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Why I don't buy the "Making Money is Evil" concept

Feb 4, 2019 5:26:00 PM / by Lucas Weaver posted in impact investing, crowdfunding

There's a distinct difference between being financially secure and being a greedy money grubber. One works hard to get the money they know they and their family need, the other is obsessed with acquiring more and more money, no matter the consequences.

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What is a Crowdfunding Project?

Jan 31, 2019 9:35:00 AM / by Lucas Weaver posted in crowdfunding

In this day and age of "Fintech" startups, the terminology can be a bit much to keep up with. In this post, I'll explain what we mean when we use the term "crowdfunding project" at Lendahand.

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Why does crowdfunding exist?

Jan 17, 2019 2:16:25 PM / by Lucas Weaver posted in crowdfunding

Remember the good ole days? Back when there was a king who owned everything and anyone who wanted to do something had to ask him for permission? Well, they were good days if you were a king.

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Can Anyone Become an Impact Investor?

Sep 17, 2018 11:25:49 AM / by Hannah Barkan posted in impact investing, crowdfunding

Why Impact Invest?

The power of compound interest means that long-term investing almost always makes sense. Although it involves more risk than keeping your money in the bank, investing means that you’ll be able to get higher returns year on year. In recent years, companies have made it much easier for inexperienced investors to enter the market, lowering the initial investment amount and providing risk profiles for different investing appetites.

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Entrepreneur Crowdfunding Success Stories from Lendahand: Asia Edition

Aug 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Hans Kramer posted in crowdfunding, impact investing, entrepreneurship

These great entrepreneurial stories from Asia are not covered in your daily news, but why?

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The System is Broken for Hard-Working Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Aug 15, 2018 7:05:02 PM / by Hannah Barkan posted in impact investing, crowdfunding, fighting poverty, social impact

When first starting a business, entrepreneurs almost always need some upfront capital to finance start-up costs such as buying inventory, purchasing a building, or hiring your first employees.

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Solar, Sustainability and Crowdfunding

Apr 30, 2018 1:28:12 PM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding, solar, social impact

There are various ways to combine crowdfunding and sustainability. Besides the many alternatives in The Netherlands there are other companies which focus on creating worldwide impact from the Netherlands. Improving sustainability and decreasing environmental impact is a global cause after all.

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Considering the Risk Factors in Crowdfunding

Mar 21, 2018 9:35:29 AM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding, diversification

Everyone who partakes in crowdfunding is looking for ways to minimize the risks associated with crowdfunding. But how do you do this? In what way can you influence the risks of making a bad investment?

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The History of Crowdfunding in The Netherlands

Mar 20, 2018 12:50:19 PM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a timeless concept and originates from the market of books and publications. Back then, books were only written and published if there was a sufficient amount of subscriptions that indicated a certain level of interest for that subject.  This way, writing a book was ensured to be at least a bit profitable.

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Fighting Poverty and Creating Jobs through Crowdfunding

Mar 20, 2018 11:39:57 AM / by Eduard Tee, COO posted in crowdfunding, lendahand, impact investing

With crowdfunding, it is very easy to contribute to the global fight against poverty. In order to reach this, creating jobs is considered the most important instrument. For instance, you can provide a new entrepreneur with a small loan through crowdfunding easily, so he is able to start building a life for himself and his family.

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Managing Risk in Social Impact Investing

Mar 20, 2018 11:17:07 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in crowdfunding, investing, impact investing

At Lendahand, people can invest in our local partners (banks and non-banking financial institutions) or directly to entrepreneurs through crowdfunding. These investments have interest rates of approximately 2.5 to 8 percent annually. As you can see, this is quite a difference. The higher the interest, the higher the price that needs to be paid. But the price of what, exactly?

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