Founder Series: Luke Fay of VentureCrowd

Crowdfund Vibe sat down with Luke Fay, CEO of Venture Crowd, to discuss the rise of crowdfunding in Australia. 


What was the motivation behind starting VentureCrowd?

VentureCrowd is democratising and scaling access to alternative finance. We are an alternative asset equity crowdfunding platform that provides investors with access to alternative investments, as well as entrepreneurs and property developers with access to alternative finance. All parties benefit from alignment, transparency and diversification.

The alternative asset universe has grown substantially over the past 10 years and can offer portfolio benefits such as uncorrelated returns, downside protection and improved risk/return profile. However, until VentureCrowd, direct investments in a diversified portfolio of alternative assets have been unviable to all but institutional investors or ultra high net worth investors with a family office due to large barriers to entry like ticket size, deal complexity and ongoing administration. Through fractional ownership, we offer our wholesale investors the ability to make direct investments into externally validated and curated alternative investments via an integrated platform. At the same time we provide high growth potential companies and curated property developers with access to funding that has been unavailable due to conservative risk appetites and capacity constraints from traditional sources such as banks and investment banks.

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Founder Series: Rick Chen of Pozible

Crowdfund Vibe spoke to Rick Chen, co-founder of Pozible, about crowdfunding awesome stuff and its future. 


CFV: What motivated you to start a crowdfunding platform?

RC: The passion to see great project come alive, to offer an alternative funding sources help achieve that goal.


How well known is crowdfunding in Australia? What is the coverage on crowdfunding in the traditional media?

Crowdfunding is growing very healthily in Australia, mainstream media have mostly covered crowdfunding as a valid way to fund projects. The likes of government agencies, investors, peak bodies also see crowdfunding as a way to proof concept.

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Founder Series: Gregor Gregersen of Silver Bullion

Crowdfund Vibe has sat down for a fascinating interview with Gregor Gregersen, CEO of Silver Bullion, whose novel take on P2P (Peer to Peer lending) has helped build a solid reputation in Singapore and abroad. 


CFV: What motivated you to start Silver Bullion?

GG: I was in the trading room of one of Germany’s largest banks when the 2008 financial crisis occurred.  It became very apparent then that the financial system is fragile and that the best way to protect oneself from bank defaults is ownership of physical precious metals as it provides a hedge to systemic financial risk.

Silver Bullion’s mission is to provide the safest store of value possible by eliminating financial counterparty risk and storing bullion in the safest jurisdiction today – Singapore. Our bullion secured P2P loan platform was a natural extension of our precious metals storage, making our P2P loan platform unique in the industry.

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