In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
The sharing economy will breed new companies designed to enable greater numbers of customers to take advantage of peer-to-peer moneymaking opportunities.
“The next wave of opportunities in businesses will be companies that look at how we support development of the sharing economy,” says Sundararajan, who specializes in the digital economy and the economics of sharing (among other subjects). “This means companies that make it easier for everyone to play a part, companies that really bring peer-to-peer into everyone’s life.”
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Earlier today, Ant Financial, the Alibaba Group affiliate that operates Alipay, China’s largest online payment platform, said that it had taken a minority stake in mobile security technology startup V-Key to beef up the safety of its products as it prepares to expand overseas. Just a few hours later, Alipay announced that it has opened an office in Sydney, Australia to help promote… Read More
European ‘venture accelerator’ Seedcamp has announced it has made 11 new investments, out of the 21 drawn from around Europe that pitched at their annual event in London last week. It made 11 investments, 7 directly from Seedcamp Week applicants, and 4 from the new Seedcamp Fund. The companies are: ● Carbon Voyage, London, UK – “Creating technology that makes… Read More
TechCrunch is excited to announce Black Girls Code as the recipient of the first TechCrunch Include Grant of $50,000. The mission of Black Girls Code aligns perfectly with the founding goals of the Include Grant by aiming to increase participation of women and girls of color in technology and computer science by facilitating early involvement in the field, moving them from being consumers… Read More
The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks to consolidate its position as a major player in personal and professional continuing information technology education.
“We believe in the vision we have of democratizing professional education,” says Pluralsight chief executive Aaron Skonnard, and apparently the… Read More
Tim Wu, an academic known for his work on net neutrality, is campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for the lieutenant governor of New York. He’s an unlikely politician. Cerebral, soft spoken, and willing to speak freely, conversation with Wu is a far cry from the stilted, shrill dialogue that makes up most of our modern political discourse. Read More
Columbia Crest Becomes the First Winery to Crowdsource a Wine from Vineyard to Table | PR NewswireThe Internet now has a vineyard — a premium, award-winning one at that. Beginning today, Columbia Crest — the only Washington winery to be awarded Wine Spectator’s No. 1 Wine in the World* — will help the online community of wine-lovers create the first-ever Crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon from the beginning stages of the vineyard all the way to bottling and selling the wine through a new online experience.
The Game Crowdsourcing Fan-Created Album Covers for ‘Year of the Wolf’ | Radio.comHave you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I would really like to design The Game’s next album cover”? If so, your big break might be sooner than you think.But the competition isn’t going to be easy. The Game has already found the entry to beat.
Start-up Digital Publisher to Crowd-Source Ebook Plots | DigitalBookWorldEntrepreneur Lori Colbeck will be bringing publishing to South Dakota in the form of a website that combines the talent of writers and the discerning appetite of readers. Books From Scratch will allow readers to vote on how stories will progress based on chapters submitted by authors. Authors do not have to have previous writing experience to contribute. The finalized manuscript will be published through Colbeck’s company.
Young scientists use crowd sourcing to fund their research | The Sydney Morning HeraldIn heart disease, the same stuff that makes snot green finds its way into the body’s arteries, making their walls sticky and prone to damage.Sydney medical researcher Martin Rees and his team want to understand how these inflammatory proteins cause havoc so they can develop drugs that target them.With heart disease one of the leading causes of death in Australia, its easy to imagine this project’s potential.
Potato salad crowdfunder raises $55,000 | KSPRHis crowdfunding effort on the website Kickstarter closed Saturday night. It became a social media phenomenon since it launched a month ago and the contributions came from nearly 7,000 people. Half of those gave less than $3 and 860 gave $35 or more, according to data posted by the site.
