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Crowdfunding Securities Research and Valuation Firm Signs Agreement with Technology and Services Company to Expand International Opportunities

18 May

New relationship adds value to Crowd Valley and Zacks CF Research by expanding the reach of both companies

By Robert Hoskins

Chicago, IL – A strategic relationship between two crowdfunding leaders holds the promise of an expanded reach and increased value for both companies. Zacks CF Research and CrowdValley look forward to expanded international services in the partnership.

Zacks Investment Research is a Chicago based firm with over 30 years of experience in providing investors with the analytical tools and financial information necessary for the success of their investment processes.

Zacks Investment Research is a Chicago based firm with over 30 years of experience in providing investors with the analytical tools and financial information necessary for the success of their investment processes.

“The opportunity to expand into foreign markets just cannot be underestimated. The global market for direct investing is huge and getting bigger all the time. International crowdfunding will become increasingly important in the next few years,” says Howard Orloff, vice-president and director of Zacks CF Research.

In fact, the crowdfunding space has grown in the last five years from a handful of sites to nearly 1,000 securities crowdfunding platforms operating across the world.

“The growth and globalization of the crowdfunding and private securities market is driving the need for more information so that investors can make informed decisions,” said Crowd Valley CEO, Markus Lampinen. “We believe Zacks is well positioned to provide much needed information and transparency in this emerging market, in large part because Zacks is an established and respected public and private company research market leader, with an outstanding reputation among US financial industry actors. This is the type of credibility needed in the international securities crowdfunding space.”

He added “Crowd Valley is committed to working with exceptional companies and we look forward to working with Zacks and continuing to expand and develop the services we offer to our customers and partners.”

Expanding into international markets is something Zacks CF Research has planned to do from the beginning, Mr. Orloff says. The company was waiting for the right opportunity and the right platform provider to partner with.

“When Zacks CF Research approached Crowd Valley about doing their securities research, we knew this exactly the opportunity we’d been looking for. Crowd Valley operates on six continents, which gives us immediate global access that wasn’t possible elsewhere.” he said.

For their part, Crowd Valley was looking for a company which could provide independent and reliable valuations for its clientele. “Foreign markets do provide a potential for excellent returns, but obtaining information on foreign investment opportunities could present challenges to investors, simply for the reason that the rules differ from those in the US. By partnering with Zacks we aim at filling this informational gap, providing our customers with reliable information sources, and fostering international investments in the securities crowdfunding market”, he added.

Zacks CF Research provides independent, 3rd party valuation reports for crowdfunded securities offered through our portal partners. Zacks CF Research is the leading provider of crowdfunding valuation reports for Title III, Intrastate and International crowdfunded issues. Zacks employs over 600 professionals between our Chicago headquarters and offices overseas and is the second largest independent financial research firm in the nation.

Crowd Valley provides the platform, back office and ecosystem services for crowd funding, peer to peer investing and alternative asset marketplaces for securities professionals. The Crowd Valley infrastructure also allows customers to syndicate investments and tap into networks of investors around the world.

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Top 100 Crowdfunding Sites for Equity-based, Rewards-based, Perks-based and Donation-based Fundraising Campaigns

2 Jun

Click Here to Review the 2015 Top 10 Rated Crowdfunding Sites to Help Anyone Launch a Fundraising Campaign to Raise Money to Bring Creative New Business Ideas to Fruition

By Robert Hoskins

Austin, Texas – Thinking about launching a Crowdfunding campaign to raise money to fund your creative business idea and bring it to fruition?  The Crowdfunding Press Center provides regular news reports on new Crowdfunding sites that have opened their doors to help entrepreneurs and small businesses launch fundraising campaigns to help bring their ingenious business ideas to fruition.

Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for 2014

Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for 2014

The big question that most crowdfunding campaign managers want to know is what crowdfunding site is the best to launch their fundraising campaign? Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo, which crowdfunding site is better? Or would one of the other crowdfunding sites outlined below be a better match for their precise crowdfunding goals and objectives.

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Private Equity, Angel Networks and Broker Dealers Ready for Crowdfunding

21 Jan

Rich Man’s Crowd Funding

by My Say, Contributor

Private Equity, funds, angel networks and broker dealers are embracing the technology underpinning crowdfunding with its standards of deal presentation and distribution channels to potential investors.

According to Jouko Ahvenainen, Chairman and co-founder of Grow VC, “At Grow VC Group we work with many broker dealers to offer our platform as a service for their use. Through GrowVC they can easily transfer many offline activities and investors to an online marketplace as a strategy to get more investors and make their operations more effective.”

The use of this technology by broker dealers was presented to the National InvestmentBanker Association in Spring 2012 and today we have seen recent movements with SoMoLend and CrowdFunder signing up with the leading broker dealer Gate Technologies, whose back end crowdfunding platform is run by visionary CEO Vince Molinari. We will see the two to three dozen dedicated crowdfunding for equity sites partner up with broker dealers in Q1 2013 and start pursuing SEC broker dealer transactions under the “Rich Man’s Crowd Funding” option in wait for crowdfunding for equity to become legal.

Leading players in the market like Crowdfunder, SeedInvestCircleUp, LaunchtWeFunderFundableIndiegogoRockethub and Crowd Valley will be the new broker dealers joining the industry in 2013 although Kickstarter will not enter this segment. These firms are the new blood in the market and are leveraging this technology.

“I believe the jury is out on who the winners will be in the long run relative to the crowd platforms,” says Steven Cinelli. “Much like an investment bank, issuers will opt for those platforms that build a history of getting deals done. It’s all about successful distribution.”

CircleUp has already done half a dozen projects as a broker dealer with their license held by WR Hambrecht & Co. The fact crowdfunding for equity is delayed pushes these sites to start brokering “Rich Man’s Crowd Funding.”

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