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Brian Meece, CEO and co-founder of RocketHub, discusses how fundraisers can launch a crowdfunding campaign and succeed at crowdfunding.
This research report provides an in-depth analysis of crowdfunding market trends and composition, and an overview of Crowdfunding Platforms (CFPs) that explains their functionality and the...
LOS ANGELES, California – May 8, 2012 - massolution™, a research firm specializing in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding solutions, released its first comprehensive Crowdfunding Industry Report. After collecting data from more than 170 crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) and other sources, the results revealed that CFPs raised almost $1.5 billion and successfully funded more than one million campaigns in 2011 and will raise nearly $3b in 2012. The majority of these campaigns were in the donation-based category totaling 1,067 campaigns, and North America was the largest market for fundraising at $837 million.
Key details: This week's live chat with the CFIRA leadership group, the group organizing to develop a self-regulatory framework for the crowdfunding industry, will begin at 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm BST on Monday, April 23. This week's chat will provide updates from a recent leadership group meeting held in New York on Wednesday, April 18 and meetings with FINRA and the SEC on Friday, April 20. You can submit your questions for this panel of experts right now in the comments at the end of this post, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was a busy and fruitful week with well-attended meetings held in NY on Wednesday, April 18. The group agreed on two important mandates: first, the efforts to work with the SEC to guide the development of a framework for the regulation of the U.S. crowdfunding industry; and second, the need to work to coalesce the industry in order to form a united group that could represent the needs of the industry, beyond the development of a workable regulatory framework.
In this week's Live Chat we will be providing updates on the progress that has been made including details of meetings held with FINRA and the SEC.
We invite you to join members of CFIRA's leadership group and our securities attorneys for this week's live chat in order to learn of the progress that has been made and to invite you to continue to ask questions and provide input.
Please post any questions you have for this next Live Chat as comments to this post or to email@example.com. We will field the questions.
As a result of this week's live chat, the SRO working group learned that there is some confusion around whether and when platforms can charge a fee for facilitating crowdfunding. We invite you to join members of CFIRA's leadership group and our securities attorney's for next week's live chat to clarify this issue.
Specifically, platforms have the following abilities:
• Until July 4, 2012, platforms may not facilitate any form of "solicitation" or advertising of raises;
• From July 4, 2012 until January, 2013, platforms may only facilitate "Regulation D" offerings, must limit all offerings to accredited investors, and cannot charge a fee for that facilitation;
• After January, 2013, platforms may offer crowdfunding offerings (not Regulation D offerings), and may charge a fee to facilitate those offerings.
We will discuss this in more detail to answer questions you may have, and welcome you to our next Live Chat at 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm BST on 16 April 2012.
As the JOBS Act and the provisions to legalize crowdfunding within it were becoming the most talked about item on Capitol Hill last week, Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS) debuted here on Crowdsourcing.org.
Wednesday, the Senate cloture vote on H.R. 3606, better known as the JOBS Act, passed 76-22--the package will allow companies to offer securities to non-accredited investors via crowdfunding platforms. The JOBS Act passed the House by a 390-23 vote on March 8 and in a rare showing of bipartisan agreement on the economy during an election year. The Obama administration has expressed support for the JOBS Act, which the President intends to sign into law when the legislation reaches his desk.
Immediately after affirming the vote, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Scott P. Brown, (R-MA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) proposed two additional amendments.
A short animated film by Crowdsourcing.org, narrated by Crowdsourcing.org's Founder, Carl Esposti, describing the four different ways Crowdsourcing works and the five different categories of things you can do with crowdsourcing.
massolution™, a research firm specializing in crowdsourcing solutions, today released the first comprehensive report on the enterprise crowdsourcing industry. After collecting data from 32 Crowdsourcing Service Providers (CSPs), the results revealed that crowdsourcing continued to demonstrate growth in 2011, with revenues increasing over 75% when compared to 2010. This growth is largely driven by the aggressive adoption of crowdsourcing within the Internet Services, Media and Entertainment and Technology sectors.
The rapid growth of the crowdsourcing market has led to the continuous emergence of new use cases. In order to create the most complete inventory of crowdsourcing use cases possible, the...
