Among those partaking in Indiegogo's services is the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. They are using the platform to raise money for another batch of anti-Muslim ads.
Lately, I've heard many people complain that they feel inundated by Kickstarter requests. Rather than a platform to support creative visionaries, it's become just another way to hit people up for money.
In this blog, I'm continuing my conversation with Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, the open-source automotive design company. Here, Jay shares how he builds and engages his 30,000-person crowd.
How much can you reduce content marketing risk if your community can help come up with ideas to test? Or how might your crowd expand your network to reach early reference accounts or influential customers?
We know crowds can raise billions of dollars, create Wikipedia, and even design and build small autonomous drones. But how about something large and complex like designing a new car, and maybe someday even a spaceship?
Though emerging markets like India had seen income increases for those at the cusp of poverty, not much had changed for people at the very bottom. Impact sourcing distributes wealth using the mechanism of the market.
I spoke with founder Jack Hughes, who filled me in on TopCoder's humble beginnings at a picnic table, and the way the company approaches its innovative contest-driven, gamified, crowdsourcing solutions.
We have the opportunity and means to apply microtasking to enrich our lives, our cultures and build better societies. As it was in the case of Benjamin Franklin, success is ours: people just need the right leaders, tools and incentives to motivate them to act.
According to the Kickstarter's data, there was $274 billion collected last year (+238 percent from 2011). In comparison, VC's invested $26.5 billion in 2012 (-10 percent from 2011). Do you see the difference?
Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life, gave me a glimpse of his newest startup, called Coffee and Power, as well as his vision of the future of companies. A future where workers were far more independent and far more efficient.
I asked DIY Drones founder Chris Anderson to outline how a community can reduce the cost of product development by one or two orders of magnitude -- what are the advantages and pitfalls. Here's Anderson's list of five areas to keep in mind.
American manufacturing will grow again when new products emerge as our key differentiator and competitive edge. To achieve this, we need products dreamt up by people in the field, people who know the pain points and opportunities firsthand. Crowdsourcing may be the key.
Can you use Facebook? Then you can work for CloudFactory Ltd., a company located half a world away in Kathmandu that may soon find itself in the unlikely role of one of Nepal's biggest private employers.
Chris Anderson started the DIY Drones community fueled by his enthusiasm around what he had discovered and what he hoped to do. Chief among his learning on making the community work was his willingness to be open, authentic and intimate.