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Launching a crowdfunding campaign may seem quite easy — write a brief description, throw up some perks, and publish it for the world to consider. In reality, campaign owners need to do a lot of planning in order to ensure success (Potato Salad excluded). Check out this checklist before launching your campaign.
This year, crowdsourcing was one of the key focus points of the PIF program. While previous rounds of the initiative had resulted in crowdsourcing-specific positions, this round was the first to specify crowdsourcing as a core area the government wanted to focus on as a way to improve existing processes. Earlier this week, the White House quietly posted this round’s fellows on the program website.
Speak to any recent graduate in the US about their last four years, and one unpleasant topic will invariably come up: student loan debt. It’s a problem that’s grabbed many headlines over the past several years, and for good reason. Two-thirds of graduates are entering the job market with sizeable bills to pay; the average borrower graduates with $26,000 in debt. In total, college debt amounts to $1.2 trillion in the US.
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Crowdsourced software testing is rapidly becoming a more populated and popular field. We recently reached out via email to Simon Papineau, CEO of Montreal-based (and aptly named) Crowdsourced Testing, one of the players in the emerging industry, to find out how his company got its start, and what services it offers. Below is the second half of the Q&A; the first half appeared yesterday.
Crowdsourced software testing is rapidly becoming a more populated and popular field. We recently reached out via email to Simon Papineau, CEO of Montreal-based (and aptly named) Crowdsourced Testing, one of the players in the emerging industry, to find out how his company got its start, and what services it offers. Below is the first half of the Q&A; the second half will be up tomorrow.
DesignCrowd, the Sydney-based design crowdsourcing firm, announced earlier this week that it’s hit $20 million in payouts to designers. The company also said that it’s hiring a team in San Francisco, in order to encourage growth in the US. The country represents 40 percent of DesignCrowd’s business, and the crowdsourcing firm has been planning to make the move for a few months now, first announcing it after opening an office in Manila.
Not all fees have been dropped: those selling items via the ‘Sell Something’ option will still need to pay 2.5 percent, as will those fundraising for causes. And as Beshara mentioned above, those paying with credit cards for Collect campaigns will still need to pay processing fees, though that’s standard across the industry.
Wrike, a project management software company, recently put together a list of 26 platforms to help users navigate the landscape. It’s not an exhaustive account, but it acts as a good starting point for those who are beginning to explore crowdfunding, and what platforms they should use for their own campaigns.
We share a PhD thesis uploaded by one of our community members: Michael Gebert, founder and CEO of Marketing Society-Crowd Mentor Network, and organizer of the CrowdDialog conference in Munich. It's a research paper that's exhaustive enough to serve both as an introduction to crowdsourcing for the newcomers, as well as an interesting exploration of risk management for those more familiar with crowdsourcing.
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.
Betterific, the crowdsourced ideation company, announced recently the first product to come out of its platform: tags on fitted sheets to show which side of the sheet fits which side of the bed. The product was picked up by Dormify, an online store that caters to college kids, and hit the online shelves last month.
The Coolest Cooler campaign is on the verge of breaking the Kickstarter record for the most-funded project on the platform. At the time of this writing, the campaign stood at around $10,190,000 — less than $80,000 from reaching the $10,266,845 the Pebble smartwatch raised in May 2012.
Have you been wondering how intrastate crowdfunding exemptions are shaping up? Anthony Zeoli, Georgia Quinn, and Crowdcheck came up with two handy charts to help you navigate the state crowdfunding landscape.
Pono Music had already been well-known among the crowdfunding community because of its highly successful Kickstarter campaign. With its latest achievement, it seems poised to enter the crowdfunding hall of fame.
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.
Renewable energy seems to be a good fit for crowdfunding. Many people feel passionately about ridding the world of pollution, and renewable energy projects can go a long way in making that dream a reality. It’s hardly surprising, then, that a number of crowdfunding platforms have popped up across the world to support renewable energy. Indeed, the industry niche has become prominent enough to host its own conference in London on October 30.
Anticipating that the Finnish Financial Supervisory Agency's (FIN-FSA) new rules for equity crowdfunding will require platforms to register as investment firms, Invesdor has applied for the appropriate license. While the FIN-FSA hasn’t yet finalized this rule, Invesdor’s co-founder and CEO Lasse Mäkelä recently told us that his company was preparing for the regulatory change.
Since the passage of the JOBS Act, the prevailing mood about equity crowdfunding for the unaccredited has soured. The SEC has been working hard to draft the rules and read the comments that are coming in about Title III crowdfunding, but with leadership changes and a backlog that includes the monumental Dodd-Frank law, progress has been slow.