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Cancer, Cinema, Crowdfunding and Twitter

Mike Craycraft | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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?

Writers Discuss Gay Fiction Relating to Reality 

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

With so much movement happening in the LGBT community that plays out across our news constantly, I wanted to talk with a few fiction writers about the impact it has on them.

What to Know Before You Invest in Startups

Bill Clark | Posted 04.15.2014 | Money
Bill Clark

Depending on certain factors, it could be a great idea to put some portion of your portfolio into high risk assets like startups. But before you do, there are three major factors you need to consider to make sure start-up investing is appropriate for you.

WATCH: This Actual Lego Car Runs On -- Wait For It -- AIR

Posted 12.24.2013 | Technology

Take more than a half-million Lego bricks, a young Romanian, an entrepreneurial Australian and an air-powered Lego engine, and you’ve got the making...

The King's Speech Writer David Seidler Speaks About Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

The Oscar-winning writer of The King's Speech David Seidler is an extraordinary human and a great friend I am fortunate to have in my life. When I ask...

Beggars' Banquet: New Music Schemes for New Music Dreams

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

For composers of New Music, these marketing tools are very helpful. There are so many marketing opportunities, in fact, that it would be difficult to list them all. Funding, however, is a different story.

Power to the Crowd: Same Meat, Different Gravy?

Martijn Arets | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Martijn Arets

Crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, crowdforcing and collaborative consumption: it is clear that everything 'crowd' or 'collaborative' is hot.

Startup Aims to Simplify Crowded Crowdfunding Market

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 07.22.2013 | Small Business
Kevin Ducoff

Crowdfunding got its humble beginnings in 1997, when fans of British rock group Marillion raised nearly $60,000 in small donations to get the band on ...

Connectivity: The Real Currency of Change

Jill Sheffield | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

Donors today are no longer content to write an annual check to a charity and then tuck their checkbook in the drawer until the next year. Posting our "like" on Facebook is an easy 30-second fix, but oddly unsatisfying.

Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

It is official -- on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that on...

Start Your Crowdfunding Campaign With a Marketing Plan

Melinda Emerson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

You need to "friendraise" first. In order to attract people to your campaign, you need to be using social media at least six to 12 months before the launch of your campaign.