Articles By Bret Conkin

Why Canadian real estate developers are exploring crowdfunding

Fintech is a growing phenomenon in the real estate sector as industry players look for innovative ways to bring projects to market. A few months back I had the pleasure to converse with

Published on: June 21st, 2018 Bret Conkin

Real estate crowdfunding in Canada: portal insights for 2017/18

Real estate and fintech have been integrating in exciting new ways in recent years. Real estate online investment or crowdfunding has been a sector that has attracted significant interest in the U.S. over

Published on: June 12th, 2018 Bret Conkin

Grow 2015: Unicorns & the Silicon Valley fundraising market

Whistler, B.C. -- "It's never been easier to raise $1M for a startup in the Valley." Tomas Tunguz, a venture capitalist with RedPoint Ventures in Silicon Valley shared fundraising insights to a packed

Published on: August 20th, 2015 Bret Conkin

Frontfundr platforms launches, benefits from new investing regulations

A crowd of B.C.’s venture and finance communities gathered yesterday at The Profile in Vancouver to network and herald the launch of Frontfundr, Canada’s newest crowdfunding platform. Their timing appears impeccable with the

Published on: May 28th, 2015 Bret Conkin

Can big data reinvent consumer loans for Canadians?

What are the borrowing options for middle class Canadians today? The spotty customer service, hidden fees and slow turnaround of traditional bank loans? The ultra high rates of credit cards or payday loan

Published on: April 24th, 2015 Bret Conkin

A fearless look ahead at crowdfunding in Canada for 2015

Crowdfunding hit the mainstream in Canada in 2014 with a record campaign for wireless speaker The Core by Mass Fidelity raising $1.3 million to lead the way. This raise was 60 per cent

Published on: January 6th, 2015 Bret Conkin

How well I predicted crowdfunding in Canada for 2014

Twelve months have passed  since my predictions in ITBusiness.ca on how the 2014 Canadian crowdfunding sector would unfold.  So here’s a look back and scorecard using a one to five scale (with five

Published on: December 17th, 2014 Bret Conkin

How to pitch media on covering your startup

The fact is that marketing your business investment opportunity or campaign will help you attract investors. One of the best ways to create “eyeballs” on your borrowing (or crowdfunding) and business is to

Published on: November 10th, 2014 Bret Conkin

4 reasons ‘crowdlending’ will be bigger than crowdfunding

What if I told you that debt crowdfunding, also known as debt crowdlending, will grow to be bigger than any of the other models? Let's take the market pulse... The Coolest Cooler campaign

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Bret Conkin

What Batman can teach you about enterprise CSR

In this follow-up to my last post 4 Ways your Brand's Social Responsibility is falling short, I introduce a new frame for brands on how to get a much bigger bang for their CSR

Published on: June 11th, 2014 Bret Conkin

4 reasons your brand’s social responsibility efforts are falling short

As a Procter & Gamble brand alumnus and 25-year marketer, I've seen a lot of brands - Crest, Vicks, HBC, Lotto 6/49 among them - trying to use causes and good works to

Published on: June 4th, 2014 Bret Conkin

The funding continuum enters stage left

The rules posted yesterday by Canadian securities regulators are still being digested, but upon first read, they appear very encouraging for Canadian startups, small business and even public issuers. The regulators have struck

Published on: March 25th, 2014 Bret Conkin

10 Bold Predictions for Crowdfunding in 2014

1. Alternative Financing is not a trend. Venture capital is being democratized. More and more entrepreneurs will build crowdfunding into their funding cycle to tap supporters. The market validation, feedback and community building

Published on: January 2nd, 2014 Bret Conkin

Born to be Wired – A week in the life of a software startup

Bret Conkin is the CMO for FundRazr. Christian Sander is the CTO. This post is a diary of a week’s interaction in a small, fast-growing startup to illustrate the contacts, challenges and flow

Published on: December 3rd, 2013 Bret Conkin

Bringing Crowdfunding to Main Street

Introduction: My ITBusiness.ca blog will cover posts around marketing, social media, crowdfunding and the intersection of marketing and IT. I hope you find it educational and discover new perspectives that you can apply.

Published on: November 18th, 2013 Bret Conkin