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Kickstarter Coming to London in Mid-October
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform, announced yesterday that it’s coming to London later this month for a series of events, culminating with a special screening of Kickstarter Film Fest. The events are taking place all over London and include sessions for both specific industries, as well as more general discussions.

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Anton RootOct 01, 2014 05:15 pm GMT190 views
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Crowdfunding Hackathon Coming to Irvine Later This Month
Crowdfunding

To help facilitate innovation around the industry, the recently-launched platform CrowdFundingPays, UC Irvine’s ANTrepreneur Center, and Blackstone LaunchPad are hosting a crowdfunding hackathon from October 10 to 12 in Irvine, California. The free event, titled FundHack, promises “interesting speakers, prizes, and knowledgeable mentors, who will coach participants through the process of their choice.”

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Anton RootOct 01, 2014 03:21 pm GMT322 views
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Crowd Coffee: October 1
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this edition: crowdfunding continues to grow; Fundrise gets cash injection from big-name investors; crowdsourcing for science, and wildlife in Africa; the sharing economy under pressure in America; open innovation considerations for firms; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 01, 2014 10:23 am GMT389 views
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Real Estate Crowdfunding: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally
Crowdfunding

With news stories emerging daily about crowdfunding for real estate, more and more individuals in the US and abroad are taking note of the new way of investing their money in property. While real estate investing may seem best suited for local opportunities, a recent deal conducted by the international real estate crowdfunding platform Wealth Migrate, founded in South Africa, demonstrates how crowdfunding can open up real estate investing on a global scale.

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Anton RootSep 30, 2014 09:16 pm GMT1405 views
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Just How Big Is Real Estate Crowdfunding? Take Part in the Massolution Survey and Find Out!
Crowdfunding

To help facilitate the growth of the real estate crowdfunding market, and to provide the most up-to-date and necessary information on real estate crowdfunding, Massolution will soon publish the first substantial report on the subject – 2014CF Crowdfunding for Real Estate. To ensure the information is comprehensive and accurate, we are asking all active or pre-launch real estate crowdfunding platforms to take part in a brief survey.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 30, 2014 07:58 pm GMT725 views
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Tracking New Zealand’s First Successful Equity Crowdfunding Deal [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

New Zealand recently passed an act to make investment in startups easier, and paving the way for equity crowdfunding in the small nation. Not surprisingly, a number of early actors entered the fray, and earlier this month, the first successful crowdfunding round raised NZ$700,000 ($540,000) for Renaissance Brewing, a beer company. Check out an infographic about the raise below!

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Anton RootSep 30, 2014 01:00 pm GMT555 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 30
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

In this edition of Crowd Coffee: more teachers turning to crowdfunding for classrooms; FundRazr campaign stopped because of threats; crowdsourcing flu symptoms near you; UK orders sharing economy review; four packaging innovation ideas to come out of open innovation; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 30, 2014 11:19 am GMT526 views
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How to Market Your Campaign to Appeal to Big Brands
Crowdfunding

While crowdfunding is typically viewed as a way to collect small amounts of cash from many individuals, some campaigns may also be suited to backing from companies. Rose Spinelli looks at one such campaign — and offers advice on how to make it successful.

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Rose SpinelliSep 29, 2014 03:15 pm GMT905 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 29
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition: crowdsourcing financial market movements; crowdsourcing not yet competing with professional creative agencies; CrowdCheck's business shift due to SEC delays; equity crowdfunding for accredited investors, one year on; sharing economy turns users into perpetual hustlers; and more.

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Anton RootSep 29, 2014 11:09 am GMT750 views
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NASA Launches New Citizen Science Site ‘Solve’
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

NASA, the US aeronautics and space agency, announced last week the launch of ‘Solve,’ a dedicated destination for its open innovation challenges. To help promote the launch of the platform, NASA kicked off a ‘Mars Balance Mass Challenge,’ which will run until November 21.

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Anton RootSep 26, 2014 03:35 pm GMT4582 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 26
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this end-of-week edition: Tilt's Beshara on crowdfunding trends, company's future; Oatmeal launches new campaign to build Tesla museum; sharing economy doesn't mean end of retail; crowdsourcing and creative agencies; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 26, 2014 09:21 am GMT1108 views
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The Sharing Economy, Explained [Infographic]
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Tools

While the sharing economy has its roots in peer-to-peer platforms Craigslist and eBay, the industry really took off in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Many people were made redundant, which both helped to free up their entrepreneurial juices, and also made them more conscious of their spending. Instead of purchasing new goods, sharing and renting used ones from their peers became a much more appealing proposition.

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Anton RootSep 25, 2014 05:24 pm GMT2711 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 25
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition: beer company first to use equity crowdfunding exemption in Wisconsin; tips for crowdfunding success; White House embracing crowdsourcing, open innovation; crowdsourcing search for best burrito; the sharing economy and environment; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 25, 2014 09:41 am GMT885 views
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Curious About the Crowdfunding Industry Numbers for 2013 to 2015?
Crowdfunding

Over the past several weeks, we have been conducting our third industry-wide crowdfunding survey, which will inform our 2014CF Crowdfunding Industry Report. The reception thus far has been fantastic, with hundreds of platforms already participating! Many platforms, however, have been asking for more time to complete the survey, and to accommodate their wishes, we have decided to extend the deadline to September 30!

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Anton RootSep 24, 2014 10:53 pm GMT1665 views
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Mavericks Unveil New Uniforms, Designed with the Crowd’s Help
Crowd Creativity

Last May, the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA franchise owned by prominent investor and author Mark Cuban, launched a crowdsourcing competition that asked fans to submit designs for a new team uniform. In total, over 1000 designs were submitted. After a year and a half, the franchise finally unveiled its new uniforms, and the Mavs are, indeed, making use of a submission from the crowd.

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Anton RootSep 24, 2014 07:36 pm GMT692 views
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What Is the Optimal Time of the Year to Launch Your Kickstarter Campaign?
Crowdfunding

Eugene Leychenko, founder of CrowdfundingCode.tv, continues to explore the numbers behind Kickstarter campaigns. In the guest post below, Leychenko looks at what time of year may be best for launching a campaign.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 24, 2014 05:09 pm GMT1361 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 24
Crowdfunding

In this mid-week edition: San Francisco is crowdsourcing ideas for a new Market Street; how crowdsourcing can be used to improve data accuracy; crowdmapping helping the fight against Ebola; intrastate equity crowdfunding laws gaining in popularity; Paul Niederer not happy about equity crowdfunding rules proposed in Australia; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 24, 2014 03:03 pm GMT843 views
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Amazon to Launch a Crowdsourced Publishing Program
Crowd Creativity

One solution for those who are looking for a little more originality from media companies is crowdsourcing. By getting feedback from a potential audience on a pilot or a first book chapter, companies can see which shows or novels are appealing. If all goes right, the crowd favorite will, indeed, be a hit — the optimal outcome for the investing company, the media product itself, and the fans.

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Anton RootSep 23, 2014 04:22 pm GMT1787 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 23
Crowdfunding

In this Crowd Coffee: what to look for when investing in equity crowdfunding; a profile of Fundrise; open innovation and crowdsourcing in Brazil; FDA opens up food safety challenge; and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 23, 2014 02:00 pm GMT976 views
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Kickstarter to Update Terms of Use
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform, announced on Friday that it’s updating its terms of use. The new terms will go into effect on October 19. While there are no drastic changes that the platform is making to the terms, it is making a more subtle tweaks, wrote CEO Yancey Strickler in a company blog.

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Anton RootSep 22, 2014 06:55 pm GMT1179 views
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