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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 GMT479 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 GMT583 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 GMT324 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 GMT1680 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 GMT1308 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 GMT477 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 GMT2348 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 GMT810 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 GMT1004 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 GMT1083 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 GMT1024 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 17
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding

In this Crowd Coffee: Crowdcube raises Series B; Crowdnetic releases Q2 report; crowdfunding for the homeless; crowdsourcing investigative journalism; the sharing economy for boats; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 17, 2014 02:04 pm GMT1053 views
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Patch of Land Facilitates Real Estate Crowdlending
Crowdfunding

Real estate crowdfunding is hot these days: VCs investing in the startups, and accredited investors are taking note of the opportunities on existing platforms. We profile Patch of Land, a real estate debt crowdfunding platform that launched in October 2013. 

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Anton RootJul 16, 2014 08:47 pm GMT1007 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 16
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this mid-week Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding bill in North Carolina advances; crowdfunding real estate is in; a Kickstarted video game struggling; NYC vs. the sharing economy continues; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 16, 2014 01:57 pm GMT775 views
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Lending Club’s Billion-Dollar Quarter [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

Lending Club, one of the leading peer-to-peer lending platforms around, announced last week that it recorded its first billion-dollar quarter. The company has now facilitated over $5 billion dollars in loans since it was founded back in 2007.

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Anton RootJul 15, 2014 11:10 pm GMT2201 views
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OurCrowd Hits $60M in Investments
Crowdfunding

OurCrowd, the Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding company, announced today that it has helped startups on its platform successfully raise $60 million since launching early last year. The company’s portfolio is made up of 46 startups. Twenty have raised over a million dollars, and four of those have raised over $3 million.

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Anton RootJul 15, 2014 05:01 pm GMT986 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 15
Cloud Labor, Crowdfunding

In this edition: crowdfunding drug research; the crowd vs. VCs; gay student crowdfunding college tuition; Lyft takes on New York; crowdsourcing security in Lebanon; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 15, 2014 02:11 pm GMT650 views
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RapGenius Raises $40M, Changes Name to ‘Genius’
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

RapGenius, the crowdsourced lyric annotation site, announced on Friday that it has raised $40 million round led by Dan Gilbert, changed its name to just Genius, and introduced a new feature that allows users to make their own sites annotatable.

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Anton RootJul 14, 2014 09:20 pm GMT1166 views
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Spotlight on How and If the Crowd Serves Your Funding Needs
Crowdfunding

Rose Spinelli, the expert when it comes to raising cash via rewards-based crowdfunding, writes in with her inaugural advice column 'Rose Recommends.' She answers questions about whether the crowdfunding field is getting too crowded, and about crowdfunding campaign guidelines. Have your own questions?

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Rose SpinelliJul 14, 2014 06:20 pm GMT1547 views
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Crowd Coffee: July 14
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this Crowd Coffee: FCA warns platforms about tweets; BitTorrent crowdfunding a series; why Lockitron has taken so long; the sharing economy in Australia; crowdsourcing votes in Indonesian elections; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 14, 2014 02:38 pm GMT1008 views
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