In the second part of a two-part series on the Crowdfunding bills currently stalled in the U.S. Senate, Crowdsourcing.org founder Carl Esposti addresses some of the central criticisms levelled at the legislation.
Crowdsourcing.org founder Carl Esposti offers this in-depth look at the crowdfunding bills now being considered in Washington, D.C. and how they could shape the future. This is the first post in a two-part series.
Here is the final December 2011 “Crowdsourcing Industry Landscape” Infographic available for download, re-formatted as a printable version.
In addition to updated site listings, this new version contains a number of important changes that reflect the current views of our research and editorial teams and input from our viewers. The previous taxonomy identified seven applications of crowdsourcing as well as a ‘Tools’ category — eight in total. After a period of considerable review, we’ve settled on six main categories of crowdsourcing.
Here is the final December 2011 “Crowdsourcing Industry Landscape” Infographic available for download, re-formatted as a printable version. [DOWNLOAD VERSION] In addition to updated site...
In a really exciting first in the world of crowdfunding, the Rushmore Group which runs private members’ clubs in London has become the first business ever to raise more than £1m using a crowdfunding platform. Based in the UK, Crowdcube is one of the first business finance crowdfunding platforms for businesses to raise equity finance. Crowdcube launched in 2010 as the “next generation of business investment” and offers a new way to fund start-ups and business expansion by providing budding entrepreneurs a platform to connect with ordinary people and raise venture capital.
Selecting Crowdcube for its fundraising platform, Jonathan Downey, founder and owner of the Rushmore Group, opted to use the crowdfunding model over other methods for raising capital needed to expand the business. Sensationally, the Group raised the money in the space of four weeks from 143 investors.
Carl Esposti, Founder of Crowdsourcing.org, interviews David Alan Grier, First VP IEEE Computer Society, and Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University, where he also teaches a course on crowdsourcing. David is the author of When Computers Were Human. He discusses patterns evolving in Crowdsourcing, micro tasks, the parallel process of managing workers and delivering products and services to enterprise and his predictions for Crowdsourcing within a year.
Rapid growth of the Crowdsourcing market leads to continuous emergence of new use cases. In order to create the most complete inventory of Crowdsourcing use cases, the massolution team conducted...
Rapid growth of the Crowdsourcing market leads to continuous emergence of new use cases. In order to create the most complete inventory of Crowdsourcing use cases, the massolution team conducted an extensive review of the publicly available information on Crowdsourcing transactions, announcements and industry news. In addition, we interviewed a number of leading Crowdsourcing providers and analyzed the information available on our industry website crowdsourcing.org, reviewing more than 2,500 content items (articles, blogs, documents) published over the last two years.
On crowdsourcing.org alone we reviewed over 2,500 references to the use of crowdsourcing (individual content items) and identified of these, 435 provided relevant examples of enterprise crowdsourcing, which we then classified using massolution’s proprietary Use Case categorization framework. The subsequent analysis of these content items produced information on the crowdsourcing efforts of 83 enterprises from 13 industries in addition to multiple government clients. In additional to specific references to enterprises, a large number of items also described, in general terms, other offerings of Crowdsourcing service providers, targeted at the enterprise market, that were not specifically attributed to named enterprises.
In total, we identified 65 specific Use Cases (i.e., discreet applications) of Crowdsourcing being performed today within enterprises, which we then organized under four categories:
The use of the term crowd-sourced as part of the in-phone display text on the iPhone 4S marks another landmark event in the adoption of the term crowdsourcing.
I’ve been taking note of any signs that give rise to the term crowdsourcing entering the mainstream lexicon. One interesting indicator is the statistics on the number of monthly searches of the term. Over the last twelve months the number of global monthly searches has nearly doubled from just over 60,000 a month to 110,000 month, today.
If you look at the peaks, not surprisingly, they coincide with news items that either report the use of crowdsourcing by big companies (i.e. [B] Microsoft) or by articles on crowdsourcing by big publications (i.e. [A] – Information Week, [D] – Business Week, [G] – Forbes).