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Reflecting on 2015 for Crowdsurfer

December 18, 2015 • By Emily Mackay


It’s a huge technical challenge to bring to life a data service for a new high-growth market (estimated at around $40B globally). We're tackling it with big data engineering, bespoke technology development and great support and input from the crowd finance community and early beta clients.

2015 has been a phenomenal year for Crowdsurfer, as we build the world’s data service for crowd finance globally.

It’s a huge technical challenge to bring to life a data service for a new high-growth market (estimated at around $40B globally). We're tackling it with big data engineering, bespoke technology development and great support and input from the crowd finance community and early beta clients.

We started the year with just 6 people, and quickly became 14. Unusually for a technology company, we have succeeded in a gender balanced team and are particular proud of our 50:50 male to female ratio! While we’re headquartered in the UK, we’re an international bunch, and the team have worked from China, South Africa, South America, US and continental Europe.

The effort from our expanded team has seen the data we gather on the crowd finance world shoot up from just 100 platforms at the start of the year to over 500 platforms today. That's over 800 million data points gathered (and counting). The crowd finance industry is growing fast, so there’s lots more yet to come.

Just piecing together a jigsaw of raw data is not nearly enough to give the world insight into how crowdfunding technology is shaking up finance. In fact it’s just the tip of the iceberg; there needs to be ways of extracting or examining the data to derive new intelligence.

For this reason, our online dashboard is flourishing into a super-fast, powerful tool, allowing users to pull new insights on crowd finance in milliseconds. In 2015, we’ve been privileged to work with contributing platforms, regulatory and economics bodies, corporate venturing teams, start-up businesses and the finance world to further their understanding of marketplace finance.

<I>Investigating success rates for Cleantech using our dashboard</I>

Already we are answering questions about the development of crowdfunding and marketplace lending in various countries, the attractiveness of this form of funding for corporate/SME/individual financing and the nature of the funding that is taking place. We have platforms and beta clients wishing to track the products, businesses and communities that have been both successful and unsuccessful in raising funds through the crowd.

As we look forward to 2016, we will continue to expand the breadth and richness of the data we collect, enhance the dashboard and expand our user access. If you’d like to find out more about working with us, or the data service itself, drop us a line: hello@crowdsurfer.com.

Season’s greetings and best wishes for a peaceful 2016!

Emily Mackay