The latest review by Crowdfunding-Website-Reviews has placed Christian crowdfunding site Continue to Give with a homepage placement and a 4+ star review. The team at Continue to Give has brought exceptional technologies to churches and non-profit fundraising efforts. They have gone beyond basic crowdfunding by incorporating QR codes, Facebook donation enabler and onsite kiosks bringing a major upgrade to church’s and missions ability to raise funds to continue to do their important work. Most impressive is their customer service supported by a boldly shown toll-free phone number (that actually gets answered. Something not often found on crowdfunding sites.Read More →
Funding Circle, one of the leading peer-to-peer lending platforms, announced earlier this week that it has launched a fractional loan marketplace in the US.
The new marketplace allows lenders (currently, only accredited investors are allowed to participate) to diversify their loans, helping to reduce their overall risk. Lenders will be able to purchase pieces of secured small business loans ranging in size from $25,000 to $500,000 and in term from one to five years, with rates of 5.99-20.99 percent, according to the press release announcing the news.
“We’ve been thinking about this for a long time, literally since we started the company,” co-founder Sam Hodges told Crowdsourcing.org.
Hodges believes the new marketplace will be good for all parties involved: borrowers, lenders, and the platform itself.
“We think this market is really good for the investors because it allows them to diversify by investing across a broader set of loans, with a smaller dollar amount per loan,” Hodges explained. “We think it’s good for borrowers because it brings more capital in. And it’s good for us because it means we have an additional leg of the liquidity stool, if you will, meaning that our funding sources are now more diversified. As we ramp up, it’ll make it easier for us to grow.”
Before the fractional loan marketplace launched, lenders could either fund a loan outright, or invest their money in an affiliate fund, managed by Funding Circle, that purchases debt obligations underwritten by the platform. The fund, Hodges explained, is geared toward lenders who would like to make a larger dollar investment and for Funding Circle to allocate the money on their behalf, and prefer the reporting attributes that a limited partnership structure brings with it. The funds Funding Circle offers saw a lot of interest from institutional investors — family offices, institutions, and high net worth individuals.
The fractional loan marketplace offers lenders a greater degree of control over what businesses their money is supporting. A lender who puts in $50,000, Hodges explained, can spread the loan across as many as 50 businesses.
“From a diversification perspective, it’s certainly compelling,” Hodges stressed.
The new product launched only on Tuesday, but Hodges said his company is already pleased with the amount of enthusiasm the fractional loan marketplace has generated.
Looking to 2015, Hodges said Funding Circle is aiming to ramp up loan origination numbers and expand the variety of the types of loans the company offers.Read More →
Surfwear maker Quiksilver, smoothie shop Jamba Juice and the pop band One Direction are just a few of the brands looking for help on creative crowdsourcing websites such as Talenthouse and Tongal. Companies pay a fee to post a need. Musicians, designers, videographers and other artists weigh in with pitches. The best submissions earn payouts of a few hundred dollars to many thousands.
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Will Crowdfunding Attract Private Investors to 3 WTC? | National Real Estate InvestorBen Miller admits the offering is the most complex as well as prominent one arranged by Fundrise since its founding in 2012, notes Crain’s. “The World Trade Center is the most significant real estate project in the country, maybe the world,” Miller added. “It was important for us to be a part of it.”
MobCraft Sold on Virtues of Equity Crowdfunding Despite Missed Goal | xconomyThe results are in for one of the first equity crowdfunding campaigns in Wisconsin—and likely the nation—and the entrepreneurs behind it are pretty happy with the results, despite coming up shy of their goal. MobCraft Beer, a craft beer startup based in Madison, WI, recently closed the fundraising campaign it was running through CraftFund. The site, which is based in Milwaukee, is among the first allowing startups to find investors and sell shares in their businesses over the Internet.
Sundance: Indiegogo Touts Crowdfunding Record for ‘Dear White People’ | VarietyCrowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced that Sundance award winner “Dear White People,” which raised its initial production funds on Indiegogo, has broken the U.S. domestic box office record for a crowdfunded film. Since its opening on Oct. 17, the comedy has grossed $4.4 million domestically for Roadside Attractions.
