Gridmates’ first initiative benefits Community First! Village, which is well on its way to becoming the world’s first community powered by crowdsourced energy. A groundbreaking project in its own right, Community First! Village is a 27-acre master-planned complex in East Austin that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for approximately 240 chronically homeless people.
SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/04/peer-peer-energy-sharing-reduce-energy-poverty/Read More →
Plagued by high interest rates after graduating from NYU, Chicotsky turned to his community to get out of debt. He paid off the loans completely through crowdsourcing, or accepting donations from individual backers, frequently done over the Internet. Through Upstart, an online peer-lending website, Chicotsky found supporters in friends, family and even executives, like a vice president of Google.
SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2015/04/loans-paid-with-online-currencyRead More →
An in-depth look at the features available on the big data analytics app Krowdster. The article dives in to the powerful research and promotional tools available to users. Expanding the success of crowdfunding campaign creators with data and information rather than hype and prayers. Features are enabled for 7 days at no charge to registered users and continue for as little as $49. Premium users have access to the extensive contact database of reports that write about crowdfunding campaigns on major sites.Read More →
Editor’s Note: Thinking about starting a crowdfunding campaign but don’t know where to begin? Check out the advice column below from Rose Spinelli, a crowdfunding campaign consultant who runs The Crowdfundamentals and was named as a top 100 crowdfunding thought leader. Rose is answering questions from the crowd about raising cash via rewards-based crowdfunding. You can submit your own questions to Rose via tweet, Facebook or Google Plus comment, or leaving it in the comments below. You can find her previous tips here.
The question, via email:
Hi Rose, Very impressed that your name kept coming up with when I was researching crowdfunding. I was wondering what your thoughts are on collecting leads through a landing page with a hardware product video before the crowdfunding launch. Best, Barry Mueller
That’s an excellent idea. I did a little research and found a study by EyeviewDigital stating that using video on a landing page can increase conversions by 80 percent.
For those who are unfamiliar, a landing page is a way to capture valuable information, like email addresses, that come to you via Google searches, social media, or blogs, so that you can develop ongoing interactions as you gear up for your campaign. So it’s an extremely useful tool for project creators to stay in touch with the crowd — and specifically, to get them to cross over from voyeur to backer.
Once they get there, in order for them to take the step to sign up, the skilled marketer will somehow sweeten the deal with an enticing call to action. A video that wows viewers with your hardware product capabilities stands a good chance of doing the trick.
A video also ensures that time spent on your page will increase, and if you feature yourself in the video you stand an excellent chance of increasing trust viewers feel towards you. But we are fickle and our attention spans are short. So be sure to keep these points in mind.
Check that load time is quick by testing the video on multiple devices
A one-minute video has a 50 percent higher success rate than a two-minute video.
Make sure to circulate your landing page by posting it widely, such as on online communities where your particular audiences — which you have of course researched already! — hang out.
With about two days to spare the Save the Finlandia crowdsourcing campaign has hit its goal.
The Indiegogo crowd fundraising campaign surpassed the $15,000 mark on Sunday, nearly 40 hours before the deadline to hit that total.
SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.tbnewswatch.com/Artsentertainment/370212/Finlandia_crowdsourcing_campaign_surpasses_$15,000_mark_with_nearly_two_days_to_spareRead More →
Solar Crowdfunding: In Need Of A Kickstart | ForbesThe corporate debt in question is an innovative new product from SolarCity known asSolar Bonds. Solar Bonds allow an investor—be it an individual or an organization—to generate a rate of return from the solar power systems SolarCity is installing across the country. In essence, the investor lends SolarCity money, SolarCity uses the money to install an array on a household, the household pays SolarCity for the array, and the investor gets paid back, with interest.
Are crowdfunding sites becoming too political? | CnetThis wasn’t an isolated incident. Just a week ago, Indiegogo removed another campaign to raise cash to pay the legal bills of a white officer charged with murder in the killing of a black man, after a witness’ smartphone video of the shooting went viral. In that case, the campaign for now-former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager raised more than $1,300 of its projected $5,000 goal before it was taken down. GoFundMe, another crowdfunding site, removed a similar page supporting Slager.
JSU starts study abroad crowdfunding campaign | The Clarion-LedgerJackson State University plans to send 140 students abroad with the help of a crowdfunding campaign. JSU Passport to the World features study abroad opportunities in China, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, France and Spain. With a price tag of about $2,000, many students are relying on financial aid to cover the cost, according to Pricilla Slade, special assistant to the provost for JSU-Global and Community College Relations.
Crowdsourcing Freedom | The Daily BeastDavid Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and has been called a “pioneer in online activism” by The New York Times. He is working to find new ways to spread political freedom globally, and he recently launchedMovements.org as a crowdsourcing human rights platform. Movements gives people the ability to connect directly with activists on the front lines.
