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Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Ballard Spahr Launches Marketplace Lending Task Force

PHILADELPHIA (August 26, 2015) – Marketplace lending has experienced meteoric growth over the past year – and has been the subject of recent federal regulatory interest. To help marketplace lending firms comply with increasing regulation, develop new product platforms, and navigate potential enforcement issues, Ballard Spahr has assembled a dedicated task force of attorneys with specific experience in this sector.

Marketplace lending uses investment capital and data-driven online platforms to lend money to consumers and small businesses. The firm’s Marketplace Lending Task Force brings together lawyers with experience in regulatory compliance, product development, and regulatory enforcement and litigation. The firm represents some of the largest and most established players in the space – including FinTech platforms, balance-sheet finance companies, bank partners, investors, and service providers in both the “peer-to-peer” and “business-to-business” segments of the industry.

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“Ballard Spahr has always been ahead of the curve on consumer financial services issues – marketplace lending is no exception,” said Scott M. Pearson, a Los Angeles-based partner in the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group and leader of the task force. “The lawyers on this task force have decades of experience counseling consumer and small business finance companies and can develop, refine, and defend financial products in every jurisdiction in the country.”

Ballard Spahr is nationally recognized for excellence in financial services compliance and litigation. Its attorneys advise on regulatory matters, assist in the design and documentation of credit products, and represent clients in class actions, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and other lawsuits nationwide. We represent clients ranging from the largest financial institutions in the nation to smaller enterprises and Internet-based providers.

About Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 14 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. For more information, please visit www.ballardspahr.com.

Classy Profile

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About Classy:

Classy is a technology company that helps social impact organizations solve social problems faster. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 3,000 social enterprises including Oxfam, The World Food Program and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Classy Awards, known as “the Oscars of Philanthropy,” to recognize today’s greatest champions of social progress. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Classy employs a staff of more than 80 people and is backed by investors including Mithril and Salesforce Ventures.

Shock Top Beer Battles California Drought With Indiegogo

Shock Top beer is challenging the California drought by challenging people to pledge to use less water and to support Indiegogo campaigns that help nonprofits help people there to use less water.

Jake Kirsch, Vice President of Shock Top, explained, “Shock Top is teaming with Indiegogo and a host of California Nonprofits to bring water-saving solutions to a state thirsty for them. Every month Shock top is giving $50-$100k to an inventor to bring a water-saving invention to life, with thousands of products donated for free or low cost in CA.”

Christian Busch, the Head of Marketing at Indiegogo said, “After months of water restrictions across California, water conservation is starting to sink in among California residents, according to a new survey from Shock Top. In fact, a vast majority of Californians (88%) make an effort to conserve water every day, doing so on average five times per day.”

“Nearly all (96%) Californians have done at least something to reduce their water usage, including taking shorter showers (74%), rewearing clothes before washing (48%) or even flushing the toilet less often (48%),” he added.

Busch describes the first campaign on Indiegogo. “To kick off Shock the Drought, Shock Top is investing $100,000 to fund Drop-A-Brick 2.0 – a modern, eco-friendly innovation that sprang from the classic drought tactic of placing a real brick in a toilet’s tank to save water. Shock Top will donate from $50,000 to $100,000 moving forward, on a case by case basis, through the end of the year.”

Visit shockthedrought.com to learn more.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 3:00 Eastern (noon Pacific), Kirsch and Busch will join me for a live discussion about the drought and the innovative crowdfunding campaign their using to fight it. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

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More about Shock Top:

Twitter: @ShockTop

Founded in 2006 with the release of its signature Belgian White ale, the Shock Top Brewing Co. creates unfiltered Belgian-Style wheat ales for beer drinkers who live life unfiltered. Quality ingredients and creativity drive the Shock Top Brewing team to craft unique twists on beer styles. The Shock Top family includes Shock Top Belgian White, Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat and seasonally offered Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat and Shock Top Pretzel Wheat. For more information, please visit www.ShockTopBeer.com.

More about Indiegogo:

Twitter: @Indiegogo

Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is an open platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit http://www.indiegogo.com and follow us at http://www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.

Jake Kirsch

Jake Kirsch

Kirsch’s bio:

Twitter: @Jake_Kirsch

Jake Kirsch is the VP of Shock Top where he leads strategy for brands including Shock Top. Previously he served other roles with A-B InBev including Global Marketing Director of Corona and Global Innovation Manager. Prior to joining A-B InBev he spent time with Gap Inc. in London and Banana Republic in San Francisco. Jake was graduated from Stanford with a BA in International Relations and Economics. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Out of the office his interests include running, cooking, skiing and travel.

Busch’s bio:

Christian brings a unique combination of experience and knowledge in the areas of digital content, online marketing & advertising and online transactional businesses (e-commerce, marketplaces, subscriptions). During his 14 years of leadership in the sector, Christian has developed deep operational expertise in digital content (video distribution and monetization), marketing (customer acquisition, conversion optimization, retention, CRM), advertising (brand and performance marketing, media selling and buying, real-time-bidding), social media (paid and earned) and transactional businesses (marketplaces, e-commerce and subscription marketing) with a special focus on crowdfunding.

