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eYeka Unveils Mobile App
Crowd Creativity

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.

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Anton RootOct 30, 2014 12:39 pm GMT321 views
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Choosing Projects for Open Innovation — What Works and What Doesn’t [Webinar]
Open Innovation

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.

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Anton RootOct 29, 2014 09:17 pm GMT685 views
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Reddit Launches a Crowdfunding Platform for Products
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding

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.

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Anton RootOct 29, 2014 08:03 pm GMT1560 views
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Scoopshot Adds Social Features
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

Crowdsourced photography app Scoopshot announced last week that it has released the latest, 4.0 version of its app for iOS and Android devices. The update brings a number of social features to the app: users can view others’ portfolios, see trending images, and follow their favorite contributors, publishers, and brands.

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Anton RootOct 28, 2014 08:56 pm GMT878 views
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P2P Business for Small Lenders [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

P2P isn't always the best option for every business, but it does provide a new financing opportunity for young companies in need of growth capital. Smarter Finance USA, a company that helps small business owners learn about available financing options, recently put out an infographic showing how P2P differs from more traditional sources of capital, highlighting some of the positives. Check it out after the jump.

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Anton RootOct 27, 2014 09:02 pm GMT1439 views
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Duolingo Teaches You a Language – And Wants to Help You Prove It, Too
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Duolingo’s language learning platform is, of course, very useful to many people who want to travel, study, or work abroad. But unless they can prove their proficiency, their efforts can go unnoticed. That’s why over the summer, Duolingo launched Test Center, a new site and app that allows users to certify their knowledge of the English language. The service will cost $20 (while it’s in beta, it’s free), around a tenth of the price of the TOEFL, Duolingo says.

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Anton RootOct 24, 2014 07:20 pm GMT1495 views
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Folio Investing Aims to Change the Way People Invest In and Manage Private Securities
Crowdfunding

Folio Investing has a lofty goal: it wants to make the management of private securities as simple as public ones. If the company succeeds, it can have drastic effects on the private placement and the emerging equity crowdfunding industries by filling a number of clear needs.

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Anton RootOct 22, 2014 05:27 pm GMT1619 views
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Tilt Is on a Mission to Make Crowdfunding Free and Easy for Everyone
Crowdfunding

Tilt has a grand vision: it wants to be for crowdfunding what WordPress is for blogging. That is, the San Francisco-based company wants to make it simple and free for people to have a crowdfunding campaign up in minimal time, for anything they think is worth funding. The company has made a series of moves to put its ambitious goals well within reach; indeed, in multiple major ways, the company has already delivered.

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Anton RootOct 22, 2014 12:27 am GMT2185 views
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New Crowdfunding Association in Europe Wants to Shape the Industry for the Better
Crowdfunding

With crowdfunding continuing to grow in Europe, a new industry body, the European Equity Crowdfunding Association, formed in late May to represent specifically equity- and debt-based crowdfunding industries. Recently, EECA held its first board meeting, so we caught up with the organization's General Counsel and Manager Alessandro Lerro to find out more about the association.

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Anton RootOct 20, 2014 09:47 pm GMT2602 views
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The Case for Global Real Estate Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Wealth Migrate CEO Scott Picken believes that global real estate crowdfunding can create a “bridge of safety” between the emerging and developed worlds: investors in emerging countries want a way to invest safely in developed world, while people in the first world aren’t happy with the returns they’re getting, and want to invest in the emerging world. Find out how his company is helping to build those bridges after the jump.

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Anton RootOct 17, 2014 03:28 pm GMT3365 views
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How to Ensure that Your Social Media Marketing Doesn’t Mislead Potential Investors [Video]
Crowdfunding

The line between making factual statements about a company and overpromising can be difficult to pin down, especially for entrepreneurs who truly believe that their companies are destined for greatness. Tom Vass, manager of The Private Capital Market, spoke with securities attorney James Verdonik about how to stay within the bounds of the law when advertising private securities deals.

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Anton RootOct 16, 2014 06:54 pm GMT3247 views
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Regional Government in India Rolls Out Crowdsourcing Effort to Gather Data on Cyclone Damage
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

On Sunday, a powerful cyclone hit India’s eastern Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states, causing widespread destruction and killing 25. As part of the effort, Andhra Pradesh’s regional government has set up a website and launched an Android app to collect information about the damage caused by the cyclone.

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Anton RootOct 15, 2014 08:10 pm GMT1886 views
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CloudFactory Raises $3 Million in a Series A Round
Cloud Labor

CloudFactory, a distributed cloud labor platform, announced on Friday that it has raised $3 million in a Series A round. The funding was led by David Clouse, founder of VRBO, with other institutional and angel investors also participating.

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Anton RootOct 14, 2014 10:41 pm GMT1128 views
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Kickstarter Releases Q3 Numbers
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, arguably the best known crowdfunding platform around, released its Q3 funding numbers yesterday. The platform raised $139 million in the period from July 1 to September 30, successfully funding 6124 projects.

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Anton RootOct 10, 2014 02:53 pm GMT2015 views
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USAID Launches Grand Challenge to Fight Ebola
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) unveiled earlier this week an initiative titled Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development. The initiative was first announced by President Obama back in late September. As the name suggests, it’s an open innovation and crowdsourcing effort to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

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Anton RootOct 09, 2014 08:24 pm GMT1133 views
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HeadFunder Finding Early Success with New ‘Crowdspeaking’ Service
Crowdfunding, Tools

Most crowdfunding platforms offer their users a little bit of social outreach help. These features are fairly standard: Tweet and Facebook buttons on the campaign page, for instance, and embeddable widgets allowing bloggers to post information about a campaign on their site. The team behind HeadFunder, however, decided to go further, and form its crowdfunding platform around the concept of social reach.

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Anton RootOct 08, 2014 07:28 pm GMT49480 views
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Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M in Series A Round
Crowdfunding

Los Angeles-based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in a Series A round. The funding, the company said, will go toward continuing growing its userbase and the number of deals flowing through the platform.

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Anton RootOct 07, 2014 10:25 pm GMT2015 views
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Friends as Influencers in 'Get Out the Vote' Campaigns
Distributed Knowledge

With US Congressional elections less than a month away, readers have probably noticed an uptick in political messages appearing on their social networks. While such messages are well-intentioned, they’re typically viewed as somewhat futile. Either a bunch of people see the post, like it, and then forget about it, the thinking goes, or the discussion around them gets so polarizing that it turns off anybody on the fence about an issue. A 2012 UCSD study, however, suggests that the picture may not be so simple.

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Anton RootOct 07, 2014 08:44 pm GMT752 views
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French Crowdfunding Law Goes into Effect
Crowdfunding

Big news came out of France earlier this week: crowdfunding, or financement participatif as it’s known in the nation, is now live. We spoke with Joachim Dupont of the French equity crowdfunding platform Anaxago to get his take on the laws, and the equity crowdfunding landscape in his country.

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Anton RootOct 03, 2014 04:21 pm GMT3584 views
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OurCrowd, GE Ventures Complete First Co-Investment
Crowdfunding

“We believe we have reached a real milestone and transformative moment in the world of high-tech finance,” OurCrowd wrote on its blog, announcing the deal. “This investment underscores the fact that the startup investment playing field is being levelled — OurCrowd investors get access to the same deals multi-billion dollar corporations are seeing, at the same terms.”

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Anton RootOct 03, 2014 12:57 pm GMT1821 views
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