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Funding Circle US Launches Fractional Loan Marketplace
Crowdfunding

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. We speak with co-founder Sam Hodges about how the new product came to be, and what it means for lenders and borrowers on the platform.

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Anton RootJan 30, 2015 06:17 pm GMT675 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 30
Crowdfunding

In this end-of-week edition of Crowd Coffee: first intrastate equity crowdfunding campaign in Wisconsin wraps up missing its goal; Freelancer announces record growth; NFL opens new round of the Head Health Challenge; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 30, 2015 01:03 pm GMT619 views
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‘Exploding Kittens’ Breaks Kickstarter Record
Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootJan 29, 2015 06:45 pm GMT1395 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 29
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: crowdsourcing data to show police killings in California; Wales launching crowdsourcing platform; Inman's latest campaign becomes most backed ever on Kickstarter; another new name for the sharing economy: the access economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 29, 2015 01:51 pm GMT1035 views
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Sundance Again Puts Spotlight on Film Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

The annual Sundance Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity for independent filmmakers and actors to showcase their talents to the world, and crowdfunding is playing an increasingly large role in helping the films make it to the prestigious festival. We take a look at how crowdfunding is affecting this year's festival, and what platforms are doing to make themselves more appealing to filmmakers.

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Anton RootJan 28, 2015 08:36 pm GMT1816 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 28
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition of Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding real estate comes to the World Trade Center; Lockitron shares its crowdfunding story: the good, the bad, and the ugly; one firm is asking the crowd for future bitcoin price predictions; how to execute open innovation projects; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 28, 2015 02:40 pm GMT970 views
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Officers Concerned Waze May Be Used for Police Stalking
Distributed Knowledge

Waze is known for helping its millions users worldwide to avoid traffic, find gas stations with the lowest prices, and point out any potential hazards on the road. The app also allows users to map police officers that they see while on their journey. That’s starting to become a point of contention, with some officers expressing concern that the feature promotes police stalking.

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Anton RootJan 27, 2015 08:33 pm GMT668 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 27
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: Massachusetts adopts state crowdfunding laws; 10 tips for launching a successful crowdfunding campaign; crowdsourcing is reshaping customer support; dark side of the sharing economy's jobs; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 27, 2015 10:30 am GMT724 views
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With Crowdfunding, Fashion Designers Can Remove Risk Without Sacrificing Style
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is quickly disrupting a number of industries, from video games to real estate investing. For this Rose Recommends column, though, crowdfunding expert Rose Spinelli answers a question about a different industry that's also feeling the effects of the crowd: fashion. Read her latest column, and leave your own questions for Rose after the jump!

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Rose SpinelliJan 26, 2015 01:16 pm GMT1920 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 26
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: real estate growing in Colorado; Singapore Exchange developing a crowdfunding platform; a furniture design crowdsourcing challenge in India; how the sharing economy makes us all entrepreneurs; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 26, 2015 11:39 am GMT922 views
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Tongal's 2014 by the Numbers [Infographic]
Crowd Creativity

Tongal, the video crowdsourcing company, enjoyed a strong 2014. The company grew its community by 120 percent, completed 270 projects, and saw five of its community-produced short films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Tongal recently released an infographic showing some of its successes of the past year -- check it out after the jump!

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Anton RootJan 23, 2015 05:55 pm GMT2880 views
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RBS Partners with Funding Circle, Assetz Capital
Crowdfunding

The Royal Bank of Scotland announced yesterday that it's partnering up with two leading peer-to-peer lending platforms in the UK, Funding Circle and Assetz Capital. The deal brings further legitimacy to the P2P lending space.

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Anton RootJan 23, 2015 11:10 am GMT2147 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 23
Crowdfunding

In this Crowd Coffee: a crowdfunding platform that brandishes an 82 percent success rate; why TLC's crowdfunding campaign makes sense; crowdsourcing and the church; why 2015 is the year of the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 23, 2015 10:13 am GMT1237 views
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Newcastle Ale Takes a Novel Approach to Crowdsourcing a Super Bowl Ad
Crowd Creativity

Crowdsourced Super Bowl ads are nothing new. Two years ago, it seemed like everyone was doing it and several brands are once again turning to the crowd to make a splash in America’s biggest annual television event. Perhaps the most innovative crowdsourced ad campaign this year belongs to Newcastle Brown Ale — a brewery based in the United Kingdom.

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Anton RootJan 22, 2015 07:33 pm GMT2251 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 22
Cloud Labor, Crowdfunding

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: are real estate crowdfunding platforms delivering on their promises; how crowdfunding can help female entrepreneurs access capital; crowdfunding campaign hopes to oust North Korea's regime; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 22, 2015 12:04 pm GMT1778 views
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TLC Crowdfunding Album on Kickstarter
Crowdfunding

TLC, the legendary R&B and hip hop group, announced this week that they’re putting out a new, fifth album, which will also be their last. To help make it possible, the duo has turned to the crowd, asking for fans to pledge money toward the album on Kickstarter. The campaign is off to a fast start, having already collected $110,000 of its $150,000 target.

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Anton RootJan 21, 2015 08:54 pm GMT1847 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 21
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition of Crowd Coffee: TLC talks Kickstarter-funded album; why VCs are turning to crowdfunding; solving problems, with the crowd's help; New York City and the sharing economy; Alcatel OneTouch announces open innovation program; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 21, 2015 03:26 pm GMT1457 views
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How Crowdsourcing Can Help Startups Launch Quickly and Efficiently
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Ines Maione of clickworker, a crowdsourcing platform based in Germany, writes in to discuss how emerging startups can make use of crowdsourcing at various stages in order to minimize costs and gain valuable insights from the crowd.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 20, 2015 08:37 pm GMT3647 views
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Crowd Coffee: January 20
Crowdfunding

In this Crowd Coffee: Brazilian crowdfunding platform expanding abroad; taking a close look at Kickstarter's top design projects; government agencies using crowdsourcing for data collection; why not everyone should crowdsource their resolution on Facebook, like Zuckerberg; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJan 20, 2015 10:30 am GMT1127 views
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How Crowdfunding for Film Can Mean Extra Pressure to Deliver
Crowdfunding

In this latest edition of Rose Recommends, crowdfunding expert Rose Spinelli takes a look at a crowdfunding campaign for a film, and helps the campaign owners to better understand how to tell a story. It's crowdfunding advice that can benefit anyone, so make sure to read it after the jump!

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Rose SpinelliJan 19, 2015 01:43 pm GMT2398 views
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