September 12th, 2014 by: Grow VC Group

Despite the fact that there are heaps of articles being published, suggesting that a crowd investing sector or geography is dominating the rests. While appealing as a thought, the market is still nascent and any domination, may simply suggest that growth is uneven cross the various dimensions. However, there are observations that can be made in how the market is evolving, at various stages across the world.

New markets and new models are unpredictable in their applications as well as their effects. Many attempt to model them ahead of time, but a true, disruptive force can rarely be analyzed without the luxury of hindsight. This is true for all analyst predictions, but particularly in those that can have ripple effects and cause changes of behavior, can the implications be much broader than imagined ahead of time.

An important servant in the global crowd funding economy’s development, is the implementation of an initial framework or model, that is tested out in the market. In many cases this is a private sector contribution, where a new business emerges pioneering a new market. These cases raise the need for a discussion and they set in motion the ecosystems development.

Our team has spent thousands of hours working with various proposed applications in various regions of the world, with some of the worlds most talented and credible industry actors. Yet the observation is quite universal: there is a need to get to a practical stage in the market, for the market to truly start benefiting the regional economies and the broader integration into the capital markets. And the fact remains, we are still far from such a data driven market foundation, which we could leverage to build the futures capital marketplace.

Read the whole article on Crowd Valley Blog.

Chart: Crowd Valley market data from online investing platforms.

Chart: Crowd Valley market data from online investing platforms.

September 11th, 2014 by: Grow VC Group

Startups often represent excitement in the small business world, because of their ability to innovate with great new ideas. Some even grow into giants that become household names and many have created products and services that make our lives easier.

Despite a major bump in the road with the recent recession, startups have still grown by 49 percent since 1982. And in their first year, new startups create an average of three million jobs.

Obviously, these small businesses serve an important function in our economy. Take a look at the infographic and find out more about the world of startups, from the best places to launch them to their survival rates and more!

Read the whole post and see the infographic on Startup Commons Blog.

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This is an edited version of a post originally posted at The Payroll Blog, by  Stefan Schumacher is the editor of The Payroll Blog. He has 10 years of experience as a journalist, including as a producer for syndicated radio, a newspaper reporter and editor, and a trade magazine writer and editor. You can connect with Stefan on Google Plus. You are free to re-edit and repost this in your own blog or other use under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License terms, by giving credit with a link to and the original post.

September 10th, 2014 by: Grow VC Group

The rise of a more cooperative societal nature among the citizens of the United Kingdom over the past decades has established the UK as a ‘collaborative economy.’ Collaborative economies are roughly defined as economic activities and models where people have access over ownership. Decentralised networks are promoted over centralised institutions, and wealth is unlocked. More and more people are sharing, everything from bicycles to private airplanes, and their own bedrooms. This collaborative nature has stirred up the pot of traditional market practices; we are now looking at a new way of doing business. And consequently, just as we share our space, we are looking to each other for finances, through crowdfunding.

A collaborative economy is brought upon through the phenomenon of ‘collective consumption’. Researchers and authors, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers define this behavior as “ the reinvention of traditional market behaviors, such as bartering, renting, trading and exchanging, through technology, enabling them to take place on a scale and in ways never possible before.” There are significant implications of a collaborative economy on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Read the whole article on Crowd Valley Blog.

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September 9th, 2014 by: Grow VC Group

An innovation is said disruptive when it “helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology”.

Crowdinvesting has been evolving in a way that could well be that of a potential disrupting innovation for many markets. And real estate may be the first one.

Real estate crowdfunding is the crowdfunding application that has the highest growth rate in this new market, as Crowd Valley also reported in its Crowdfunding Market Report. The first actors operating crowdinvesting models in this market were startups, with almost no previous experience in the real estate sector. In just a couple of years they’ve undergone an incredible growth, catching the attention of professional investors and of course established real estate companies too. Among the latter, some have seen real estate crowdfunding as an innovation that could create a disruptive change in the sector. Therefore decided to turn the threat into an opportunity and jump on it.

Read the whole article on Crowd Valley Blog.


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September 4th, 2014 by: Grow VC Group

Social media marketing is the key to a successful campaign, and Kapipal is here to help steer you in the right direction with a few hints and tips :)

Our first tip is one that can make a lot of difference to how many people your posts on Facebook and Twitter will reach. Twitter tends to be used by people throughout the day while they are active, rather than when they are at home and relaxing. Consequently the best time to post on Twitter is Monday – Thursday 9am to 3pm with the absolute worst time being after 8pm everyday and after 3pm on a Friday. The prime time for posting on Facebook that results in the highest average click through is between 1pm and 4pm, and the period that sees the least average response is on the weekends between 8am and 8pm. Of course if these are the peak traffic times on Twitter and Facebook that does mean you will be facing increased competition for your friends attention, which leads to the next point.

Read the whole series, including tips for Facebook, Twitter, blogging and Youtube, on Kapipal Blog.


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