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The Pebble smartwach is still Kickstarter's most successful project, having raised over $10 million. An ambitious campaign on the platform for a similar product was suspended by Kickstarter over the weekend. We take a look at what happened to the Rock smartwatch.
Google Maps is already known for being friendly to the crowd, and a new feature makes it even easier for users to contribute to the mapping tool.
Indiegogo, one of the best-known crowdfunding platforms around, announced yesterday afternoon the upcoming launch of “Indiegogo Playbook,” an online education resource that’s meant to help campaign owners succeed in funding their projects, as well as a “Global Crowdfunding Resource Network.”
230 venture capital firms and angels have invested in crowdfunding platforms, according to CrowdsUnite. The investors financed 45 crowdfunding companies to a tune of nearly $1 billion.
Every day, people face thousands of choices on how to spend their time on the web. Given the huge amount of options that people have to allocate their time, why do a growing number of people participate on crowdsourcing sites?
Two University of Chicago researchers are looking to address the threat of deaths caused by antibiotic resistance. And they’re asking the crowd for help.
Managing a large community of users is no easy endeavor -- just ask a community manager at any crowd-powered company. Local Motors, a co-creation firm, is seeing whether it can apply the lessons learned in its crowdsourcing field to crowdfunding by launching a campaign to fund a motorized bike.
Before Amazon's flying delivery drones captured the internet's collective attention, a flying machine of another sort went viral on Kickstarter. We feature PowerUp 3.0, a smartphone-controlled paper airplane module, which is well on its way to breaking the $1 million mark.
In what’s become a yearly White House tradition, President Obama pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey on Wednesday afternoon. For the second year in a row, the crowd voted on which turkey would get the official pardon. Turkey lovers could vote on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This year, the proud strutting, corn munching, Beyoncé listening Popcorn got the crowd’s vote over his competitor Caramel.
Once again, NASA is tapping into the power of the crowd via a strategic partnership. This time, the space agency is pairing with a company that’s very familiar with crowd dynamics: Planetary Resources, which raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter this summer to launch a space telescope that’s available to amateur astronomers.
Crowdsourcing is being used in many different ways, from solving funding problems to generating new ideas on how to solve old challenges. Lina Thomsgard, founder of the Swedish non-profit Rättviseförmedlingen (Equalisters), thinks that the crowd can also help rid the world of gender inequality.
Roger Ebert, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, called empathy “the most essential quality of civilization.” Given how difficult it is for producers to raise money for their films, it’s quite appropriate, then, that the makers of the upcoming documentary about Ebert’s life are asking fans to open their wallets and help fund the film’s post-production.
The New York City Marathon is a big tourist draw for the Big Apple. One company that was looking forward to the event is Airbnb, which has a bit of a rocky relationship with city authorities. The company claims to have put $1 million in NYC-based hosts' pockets over the marathon weekend, and put out this infographic to commemorate the occasion.
On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, Cooley LLP sent a cease and desist letter to Wiki-PR yesterday, demanding the company to stop “further editing the Wikipedia website unless and until [it has] fully complied with the terms and conditions outlined by the Wikimedia Community.”
GE is currently running a campaign to design Santa’s sleigh, and it’s asking the crowd for ideas. With the help of GrabCAD and Shapeways, GE is asking for 3D designs of the sleigh, as part of its #3DPrintMyGift initiative.