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Don't be dismayed by the fact it was a Friday the 13th week, it's still mostly all good news in the world of crowdsourcing the past week -- starting with the latest crowdfunding platform to receive CAPS accreditation, the UK's Crowdcube. Founder Darren Westlake is also a member of the CAPS advisory council made up of leading platform operators and industry experts.
Further putting the proof in the pudding, congratulations to UK idea generation platform 7billionideas.com, which this week raised £30,000 from seven investors in less than two hours through Crowdcube. The company will be using the capital to build an iPhone and Android application.
Yes, you read that headline right. This story has been flying around the Internet the past few days thanks to what appears to be some pretty remarkable "blame the victim" responses from a Kickstarter staffer. In a nutshell, artist Rachel Marone's project was pulled off the site after it was repeatedly spammed by an individual Marone says has been cyberstalking her for years. The platform restored the project, but with the caveat that "If there is any chance that Rachel will receive spam from a stalker on her project, she should not create one."
Poptent, a crowdsourced video production platform, is launching a professional production arm to serve big time brands with high-quality, full service video production. It's likely that more and more of the ads we see from Fortune 500 companies will be crowdsourced.
With President Obama signing the JOBS Act into law, it seems everyone is trying to get in on crowdfunding, even angel investors. Last week, Arctic Island announced it had raised $200,000 for the launch of ArcticIsland.com, a crowdfunding platform due to debut in June.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is launching a “Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge” -- the contest is looking for help in:
"...creating short, compelling videos that share how consumers can use health IT or consumer e-health tools to manage high blood pressure through activities, including:
- Routine monitoring of blood pressure
- Taking blood pressure medication as prescribed
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that helps lower blood pressure"
There is $5,500 worth of prizes and the submission period for the challenge ends on May 2, 2012. More info is at the fed's own crowdsourcing platform, Challenge.gov, or more specifically at bloodpressure.challenge.gov.