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When Crowdsourcing, Can a Crowd Be Too Big?
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

When a company decides to engage the crowd, getting a large number of responses is typically one of the main goals. The reasoning behind that is intuitive: by casting a wide net, a company increases the chances of finding a quality solution. But is getting a ton of responses really all that great? A new research paper shows the potential negatives of attracting a crowd too large.

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Anton RootJul 29, 2015 01:45 pm GMT369 views
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Court Orders Creator of Failed Kickstarter Campaign to Pay
Crowdfunding

In April 2014, Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson decided to take Ed Polchlopek (also known as Ed Nash) to court. The reason? Polchlopek, president of a company called Altius Management, raised over $25,000 for a Kickstarter campaign for a deck of playing cards called Asylum. After missing the December 2012 deadline and several months of empty promises, the creator went silent in July 2013. Two years on, Polchlopek has now been ordered to pay over $54,000 for not delivering on the campaign’s promises.

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Anton RootJul 28, 2015 01:14 pm GMT553 views
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Monitoring Crowdfunding Fraud
Crowdfunding

Each fraudulent crowdfunding campaign not only undermines the credibility of its creator, but of the entire industry. There are a few resources out there tracking suspicious crowdfunding projects, and we reached out to Rafał Wrona, creator of CrowdFrauds, to find out how he became interested in crowdfunding fraud, and what backers can do to prevent themselves from getting duped.

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Anton RootJul 27, 2015 02:07 pm GMT1213 views
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The Sharing Economy Debates Are Just Getting Started
Cloud Labor, Tools

From an economics perspective, companies like Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) and Uber are highly interesting; it’s not difficult to see why GOP candidates have embraced them. By reducing rigidities (like the time it takes to apply and interview for jobs, or minimum wages), sharing economy startups create more efficient labor markets. At a time when almost anyone can sign up on Postmates and earn money as a courier, unemployment can seem to be a truly voluntary phenomenon.

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Anton RootJul 24, 2015 02:00 pm GMT956 views
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Successful Equity Crowdfunding Exits: A List
Crowdfunding

To date, a handful of platforms have had crowdfunded startups make a successful exit. We’ve looked around, spoken with platform operators, and compiled a list of startups that raised money via the crowd and went on to deliver a positive return to these investors (via an acquisition, a share buyback, or an IPO). See the list, after the jump.

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Anton RootJul 23, 2015 02:19 pm GMT1428 views
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Indian Crowdfunding Platform Ketto Raises $700k to Grow Operations
Crowdfunding

The company claims to have grown 3000 percent in the past year, with the last several months being especially fruitful, raising close to a crore each month (that's 10 million rupees, or around $150,000, monthly). The platform’s recent success seems to come from the visibility it has gotten from celebrity endorsements and partnerships.

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Anton RootJul 22, 2015 07:21 pm GMT1071 views
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Kickstarter’s Partnership with Smithsonian a Positive Development for the Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Pioneers like Zach Braff and the team behind Veronica Mars faced a lot of criticism when they took to Kickstarter to raise money for their projects, as known entities. The RA and Smithsonian aren’t generating the same level of criticism — if any at all. That’s a good thing for crowdfunding: celebrities and big institutions are more likely to put on big, visible projects; deliver on the promises made in the campaign; and raise a lot of money, which is clearly beneficial to the platforms they partner with.

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Anton RootJul 21, 2015 05:48 pm GMT773 views
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NASA Partners with Freelancer for Pilot Challenge
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

Freelancer, the Sydney-based crowdsourcing marketplace, announced last week that it has partnered with NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI) to create CAD models that can be used by a humanoid robot on the International Space Station.

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Anton RootJul 20, 2015 03:34 pm GMT1128 views
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Advantages of Real Estate Crowdfunding Over REITs
Crowdfunding

We speak with Wealth Migrate CEO Scott Picken about the advantages of real estate crowdfunding platforms over REITs. "Crowdfunding enables people who want to be in control of their lives, take responsibility for their decisions and be accountable for the results," he says. "This is why we focus on only two things: education and solutions. We ensure that we educate people so that they can make informed decisions as to what they want. Each person’s needs are different and we are creating the tools to empower themselves to make the best decisions for them and their families."

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Anton RootJul 17, 2015 01:48 pm GMT2226 views
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CircleUp Launches Consumer Growth Fund: Q&A with COO Rory Eakin
Crowdfunding

Several days ago, TechCrunch reported that CircleUp, an equity crowdfunding platform focused on consumer goods brands, raised $22 million for a fund of its own, which will match investments made on the platform by others. To find out more about the initiative, we reached over with questions for the company’s COO and co-founder Rory Eakin. He was kind enough to provide the answers after the jump.

