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The Case for Global Real Estate Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Wealth Migrate CEO Scott Picken believes that global real estate crowdfunding can create a “bridge of safety” between the emerging and developed worlds: investors in emerging countries want a way to invest safely in developed world, while people in the first world aren’t happy with the returns they’re getting, and want to invest in the emerging world. Find out how his company is helping to build those bridges after the jump.

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Anton RootOct 17, 2014 03:28 pm GMT1630 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 17
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this end-of-week edition: equity crowdfunding keeps chugging on; a Kickstarter controversy; Cisco and NineSigma announce open innovation winners; time for sharing economy regulation to start over; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 17, 2014 11:39 am GMT643 views
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How to Ensure that Your Social Media Marketing Doesn’t Mislead Potential Investors [Video]
Crowdfunding

The line between making factual statements about a company and overpromising can be difficult to pin down, especially for entrepreneurs who truly believe that their companies are destined for greatness. Tom Vass, manager of The Private Capital Market, spoke with securities attorney James Verdonik about how to stay within the bounds of the law when advertising private securities deals.

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Anton RootOct 16, 2014 06:54 pm GMT2815 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 16
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: how crowdfunding can be used as market research; USC launches a crowdfunding portal; company uses crowdsourcing for things like love counseling and fashion choices; sharing economy takes on Halloween; and more. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 16, 2014 10:47 am GMT840 views
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Regional Government in India Rolls Out Crowdsourcing Effort to Gather Data on Cyclone Damage
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

On Sunday, a powerful cyclone hit India’s eastern Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states, causing widespread destruction and killing 25. As part of the effort, Andhra Pradesh’s regional government has set up a website and launched an Android app to collect information about the damage caused by the cyclone.

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Anton RootOct 15, 2014 08:10 pm GMT1509 views
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How to Make the Most of Your Funders During a Crowdfunding Campaign
Crowdfunding

The following is a guest post from the team over at Funderbuilt, a Detroit-based equity crowdfunding platform, who compiled some useful advice on how campaign owners should treat their backers to maximize efficiency.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 15, 2014 05:52 pm GMT1712 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 15
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition: Singapore's government launches a crowdsourcing program to record information about users' broadband speed and network coverage; Amazon's crowdsourced publishing platform to be called Kindle Scout; crowdsourcing and SEO; Obamacare's impact on the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 15, 2014 03:15 pm GMT669 views
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CloudFactory Raises $3 Million in a Series A Round
Cloud Labor

CloudFactory, a distributed cloud labor platform, announced on Friday that it has raised $3 million in a Series A round. The funding was led by David Clouse, founder of VRBO, with other institutional and angel investors also participating.

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Anton RootOct 14, 2014 10:41 pm GMT808 views
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Peer-to-Peer Lending: Lessons From Across The Pond
Crowdfunding

Nick Moules, Marketing and Communications Manager at RebuildingSociety, writes in to discuss how the P2P market has progressed in the UK, and offers some advice for US-based platforms on how to proceed going into the future.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 14, 2014 09:36 pm GMT1749 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 14
Crowdfunding

In this edition: Israel's authorities promote equity crowdfunding; a crowdfunding platform for sports enters the fray, but is it too late?; sharing your parking spot in the collaborative economy; Lay's 'Do Us a Flavor' campaign seems to be paying off; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 14, 2014 08:46 am GMT579 views
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How to Create an Effective Video that Avoids Promoting Fear and Manipulation
Crowdfunding

Creating a video for a crowdfunding campaign around a humanitarian cause? Make sure to read the latest advice from crowdfunding coach Rose Spinelli, who discusses how to create an effective video that doesn't come off as so alarmist or pessimistic that it turns off potential backers. 

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Rose SpinelliOct 13, 2014 06:05 pm GMT1596 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 13
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Monday edition: crowd asked to help fund Ebola research; crowdfunding and cryptocurrency, a sensible fit?; the sharing economy continues to catch on, though not without backlash; crowdsourcing as a way to increase your company's productivity; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 13, 2014 09:11 am GMT1235 views
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Kickstarter Releases Q3 Numbers
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, arguably the best known crowdfunding platform around, released its Q3 funding numbers yesterday. The platform raised $139 million in the period from July 1 to September 30, successfully funding 6124 projects.

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Anton RootOct 10, 2014 02:53 pm GMT1827 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 10
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this edition: Sarah Silverman crowdfunding the gender pay gap; crowdfunding for wine, in France; crowdsourcing the weather in London; open innovation on the rise, research report finds; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 10, 2014 01:05 pm GMT1124 views
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USAID Launches Grand Challenge to Fight Ebola
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) unveiled earlier this week an initiative titled Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development. The initiative was first announced by President Obama back in late September. As the name suggests, it’s an open innovation and crowdsourcing effort to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

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Anton RootOct 09, 2014 08:24 pm GMT910 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 9
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Patreon wants to crowdfund journalists; Symbid enters the US market; crowdfunding for animal projects; new platform launches combining crowdsourcing and incentive prizing; sharing economy proves popular with millennials; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 09, 2014 10:03 am GMT842 views
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Ten Things You Need to Know Before Engaging in Accredited Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Eliza Sporn Fromberg, counsel in the Corporate and Business Law group of Day Pitney LLP, and Norbert Mehl, CEO of Global i Ventures, write in with a checklist of things issuers and investors should know before they engage in accredited investor equity crowdfunding. They touch on everything from choosing the right crowdfunding platform, to the international equity crowdfunding landscape.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 08, 2014 08:20 pm GMT3387 views
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HeadFunder Finding Early Success with New ‘Crowdspeaking’ Service
Crowdfunding, Tools

Most crowdfunding platforms offer their users a little bit of social outreach help. These features are fairly standard: Tweet and Facebook buttons on the campaign page, for instance, and embeddable widgets allowing bloggers to post information about a campaign on their site. The team behind HeadFunder, however, decided to go further, and form its crowdfunding platform around the concept of social reach.

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Anton RootOct 08, 2014 07:28 pm GMT38704 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 8
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: FBI asking users to identify people in IS videos; USAID launching a crowdsourced fight against Ebola; crowdfunding coaches cashing in; SEC to consider 'accredited investor' definition this month; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 08, 2014 03:17 pm GMT744 views
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Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M in Series A Round
Crowdfunding

Los Angeles-based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in a Series A round. The funding, the company said, will go toward continuing growing its userbase and the number of deals flowing through the platform.

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Anton RootOct 07, 2014 10:25 pm GMT1822 views
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