Freelancer Shares Are On A Tear After The Crowdsourcing Marketplace Announces Record Growth | Business InsiderFreelancer, the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, today announced record receipts from customers of $7.4 million in the December quarter, up 7.6% on the previous three months. CEO Matt Barrie says Freelancer continues to demonstrate exceptional growth, with record receipts from customers, registered users and posted projects.
Super Bowl XLIX to feature more brand-driven crowdsourcing than ever | The DrumAs technology evolves, so do trends in advertising. According to marketing platform Crowdtap, crowdsourcing is a trend that will be seen a lot during Super Bowl XLIX and is a strategy that is here to stay. In a poll of more than 6,000 Americans, Crowdtap found that 61 per cent of consumers will update their Facebook statuses if asked to interact socially by a Super Bowl ad.
SK schools survey uses crowdsourcing model | Kitsap SunThe survey, available through a platform called Thoughtexchange, asks open-ended questions and allows for sharing of comments. The survey takes five to 15 minutes to complete, school officials estimate. In follow-up steps, participants will be able to prioritize shared thoughts and later review priorities established through the crowd-sourced survey.
Public-Private Sector Partners Launch $2 Million Open Innovation Challenge to Find Advanced Energy Absorbing Materials | MarketWatchThe NFL, GE and Under Armour today announced that they have joined with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to launch Head Health Challenge III, an open innovation competition to advance materials that better absorb or dissipate energy. These new materials could improve the performance of protective equipment for athletes, military personnel and those in dangerous occupations.Read More →
Canberra-immo is a real-estate crowdfunding platform.
It enables individuals to invest in real estate development projects in France, especially in Paris and the French Riviera.
Matthew Inman, the creator of the Oatmeal, is no stranger to crowdfunding — and it seems that every time he launches a campaign, he makes crowdfunding history.
Inman’s latest crowdfunding project is Exploding Kittens, a card game, and yesterday it broke Kickstarter’s record for the campaign with the most backers, as announced by Kickstarter on Twitter, and on this highly sophisticated site, which keeps track of which Kickstarter project has the most backers.
The title was previously held by Reading Rainbow. Exploding Kittens (which will hit its deadline in three weeks) currently boasts 120,000 backers, who have pledged $4.7 million; Reading Rainbow, by comparison, saw 106,000 backers pledge $5.4 million.
Exploding Kittens is a card game created by Inman and game designers Elan Lee and Shane Small. The objective is simple — don’t draw the exploding kitten cards. Players can use cards that allow them to skip a turn, look at which cards are next in the deck, and more. The player who outlasts his opponents wins.
The campaign’s success isn’t really surprising. Inman’s the Oatmeal is highly popular online comics site, and he’s built up a large, loyal following since launching it in 2009. Advertising it to his fans got the campaign off to a fast start (it reached its initial $10,000 goal in just 20 minutes), and Exploding Kittens has snowballed since then.
Working in the team’s favor are the simple reward tiers: $20 for a standard deck, $35 for a NSFW deck. There were two larger reward tiers, but they’re all gone now. Keeping the reward tiers simple was a conscious decision, according to the campaign page. In the ‘Risks and challenges’ section of the campaign, the creators write that their biggest concern is having the campaign get too popular, which would make delivery difficult — better to keep things simple, in other words, than cause delays due to mismanaged tee-shirt orders. The creators estimate that the cards will ship to backers in July.
As mentioned above, it’s not the first crowdfunding record Inman has broken. Back in 2012, his campaign to help build a museum for scientist Nikola Tesla raised $1.4 million on Indiegogo, making it easily the most funded campaign on the platform at the time.Read More →
Crowd-Sourced Data Show More than 150 Killings by Police in California Last Year | KQEDIn the absence of a comprehensive national database on officer-related fatalities, a handful of independent crowd-sourced projects have recently sprouted online. Sites likeFatal Encounters, Deadspin and the Gun Violence Archive all compile user-submitted local reports of police-involved killings (justifiable or not).