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Anton RootJul 16, 2015 05:21 pm GMT811 views
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Realty Mogul Raises $35M in Series B Round
Crowdfunding

Realty Mogul, the real estate crowdfunding platform, announced yesterday that it has raised $35 million in a Series B round. The financing was led by Sorenson Capital, with previous investor Canaan Partners also taking part in the raise. The investment continues a trend we’ve seen over the last few months of prominent crowdfunding platforms receiving funding of their own to grow operations.

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Anton RootJul 15, 2015 10:00 am GMT1087 views
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Crowdsourced Disease Monitoring: Tracking Influenza Symptoms in the UK
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Perhaps the most helpful crowd-powered projects are those that provide information to the medical field, allowing doctors to track and get warning signs of potential epidemics. That information has the potential to save lives, or at the least save people money on medical bills. It’s not surprising, then, to see more and more countries implementing crowdsourced databases.

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Anton RootJul 14, 2015 03:00 pm GMT1242 views
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Sugru’s Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Breaks Records
Crowdfunding

Crowdcube announced earlier today that the Sugru crowdfunding campaign finished with over £3.5 million ($5.4 million), well above its £1 million target, from 2700 investors. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that the campaign broke two equity crowdfunding records, according to the platform.

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Anton RootJul 13, 2015 02:34 pm GMT1052 views
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E-Car Club’s Exit a Positive Sign for Equity Crowdfunding Industry
Crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding proponents talk a big game about the model’s benefits: it’s transparent and democratizing, allowing the little guys to invest alongside the seasoned veterans. While that may be true in theory, in practice, equity crowdfunding has produced few exits that have generated a return for the crowd investors. That’s why Crowdcube’s announcement yesterday that E-Car Club, a UK-based ‘electric car sharing club for businesses and communities, comes as very good news for the industry as a whole.

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Anton RootJul 10, 2015 12:00 pm GMT1013 views
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Tapping into Crowd Intelligence: Q&A with Guy White of Catalyx [Part II]
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

We recently reached out to Guy White, managing director at Catalyx, to find out more about his company and about his thoughts on the crowdsourcing space more generally. After the jump: the second half of his response, which focuses on the crowdsourcing industry; the first half (focused more on Catalyx) was up yesterday.

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Anton RootJul 08, 2015 04:44 pm GMT916 views
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We-Test Looks to Carve Out a Niche in the Crowdsourced Testing Sector
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

We-Test is a Tel Aviv-based crowdsourced testing firm that launched earlier this year. Though it's hardly the first quality assurance company to leverage the power of the crowd, founder and CEO Eran Arye believes it is different enough from the incumbents to find success. Read on to find out why.

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Anton RootJul 07, 2015 07:07 pm GMT2320 views
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Tapping into Crowd Intelligence: Q&A with Guy White of Catalyx [Part I]
Crowd Creativity, Distributed Knowledge

We recently reached out to Guy White, managing director at Catalyx, to find out more about his company and about his thoughts on the crowdsourcing space more generally. After the jump: the first half of his response, which focuses on Catalyx; the second half will be up tomorrow.

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Anton RootJul 07, 2015 03:48 pm GMT911 views
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Insights into Indiegogo’s Greece Bailout Fund Campaign [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

The campaign was off to a fast start, quickly raising €1m, and breaking the Indiegogo record for the most contributors. To commemorate the occasion, Indiegogo put out a useful infographic, revealing information about the backers of the campaign. Some of the most interesting information was about the backers’ locations: not surprisingly, most of them came from Europe, though Americans also made a good showing, placing fourth behind the UK, Germany, and France.

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Anton RootJul 06, 2015 05:10 pm GMT1479 views
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Sony Launches ‘First Flight’ Crowdfunding Platform
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

Sony has launched First Flight, a crowdfunding platform that aims to fund employee projects, in a bid to highlight and market test innovative ideas coming out of the company. In addition to crowdfunding ideas, the site also functions as a ‘co-vision’ and an e-commerce platform. First Flight, currently open only to Japanese customers, launched with three projects: two products available for pre-order, and a proper crowdfunding campaign that has already hit over 50 percent of its $21,500 target.

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Anton RootJul 01, 2015 12:36 pm GMT2327 views
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After Record-Breaking Start, Shenmue III Pledges Slow Down
Crowdfunding

Shenmue III, the long-awaited sequel to the classic games Shenmue and Shenmue II, is finally in development, and the Kickstarter campaign to fund the game is already a success. In fact, it broke the record for the fastest game to crowdfund a million, despite the fact that the game’s announcement resulted in a flood of visitors the platform wasn’t prepared to deal with. Since the initial push, however, the funding has slowed considerably.

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Anton RootJun 30, 2015 04:25 pm GMT1059 views
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