OurCrowd Raises $25M, Largest Investment in an Equity Crowdfunding Platform Yet

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OurCrowd Closes $25M Series B Round — OurCrowd, the Israel-based equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, announced earlier this week that it raised a $25 million Series B private funding round. The company claims this is the largest investment in an equity crowdfunding platform to date.

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Kickstarter, one of the leading crowdfunding platforms around, celebrated its fifth birthday on Monday. No birthday should go without a celebration, so Kickstarter is hosting a block party this Saturday from noon to 6pm. The party will take place at its office in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood (of Girls fame), at 58 Kent Street.

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