The Ups, Downs and God-Only-Knows of Bitcoin

In the words of Amir Blumenfeld from CollegeHumor: “Holy guac! These bitcoin things are a dinky-donkey. I gotta have one… b-b-b-b-b-b-baaaad!”

Even if you live in a cave, you must surely have heard of bitcoin, the cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system that’s been around since 2009. For a while it just quietly did its thing, …

Hull is the Ideal City for Property Investment

Whether you live and work in Hull or have never visited, Prople has created a brilliant investment opportunity for everyone. Using the popular crowdfunding method, you can secure shares in our luxury apartments for as little as £2,000 and take advantage of an 8% ROI if you remain an investor for at least three …

What Could You Buy with an Extra £800 a Year?

Prople is where luxury property meets crowdfunding. A large number of people buy shares in our stylish apartments in Hull’s newly regenerated Fruit Market, allowing us to create and maintain the very best in modern living, while you benefit from an attractive return of 8% a year. Sounds good so far, right?

Anyone can take …

The Easy Way to Grow a Small Fortune

With a multitude of options available, investing money can be tricky. Many people still default to bank-based ISAs without assessing how limited they are in terms of potential. To take a few big name examples, HSBC offers up to 0.5% and Halifax varies from 0.2% to ten times as much depending on which type …

A University that’s Reshaping the City’s Economy

The University of Hull is an excellent place to study, which is reflected in its winning of an Outstanding Administrative Services trophy at the Times Higher Education Awards, plus a £200m redevelopment project that’s transforming its many listed and iconic buildings. What’s more, the campus also contains Hull University Business School (HUBS), the home …

Why Peak Stuff is good news for Crowdfunding as an investment model

Peak Oil is something most of us have heard of – it is essentially the realisation that oil is running out but is more specifically defined as the point at which the extraction of oil has reached its maximum and goes into terminal decline as an available, naturally occurring resource. But now we are increasingly seeing media reports of Peak Stuff – its everywhere, every analyst and every economist has latched on to the fact that, for apparently no good reason, we have simply stopped buying as much ‘stuff’.

How Crowdfunding can turn powerlessness into power

Fear is an incredibly powerful emotional state. It can paralyse us or it can fill us with a high-intensity urge to fight our way out of trouble. The paralysis option usually manifests itself directly from a sense of powerlessness – and we don’t have to look far to see endless examples of this in our everyday lives.
We individually feel powerless in the face of financial pressures; rising prices; and economic uncertainty. We feel ‘frozen out’ of the big conversations and their resultant decisions. Essentially we don’t get to have a say in how things play out.

Necessity is the mother of invention…and Crowdfunding

Sometimes ignorance really is bliss. This blog is not advocating ignorance as a way forward or indeed trumpeting it as a life tool of any sort – we’re merely saying that, occasionally, sticking one’s head in the stand is temporarily preferable to engaging with reality. Every so often it is perfectly and normally human to feel the urge to take our lead from ostriches.

Why Crowdfunding could actually save your life

“Is there a Doctor in the house?” is a shout that only goes up when illness or injury has come suddenly and publicly upon some unfortunate individual – usually in a public space or amenity and very occasionally in appalling incidences of catastrophe or terror. That call can only be answered by a very, very select few. The few who chose to dedicate a minimum of seven years to the study of the human body’s function and vulnerabilities and also to the alleviation of the pain and distress that those vulnerabilities facilitate.

Q: So, Mr President , how did you win the election? A: “Crowdfunding”

3,000 years ago, a heavily armed 6ft 9in giant strode out from the ranks of the Philistine army each morning for 40 days and bellowed the same message to their Israelite opposition across the valley: “Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”
Eventually on the 40th day, a young shepherd (who happened to be delivering food to his soldier brothers that morning) took him up on his challenge and stepped forward, armed only with five smooth stones and a sling.
The giant was Goliath and the boy was David. The rest is – quite literally – history.