Crowdfunding Trade Groups Prepare to Merge

In another sign of consolidation in the crowdfinance market in the face of underwhelming growth, the market’s two main trade associations are planning to merge later this year. The Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) are in talks to merge into a single trade group

Hype Hangover: Crowdfinance Industry Right-Sizes in Face of Weak Market Demand

The fledging crowdfinance industry is awash with fear and loathing these days. Just below the surface of the hype and evangelism about crowdfunding’s promise to circumvent the old boys’ club of traditional venture capital and allow entrepreneurs to raise capital directly from so-called “Main Street” investors, lies a growing realization that they – the “picks and shovels” makers of this new Gold Rush – may be the only ones excited about the prospect.