A startup is crowdfunding cross-country flights to help single men and women in San Francisco and New York find love. Or, at least, dates for a weekend.
The Dating Ring, a New York-based matchmaking startup, has launched two campaigns to help fly single men to New York City and single women to San Francisco.
Lauren Kay, Dating Ring’s CEO, says the idea came from trying to solve the logistical problems singles in the two cities face in their respective dating scenes. Simply put, she explains on Crowdtilt, there are not enough single men in New York and not enough single women in San Francisco. Read more…Read More →
Kickstarter passed $1 billion in pledges on Monday, more than half of which was pledged within the past year alone.
More than 5.7 million people have backed creative projects on the crowdfunding site, from 224 countries and territories on all seven continents. Kickstarter backers in the U.S. take the cake for most money pledged — a grand total of $663.32 million. The UK takes the next spot with $54.43 million, followed by Canada with $44.91 million.Read More →
Even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the worldInternational Women’s Day (IWD), observed annually on March 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe.
Catapult, a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to the advancement of women and girls, has released a startling new visual campaign in an attempt to make this year’s IWD “more than just a cover story.” The “Cover Stories” campaign features three mock magazine covers that highlight terrifyingly real human rights issues to push the conversation forward. Read more…Read More →
The Lifesaver Case is kicking off an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign today, to fund the production of hardware that adds a unique personal safety twist to your existing iPhone. The Apple smartphone-specific case has a built-in hardware switch that contacts emergency services, and provides them with real-time location updates as well as personal information about the device’s owner. As you… Read More
Venture fund likes crowd-funding rule change | Stuff.co.nzNew Zealand Venture Investment Fund chief executive Franceska Banga said provisions in the Financial Markets Conduct Act permitting crowd-funding could have a positive effect on start-ups when they came into effect on April 1.Crowd-funding uses the internet to collect small donations or investments from large numbers of people. Under the existing law any offer of shares through a crowd-funding platform would incur heavy compliance costs in meeting mandatory disclosure and governance requirements.
NZ Entrepreneurs Get First Shot at Equity Crowdfunding | ScoopAs part of its push to introduce equity crowdfunding to New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors, Fundakiwi is hosting a nationwide competition, in which entrepreneurs can win more than $10,000 worth of services from a variety of prize partners. These services will help budding entrepreneurs build and promote a real equity crowdfunding campaign once new legislation allows it and to potentially raise up to $2 million for their dream startup.
Your Crowdfunding Campaign Is Doomed Without This | EntrepreneurIn the days before a campaign launch, successful crowdfunders do two things. First, they create a list of “core” supporters who will contribute funds and spread the word about the project. Second, they write the majority of the social media posts they will use throughout the campaign and create a posting schedule for themselves and for their core supporters. Having these two things out of the way before launch is essential because once the campaign is underway, a crowdfunder needs to spend time on the tasks that could not be done in advance, such as reaching out to media, interacting with donors and fulfilling rewards.
Kickstarter Project Creator Posts Video Of Himself Burning Backer Rewards: “I will not be shipping any more” | Crowdfund InsiderNow the project has become a sad picture. In a long, rambling and incoherent message posted to backers – entitled “IT’S OVER” – the project creator has posted a video of himself burning 127 books. He says each one represents one message he has received about the campaign since January 1, 2014.One quote from the post sums up the cause and effect…“I shipped about 75% of kickstarter rewards to backers. I will not be shipping any more. I will not be issuing any refunds. For every message I receive about this book through e-mail, social media or any other means, I will burn another book.”
The 68 MILLION ton landslide that nearly went unseen | Daily MailOne of the largest natural landslides in recent years took place in a remote area of southeastern Alaska on February 16, when 68 million tonnes of rock and debris crashed down a mountainside leaving deposits 40 foot deep.Large landslides in remote locations used to go unnoticed, but a new crowdsourcing approach involving a UK-based blogger, an Alaskan helicopter pilot and NASA, helped scientists pinpoint the exact location of this latest slide.
Crowdsource Testing: Power in the Quantity and not the Quality? | Ministry of TestingThere is no denying the power of crowdsource testing, and the fact that it enables a diverse set of people, often from varied locations, to test something in realistic real world scenarios. But there are situations where in an endeavour to speed up testing, people opt for crowdsource testing when they shouldn’t. Crowdsource testing has great power, but the choice to use it should be a deliberate one that makes sure that it is the appropriate technique for the situation where it is being considered.
Open IDEO launches international aid challenges | Design WeekThe brief highlights dangers posed in low-income urban communities as ‘gender-based violence, social isolation or a lack of basic social services.’ Hulme is hoping to find a solution that will be ‘delivered in a low friction way,’ he says.Open IDEO is encouraging designers to think about leveraging population density so it can become an advantage, making the best use of connection points like schools bus stops and market places, getting boys and men engaged with solutions, and using existing infrastructure to enhance safety and security.
The Sharing Economy: What You Need to Know | Business 2 CommunityOdds are, you are already part of “The Sharing Economy”. Even though you might not be familiar with the term or understand the full impact it has on business and society. This blog will tell you what you need to know. Thanks to Jeremiah Owyang of CrowdCompanies for his insights and inspiration on the topic on Feb 28, 2014 at SVESMC.Read More →
Providing the agricultural community with the ability to obtain non-conventional funding for conventional needs through crowdfunding.Read More →
Yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Netflix CFO David Wells reiterated his company’s financial forecasts. This means that the Comcast deal, recently signed, is not expensive enough for Netflix to change guidance on its future financial performance. Read More
Prezi, the cloud-based startup which competes with Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote, and Adobe are the latest technology companies to join President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative to help the US education system move forward into a more technology-centred world. Read More
Meet Oppia, Google’s New Open Source Project That Allows Anyone To Create An Interactive Learning Experience
Google has become an increasingly active participant in the world of education, particularly when it comes to exploring the role technology can play in re-imagining the way we learn. With Google Play for Education, Android and Play-powered Samsung tablets for the classroom and its work with… Read More
Following AOL’s acquisition of content personalization startup Gravity last month, co-founder and CEO Amit Kapur stopped by the AOL office in Manhattan to discuss where personalization technology goes from here. When Gravity was founded four years ago, Kapur said its founders thought it was “inevitable” that the web would become more personal. At the time, everything on the web was “generic”… Read More
Automatic’s driving assistant, which combines a small hardware device with a mobile application in order to track, analyze, and even potentially improve your driving capabilities, is getting a whole lot smarter today with new support for IFTTT technology. That’s the online service where you can create simple “recipes” to kick off specific actions after being triggered by… Read More
Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company that currently offers a subscription service for dog treats and toys called BarkBox, is expanding its BarkCare service in New York. Last month, the company quietly launched on-demand vet appointments where customers can order a vet to come to their home as easily as they order an Uber or some lunch. Previously, BarkCare existed as a… Read More
Google is not abandoning Project Ara, after taking over the ambitious experimental smartphone design concept along with the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group from Motorola. ATAP only just announced Tango, its 3D-environment sensor for mobile devices, and now it’s revealing a two-day developer conference April 15 and 16 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Ara, for… Read More
Blippar has come a long way in a short time, bringing lightning-fast image recognition and augmented reality to mobile advertising. But today, the company steps away from smartphones and puts on the wearables hat.
The company has implemented image recognition technology into Google Glass, in what Blippar claims is the first-ever image recognition tech on the platform. Read More
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