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Crowd Coffee: August 4
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: is it better for your small business to crowdfund, or take out a loan; crowdfunding goes green; Australia's draft equity crowdfunding legislation; crowdsourcing Cambodia's bill of rights; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 04, 2015 11:59 am GMT184 views
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DealIndex Report Focuses on Crowdlending, Equity Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

As crowdfunding continues to mature, more and more players are entering the marketplace to provide support services for issuers, intermediaries, and investors. One new player, DealIndex, recently released a report highlighting key trends and providing data around crowdlending and equity crowdfunding. We take a look at the findings.

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Anton RootAug 03, 2015 05:33 pm GMT668 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 3
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding or VC money -- an entrepreneur's take; protecting yourself from crowdfunding fraud; Chinese automaker Cowin turns to crowdsourcing; Russia to host fourth open innovation forum; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 03, 2015 09:30 am GMT481 views
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Equity Crowdfunding as a Catalyst for Development in Emerging Economies
Crowdfunding

Greg Kelly, founder and CEO of the new Brazilian equity crowdfunding platform EqSeed, writes in to discuss the equity crowdfunding space in Brazil, obstacles to growth, and the promising regulatory landscape in the country. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 31, 2015 12:47 pm GMT1114 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 31
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this end-of-week edition of Crowd Coffee: beware the crowdfunding caveats; a new crowdfunding platform focuses exclusively on MedTech; crowdsourcing in the animal kingdom; the sharing economy, outdoors; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 31, 2015 09:30 am GMT765 views
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Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Seedrs and Crowdcube Raise Capital of Their Own
Crowdfunding

Two of UK's leading equity crowdfunding platforms, Seedrs and Crowdcube, announced that they've raised capital of their own over the past few days. We take a look at the deals, after the jump.

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Anton RootJul 30, 2015 03:41 pm GMT909 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 30
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: Indiegogo waits for equity crowdfunding; Colorado signs off on new equity crowdfunding rules; luxury brands are beginning to embrace open innovation; debating the validity of the term 'sharing economy'; and more. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 30, 2015 09:54 am GMT715 views
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When Crowdsourcing, Can a Crowd Be Too Big?
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

When a company decides to engage the crowd, getting a large number of responses is typically one of the main goals. The reasoning behind that is intuitive: by casting a wide net, a company increases the chances of finding a quality solution. But is getting a ton of responses really all that great? A new research paper shows the potential negatives of attracting a crowd too large.

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Anton RootJul 29, 2015 01:45 pm GMT1261 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 29
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Elio 'crowdfunds' $25 million; Ellenoff on Title II crowdfunding; Weathernews continues to expand crowdsourced weather network; Google shows a store's busy times by crowdsourcing your visits; the sharing economy's relevance; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 29, 2015 09:30 am GMT516 views
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Court Orders Creator of Failed Kickstarter Campaign to Pay
Crowdfunding

In April 2014, Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson decided to take Ed Polchlopek (also known as Ed Nash) to court. The reason? Polchlopek, president of a company called Altius Management, raised over $25,000 for a Kickstarter campaign for a deck of playing cards called Asylum. After missing the December 2012 deadline and several months of empty promises, the creator went silent in July 2013. Two years on, Polchlopek has now been ordered to pay over $54,000 for not delivering on the campaign’s promises.

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Anton RootJul 28, 2015 01:14 pm GMT1119 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 28
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: another crowdfunding campaign owner penalized for not delivering rewards; crowdfunding classroom needs; crowdfunding as an investment leveler; Weathernews partners with Moji for crowdsourced weather; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 28, 2015 09:51 am GMT712 views
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Monitoring Crowdfunding Fraud
Crowdfunding

Each fraudulent crowdfunding campaign not only undermines the credibility of its creator, but of the entire industry. There are a few resources out there tracking suspicious crowdfunding projects, and we reached out to Rafał Wrona, creator of CrowdFrauds, to find out how he became interested in crowdfunding fraud, and what backers can do to prevent themselves from getting duped.

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Anton RootJul 27, 2015 02:07 pm GMT2070 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 27
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Smithsonian increases Kickstarter spacesuit campaign goal; European Securities and Markets Authority issues warning on crowdfunding; crowdsourcing Istanbul's future; sharing economy for business travel heats up; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 27, 2015 09:30 am GMT577 views
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The Sharing Economy Debates Are Just Getting Started
Cloud Labor, Tools

From an economics perspective, companies like Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) and Uber are highly interesting; it’s not difficult to see why GOP candidates have embraced them. By reducing rigidities (like the time it takes to apply and interview for jobs, or minimum wages), sharing economy startups create more efficient labor markets. At a time when almost anyone can sign up on Postmates and earn money as a courier, unemployment can seem to be a truly voluntary phenomenon.

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Anton RootJul 24, 2015 02:00 pm GMT1222 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 24
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this end-of-week edition of Crowd Coffee: a close look at Smithsonian's crowdfunding initiatives; Chloe Sevigny is crowdfunding her new movie; AccuWeather launches crowdsourcing app; looking at the sharing economy's labor problem; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 24, 2015 09:30 am GMT664 views
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Successful Equity Crowdfunding Exits: A List
Crowdfunding

To date, a handful of platforms have had crowdfunded startups make a successful exit. We’ve looked around, spoken with platform operators, and compiled a list of startups that raised money via the crowd and went on to deliver a positive return to these investors (via an acquisition, a share buyback, or an IPO). See the list, after the jump.

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Anton RootJul 23, 2015 02:19 pm GMT3606 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 23
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: a breakdown of Virgina's new equity crowdfunding law; analysis of E-Car Club's equity crowdfunding success story; a creative's view on crowdsourcing platforms; partisan clashes over sharing economy continue; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 23, 2015 09:38 am GMT802 views
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Indian Crowdfunding Platform Ketto Raises $700k to Grow Operations
Crowdfunding

The company claims to have grown 3000 percent in the past year, with the last several months being especially fruitful, raising close to a crore each month (that's 10 million rupees, or around $150,000, monthly). The platform’s recent success seems to come from the visibility it has gotten from celebrity endorsements and partnerships.

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Anton RootJul 22, 2015 07:21 pm GMT1155 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 22
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition of Crowd Coffee: another museum turns to the crowd; protesting via crowdfunding; crowdsourcing story ideas for journalists; scientists crowdsource bad data sets; UK creating trustmark for sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 22, 2015 09:30 am GMT675 views
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Kickstarter’s Partnership with Smithsonian a Positive Development for the Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Pioneers like Zach Braff and the team behind Veronica Mars faced a lot of criticism when they took to Kickstarter to raise money for their projects, as known entities. The RA and Smithsonian aren’t generating the same level of criticism — if any at all. That’s a good thing for crowdfunding: celebrities and big institutions are more likely to put on big, visible projects; deliver on the promises made in the campaign; and raise a lot of money, which is clearly beneficial to the platforms they partner with.

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Anton RootJul 21, 2015 05:48 pm GMT851 views
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