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The Legal Risks of User Generated Content [White Paper]
Distributed Knowledge

Organizations that rely on the crowd may put themselves in a potentially sticky legal position. That’s why n0tice, a user generated content management tool that’s built specifically for news organizations, recently put out a white paper called ‘The Legal Risks of UGC.’

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Anton RootJul 29, 2014 08:51 pm GMT245 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 29
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition: the Guardia is crowdsourcing translations; crowdsourced wine delivery; discussing legal aspects of crowdsourcing; crowdfunding can empower women and minorities, report says; the sharing economy battle in Spain; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 29, 2014 02:25 pm GMT374 views
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Taking Out a P2P Loan [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

With banks hesitant to lend to small businesses, entrepreneurs are beginning to turn to peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms. One of the most prominent players in this field is Funding Circle, which made headlines recently when it raised a $65 million funding round to continue to beef up its operations in the UK and the US. One of the advantages crowdlending platforms tout over banks is speed. To show exactly how long it typically takes to secure a loan via Funding Circle vs. a traditional bank, Funding Circle put out the following infographic.

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Anton RootJul 28, 2014 07:24 pm GMT716 views
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Where Do Nonprofits Fit into the Crowdfunding Ecosystem?
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding coach Rose Spinelli writes in with the latest edition of her new weekly column, Rose Recommends. This week, she answers a question about non-profit crowdfunding, and how that part of the industry is developing. Have your own crowdfunding questions? Don't hesitate to ask!

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Rose SpinelliJul 28, 2014 04:08 pm GMT1336 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 28
Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

In this Crowd Coffee: Kickstarter and taxes; Airbnb squatter also may have scammed on Kickstarter; crowdsourcing digital policy ideas; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 28, 2014 02:45 pm GMT440 views
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Where Crowdfunding Will Go from Here [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has exploded over the past few years, as Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns raised millions of dollars and the JOBS Act promised to open angel investing to the masses. The company BusinessProfiles recently put out a good infographic showing some of the emerging industry trends, including self-run campaigns, niche platforms, and international expansion.

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Anton RootJul 25, 2014 06:27 pm GMT2439 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 25
Crowdfunding

In this end of week edition: EarlyShares Q&A; Areal developers discuss suspended Kickstarter campaign; Indonesia's president-elect crowdsourcing cabinet member suggestions; FlightCar gets backing of high-profile angels; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 25, 2014 02:33 pm GMT583 views
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CCEMC Announces Grand Challenge First Round Winners, Prepares for Next Round
Open Innovation

Since early 2013, the Canadian Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) has been working with NineSigma, the open innovation intermediary, on an international ‘grand challenge’ to find new uses for carbon. In April, CCEMC held an awards ceremony to announce the 24 winners of the first round — four more than initially anticipated.

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Anton RootJul 24, 2014 10:08 pm GMT883 views
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Seahawk Fans Crowdfunding Richard Sherman Statue
Crowdfunding

The BuildTheTip campaign aims to immortalize the defensive play made by Richard Sherman in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers, when Sherman tipped the ball away from Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Had Crabtree made the catch, the 49ers would likely have advanced.

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Anton RootJul 24, 2014 08:03 pm GMT1033 views
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Crowdcube Raises £1.2 Million Through Own Platform in Just 16 Minutes
Crowdfunding

Crowdcube announced that it completed its latest, £1.2 million ($2 million) self-run crowdfunding raise in just 16 minutes. The crowdfunding campaign was just a part of a larger, £5 million ($8.5 million) Series B round, which also saw Balderton Capital invest £3.8 million ($6.5 million) last week.

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Anton RootJul 22, 2014 10:21 pm GMT879 views
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Squishable Makes Plush Toys with Help from the Crowd
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

We take a look at Squishable, a company that has been asking its community for toy design input since it launched back in 2007. Plush toys aren’t the first thing most would associate with crowdsourcing, but 'Chief Squisher' Zoe Fraade-Blanar thinks they are a fantastic fit, and tells us why.

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Anton RootJul 22, 2014 07:43 pm GMT845 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 22
Crowdfunding

In this edition: crowdfunding promises to change startup investing; Kickstarter campaign likely a scam; progress in open innovation; Rand Paul advocates for the sharing economy; crowdsourcing science; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 22, 2014 02:32 pm GMT473 views
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Will the Rise of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Help Unemployed Young Americans?
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

Evan Hafer, CEO of TwistRate, writes in to discuss how both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can help young veterans looking to enter the workforce.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 21, 2014 08:38 pm GMT2538 views
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Best Crowdfunding Practices and How to Use Them Effectively
Crowdfunding

Rose Spinelli continues with her advice column, answering two questions from the crowd over the past week. In this edition, she takes a look at two campaigns, and weighs in with how they can improve. Read her advice, and submit your own questions in the comments.

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Rose SpinelliJul 21, 2014 05:42 pm GMT1658 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 21
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: Kickstarter in Ireland; preschool hopes to get cash from the crowd; how open innovation affects HR; Friedman on the sharing economy; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 21, 2014 02:51 pm GMT612 views
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Wealth Migrate Unveils ‘World’s Global Real Estate Marketplace’ at EPIC 2014
Crowdfunding

The real estate equity crowdfunding market is growing fast in the US. A number of platforms have come online in the past year, and they are attracting both investor and issuer interest. That, in turn, has convinced VCs and angels to back the platforms, further legitimizing the young industry and fueling growth. Now, another player has joined the ranks.

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Anton RootJul 19, 2014 04:45 pm GMT2586 views
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Crowdcube Raises £3.8M, Crowdfunding £1.2M Through Own Platform
Crowdfunding

Yesterday, Crowdcube, one of Britain’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms, announced that it has raised £3.8 million ($6.5 million) of a £5 million ($8.5 million) round. The rest of the cash Crowdcube will be raising on its own platform -- the campaign will open on Tuesday.

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Anton RootJul 18, 2014 08:17 pm GMT1004 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 18
Crowdfunding

In this end-of-week edition: equity crowdfunding in China; abortion clinic in Canada turns to the crowd; Breaking Bad sequel on Kickstarter; PSY crowdsourcing his next video; and more. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 18, 2014 02:21 pm GMT1113 views
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Mesenaatti Helps Individuals and Organizations Crowdfund in Finland
Crowdfunding

We recently reached out to Pauliina Seppälä, co-founder of the Finnish rewards-based crowdfunding platform Mesenaatti with some questions about her platform, as well as the crowdfunding scene in her country, in general. Check out her responses after the jump!

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Anton RootJul 17, 2014 08:29 pm GMT1258 views
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Funding Circle Raises $65M
Crowdfunding

Funding Circle, the online peer-to-peer lending platform for small business, announced last night that it has raised a $65 million Series D round. The round was led by Index Ventures, with previous investors Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital also participating.

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Anton RootJul 17, 2014 04:52 pm GMT1163 views
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