2,923 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
Over a 40-year career John D. Rockefeller used innovation and ingenuity to create a corporate empire unlike any the world has ever seen. But he was also notoriously ruthless and many believe he went too far, hence his reputation for eliminating business competitors. By 1896, Rockefeller was the wealthiest man ever born, but he had achieved this through exploiting his workers, creating vast monopolies, bribery, corruption, predatory pricing, and intimidation. Rockefeller became the richest man in the history of the world with a net worth of almost $660 billion dollars in today's money.
End user input has always been valuable, providing feedback on products and services, and helping tease out and validate innovation. Yet most companies still seek to simply survey or question their users, detached behind the two-way glass.
This is the single most common question I get asked. There's a lot of misinformation about this, so let's clear it up...
Keep in mind that a “platform” is just a website. It's NOT a business in and of itself (people often confuse a 506b/c or Reg A platform with a Title III "portal" as defined in the JOBS Act, and they are very different things). A platform is simply a tool for general solicitation. So you are not a platform, you are an issuer/investment adviser/listing service/broker-dealer who might have a website that lists offerings of securities, might use other websites that promote offerings of securities, might use social media to promote offerings of securities, might run newspaper ads to promote offerings of securities, might send emails to promote offerings of securities…you get the picture.
Given their crucial role in the UK economy, it’s important to support SMEs as they continue to increase investment in the coming years. Yet SMEs are often unable to secure credit for a reasonable cost — the Federation of Small Business, for example, found that at the end of 2014, 22 percent of businesses reported high cost of finance as a barrier to growth. In this context, it’s not difficult to see why crowdfunding and P2P lending is growing fast in the UK, but crowd-powered solutions are not the only ones to offer SMEs an affordable and efficient way of securing financing.
Tony De Nazareth, director at Crowd for Angels, "the first directly regulated crowdfunding platform for debt and equity funding for private and public companies," writes in to explain how debt crowdfunding differs from equity, and what businesses may benefit from the fledgling funding model.
In this Crowd Coffee: MuckRock expands crowdfunding capabilities; Harmonix and Fig link up; crowdsourcing for journalistic organizations; the sharing economy and the future; and more.
In this Crowd Coffee: crowdfunding a leg-up for entrepreneurs; five ways to attract more funding to your campaign; why companies are embracing open innovation; why crowdsourcing is risky; sharing economy for international deliveries; and more.
Many people have heard of crowdsourcing, but most tend to associate it with the latest funding effort for a project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. While funding is one option, crowdsourcing can be used for so much more and as we’re now finding, it offers many different options and benefits that companies have not even begun to understand or leverage. Companies are stuck in a development cycle that has been around for decades, and I believe many executives just need to open their minds to the true potential that crowdsourcing brings to the table to help solve this issue.
In this Crowd Coffee: Manhattan's first crowdfunded condos; Alex Cox on crowdfunding movies; crowdsourcing seeds in Nepal; Nokia's open innovation challenges; and more.
Alex Mondau, director at Community Sourced Capital, a crowdsourced lending platform for small businesses around the US, writes in to discuss food-related businesses, and why he believes they have an advantage when it comes to crowdfunding.
In this edition of Crowd Coffee: some atypical crowdfunding campaigns; smaller One Spark crowdfunding festival scheduled for 2016; The Young Turks crowdsourcing to expand coverage; differences among sharing economy models; and more.
In this edition of Crowd Coffee: Sony launches new product on its First Flight platform; crowdsourcing is not sustainable for media, says one executive; the sharing economy for boats; and more.
Andrew Adcock, the chief marketing officer at Crowd for Angels, writes in to discuss why equity crowdfunding makes sense for startups, compiling some of the most popular arguments for the new funding model.
In this Crowd Coffee: another big firm turns to crowdfunding; predicting how the recent global market fluctuations will affect crowdfunding; a look back at Tomnod's crowdsourced MH370 plane search; and more.
In this mid-week Crowd Coffee: US startup crowdfunding for its jet business; equity crowdfunding regulation in Asia as a whole...; ...and concerns about it in India; crowdsourcing anti-corruption in Brazil; and more.
In this edition of Crowd Coffee: meet the students crowdfunding their education; how the global stock market dive may affect crowdfunding; eBay's crowdsourcing best practices; the sharing economy in Ontario; and more.
In this Crowd Coffee: Vietnam the latest Asian nation to consider crowdfunding regulations; Egypt crowdfunding to save ancient statue; crowdsourcing tips from top journalists; the sharing economy in Germany; and more.
In this edition of Crowd Coffee: Neil Armstrong campaign surpasses goal; Andy Murray has invested through Seedrs; defeating breast cancer through crowdsourcing; growing pains in the sharing economy; and more.