2,800 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
The Coolest Cooler is now the most-funded Kickstarter campaign, taking the crown from the Pebble smartwatch after 862 days of reign. According to Kickstarter, who updated its blog post about the ‘History of #1,’ the takeover took place at around 10pm Eastern last night.
uBiome, the company that’s sequencing microbiome with the crowd’s help, has raised $4.5 million from VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and angel investors, according to TechCrunch. It’s big news for the company, which has previously received funding from 500 Startups and Y Combinator. It first caught our eye when it was looking to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo; it ended up raising $350,000.
One of the first equity crowdfunding players on the scene in Finland, Invesdor has been around since 2012. The platform claims to have 60 percent of the equity crowdfunding market share in its country, and has attracted investors from 38 different countries en route to €2.6 million raised for 20 companies. Its success is not accidental — the platform has developed a number of features and processes to help entrepreneurs and investors connect as seamlessly as possible.
Advancing Human Rights (AHR), a New York-based NGO, recently launched Movements.org, a crowdsourcing platform that connects dissidents with legal experts, journalists, policy makers, technology experts, and others. The goal is to help dissidents amplify their work, and to spread their stories.
We profile passbrains, a crowdsourced software company that helps enterprises tap into external as well as internal crowds. Included are a look at some of the features it offers its clients, and three different ways that enterprises make use of the company's services.
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.
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.
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?
On Monday, Seedrs announced a new investment type: convertible equity. To find out more about this new investment type (Seedrs claims it's the first crowdfunding platform to offer it), and why the company decided to begin offering it to their investors, we spoke with platform president and COO Carlos Silva.
We profile JumpStart Africa, a crowdfunding platform for creatives and entrepreneurs on the continent. Operating in a region made up of developing nations poses a unique set of challenges, find out how founder and CEO Ahmed Zrikem hopes to overcome them after the jump.
500 Startups, the VC fund and accelerator, announced yesterday that it's raising $100 million for its third flagship fund. To help finance it, the company partnered up with SeedInvest, which created a custom platform for the accelerator and is helping with investor accreditation verification, as well as other services.
We profile Red Rock Assets, a crowdlending platform for accredited investors that wants to allow individuals and institutions to invest in mining and energy projects from around the world for as little as $5000.
There are a number of companies that build crowdfunding platforms for their customers. But to really stand out, the white label providers need to offer a wide range of services for their customers. We profile Crowd Fund Magic, which does just that. (Sponsored Post)
DesignCrowd, the Australian crowdsourced design firm, announced yesterday that it has acquired Worth1000, a creative contest platform. The deal hasn't been embraced by at least a vocal minority in the Worth1000 community, though, who fear the crowdsourcing firm will shut down their site.
The equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest announced yesterday that it has closed a $4.15 million Series A round. The first $2 million came from several VC firms, including Scout Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Avenue A Ventures, Archer Gray, and Krillion Ventures. The rest came from 42 accredited investors through the crowdfunding platform’s own raise.
Thomas Vass, owner and manager of The Private Capital Market, a fee-based subscription crowdfunding site, writes in to discuss the potential future of accredited investor crowdfunding.
We profile Betterific, a crowdsourced innovation platform that helps brands to identify and solve problems. Unlike some of the other companies doing similar work, the co-founder said, Betterific promotes an open conversation among the users and brands on the platform.
Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform around, announced two changes to its platform yesterday. First, it scrapped a few rules that prevented certain campaigns from coming onto the platform. And it also introduced the Launch Now feature, which is allowing campaigns to launch without approval from a company representative.
We catch up with Nathan Hangen of IgnitionDeck, which recently announced that it has acquired the crowdfunding themes Fundify and CrowdPress. Hangen shares his vision for the company's future, and gives us the scoop on some of the features IgnitionDeck is working on.
In 2011, the Malaysian government planned and approved a far-reaching set of reforms aimed improving the economic standing of the country’s citizens. Digital Malaysia, as the reforms are collectively known, is a program designed to diversity the country’s economy, with the aim of having the digital economy contributing 17 percent of the gross national income by 2020 (among many other ambitious goals).