Industry Professionals
  • Governments exploring crowdfund investing initiatives
  • Investors seeking trends for identification of investment opportunities
  • Legal, Accounting, and other professional service providers looking to help clients with new information

Need original research?  The CCA team works with a number of organizations producing original reports, analysis, conducting independent crowdfund audits, and consulting services. For more information contact us at Richard@theccagroup.com.

Crowdfunding with WordPress

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It’s the talk of the town interwebs, crowdfunding is in! People are opening up to new ideas and actually investing in them via online portals, donation widgets and sites dedicated to a cause/product. By the time this year is up it will be known as the “Year of the Fundraiser“. While the concept is not at all new, the way it’s being done online, where the investor/donator has never met the benefactor, is a completely new phenomenon. And, that’s a good thing. Because, seriously, why can’t we all just get along and benefit from great ideas?!

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