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This article was originally published in Idealog Magazine and is co-authored by Nathan Rose of Value my Venture.  Funding projects or companies through a crowd has a longer history than you might think. The Statue of Liberty was partly funded by thousands of people throwing money into donation buckets, gold mining prospects in 19th century New Zealand were often financed by offers of stock, and vast networks of railroads during the industrial revolution… Read More

A social enterprise is an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental well-being — this may include maximising social impact rather than profits for external shareholders. I love social enterprises. I tend to care more about companies which have three bottom lines instead of one: people, planet and profit. The thing about social enterprises is they’re different — this scares a lot of people. Social enterprises challenge… Read More

Remember the movie Wall Street? It’s that 126 minute long (fictional/realistic) summary of what’s completely wrong with the finance industry. There’s this particularly famous quote by the main character Gordon Gekko: “Money never sleeps, pal!” I’ve heard this quote recycled by Investment Bankers and Fund Managers in relation to their occupation and to capital raising. I get it: you go hard or go home. The irony is they’re pretty wrong. They sleep, eat,… Read More

There was no fooling about it on 1 April 2014 when the Government legislated changes permitting equity crowdfunding as an additional framework of capital raising and investing for Kiwis. Equity Crowdfunding was a USD $1.1 billion industry globally in 2014 (a growth of 182% year-on-year) and places New Zealand in the unique position of being on the forefront of this sector in many ways. One year and one week into this uncharted… Read More