The vast majority of the news stories that we cover on the blog are centered in the United States, and rightly so: the North American continent accounted for $3.7 billion of the $5.1 billion global crowdfunding market in 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal. The lion’s share of that amount was raised in the U.S..
But did you know that over a quarter of the world’s crowdfunding market is in China — second only to the U.S. — and that countries all across the globe have passed their own J.O.B.S. Act-style legislation legalizing equity crowdfunding? Clearly there are things going on overseas that are impossible to ignore.
After European banks reined in their lending habits in the wake of the global recession, the E.U. has found a badly needed source of investment in crowdfunding. Europe has emerged as a haven for progressive equity-based crowdfunding ventures, capitalizing on a more lax regulatory environment than currently exists in the U.S..
Meanwhile in Asia, crowdfunding has come on strong in just the past year. While many of the most popular Western platforms do not operate on the Asian continent, locally-grown platforms like Pozible have led to viable crowdfunding markets in China and, increasingly, Japan.
The latest good news out of Asia is that regulators in India recently announced that their country was passing legislation to legalize and regulate crowdfunding for small businesses.
As home to over half of the world’s population and over a third of the global economy, Asia could be just the market that crowdfunding needs to continue its expansion over the next decade.
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