Legislation on sharing economy must encourage innovation | SFGateYet the pending state legislation, which seeks to require the same insurance for ride-sharing companies as for old-style taxi companies, would discourage innovation and force out-of-date thinking on Next Economy companies such as Uber and Lyft. Since the Gold Rush, California has been a leader in innovating and creating Next Economies. In the 21st century, California should continue to support progress, change and growth.Read More →
Crowd-fund Salty movie to make money from its profits | MSN techSyndicateRoom, the crowd-investment site, will allow investors to make money from a film from majoy Hollywood director Simon West.To break free from Hollywood studios West, director of Con Air, Expendables 2 and Tomb Raider, will be adapting the book Salty into an action comedy movie using crowd-funding.Those who invest in the film will be classed as proper investors who make money from the film. At the time of publishing the funding has hit almost half a million pounds with it’s goal at a lofty £1.8 million. The total budget will be £5.9 million. Those that invest, with a minimum of £1000, are predicted to get a 14.49 per cent return on their money based on the film making £10.6 million.
Crowdfunding sector growing some grey hairs | Real Estate WeeklySince its inception, real estate crowdfunding has been dominated by young tech entrepreneurs with lofty visions of democratizing investment and little ties to the industry establishment. This dominance is starting to fray.In April, the decades-old real estate investment banking firm, Carlton Group, announced the launch of its own crowdfunding platform.Last week, Nicholas Schorsch’s integrated finance behemoth RCS Capital followed suit. A number of mortgage and finance brokerages in New York City are now cautiously talking about launching their own platforms.
Crowdfunding licences approved | Stuff.co.nzPledgeMe and Snowball Effect are the first crowdfunding services licensed by the Financial Markets Authority to let businesses sell shares to the public through their websites.Equity crowdfunding allows businesses to raise up to $2 million a year from investors without the usual red tape involved in share issues.It became legal in April but has not been possible until today as crowdfunding platforms need to be licensed by the FMA to provide the service to clients.
Peer to Peer Lender Privlo Gets $3.8 Million in Seed Funding | Crowdfund InsiderPrivlo, a peer to peer lender of private real estate loans for high-quality borrowers, has raised a $3.8 million seed plus round of funding from Spark Capital and QED Investors and up to $350 million in debt capital from a multibillion dollar New York-based private real estate investment fund.
Arts Charity IdeasTap Launches ACCELERATOR — Commission-Free Crowdfunding for Creatives | BusinessWireArts charity IdeasTap today launched ACCELERATOR, a commission-free crowdfunding platform for creative projects. ACCELERATOR is the brainchild of philanthropist Peter De Haan who has personally donated more than £20 million to charitable causes. In 2008, De Haan founded arts charity IdeasTap in response to the first of the arts funding cuts, to empower young creative people through opportunities, seed funding, arts jobs and career development.
SIGNiX Crowdfunding Partner Finds Success with New Electronic Signature Software | Digital JournalSIGNiX, the most trusted name in digital signatures, is pleased to announce their latest partner CommunityLeader has found success embedding electronic signature software to its Crowdfunding platform. CommunityLeader is the nation’s premier provider of funding portal platform software and services for the ever-growing online securities market.
TSA to crowdsource airport security solutions with $15,000 reward | Yahoo!The US transportation authority is offering $15,000 in rewards to the people who can come up with the smartest ideas for shortening mile-long queues at airport security.In addition to a nice little windfall, the winners would also become national heroes for decreasing the number of missed flights and connections and improving one of the most loathed parts of the airport and travel experience.
Said On The Street: Indonesian Views On Cabinet Crowdsourcing | The Wall Street JournalJoko Widodo’s team of volunteers and supporters are asking the public for its viewson who should be part of the president-elect’s next cabinet. Mr. Widodo – who will be inaugurated in October barring a successful court challenge from his rival, Prabowo Subiato — has said he supports the initiative. The online survey offers three options for each of the 34 ministries, with a blank for individuals to put forth their own suggestions. Since the first survey launched last week, tens of thousands of people have responded and a second website called The People’s Cabinet has gone live. Southeast Asia Real Time asked people what they thought of the crowdsourcing effort.
Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals | The WorldThe Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb. Homeowners will be allowed to rent one or two bedrooms once a safety inspection is done and neighbors are notified.Read More →