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Sony Launches ‘First Flight’ Crowdfunding Platform
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

Sony has launched First Flight, a crowdfunding platform that aims to fund employee projects, in a bid to highlight and market test innovative ideas coming out of the company. In addition to crowdfunding ideas, the site also functions as a ‘co-vision’ and an e-commerce platform. First Flight, currently open only to Japanese customers, launched with three projects: two products available for pre-order, and a proper crowdfunding campaign that has already hit over 50 percent of its $21,500 target.

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Anton RootJul 01, 2015 12:36 pm GMT57 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 1
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition of Crowd Coffee: Greek debt crowdfunding campaign is no joke, creator says; Kickstarter wins patent battle; equity crowdfunding's secondary market problem; not all sharing economy companies are using 1099 workers; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 01, 2015 09:00 am GMT193 views
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After Record-Breaking Start, Shenmue III Pledges Slow Down
Crowdfunding

Shenmue III, the long-awaited sequel to the classic games Shenmue and Shenmue II, is finally in development, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund the game is already a success. In fact, it broke the record for the fastest game to crowdfund a million, despite the fact that the game’s announcement resulted in a flood of visitors the platform wasn’t prepared to deal with. Since the initial push, however, the funding has slowed considerably.

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Anton RootJun 30, 2015 04:25 pm GMT492 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 30
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: states and equity crowdfunding; a campaign to crowdfund Greece's debt; crowdsourcing the world's bird songs; Unilever crowdsourcing ideas on sustainability; how the sharing economy hurts millennials; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 30, 2015 09:29 am GMT468 views
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The Guardian is Crowdsourcing Information on US Police Killings
Distributed Knowledge

Early in 2015, former US attorney general Eric Holder called for better data on the number of people killed by the police. “The troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers or uses of force by police,” he said. On June 1, the Guardian launched a crowdsourced platform called The Counted, which aims to track all individuals killed by the police in the US. It’s a highly informative database, and one that helps to fill the gap that Holder spoke of.

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Anton RootJun 29, 2015 06:45 pm GMT525 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 29
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding campaign for Bree Newsome a success; making great crowdfunding pitch videos; crowdfunding and corporate R&D; is UK the center of the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 29, 2015 10:00 am GMT513 views
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The Law of Supply and Demand for Securities Lawyers
Crowdfunding

In this highly interesting guest post, Thomas Vass, a North Carolina-based economist and manager of The Private Capital Market, writes in to discuss how the passing of Regulation A and Regulation D laws, increasing demand for securities attorneys, may affect the costs of securities attorneys in North Carolina, and the impact that may have on economic growth in the state.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 26, 2015 05:00 pm GMT982 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 26
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this end-of-week edition of Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding in Africa; Snemue 3 Kickstarter campaign faces funding questions; anxiety around the sharing economy; crowdsourcing medical performance reviews; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 26, 2015 08:26 am GMT782 views
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Crowdsourcing a Gold Rush
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

As part of an acquisition, Integra Gold acquired 6 terabytes of data about drilling activities in two old mines. Once it finishes organizing the data, it will invite the public to go through the numbers and offer ideas on where the biggest gold reserves may be. Integra will dole out CAD $1 million ($806,000) in rewards to the best ideas, to be determined by the company and the competition’s board of advisors.

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Anton RootJun 25, 2015 03:05 pm GMT599 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 25
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: how crowdfunding is growing up; crowdfunding for product development; crowdsourcing cleaning of the Ganges in India; Ford enters sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 25, 2015 10:00 am GMT714 views
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Is Crowdsourcing Taking Over IT Outsourcing?
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

Is crowdsourcing starting to replace IT outsourcing for medium and large firms? Sal Sarosh of Crowdplat certainly thinks so, and he explains why it's a smart strategy, after the jump.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 24, 2015 06:58 pm GMT1086 views
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Crowdsourcing as a Method of Bottom-Up Innovation [Video]
Distributed Knowledge

At last month’s Crowdsourcing Week Geneva Summit, hosted by Catalyx, Nick Wright and Rob Wilmot of Crowdicity gave a presentation on the benefits of internal crowdsourcing as a way to drive innovation from within. Watch their presentation after the jump!

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Anton RootJun 24, 2015 05:55 pm GMT799 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 24
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week edition of Crowd Coffee: new crowdsourcing platform launches in China; the crowd helps to digitize slavery-era records in America; equity crowdfunding regulations in Germany; the sharing economy's impact on hospitality; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 24, 2015 10:18 am GMT628 views
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GoFundMe Raises Capital to Grow Team, Expand Globally
Crowdfunding

GoFundMe, the donations-based crowdfunding platform for personal causes, announced last week that it accepted an investment from top VC and growth equity firms to continue its expansion. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal, though TechCrunch reports that the raise puts the platform’s valuation north of $600 million.

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Anton RootJun 23, 2015 02:14 pm GMT915 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 23
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: is Asia the next crowdfunding frontier; another Kickstarter campaign ends in failure; a safety net for the sharing economy; the Wikipedia of impact design; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 23, 2015 09:23 am GMT935 views
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Each of the Top 25 Best Global Brands Has Used Crowdsourcing
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Alix Cuenin of eYeka, a creative crowdsourcing firm, writes in with an update on a previous article penned by Yannig Roth, in which he documented crowdsourcing examples in ten of the world's eleven top brands. Clearly, crowdsourcing has become a lot more popular since then, as now, 25 of the best brands (according to Interbrand) have made use of the crowd. Check out how they did it, after the jump!

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 22, 2015 03:21 pm GMT1737 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 22
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding in a critical light; US government crowdsourcing ideas for new $10 bill; Uber, Airbnb, and 'dotcommunism'; making open innovation work; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 22, 2015 10:00 am GMT756 views
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Four Ways to Increase Revenue and Reduce Costs through Crowdsourcing
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

Nicole Williams, sales and marketing communications lead at Arise Virtual Solutions, a crowdsourced customer service company, writes in to discuss how and why businesses should consider crowdsourcing their customer service.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 19, 2015 03:30 pm GMT1104 views
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Crowd Coffee: June 19
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this end-of-week edition: crowdsourcing disaster relief; Google launches three new crowdsourced journalism ventures; crowfunding in Africa; three keys to open innovation success; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJun 19, 2015 10:00 am GMT839 views
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Amazon Considering Crowdsourced Deliveries
Cloud Labor

Amazon, the online retail giant, is creating a mobile app to turn customers into deliverers. The program, tentatively named On My Way, would allow Amazon to provide same-day delivery service to customers, something that the company, along with many others, have tried to figure out as online shopping has become much more prevalent.

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Anton RootJun 18, 2015 04:58 pm GMT940 views
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