Category Crowdsourcing

Uber's anti-Lyft "Shave the Stache" campaign

Uber-Competitive: The ride-sharing platform war gets aggressive

Uber is a multi-sided platform for ride-sharing. Potential passengers connect with taxi drivers using a smartphone app where gps location sharing, pickup timing (typically within 8 minutes of request), and payment are all executed online. No money exchanges hands. Drivers qualify to pick up riders after completing some basic paperwork and training, which may or […]

Indiegogo “Outpost” allows companies to crowdfund – But can’t they already?

Indiegogo, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms, has just announced that it will release a new product called “Outpost” that allows companies to integrate the platform into their own websites. Firms can use crowdfunding to raise capital for┬ásocially-driven projects, gauge demand for new products, or work with the crowd to develop their products. […]

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Developing an “Internal Kickstarter” program at Fidelity Investments

The Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT) is the innovation lab of Fidelity Investments. FCAT’s role is to explore new technologies and methods on behalf of the functional business units at the company. In 2013, FCAT began discussing the idea of starting an internal “Kickstarter” program and assigned me to prepare the research. My boss […]

Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t a Threat to Venture Capital

Here’s a blog post from Entrepreneur.com that discusses the same issues that I touched on in my recent post: Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t a Threat to Venture Capital | Entrepreneur.com. The JOBS Act has effectively loosened restrictions on equity-based investing in startups via crowdsoucing, but will this take the place of Venture Capital? This blog […]

Indiegogo Co-Founder Says “Openness” Differentiates Them From Kickstarter

TheGrill: Indiegogo Co-Founder – Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding (Video) – TheWrap.

TopCoder Teams with NASA and National Geographic

TopCoder is teaming up with NASA (again) to continue to accelerate the pace of space exploration. TopCoder is a crowdsourcing and open innovation platform that allows individuals or companies to post ‘contests’ for the TopCoder community to tackle. Users from around the world compete for the business – it’s a competition, only the best submission […]

Crowdsourcing A Floating City on Indiegogo

Check out this Indiegogo project happening now to fund the creation of a mini-floating city. They’ve just met their $20K goal, and still have 6 days left in their crowdfuning campaign. Pledges go to pay experienced European designers to develop the project state-side. I find this very interesting because it’s not just about funding, it’s […]

Crowdsourcing Weather

Here’s a great example of a company using existing networks to generate value. A team of app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information. Tiny thermometers usually prevent smartphones from dangerously overheating, but the researchers discovered the battery temperatures tell a story […]

Crowdfunding Against Big Coal | Steve Fenberg

Check out this group of activists utilizing crowdfunding to get their message heard and build support. Crowdfunding Against Big Coal | Steve Fenberg. Chris Kluesener

Short video: What is Crowdsourcing?

Check out this brief history and overview of crowdsourcing. I found it interesting. Chris Kluesener What is Crowdsourcing? – YouTube. Related articles Interview: David Alan Grier on crowdsourcing (writeforwiley.com) A Guide to Crowdsourcing Sites (shawnoreily.com) Keep Track Of Politicians’ Promises With New Crowdsourcing App (lifehacker.com.au) Crowdsourcing is For the Birds (drudge.com) Connecticut Crowdsources Tourism (centralctpost.com) […]