In what amounts to a wake up call directed at a British public generally considered apathetic on privacy issues, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that U.K. spy agencies are using digital technology to conduct mass population surveillance without any checks and balances at all — overreaching and encroaching on privacy rights in a way that he characterized as even worse than… Read More
The Organic Center has raised $20,417 through its first-ever crowdfunding drive––easily exceeding its goal of $15,000—as part of a major–campaign to fund The Center’s research–effort to find organic solutions to a devastating–disease–threatening the nation’s citrus industry.
“We’re thrilled that so many individuals generously contributed and have joined with our corporate–donors to expand the funding base for this important research,”said The Organic Center’s Director of Research Programs Dr. Jessica Shade.”This is just the beginning, however, and there’s more work to be done to help both organic and non-organic growers fight-this-disease in safe, organic–and–holistic ways, and keep citrus safe–and–healthy for consumers.”
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Early last year, I wrote an article explaining how our team views the concept of duty for leaders in the technology ecosystem. We believe that this duty involves looking beyond conventional startups to study complex industries and using technology to tackle the biggest problems we can find. Read More
Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site led by Slava Rubin, has today announced a few changes to the leadership team. Most notably, the company has snatched Yelp’s former Director of Engineering Victor Kovalev, who will take over Indiegogo’s web and mobile initiatives.
And make no mistake: Indiegogo is most certainly making a push toward mobile. In an interview with TechCrunch, Rubin… Read More
For a consumer-facing technology startup, the people who make the biggest impact on the company’s success or failure are not the founders. They’re actually not even employed by the company at all. They’re the users — a group that’s often referred to as the “community.” What these people think, feel, and say is the real pulse of how a company’s… Read More
Why the Sharing Economy is Here to Stay | SocialCapitalMarketsWhat is making the emergence of the sharing economy possible at scale is that Airbnb and other companies create a social context in which reputation matters, even among people who do not personally know each other. Increasingly, we are asked all the time to rate individuals and companies that we do business with. As more and more people begin to rely on the feedback of strangers to determine where they will shop, who to stay with when they travel, even who they will go on a date with, our online reputation becomes more and more important. Rachel Botsman has even argued that in the twenty-first century your “reputation capital” will become even more important to your daily life than your credit rating is today.
Will The Sharing Economy Be Good For Equality? I’m Still Not Convinced… | ForbesThe second is intriguing, but the problem is that Mila provide no data to suggest that concerns for quality and convenience won’t depress prices so much. I mean, obviously, people are “sometimes” (even often) willing to pay higher prices for perceived higher quality and/or convenience. The question is whether and to what extent this effect will counteract what I see as a massive trend of downward price pressure that Uber-like platforms portend.
10 rideshare apps to crowdsource your commute | TechRepublicOne of the nice things about this brave new world, though, is that there are some creative new ways to get to and from work. The International Energy Association projected in 2012 that there will be 1.7 billion cars on the road by 2035 (and half of them will be clogged up at your least favorite intersection). To help, we’ve got a roundup of rideshare apps, across the US, in various stages of development.
Crowdsourcing requires long-term commitment – brands cannot simply walk away | Marketing MagazineBy definition, if customers are engaged enough to suggest new product ideas, then they are more likely to have higher needs for, and expectations of, further engagement. Involving consumers in a branded innovation process is an approach already being usedby a number of leading brands. For example, Starbucks’ ‘My Starbucks Idea’ scheme canvasses coffee drinkers to find out what new things they would like to see in store.
Crowdfunding real-estate: A tool to combat displacement or another nail in the coffin? | San Francisco Bay GuardianThe recent campaign to save the historic black owned bookstore, Marcus Books, led by the San Francisco Community Land Trust, sought to take advantage of crowdfunding as a way to preserve an iconic cultural location and housing for long-term residents.FundRise, a D.C. based real-estate startup, helped the Land Trust set up a fundraising campaign in an effort to raise $1 million. Although it failed to hit the target, the organization “was able to raise $750,000,” according to Tracy Parent, SFCLT’s Organizational Director. (Marcus Books is hosting a town hall meeting on Sat/12 at 1pm to discuss plans for the future.)
15 Weirdest Kickstarter Campaigns Ever Funded | IFCCrowdfunding has changed the way we make movies, develop tech and just about every other facet of business. But for every can’t-miss like the Veronica Mars movie, there’s a dozen totally bizarre niche products that also raised the money. In this feature, we’ll run down 15 of the weirdest.Read More →
Drawbridge, the Kleiner Perkins- and Sequoia-backed startup that targets ads across devices, announced today that it has added support for video ads too. It sounds like the targeting technology remains the same. Drawbridge is still looking at user behavior to suggest when multiple devices are likely being used by the same person, which in turn allows advertisers to use desktop data to improve… Read More
Founded by ad agency man Tom Evans, BleepBleeps is a new London-based startup that’s creating a range of cute, kid-friendly, connected (or IoT-styled) devices to help with the job of parenting. Inspired by the “simple geometric shapes of kid’s building blocks” and Japanese vinyl toys, with a nod to the Italian kitchen utensil brand Alessi, the company is targeting design literate and tech-savvy parents (and their kids) with multi-coloured hardware, paired to a smartphone and accompanying app.
The first of those out of the gate, via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, will be “Sammy Screamer”, a motion detector that can be placed on a door, in a bag, or on a child’s buggy, for example. Should it detect motion, a push notification is sent to your smartphone and the device itself lets out a scream.
“Sammy” has a magnetised back and loop fixing, and is powered by Bluetooth LE for up to 50 meters range. Early backers who pledge $65 or more can bag the device and iOS app, including worldwide shipping. The company intends to raise a minimum of $20,000 on Kickstarter to help fund production costs.
The “Sammy Screamer” motion detector isn’t the first product of its kind, no doubt, but BleepBleeps is, I suspect, all about the brand’s positioning. And, perhaps, the product road map is where BleepBleeps gets more interesting. It promises to span the gamut of parenting, from conception, birth, looking after your baby, and raising your child.
These will include “Tony Tempa”, a digital ear thermometer, which will relay your child’s temperature reading to your smartphone. The supporting app will also benchmark the reading for safety and provide tips on how to bring your kid’s temperature down.
BleepBleeps also plans to manufacture a GPS bracelet to track your child’s location; a small ultrasound scanner that lets them see your unborn baby on your smartphone; a male fertility tester; an ovulation tester; and a baby video monitor. Each planned device has a face, a name, and a unique bleep bleep sound when activated, hence the BleepBleeps name.
The UK startup is thus far bootstrapped. Along with founder and Creative Director, Evans, the team includes Niall Mccormack, who is said to have been a technical lead for Nike’s Nike+ Fuelband.Read More →
EarlyShares, a crowdfunding platform that connects passionate entrepreneurs with smart investors, announced that it has added two executives to its senior leadership team. The new hires are Salomon Wancier, Chief Marketing Officer, and Jonatan Alava, Director of Engineering.
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