2,888 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
Waze is known for helping its millions users worldwide to avoid traffic, find gas stations with the lowest prices, and point out any potential hazards on the road. The app also allows users to map police officers that they see while on their journey. That’s starting to become a point of contention, with some officers expressing concern that the feature promotes police stalking.
Tongal, the video crowdsourcing company, enjoyed a strong 2014. The company grew its community by 120 percent, completed 270 projects, and saw five of its community-produced short films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Tongal recently released an infographic showing some of its successes of the past year -- check it out after the jump!
The Royal Bank of Scotland announced yesterday that it's partnering up with two leading peer-to-peer lending platforms in the UK, Funding Circle and Assetz Capital. The deal brings further legitimacy to the P2P lending space.
Crowdsourced Super Bowl ads are nothing new. Two years ago, it seemed like everyone was doing it and several brands are once again turning to the crowd to make a splash in America’s biggest annual television event. Perhaps the most innovative crowdsourced ad campaign this year belongs to Newcastle Brown Ale — a brewery based in the United Kingdom.
TLC, the legendary R&B and hip hop group, announced this week that they’re putting out a new, fifth album, which will also be their last. To help make it possible, the duo has turned to the crowd, asking for fans to pledge money toward the album on Kickstarter. The campaign is off to a fast start, having already collected $110,000 of its $150,000 target.
Lending Club, the San Francisco-based crowdlending platform, announced yesterday a pilot program with search giant Google to provide low-interest financing to eligible Google partners.
2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, an occasion that will surely inspire countless historians, researchers, and political theorists to look back at the charter and evaluate its place in history. One department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, however, wishes to use the anniversary to look forward and attempt to improve on the current state of the political system in the UK.
US-based Poptent, which claims to be North America’s largest video production creative community, and Userfarm, one of the leading video crowdsourcing platforms in Europe, announced today that they’ve decided to join forces, merging to form the platform Vizy. The newly formed platform will allow brands to create crowdsourcing contests for the nearly 120,000 filmmakers in its community.
Last month, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University put out a report titled ‘The Sharing Economy and Consumer Protection Regulation: The Case for Policy Change.’ The paper, penned by Christopher Koopman, Matthew Mitchell, and Adam Thierer, discusses the relationship between sharing economy startups, incumbents in industries the startups are looking to disrupt, and government regulators.
Indiegogo, one of the biggest global crowdfunding platforms, announced last week the public launch of its InDemand feature. InDemand allows project creators to use Indiegogo as an ecommerce platform once the project has reached its goal.
Earlier this week, Kickstarter released its annual year recap, highlighting some of the best stories from the past year and revealing the amount of money it raised in 2014. The totals are impressive: 22,252 projects funded to the tune of $529 million — more than $1000 per minute, as the platform pointed out.
With crowdfunding growing steadily across multiple sectors, a number of startups are popping up to help industry insiders and casual observers to make sense of just how big crowdfunding is. Some of the most useful sites have been those collecting data around individual campaigns — CrowdCharts, Kicktraq, and The Crowdfunding Centre, for instance. These sites show insightful data around how fast campaigns met their goals, how many users contributed on what days, and what strategies resulted in an uptick of pledges.
Earlier today, Freelancer put out a brief and an infographic (created by one of the freelancers on the platform, naturally) showing some of the fastest growing skill categories on its platform. The company also revealed that 74 percent of its users are 'millennials' (which it defines as between ages 18 and 34). Check out the infographic after the jump!
At the end of last year, HeadFunder co-founder Chris LaBonty reached out to inform us that his platform has dropped all fees associated with its campaigns (save for the payment processing fees taken by WePay). It joins other platforms making similar changes, like Indiegogo and Tilt, which have also dropped fees for certain (but not all) campaigns. We reached out to LaBonty to ask about the change, and we share his answers below.
Kickstarter, the leading creative crowdfunding platform, announced today that it has decided to end its long-standing partnership with Amazon Payments. The platform’s payment processing will now be handled by Stripe.
Scott Picken, the founder and CEO of the global real estate crowdfunding platform Wealth Migrate, recently sat down and shared some of his biggest lessons learned from 2014, focusing on real estate crowdfunding. Find out what his biggest takeaways from 2014 were, and what his thoughts are on succeeding in 2015 after the jump.
Most of us make our New Year’s resolutions in private, sharing it with select family members and friends. When you’re the CEO of the largest social media network, though, it’s appropriate to be a little more public about your goals for the new year.
MicroPasts, a platform developed by University College London (UCL) and the British Museum, is bringing together academic researchers and laymen interested in archaeology and history to help create high-quality data and attempt to uncover secrets of the past. Read all about it after the jump!
Crowdsourcing and big data go well together. So it’s hardly surprising that the crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower recently put out an infographic predicting where data science is headed in 2015. Check it out after the jump!
Malaysia is currently affected by the worst flooding in a decade, with as many a quarter million people displaced from their homes, according to Reuters. The flooding has killed 21 people in the country’s Northeast, which was hit hardest by the flooding. Countries, corporations, and organizations have opened up their wallets in order to aid those affected by the disaster. And now, the platform FundedByMe is asking the crowd to pitch in whatever they can to help the victims of the flooding.