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Crowd Funding

Crowdfund: Real Tolkien City of Minas Tirith

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Nicholas Denmon

A crowdfunding project on Indiegogo has launched a campaign to secure £1.85 billion (around $2.9 billion) in order to realize an exact replica of the city as portrayed in the novels.

FORBES Raises the Bar on Crowdfunding With FORBES List Resources for Its Upcoming "Under 30 Summit" and $1 Million Prize

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

FORBES has hoisted the bar on Crowdfunding to a Class A level with its FORBES list Advisors, Monetary Resources, and Foundations weighing in with cash...

Popcorn Preview: Capital C

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Because of the public nature of the funding, the development becomes public, too. It can be do or die, and the film shows us some of the pitfalls. In addition to potential business loses, indie-developers need to develop really thick skin.

When the Crowd Met Pebble: A Story of Kickstarter Success

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Hannah Lamarque

Getting a Kickstarter campaign on point is something that many people spend hours mulling over.

Vermont Encourages Citizens to Invest Locally

Rich Nadworny | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Rich Nadworny

Startup companies, at one point or another, need money to grow. That's always been a challenge and will continue to be one. In a small, rural state like Vermont, a state with few venture capital companies and angel investors, entrepreneurs face serious challenges in raising money.

Amanda Palmer and Patreon: All The Things, All The Time

Holly Cara Price | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

We're poised at an incredible moment in the world of art and commerce, because artists who have a robust fanbase actually do have a choice not to pimp themselves out for cars or shampoo. We're just taking baby steps so far into this new paradigm.

Crowd Solving: The 'Democratization of Strategy'

Bill Donius | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Bill Donius

Crowd sourcing and crowd funding are demonstrating the wisdom of crowds by allowing individuals essentially to vote by solving with their wallets and pocketbooks. Why not allow the crowd's wisdom to inform a team in the managerial process as well?

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

How the Technology of the Collaborative Economy All Works Together

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

If you've used Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, oDesk, Kickstarter or Lending Club, you've participated in the Collaborative Economy, ever wondered what's powering it behind the shiny user interface on the app?

Three Food Concepts That Conquered Kickstarter

Ariel Kramer | Posted 02.20.2015 | Small Business
Ariel Kramer

When you read about the companies that raise money on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter they are usually mobile applications, games, or cool elect...

Cancer, Cinema, Crowdfunding and Twitter

Mike Craycraft | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Mike Craycraft

I realize that cancer, cinema, crowdfunding and Twitter don't usually go together. Especially, cancer and a film called Funeral Day. However, about a month ago I followed a tweet and several clicks later found myself on the crowdfunding page for Funeral Day on Seed&Spark.

Democratization of Philanthropy Through Crowdfunding

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Nonprofits that are used to relying on super donors writing hefty checks need to learn to embrace a better way: The idea of crowd-funding, where numerous smaller donations add up, powered by social media marketing.

Lou and Lee in the Island of Perfection, a Greek Writer's Tale

Maria Zavakou | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Maria Zavakou

Ever since I was a child, I loved storytelling. I used it in making my own Muppet shows, in-school fanzines, and invent stories when I was at home. It...

3 Ways to Use CrowdFunding for Market Research

Steve Olenski | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Steve Olenski

An unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign may seem devastating. Ostensibly, if you didn't reach or exceed your funding goal, you can safely assume that what you offered didn't fit a specific need or wasn't good enough to warrant public funding; or simply that your campaign didn't spread to enough pockets.

How to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Using Technology and Crowdfunding

Diane M. Francis | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Diane M. Francis

Two important innovations would be to create a world crisis map and to create a crowd-funding site dedicating to financing worthy projects, individuals and organizations in the space of ending violence against women and girls.

7 Crowd Funding Alternatives to Potato Salad

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Jessica Miller-Merrell

I happened upon the potato salad Kickstarter crowd funding after seeing an article in my Facebook feed over the holiday weekend. I clicked the link. I...

#ColbyDoesAmerica: What Gay Porn Star Colby Keller Is Doing To Change The Art World

H. Alan Scott | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Alan Scott

If art is reactionary, and sex certainly causes a reaction, then is porn the most widely spread form of expressionism art in our modern world? Now with #ColbyDoesAmerica, Keller is taking his years blending these two forms of artistic expression into one, asking the question: can porn be art?

Lend These Guys $17,000 And Get Free Burritos For 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business

Are you a wealthy Londoner with an appetite for risky investments and also delicious burritos? Then have we got a deal for you. Chilango, a small M...

How Can Your Nonprofit Leverage 24-Hour Giving Campaigns to Raise Big Bucks in One Day

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Online offers endless giving opportunities for nonprofits, but leaves everyone in search of ways to "go viral." There isn't a set formula to do this, unfortunately -- but there is something that comes close: 24-hour giving campaigns

From $2M to $2B in 18 Months: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Oculus VR

Peter Diamandis | Posted 06.14.2014 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

As I'm sure you've already read, Facebook recently acquired Oculus Virtual Reality for $2 billion. This is a huge deal... and here's why.

Wine Gets Naked With Randall Grahm

Mary Orlin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

"I'm always interested in alternative ways of doing things," says Randall Grahm, winemaker behind the often irreverent Bonny Doon Winery label, a ferv...

"Grace for Keshet": Where Music Meets Charity

Judah Joseph | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Judah Joseph

Grace for Keshet has the potential between March 31st and April 9th to really change the lives of Chicagoan individuals with Special Needs. With each donor's contribution, Jonny's song also gets distributed to another person.

The 3 Deadly Mistakes of Crowdfunding

Lili Balfour | Posted 06.01.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

As with any form of monetary solicitation, crowdfunding has its perils and setbacks. Let's walk through the three deadly mistakes entrepreneurs make with crowd funding.

The New Rules of Fundraising

Lili Balfour | Posted 05.25.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

The world of fundraising has been turned on its head. A decade ago, entrepreneurs had limited sources for capital -- angel investors, venture capital funds and rich Uncles. Today, entrepreneurs have a plethora of options.

Show us the Money! Where's the Funding for Women Entrepreneurs?

Jenny Drezin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Jenny Drezin

How many ideas, then, that could be relevant -- even revolutionary -- to half the world's population are being stymied because women can't access the resources to grow and scale their startups?