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Finally — some data on whether crowdfunding is a good investment or not

Crowdfunding has been exploding in popularity for both investors and companies in Britain over the last two years.

But we haven't had much concrete data on whether it's a good investment or not.

Until now.

Industry website AltFi and law firm Nabarro have produced a report looking at the performance of 431 past equity crowdfunding campaigns from 367 companies on platforms Crowdcube, Seedrs, SyndicateRoom, Venture Founders, and CrowdBnk. The report covers 2011 to June of this year.

The results are, well, mixed. The report classifies the companies on a sliding scale from realisation — the company went public or was acquired at a price that gave crowdfunding investors a profit — to red — the company has shut down and investors have lost everything.

Here's what it found:

302 companies are "green," which means they're still tr...

LG has scrapped the launch of its latest smartwatch
Posted November 20, 2015 0:22 AM
LG has scrapped the launch of its latest smartwatch

LG has cancelled the launch of its new Android smartwatch and claims that a "hardware issue" is to blame, reports Android Police.

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was an Android Wear smartwatch that could work independently from a smartphone. It ran Android Wear watch apps, like fitness trackers and a music player. It looked like a pretty good smartwatch.


Sony is going to let people play old PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation 4

Sony has confirmed that it plans to bring retro PlayStation 2 games to the PlayStation 4, The Verge reports.

It looks like Sony has hidden the ability for the PlayStation 4 to play old games in the console without telling anyone.

The recent release of "Star Wars: Battlefront" included retro games that ran smoothly, so it's technically possible for PlayStation 2 games to run on the PlayStation 4.

Wired asked Sony about possible PlayStation 2 emulation, which would mean that the PlayStation 4 could run the older games. Sony told Wired that "“We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation, we have nothing further to comment at this point in time.”

A tiny part of Square’s business could make it a Wall Street darling (SQ)

Square finished a bumpy ride to the public markets on Thursday, losing half of its value in its IPO pricing and then popping 45% on is first day of trading.

As the IPO buzz and excitement settles, questions about the digital payments company's business prospects are taking center stage. 

Square's revenue growth is slowing, while losses widen, and some wonder whether its core payment processing business is getting commoditized with shrinking margins.

But there’s a tiny part of Square that may hold the key to taking the company beyond its core business: Square Capital.

Square Capital is its cash advance unit that has processed more than $300 million since its launch in May 2014.

$10 billion startup WeWork displaced an anti-eviction group to make room for more startups

An anti-eviction defense group has been displaced by WeWork, a $10 billion startup that turns office floors into co-working spaces for other startups. It's ironic — and totally appropriate for San Francisco in 2015.

The Eviction Defense Collaboration and Tenants Together  are losing their office space to the coworking company as it takes over their floor in an office building, as reported by San Francisco Magazine.

The groups shared the 12th floor of 995 Market St in what's nicknamed the Twitter Tax corridor because of the tax break San Francisco gave to tech companies to entice them to locate in that part of the city. WeWork already occupied the first 11 floors of the building.

Why Square wound up pricing its IPO so low
Posted November 19, 2015 4:6 PM
Why Square wound up pricing its IPO so low

There was a lot of hand-wringing on Wednesday night when digital payments startup Square set its initial public offering price at $9 per share.

The price was below the the $11-13 range Square had initially set. That, in turn, was well below the $15.46-per-share price at which it sold stock in its last private funding round.

The IPO price gave the company a market cap of $2.9 billion at the time of IPO — less than half of the $6 billion private valuation it had in its last round of funding.

In the end, the stock ended up surging 

The 15 most expensive homes for sale in the Silicon Valley town that was named America's priciest zip code

For the third year in a row, Atherton, California, has been named America's most expensive zip code by Forbes.

It's no surprise, then, that the small Silicon Valley town surrounded by tech giants like Facebook and Google is filled to the brim with luxury real estate. The most recent analysis found that the median listing price for a home in Atherton was a whopping $10.6 million. Tech billionaires Paul Allen, Eric Schmidt, Meg Whitman, and Sheryl Sandberg have all called the town home at one point.

Our friends at Point2Homes helped us find the most expensive homes for sale in Atherton right now. Not a single one of the 15 most expensive homes is asking less than $10 million. 

Like a hidden oasis, this Atherton mansion is nestled snugly between its landscaped greenery.


Square raised a lot less money than other high-profile tech IPOs of the last 5 years

Square's IPO was a mixed bag. The shares were underpriced at $9, and finished the day at $13 — the upper end of where Square originally priced them. Although the company's valuation was slashed from the $6 billion that late-stage investors valued it at a year ago, those investors still made a killing

But the real purpose of going public is to raise money for continuing operations. Square's IPO was smaller than a lot of other high-profile tech IPOs of the last 5 years, as this chart from

Uterus transplants could let men get pregnant — but there's a catch

Last week, The New York Times reported that within a few months, doctors are planning to conduct the first uterus transplants in the US.

For women who are born without a uterus, have one that is damaged, or have had it removed, implanting a healthy uterus from a dead or living donor offers the tantalizing possibility of getting pregnant and giving birth to their own child.

As many as 50,000 women in the United States might be candidates for this surgery.

But this naturally begs the question: Could uterus transplants allow men to get pregnant?

Here's what Rebecca Flyckt, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic who is part of the team that plans to perform a uterus transplant in the US,

The iPad Pro is great, but the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is better for most people (AAPL, MSFT)

This holiday shopping season, both Microsoft and Apple have tablets that they claim can replace your laptop.

I've used both the Apple iPad Pro, which starts at $799, and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which starts at $899, extensively at this point.

And I can tell you that if you're looking for a great-looking, gigantic tablet to get stuff done, it's hard to go wrong.

But that doesn't mean both tablets are created equal — it's all about what you need them for.