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Why Crowdfunding for Startups Makes Sense
Crowdfunding

Andrew Adcock, the chief marketing officer at Crowd for Angels, writes in to discuss why equity crowdfunding makes sense for startups, compiling some of the most popular arguments for the new funding model.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 28, 2015 07:02 pm GMT2562 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 28
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: another big firm turns to crowdfunding; predicting how the recent global market fluctuations will affect crowdfunding; a look back at Tomnod's crowdsourced MH370 plane search; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 28, 2015 09:30 am GMT580 views
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Kickstarter Film Festival Coming to a City Near You
Crowdfunding

This year, Kickstarter is taking its film festival across the nation, having paired up with 32 cinemas in 31 cities. The festival will take place on October 15, and will show five films, two feature-length ones, and three shorts.

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Anton RootAug 27, 2015 11:39 am GMT562 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 27
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Celery Launch allows people to set up own crowdfunding platforms; crowdfunding in Indonesia; the sharing economy taking off in China; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 27, 2015 09:31 am GMT914 views
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Knight Foundation's Prototype Fund Backs Crowd-Powered Projects
Distributed Knowledge

Over the past few years, the Foundation has backed a number of crowd-powered projects and startups, and this year is no different. Earlier this month, the organization backed its latest 22 projects; each one received $35,000 in seed funding. Looking at the winners, two themes emerge: data and crowdsourcing.

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Anton RootAug 26, 2015 03:16 pm GMT1764 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 26
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this mid-week Crowd Coffee: US startup crowdfunding for its jet business; equity crowdfunding regulation in Asia as a whole...; ...and concerns about it in India; crowdsourcing anti-corruption in Brazil; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 26, 2015 09:30 am GMT559 views
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Portals Ask: I’m Doing a 506(b) Offering, Right?
Crowdfunding

We feature a guest post from Scott Purcell of FundAmerica. In it, Purcell describes the differences between 506(b) and 506(c) offerings, and explains why staying on the right side of the law when raising money via 506(b) can be a challenge. 

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Scott PurcellAug 25, 2015 03:00 pm GMT1004 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 25
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: meet the students crowdfunding their education; how the global stock market dive may affect crowdfunding; eBay's crowdsourcing best practices; the sharing economy in Ontario; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 25, 2015 08:58 am GMT468 views
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Pride, Respect and Motivation in Crowdsourcing
Cloud Labor, Crowd Creativity

Motivating users to participate in competitions or to complete tasks is a crucial role of crowdsourcing intermediaries. The most straightforward way to motivate a crowd is through payment. Gamification can also play a role, with members of the crowd competing to grab the top spot on a leaderboard. But what else serves as motivation? A new research paper in the Journal of Management Studies looks to answer just that question.

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Anton RootAug 24, 2015 04:39 pm GMT1276 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 24
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Vietnam the latest Asian nation to consider crowdfunding regulations; Egypt crowdfunding to save ancient statue; crowdsourcing tips from top journalists; the sharing economy in Germany; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 24, 2015 09:30 am GMT601 views
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Pubslush Acquired by Colborne Communications
Crowdfunding

Pubslush, the niche crowdfunding platform for books, announced yesterday that it has been acquired by Colborne Communications; the deal will be finalized on Monday. It’s a fortuitous turn of events for Pubslush, which only last week sent out a message to its members informing them that the platform would shutter today.

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Anton RootAug 21, 2015 12:43 pm GMT1175 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 21
Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: Fig sees its first successful deal; crowdsourcing to stop illegal fishing; new models of open innovation; senior citizens in the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 21, 2015 09:30 am GMT1006 views
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A Look at Equity Crowdfunding Regulations in Brazil
Crowdfunding

It should come as no surprise that Brazil, one of the largest economies in the world, has a rapidly growing crowdfunding ecosystem. Brazilians are entrepreneurial and social media savvy. At the same time, the entrepreneurs see numerous obstacles to funding — especially those under 40. Crowdfunding capitalizes on the citizens’ strengths to open up access to funding, so it’s natural to see artists, project leaders, and entrepreneurs raising money on one of Brazil’s many rewards- and donation-based platforms. What is less known, however, is that Brazil also has a budding equity crowdfunding scene. We speak with EqSeed's Greg Kelly to find out more.

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Anton RootAug 20, 2015 04:25 pm GMT2317 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 20
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: Neil Armstrong campaign surpasses goal; Andy Murray has invested through Seedrs; defeating breast cancer through crowdsourcing; growing pains in the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 20, 2015 10:11 am GMT1106 views
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Six Free Crowdfunding Guides
Crowdfunding

Over the past few years, a number of platforms and consultants have put out pamphlets, blogs, and books about the keys to crowdfunding success. We share six free resources (focused on rewards-based crowdfunding) that project creators can turn to in order to get up to speed on what it takes to create a potent crowdfunding campaign. Creators should keep in mind that each project is different, so no guide will be a perfect blueprint.

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Anton RootAug 19, 2015 05:44 pm GMT2714 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 19
Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition of Crowd Coffee: successful Kickstarter game creators launch own site; Kickstarter and the board game renaissance; crowdfunding solar in China; the era of open innovation; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 19, 2015 09:30 am GMT691 views
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Equity Crowdfunding: Weighing the Cost and Benefit of Individuals vs. Institutions
Crowdfunding

Nate Nead, director at CrowdFund.co, a ‘non-traditional investment banker,' writes in to discuss the costs and benefits of equity crowdfunding for individuals and institutions, focusing on potential challenges for the nascent equity crowdfunding industry.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 18, 2015 02:00 pm GMT1743 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 18
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: New York crowdfunding firm courts investors; crowdfunding culture in Canada; Vatican Museums introduces crowdfunding app; NASA's crowdsourcing projects; awareness of sharing economy continues to grow; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 18, 2015 09:20 am GMT954 views
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How Crowdfunding Helps to Solve Charity Failures
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a growing topic of academic research — and when smart people have something to say about the emerging method of financing, it’s always a good idea to pay attention. Recently, we came across a highly interesting article by Brian Frye, a professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Law. The research, published in the Oregon Law Review, examines how crowdfunding can help to solve ‘charity failures,’ or charitable donations market inefficiencies.

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Anton RootAug 17, 2015 05:44 pm GMT1569 views
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Crowd Coffee: August 17
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Thailand considering equity crowdfunding regulation; Tendr rebrands as OFF3R; six trends in crowdfunding; crowdsourced investigation gone right, for once; an interesting look at the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgAug 17, 2015 09:30 am GMT629 views
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