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The company Love Home Swap, a UK-based startup that allows its users to swap houses or rent them out to travelers, recently put out an interactive map that shows where the sharing economy startups have been founded.
Tomorrow, October 30, NineSigma will be hosting a webinar about what projects are best (and worst) suited for open innovation contests. NineSigma’s director of healthcare program management Stephen Clulow will be joined by Miles Eddowes, head of the Innovation Accelerators Department at Mondelez International, a confectionery and snacks conglomerate that spun off from Kraft Foods in 2012. UPDATE: Check out the video of the webinar after the jump!
When people think of crowdsourcing, they typically think of interactions that are happening online. Put up a logo request or an appeal for money, and someone, somewhere, will draft up a design or contribute cash. They may be in a neighboring town, or a metropolis half way across the world — the location doesn’t matter. But there are some companies that are applying the crowdsourcing model to do offline work. One of these companies is Oklahoma City-based WeGoLook.
The Gaza Strip, the thin piece of land that represents one of the two Palestinian territories, can hardly be called a tech powerhouse. There is, however, at least one organization looking to promote entrepreneurship and tech startup culture in the region — and it’s asking the crowd to help it keep the lights on.
Crowdfunding is quickly growing in the UK, with platforms like Seedrs, Crowdcube, Funding Circle, and many others doing their part to raise awareness around the emerging alternative financing model. Nesta, a London-based ‘innovation foundation,’ decided to look at just how big the market is in the UK, and the results are quite impressive.
Veterans can make for great entrepreneurs. The skills they learn in the army cross over well to the business world — discipline, the ability to give clear and direct orders, and an unyielding commitment to the mission at hand are all attributes of a good commander, and a great executive. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for the vets to secure the financing they need to start their ventures. The crowdlending platform StreetShares thinks that the crowd can help.
Patch of Land, the debt-based crowdfunding platform for real estate, launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest to fund a $2.5 million seed round yesterday. The campaign is off to a quick start, having already raised $520,000.
Despite its success thus far, eYeka thinks it can improve the experience for both brands and creatives on its platform. Looking to do just that, the company rolled out a ‘Quick Question’ feature over a year ago. It’s a way to benefit both the community and the clients.
The SEC hit Eureeca, an equity crowdfunding platform registered in the Cayman Islands, with a cease-and-desist order yesterday. It appears to be the first such action by the commission since the lifting of the ban on general solicitation in September 2013. Eureeca, founded in May 2013, positions itself as “the first global crowd investing marketplace.” It’s one of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) is hosting its second annual Regulatory and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC on Friday, November 21, the organization announced. The half-day event, which runs 8am to 1pm, is free and open to the public.
The sharing economy is growing rapidly, with new startups piling into the space on a daily basis. Want to know who the top influencers are in the growing industry? Check out the infographic after the jump, created by Traity.
We recently featured a guest post from Speedlancer, a freelancer marketplace that aims to provide quality results faster than the current players, while offering better pay to its workers. It's an intriguing concept, not least due to its ambition: taking the negatives out of the crowdsourcing model that's beneficial to clients but potentially less so to the freelancers. So, we reached out via email to Speedlancer's founder Adam Stone to find out more about his company and his goals.
There’s an increasing amount of academic research being devoted to crowdfunding, and while some studies look more at the industry at large, others look specifically at actor behavior. Research of the latter type can sometimes reveal insights useful for those looking to create their own crowdfunding campaign.
MD Insider, a healthcare company that uses big data to evaluate physician performance, announced yesterday that it has closed on a $1.5 million investment on the equity crowdfunding platform AngelList. The startup said it’s the largest investment on the platform thus far.
Most crowdsourced marketing campaigns involve a contest or a call for ideas — whoever can supply the idea that resonates with the most people and also fits well with the brand’s marketing typically ends up winning cash, a prize, or (at least) some personal gratification. But there are other ways to leverage crowdsourcing to raise awareness about your product or campaign. We highlight an interesting example.
UK-based Crowdcube, one of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms around, announced last week that it has registered its 100,000th investor. The company, which launched in 2011, has funded 158 businesses to date, successfully raising £42.2 million ($67 million). To commemorate the 100,000 investor milestone, the company put out the infographic below, sharing some of the stats around its investor base.
The Durham-based crowdsourcing platform CloudFactory thinks there’s something to be said for the more traditional office experience, with potential employees going through interviews, weekly meetings with supervisors, and the synergies created by working within a team. So in an industry where the workers can sometimes feel as little more than anonymous cogs, it’s taking a very different approach to building out its crowd.
The app allows users to keep up with the latest developments taking place on eYeka. They can access any notifications they may have gotten, see what challenges the platform is running at the moment, and answer ‘Quick Questions’ to earn some Creative Score points, which can help to show brands how engaged you are in the eYeka community.
Reddit is partnering with manufacturers who will oversee the production process. That means that there’s virtually no risk for the backers, either, like there is on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where creators can get bogged down in fulfilling their rewards and products.