Tag Archives: crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is 4x hotter than crowdsourcing but hybrid models are the real story

Crowdsourcing isn’t new, just look at the pyramids. The essence of crowdsourcing is splitting a large task into micro-tasks for others to accomplish. This is powerful because it (hypothetically) lets you accomplish large labor-intensive tasks relatively easily; certainly there are challenges. Crowdfunding works the same way; individuals or companies can raise large sums of money […]

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 socially-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 […]

Decoding the JOBS Act | Harvard Law Forum

All the buzz about crowdfunding regualtion in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act needs clarification, though as you’ll see the lines are still very hazy. Comments on these provisions are due in February 2014. Below are key excerpts to help clarify what’s currently in place as of 10/23/2013. This comes directly from the Harvard Law School […]

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 […]

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Bullish on the Crowdfunding Economy Despite The Serious Pitfalls

Time magazine recently posted an article on the growth of the ‘crowdfunding economy’ enabled by the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which passed through the federal government with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Obama. Under JOBS, companies can sell ownership shares to investors via websites and social media channels […]

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

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

Crowdfunding: The New Way To Finance Your Personal Life – Forbes

Why should you care about crowdfunding? Because you can fund anything, including your personal life! Do you have a project you’ve been working on or a cause you’d like to support? Make it happen quickly and socially with sites like kickstarter.com or fundanything.com. This ability for literally anyone to gather funds from friends, family, and […]

Kickstarter + Harvard MOOCs + Worms = Neuroscience for the People

Check out this kickstarter campaign for a Harvard online (free) neuroscience course. It’s a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) through edX.org – they want to leverage crowdfunding to provide all the students with tools to perform experiments at home, bringing science to the masses. Pretty cool – check it out. What else is possible when […]

Crowdfunding Raises More Than $76K for Homeless Good Samaritan

Honesty pays, thanks to the crowd! A Boston homeless man found a backpack full of $40K… and he returned it! After his kind act, a total stranger created a crowdfunding page for him on gofundme.com. The campaign raised $76K! Talk about a good return on your decision. Crowdfunding raises more than $76k for homeless good samaritan […]

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 […]

Lessons Learned By A Major Automaker with a Kickstarter-like Inititative

A recent interview with an Innovation Manager at one of the major US based automakers led to discussions on a Kickstarter.com-like challenge they ran with employees. The goal was to enable their workers, those that make and market their automobiles, to develop innovations from the front lines. Employees formed small teams, developed their ideas, and submitted […]

Crowdfunding college – Startups and MOOCs lowering the upfront cost of education

Check out this CNBC article on lowering the cost of education. Step 1 – take whichever class you can online to save on tuition. This refers to the emerging trend of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Step 2 – get backers to loan you money at lower rates than available elsewhere. See Pave – a […]

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) […]