Long before the Old Street and Shoreditch area of London was nicknamed Silicon Roundabout Brighton had earned a reputation as the UK's San Francisco and was monikered Silicon Beach. The latest census data and research suggest that Brighton has the eighth most qualified workforce in the United Kingdom, 46% of which work in professional and/or technical positions. Looked at another way, as many as one out of every four businesses in Brighton are in the creative and digital cluster.
Optimism abounds amongst the higher echelons of the equity crowd investment world. Here are four reasons why the future of crowd investment is looking particularly bright as we head into 2017.
It's been a busy first quarter here at Shadow Foundr towers with lots of activity going on in the PIN and a growing groundswell of interest in the equity crowd funding element of the business. If you're new to the platform check out what's currently on offer here: Investment Opportunities. We've had some great news to shout about and have of course been sharing our thought leadership across a range of acknowledged investor outlets such as Business Zone & Huffington Post. Here's a little summary of what we've published with some links for you to dive off into for a read. Just don't forget to come back!
Bubblo is a true tech-disrupter. It’s a classic example of how technology is evolving, layer-upon-layer. It demonstrates perfectly the convergence of data sources available today by blending the big open data of social media with the fantastic automated intelligence of IBM’s chess champion Watson.
Shadow Foundr, the private investor network and crowdfunding platform that encourages the crowd to follow the lead of experienced investors into early-stage companies, has appointed Paul Jenkinson to its Advisory Board. Based in the Midlands, Paul has vast commercial experience not only with his own businesses, but also as a mentor to many other start-ups in the region.Read More
David Mansfield Appointed Chairman of Shadow Foundr
Former Chairman and CEO of Capital Radio Group, David Mansfield, has been appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Shadow Foundr.
There is no doubt that peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders have faced a certain amount of criticism within the UK markets during the past few years. Some claims have been erroneous while others were entirely unfounded. However, we may be starting to see a paradigm shift in regards to the ways in which such companies are viewed. One interesting example can be seen in the recent comments made by former P2P opponent and financial regulator Lord Adair Turner. How has his position changed, why has he backtracked on several perspectives and what could this signify for the peer-to-peer lending industry as a whole?Read More
Bubblo - Thursday 2nd March - CitizenM bankside
Partnered with several impressive blue-chip companies, Bubblo is an intelligent discovery app that harnesses the Artificial Intelligence power of IBM’s Watson supercomputer, to rank venues based on customer check-ins, digital reviews, and social media feedback. It then matches this with the unique preferences of consumers to give them their very own personalised “Top 5” venue recommendations wherever they are, in real-time.
We are delighted to announce that we are now a member of the UK Business Angels Association, the national trade body for angel and early-stage investment. UKBAA represents more than 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors. Its members include angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early-stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators, professional advisers, and intermediaries.Read More