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Crowdfunding presentation at British Library

Next Tuesday (27th April) I’m giving a presentation on crowdfunding at the British Library. I’ll be covering three areas: How the venture investment landscape is changing and what it will mean for entrepreneurs. The different models of crowdfunding and what they are suited to. How Trampoline organised a successful equity crowdfunding project. See the full [...]

Crowdfunding presentation at Minibar

Last night I gave a talk about crowdfunding at Minibar London. The audience mainly consisted of people working on early-stage ventures. I took a straw poll about funding. Some had already raised finance from friends and family or institutional sources. Many more were planning to raise money in the coming year. I tried to present [...]

First tranche of crowdfunding investment completed

I’m pleased to announce that the first tranche of Trampoline’s crowdfunding process was successfully completed today. We had all the investor commitments more than a month ago but it took til now to get the paperwork drawn up and executed. The last few signatures came in earlier today. This is an exciting moment for Trampoline [...]

Trampoline featured in Growth Business article on the VC crisis

Nick Britton at Growth Business has written a thoughtful article analysing the current malaise in the venture capital industry. He quotes research that aggregate VC investment in the UK has shrunk by 63% since 2006 (from £2 billion to £750). That’s a much grimmer picture than the 30% global decline reported by Deloitte. In the [...]

Charles Armstrong interviewed for Out-Law podcast

Yesterday afternoon I recorded a ten minute interview with Out-Law, the technology law website run by international law firm Pinsent Masons. This has now been published as a podcast. The interview starts at 2:30.

Techcrunch article on Trampoline crowdfunding

Yesterday night, as the Perseid meteorites streaked through Earth’s atmosphere, published a provocative article on Trampoline’s decision to “jump the VC ship” and raise finance via crowdfunding. Techcrunch has established itself as the journal of record for tech startups and the venture capital industry so this was bound to create a bit of a [...]

Sunday Telegraph feature on Trampoline Crowdfunding

Today’s Sunday Telegraph includes a feature on Trampoline’s Crowdfunding initiative written by the paper’s Enterprise Editor, Richard Tyler. The article discusses how conventional venture capital financing can lead businesses to raise progressively larger sums of money regardless of whether that’s what they actually need. As Trampoline proceeds down the crowdfunding path it will be interesting [...]

Financial Times on Trampoline & alternative finance

Hot on the heels of last Wednesday’s feature, today’s Financial Times includes an article discussing Trampoline’s crowdfunding initiative as an example of alternative sources of finance being sought by SMEs.

Financial Times feature on Trampoline’s Crowdfunding

Today the FT wrote an excellent two-column feature discussing Trampoline’s decision to raise finance through crowdfunding. The article quotes the experience of Sellaband using crowdfunding in the music industry and the vital role played by personal networks. The paper even included the photo Al took yesterday in front of the Bishopsgate tower. The article text [...]




Crowdfunding is an alternative approach to raising finance. It’s been developed over the last decade, principally in the film and music industries. Unlike traditional models which rely on large contributions one or two institutions crowdfunding is based on raising small sums from many number of people, who are typically linked by social networks or shared interests.

Find out more about Crowdfunding

Trampoline Systems

Trampoline Systems is an award-winning software business based in London (UK). The company is attracting attention from around the world for its SONAR social analytic technology and its vision of how corporations must evolve.