A Guide to SEO and Content Crowdsourcing | The Daily StarCrowdsourcing is deliberate, active listening. Brands often seek engagement through crowdsourcing via direct appeals for feedback, contests, polls or surveys. When brands are creating a new product line or service, crowdsourcing gives fans an opportunity to be heard. We have seen a good number of companies using customer feedback to develop new product and services. For example, Starbucks asked for customer opinion on the flavour of new coffee. Another example is Mountain Dew’s ‘DEWmocracy’.
Crowdsourcing project on the future of Wales backed by National Assembly’s Commission | WalesOnlineA pioneering crowdsourcing project, whose remit includes encouraging the public to give suggestions on how to a create more prosperous economy in Wales, has been backed by the National Assembly’s Commission. It becomes the latest partner for the IWA’s Constitutional Convention which waslaunched this earlier this week.
‘Exploding Kittens’ most backed Kickstarter ever | CNNCurious kittens exploding are the Internet’s new potato salad meets “Reading Rainbow” with a guest appearance by Veronica Mars, meaning this card game is seriously winning the hearts of Internet users and party game lovers alike.
Deal Makers Comment On Crowdfunding Platform Acquisition | ForbesLast month, impact investing and crowdfunding platform Gate Global Impact was acquired by Investview, Inc. Vince Molinari, CEO of Gate Global Impact and Dr. Joseph Louro, CEO of Investview, will be joining me for a live discussion about the deal and its impact.
The Potato Salad Kickstarter and the Art of Getting Discovered | EntrepreneurMost people would agree there’s nothing all that spectacular about potato salad. As a common side dish, it doesn’t stand out against the majority of other foods. This is especially true online. Just try to go viral with a potato salad recipe and let us know how you’re doing after three months. You probably won’t get very far.
The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing at All | Harvard Business ReviewThe sharing economy has been widely hailed as a major growth sector, by sources ranging from Fortune magazine to President Obama. It has disrupted mature industries, such as hotels and automotives, by providing consumers with convenient and cost efficient access to resources without the financial, emotional, or social burdens of ownership. But the sharing economy isn’t really a “sharing” economy at all; it’s an access economy.
Travel Economy: Sharing a ride, and much more | Lancaster OnlinePhoenix is the sixth-largest city in the country, so it has some things you can’t find in Lancaster, like a light rail, vegan donuts, Uber or Lyft. Through Uber and Lyft’s free apps, you can ask for a ride from a driver in his or her own vehicle and set up payments. The services have been popular, but also under attack by governments and taxi companies over lack of regulation. Both companies recently were approved to operate in Pennsylvania, but they aren’t operating in Lancaster.
GE And Statoil Launch Ambitious New Collaboration To Accelerate Development Of Sustainable Energy Solutions | PR NewswireGE and Statoil announced a new collaboration to accelerate the development of more environmentally and economically sustainable energy solutions to help fuel the future. This joint technology-focused program is aimed at driving an industrial response to some of the biggest challenges facing global oil and gas production, including flaring, CO2 and methane emissions, and water usage, while also optimizing business operations.Read More →
Mad Street Den, a one-year-old artificial intelligence startup based in Chennai, India, has closed a $1.5 million seed round to bring technology developed in the labs to consumers in a useful way. Read More
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London’s crowded startup accelerator scene is getting a new addition. Not fintech-related, this time — rather the focus is cyber security. The Cyber London (CyLon for short) 12-week program, has been co-founded by Alex van Someren of VC firm Amadeus Capital Partners, along with Jonathan Luff and Grace Cassy, co-founders of strategic technology consultancy Epsilon Advisory Partners. Read More
Startup lender Earnest has launched a student loan refinancing service offering loans with annual payment rates as low as 1.9%. The flexible loans, with options to change the rates of repayment at automatically reduced rates can save college students roughly $12,500 on average. The technology has attracted attention from investors, with a new $17 million series A round of funding. Read More
Non-profit Youth For Technology wants to encourage girls in Africa to get into science and engineering through 3D printing. The group is currently running a flexible funding campaign on Indiegogo and will use the money to help cover the costs of of buying equipment for schools. The program, called 3D Africa, has already received a grant from Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), but hopes that… Read More
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A Master Class In Crowdfunding & Film Distribution – Full Interview with Emily Best (SEED&SPARK CEO)
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