Christian joined Indiegogo in May 2015 as SVP, Marketing and is responsible for overseeing all marketing activities for the company. Prior to working at Indiegogo, Christian was the principal of a boutique consulting firm focusing on online growth (marketing strategy and internationalization) as well as online video (monetization, distribution, Youtube). His clients included Ebay, The New York Times, IAC and Refinery29. Before that, Christian served as SVP Corporate Development (2011-2013) and General Manager, Alloy Digital (2009-2011), where he was responsible for M&A (7 buy-side transactions and one fundraise) strategic direction, marketing, product and technology and managed the P&L for a fast growing team. He also served as General Manager for Takkle, a prominent college recruitment website for high school sports, which was acquired by Alloy in early 2009. Christian has also held senior management roles for Cellfish Media, one of the largest global mobile content providers and for Bookspan, a division of Bertelsmann/Time Warner, where he handled digital strategy and e-commerce for more than 30 web properties with annual revenues exceeding $120MM.

Christian serves on the board of Above Average (Broadway Video’s Youtube studio), the board of Pruftechnik AG and is an active investor in early stage startups. Christian is a frequent speaker at industry events, avid traveler and fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Funding Circle US Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About Funding Circle:

Funding Circle is a financial technology company that connects small business owners, who are looking for loans of up to $500,000, to accredited and institutional investors. This approach, called marketplace lending, is an option for small businesses who want an alternative funding source – beyond traditional banks and credit unions – to help fuel their growth. Funding Circle is the world’s largest peer-to-peer lender exclusively focused on small businesses.

Funding Circle Profile

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About Funding Circle:

Funding Circle (www.fundingcircle.com) is the world’s leading online marketplace for business loans, enabling investors to directly lend to small businesses in both the UK and the US. Since launching in the UK in 2010 Funding Circle has now lent more than $500 million to over 5,000 businesses, and currently lends $50 million per month.

In the US, Funding Circle’s online marketplace allows accredited investors and institutions to invest in small businesses seeking to borrow $25,000 to $500,000 through whole loans or a passive fund. By combining cutting edge technology with industry-leading risk management models, Funding Circle provides small businesses with access to fast, fair and transparent finance and investors with the opportunity to access attractive returns at fixed income risk levels through an online marketplace. In 2014, Funding Circle expects to lend $100 million to American small businesses.

In the UK, businesses can borrow between £5,000 and £1 million, while investors can earn a 6.1%* average return after fees and bad debt. Since launching in August 2010 Funding Circle has helped over 5,000 businesses borrow more than £300 million. Investors include thousands of individuals, the Government-backed British Business Bank, local councils, financial organisations and Huddersfield University. Funding Circle was the first marketplace lender to announce a formal referral partnership with Santander, one of the UK’s leading high street banks.

GlobalGiving Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About GlobalGiving:

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. GlobalGiving’s mission is to catalyze a global market for ideas, information and money that democratizes aid and philanthropy. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has helped raise more than $163 million from more than 421,000 donors for more than 11,600 projects in more than 160 countries through GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk. Each of the nonprofits on GlobalGiving.org has been vetted, and has committed to providing donors regular updates about how donations are put to work.

GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.

OfferBoard Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About OfferBoard:

Access like never before. We have built a system to facilitate the availability of capital for emerging growth companies who are raising $2-200MM. We believe that retail and institutional investors should have access to investment alternatives outside of the public stock market. With OfferBoard, our investors gain that access directly. We are committed to identifying high growth industries and monitoring market trends to identify and present companies that meet our investors criteria.

OurCrowd Profile

This profile is part of our crowdfunding site directory. If you have used the site and have comments you’d like to share with our readers, please share them below. If you are part of the company and see an error that needs correcting, please send us an email.

About OurCrowd:

OurCrowd is a hybrid VC-equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors only who wish to invest in Israeli and global early stage companies. Managed by a team of well-known investment professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd selects opportunities, invests its own capital and brings these startups to its accredited membership. Members choose those deals they invest in via OurCrowd-managed partnerships. OurCrowd investors must meet stringent accreditation criteria and invest a minimum of $10,000 per deal. OurCrowd provides post investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors and taking board seats.

Patch of Land Profile

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About Patch of Land:

Patch of Land is a marketplace lending platform that connects borrowers who require short term funding for their real estate projects with accredited and institutional investors seeking uncorrelated returns from passive income real estate investments.

Patch of Land is a privately owned company based in Los Angeles, CA providing accredited and institutional investors easier access to short-term, asset collateralized, fixed income securities through its proprietary P2RE “Peer-to-Real-Estate” lending marketplace. Patch of Land is the online marketplace solution to inefficient, slow, fragmented and obscure short- term real estate lending, providing a fast, efficient, transparent and consistent service to real estate borrowers and professionals, who may not qualify for traditional financing.

PledgeCents Profile

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About PledgeCents:

There is only one goal for PledgeCents: to provide better education for children all over the world. Specifically, PledgeCents is focused on providing an alternative means of school fundraising that goes beyond the limitations of conventional fundraising methods. PledgeCents is about investing in teachers and schools all over, the way that teachers and schools invest in developing the youth of tomorrow. We offer an easy, efficient, and secure new service that will maximize fundraising capabilities so schools can offer better education to tomorrow’s youth.

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