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Duolingo Teaches You a Language – And Wants to Help You Prove It, Too
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Duolingo’s language learning platform is, of course, very useful to many people who want to travel, study, or work abroad. But unless they can prove their proficiency, their efforts can go unnoticed. That’s why over the summer, Duolingo launched Test Center, a new site and app that allows users to certify their knowledge of the English language. The service will cost $20 (while it’s in beta, it’s free), around a tenth of the price of the TOEFL, Duolingo says.

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Anton RootOct 24, 2014 07:20 pm GMT370 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 24
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: the perils of crowdfunding a beer; why asking your friends to crowdfund a vacation may be impolite; why Uber should open up its passenger ratings; a crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform opens in Kansas; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 24, 2014 12:29 pm GMT328 views
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How to Make Crowdsourcing Faster and More Reliable
Crowd Creativity

Adam Stone, CEO of Speedlancer, an Australian crowdsourcing platform, writes in to discuss two problems in the crowdsourcing industry, namely the lack of experienced workers and fairness, and how his company aims to solve them.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 23, 2014 09:55 am GMT1120 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 23
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: sharing economy's organized workers; Texas Securities Board approves equity crowdfunding rules; Chaordix creates a crowdsourcing community for higher education; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 23, 2014 09:09 am GMT781 views
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Folio Investing Aims to Change the Way People Invest In and Manage Private Securities
Crowdfunding

Folio Investing has a lofty goal: it wants to make the management of private securities as simple as public ones. If the company succeeds, it can have drastic effects on the private placement and the emerging equity crowdfunding industries by filling a number of clear needs.

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Anton RootOct 22, 2014 05:27 pm GMT1245 views
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How Crowdfinancing for Main Street Businesses Can Impact the Economy
Crowdfunding

Rob Misheloff, owner of Smarter Finance USA, a company that helps small business owners learn about the different options available to them for business financing, writes in to look at how peer-to-business financing can help small businesses to grow their operations and, if all goes well, hire more employees.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 22, 2014 04:35 pm GMT749 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 22
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this mid-week edition: JOBS Act lets hedge funds open up; hefty hoverboard raising cash on Kickstarter; Apple is crowdsourcing business listing to improve its Maps; taxing and regulating the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 22, 2014 01:40 pm GMT490 views
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Tilt Is on a Mission to Make Crowdfunding Free and Easy for Everyone
Crowdfunding

Tilt has a grand vision: it wants to be for crowdfunding what WordPress is for blogging. That is, the San Francisco-based company wants to make it simple and free for people to have a crowdfunding campaign up in minimal time, for anything they think is worth funding. The company has made a series of moves to put its ambitious goals well within reach; indeed, in multiple major ways, the company has already delivered.

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Anton RootOct 22, 2014 12:27 am GMT1649 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 21
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Maryland finalizes intrastate crowdfunding rules; why crowdfunding isn't as easy as you think; another company tries to make private jets shareable; Indian government runs a life-saving crowdsourcing campaign; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 21, 2014 09:01 am GMT1005 views
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New Crowdfunding Association in Europe Wants to Shape the Industry for the Better
Crowdfunding

With crowdfunding continuing to grow in Europe, a new industry body, the European Equity Crowdfunding Association, formed in late May to represent specifically equity- and debt-based crowdfunding industries. Recently, EECA held its first board meeting, so we caught up with the organization's General Counsel and Manager Alessandro Lerro to find out more about the association.

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Anton RootOct 20, 2014 09:47 pm GMT2063 views
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Make Your Campaign Message Crystal Clear
Crowdfunding

In her latest installment of Rose Recommends, crowdfunding expert Rose Spinelli gives advice to the owner of a crowdfunding campaign that focuses on religion. One of her many bits of wisdom: in crowdfunding, when you target everyone, you target no one. Find out what she means after the jump!

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Rose SpinelliOct 20, 2014 11:09 am GMT1003 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 20
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition: advice on how to make your crowdfunding campaign succeed; social entrepreneurship and crowdfunding come together; crowdfunding and bitcoin; a AUD$20 million real estate crowdfunding deal; Uber enters Alaska, regulators concerned; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 20, 2014 10:32 am GMT785 views
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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 GMT2857 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 GMT829 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 GMT3109 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 GMT996 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 GMT1715 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 GMT1899 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 GMT799 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 GMT946 views
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