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While there are some very successful crowdfunded apps out there, crowdfunding platforms devoted to mobile apps haven’t fared as well as some may have predicted. The vast majority of these, however, have been rewards-based platforms. AppVested, on the other hand, is looking to make use of equity crowdfunding to finance app development. The company recently put out an infographic showing some of the key numbers around mobile apps and equity crowdfunding, which we share after the jump.
New Zealand sports a rather unoriginal flag design that incorporates the UK’s Union Jack flag on a navy background, with four stars of the Southern Cross to the right. Now, the former British colony is deciding whether it should stand pat with its current design, or make a change. As it’s a matter of national debate, ordinary New Zealanders are being asked to not just comment on, but to also submit designs for a new flag, if they support an update.
Weathernews Inc announced yesterday that it’s acquired Boston-based crowdsourced weather app Weathermob, putting the spotlight on a subsector of the crowdsourcing industry that has so far been flying under the radar. The aim, according to a press release, is to “create a leading social weather prediction platform for highly accurate forecasts using on-the-ground weather observation and reporting.”
Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform for creative projects, announced this morning that it’s opening in Spain on June 2. Those who wish to create campaigns can start to do so now, in order to drum up support for their projects when they launch.
Thanks to social media and online communications tools, it’s become easy to not only reach potential workers anywhere in the world, but to also send them disaggregated microtasks that take a relatively short period of time to complete. Each one may not amount to much; but when done at scale, these microtasks allow firms to complete intensive jobs much faster than they would be able to do without the crowd’s help. CrowdSource, a platform that focuses on crowdsourced content and data solutions, recently put out a white paper discussing the strengths of crowdsourcing, and what kinds of jobs are best suited to be broken down and completed by the crowd.
A recent report found that women are not making use of crowdfunding as much as they can be. That makes crowdfunding platforms for women highly important, as they serve as both a place to fund ideas, and raise awareness of the opportunities available to female entrepreneurs. One such platform is the recently-launched f-crowd, based out of the UK. To find out how the platform got its start and what it hopes to achieve, we sent over a few questions for co-founder Genie Webb, who was kind enough to provide the answers below.
Kickstarter announced today that it’s opening up its platform in France. Creators can begin building their projects now, and launch them to the public on Wednesday, May 27. This is the second international expansion announcement Kickstarter has made recently. Just on April 28, the company announced it was coming to Germany. German creatives will be able to launch their projects tomorrow.
n0tice, the user-generated content (UGC) publishing platform created by the Guardian Media Group, has been helping organizations make best use of the crowdsourced contributions. While it’s safe to say that n0tice is a big proponent of UGC, the company is also aware that crowdsourced content doesn’t come without potential risks, and it has written several white papers to warn publishers. n0tice’s latest white paper examines some of the potential legal challenges involved with making use of crowd-created content.
Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform for creative projects, has seen its share of innovative campaigns. What are the top Kickstarter campaigns of all time, in terms of money raised? We share an infographic, created by Infographics Space, shows the top nine campaigns thus far, highlighting some of the key numbers and facts around each one.
How has equity crowdfunding, which became available to accredited investors in late 2013, impacted female entrepreneurs thus far? A new report by Ventureneer’s founder and president Geri Stengel explores just that. We look at some (of many) findings.
Kickstarter, one of the leading crowdfunding platforms in the world, announced on Tuesday that it is opening up to creatives in Germany. Those interested in launching a project can sign up and begin creating their campaign. The earliest projects will open up on May 12. We reached out to Karsten Wenzlaff, founder of the German Crowdfunding Network, to find out what Kickstarter can do to attract German creatives to its platform.
On Saturday, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rolled through Nepal. The disaster left over 5000 people dead and countless other injured, in desperate need of aid. In the past, the vast majority of people from around the world could only stand by and hope for the best. With new crowd-powered technologies emerging, however, those who wish to contribute to the relief efforts can do so via the internet.
Appirio, the San Francisco-based cloud services company, announced yesterday that it has partnered with Apple to provide “enterprises the guidance and resources they need to build high-quality iOS apps that take full advantage of Apple devices.” That’s not the only significant news coming out of Appirio in recent weeks. We speak with CTO Alex Castro to find out what the company's recent $35 million funding round means for its crowdsourcing community going into the future.
Funding Circle, the London-based P2B online lending platform, announced on Wednesday that it’s raised $150 million in a Series E round. While the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, the raise reportedly values the company at over $1 billion.
Title II, Title IV, intrastate exemptions, and even rewards-based crowdfunding — entrepreneurs looking to raise cash now have a variety of ways to do so from the crowd. This has led some to wonder whether there are still holes in the crowdfunding ecosystem that Title III crowdfunding can fill.
Freelancer, the Sydney-based crowdsourced labor marketplace, recently published its jobs report for Q1, showing the job postings on the rise and those on the decline. The company, which recently hit the 15 million users milestone, has given its users access to over 7.5 million projects valued at over $2.2 billion (though not all of these had fulfilled).
Intrastate crowdfunding efforts are becoming much more commonplace, with the majority of states now having enacted intrastate exemptions, or considering them. One of the more interesting proposed exemptions has been introduced in South Carolina, sponsored by Rep. Dwight Loftis, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Economic Development. The proposed bill, HB 3088, would not only allow accredited and non-accredited state residents to invest in South Carolina businesses, but it would also provide tax incentives for investors.
CameraLends is an up-and-coming sharing economy company that connects individuals looking to rent cameras and microphones with those who are not currently using their equipment. To find out more about the company and how it cultivates trust among its members, we sent some questions to the company's founder, Adam Derewecki. His answers, after the jump.
99designs, a leading crowdsourced design platform, announced earlier today that it has raised $10 million in a Series B round. The round was led by Recruit Strategic Partners. Accel, the lead investor in 99designs’s 2011 Series A, also participated in the raise.