2,533 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
New crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platforms continue to spring up with astonishing speed. They’re emerging so fast, in fact, that some get lost in the cracks. But don’t worry: we’ve compiled this week’s emerging platform news in one place so you can keep your finger on the pulse of all things crowdsourcing.
Appsplit is a new crowdfunding platform for mobile, web, and desktop applications. Unlike Kickstarter or appbackr, Appsplit gives programmers the option to choose an “open” campaign — which means if the campaign doesn’t reach its funding goal, they still get to use the money people pledge (via PayPal or Amazon payments). In addition to starting pledge-based campaigns, campaign creators will be allowed to sell the rights to their app or even shares in their company in the future. Appsplit also functions as a freelancer marketplace, where those with an app idea can find contractors to help with strategy and development.
The Independent Film Development Corporation, a digital film distributor based in Nevada, today launched the IndieBacker crowdfunding platform. Inspired by Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, IFLM management believes a platform targeting the independent film vertical will appeal to filmmakers. "Whether you're a young producer just beginning your career or an established celebrity with a unique project, IndieBacker is looking to help you partner with like minded social working donators internationally who share your vision," said Jeff Ritchie, CEO of IFLM.
FlightFox, an Australian travel search company, recently closed an $800,000 funding round from startup incubator Y Combinator, AngelList board member Kevin Laws, Ark investor Matt Dickinson, Pollenizer’s Mick Liubinskas and others. Unlike Bing’s price predictor or Kayak’s travel search, which use algorithms, FlightFox taps into a crowd of experts — the site calls them “flight hackers” — to find the best trip fares. The expert who finds the best deal snags the travelers’ “finder’s fee.” The site’s crowd of experts is currently 500-strong, though the site admits only 10% of experts sign on regularly.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article listed FlightFox's recent funding round as $800 million. That was incorrect. The correct figure is $800,000.
Recorded Future, a Cambridge-based prediction technology startup, recently raised $12 million from Balderton capital to bolster its military and intelligence analytics tech. Recorded Future uses data from all across the Web — social media, news, blogs, government filings and the like — to allow users to search for future events based on customizable parameters.