City govt begins crowdsourcing of Budget | Deccan HeraldThe two were among hundreds of residents of the Patparganj Assembly constituency, represented by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, who on Sunday expressed their voice at the ‘Janata ka Budget’ (People’s Budget) initiative launched by the Arvind Kejriwal government to involve voters in budget making. The brainchild of Kejriwal, the ‘Janata ka Budget’ scheme takes budget making to the doorsteps of the people and encourages them to decide where the development funds should be spent. Apart from Patparganj, 11 other constituencies will also witness such an exercise.
Crowdsourcing Vs. Crowdstaffing: What’s The Difference | B2CUnlike crowdsourcing — which connects freelancers directly to employers and consumers, or solicits assistance from a large group of independent recruiters to aid in the hiring of permanent employees — Crowdstaffing focuses on rcruiting contingent workers as part of a Managed Service Provider (MSP) program. Crowdstaffing providers plug into MSP programs just as other staffing suppliers, however they utilize a large group of independent global recruiters to conduct searches for qualified candidates; traditional staffing suppliers use teams of internal recruiters to accomplish the same task, which is less efficient and more expensive.
Open innovation | The Times of IndiaIndian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, organised its annual showcase of research projects for the public on April 18. Some of the projects exhibited included a nanomaterial-based device for water purification, a portable low-cost device for early detection of infectious disease and a 3D model of Karnataka’s Vithala temple, among others. Researchers plan to seek patents for many of the projects soon while some others are in the process of being patented.
The FTC wants to talk about the ‘sharing economy’ | The Washington PostAnd now the Federal Trade Commission wants to talk about what it means for consumers. The agency announced Friday it will host a public workshop to “examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues raised by the proliferation of online and mobile peer-to peer business platforms” in June.Read More →
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Canadian Equity CrowdFunding Symposium, May 5th 2015 Toronto
Annual CrowdFunding USA 2015 The Future of Investing May 7th, 8th Washington D.C.
Euro CrowdFunding Summit 2015
2015 CrowdFunding World Tour Conference & Expo
Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
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Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon. With a low-cost launch, they now have a lander with the potential for precision landings driven by new system on a chip (SOC) technologies developed by Nvidia with help from General Electric. Read More
Innovation, growth, technology, user experience, revenue and gross margin have become synonymous with how you define success for a tech startup. What is missing from this list is local, state, and federal regulation; terms that startups in the financial technology sector understand far too well as either barriers to or catalysts for growth and early success. Read More
Flight or invisibility? The age-old question about which superpower one would choose unveils a preference for either showboating or stealth. When the same lens is applied to wearable technology, the question becomes rhetorical. We do not want to be overshadowed or defined by our devices. Rather, we want to retain a sense of agency. Technology should serve as a secret helper. Enter… Read More
The on-demand delivery market has now raised more money in the first four months of 2015 than it did in all of 2014, and the latest beneficiary is the Brazilian mobile application and content developer Movile. The company has received a $40 million commitment from the South African technology investor and media company, Naspers . Read More
On October 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto proposed “a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust.” Yet, it can be fairly argued that trust, or a lack thereof, has been at the heart of the troubles in the Bitcoin ecosystem since that day. While the technology has been and continues to be robust, the failure of a few individuals to meet their fiduciary or legal… Read More
In Silicon Valley, the percentage of women starting technology companies is astronomically low, at a rate around 3 percent. Of privately held companies, only 6.5 percent have a female CEO, and 1.3 percent have a female founder. How is this the case, when women are earning more than half of all bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees for the first time in history? Read More
A new technology from researchers at Ohio State allows runners to feel as if they are speeding up or slowing down naturally. The treadmill-based tech takes sonar readings of the user’s position on the belt and can tell when to crank things up or slow things down. Created by Steven T. Devor, associate professor of kinesiology, and former graduate student Cory Scheadler, the system… Read More
FREYGEIST hat das E-Bike neu gedacht. Die Technologie eines modernen E-Bikes im Design eines klassischen Fahrrads bietet herausragende Fahreigenschaften. Im Klartext – 12 kg leicht ohne …Read More →
Crowdfunding site GoFundMe rejects a fundraising campaign for officer Michael Thomas Slager –On the Bonus Show: AT&T is fined for customer data theft, IS militants release 200 Yazidi…Read More →
To get involved with this film, go to… https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sacred-country Synopsis: Mary is not like other girls. Mary is a boy. The only thing is, it’s a secret… It’s…Read More →
Florist Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, refused to provide flowers for the 2013 same-sex wedding of her long-time customers Robert Ingersoll and Curt…Read More →
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Indiana’s Memories Pizza said that it wouldn’t cater to gay weddings affirming their stance on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The declaration was met with a rush of support on crowdfunding…Read More →
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