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Can You Use Facebook? You've Got a Job in Kathmandu on the New Cloud Factory

Kyle Knight | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Kyle Knight

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.

The DIY Revolution -- How to Remove 99 Percent of the Cost from Your Product

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.05.2013 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

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.

A Tongal-Produced Ad Scores a Super Bowl Touchdown

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Peter Diamandis

Most Super Bowl commercials end up being unmemorable. Costly mistakes for brands and creative flameouts for advertising firms. And then there's Tongal.

The Demise of Madison Avenue -- 5 Steps to Crowdsource Creative Video Genius

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
Peter Diamandis

A Tongal competition to make a 15-second ad can be done in a few days -- much less time than it would take a traditional bureaucracy-bound ad agency to even get a first round of creative conversations going.

Genius TV Commercials at 1/100th the Price

Peter Diamandis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Peter Diamandis

Tongal, founded in 2008, helped spur the creation of groundbreaking video content by crowdsourcing creativity through contests. In this interview, co-founder and president James DeJulio briefed me on the company's origin and how it works.

Crowdcast's Predictive Modeling Bets on Inside Knowledge

Peter Diamandis | Posted 04.29.2013 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

When will the product ship? How's the financing going? How's recruiting going? Everyone in business wants status reports. Too often, though, the feedback companies get can be biased by a lack of perspective.

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

Ateqah Khaki | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Ateqah Khaki

Now more than ever, Americans must come together and send a message once and for all that torture is immoral, illegal and ineffective.

10 Steps to Gamifying Your Next Project

Peter Diamandis | Posted 04.28.2013 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

Luis von Ahn is a master "micro-game" designer, whose last major success reCAPTCHA is now is digitizing 100 million words a day -- about two million books a year. His newest game, called Duolingo, is intended to help translate the World Wide Web.

5 Reasons Why Equity-Based Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act Won't Work

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

Regardless of the make-up of the SEC's rules, equity-based crowdfunding under its current formulation in the JOBS Act, is not a viable model. Here's five reasons why.

Marketers Wake Up (Or Try to)

Michael Drew | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Michael Drew

Within the past week, I've seen stories about how a movie company, a car organization and a major automobile manufacturer are actively seeking input from fans in the creation of new campaigns.

From Crowdsourcing to Crowdstorming

Shaun Abrahamson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Technology
Shaun Abrahamson

Over the last decade, organizations like GE, P&G, DARPA and LEGO have pioneered working with crowds to brainstorm. And in recent years, startups like Quirky, Localmotors and Giffgaff have put "crowdstorming" at the core of their strategies to bring better products and services to market.

The Crowd Picked a Cat. What Are Crowds Good for, Anyway?

Andrea Kates | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Andrea Kates

Is a cat the best decision for a Monopoly game piece? And thinking more broadly about crowds and commerce, when does it make sense and when does it NOT make sense to cast a wide net for input into business decisions?

Boston Gets Big Data

Phil Simon | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

At some point in the past few years, Thomas M. Menino (Boston's longest-serving mayor) realized that it was no longer 1950.

How Tourist Snapshots Help Scientists

Posted 02.13.2013 | Travel

A new study conducted at Imperial College London used a collection of tourist snapshots to identify migratory sharks in the Maldives using the fingerp...

Crowdfunding Businesses and Startups: The Ultimate Guide

Scott Steinberg | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Scott Steinberg

As a result of recent successful multimillion-dollar online fundraising campaigns for products such as the Ouya, Pebble E-Paper Watch and Amanda Palmer's Theater is Evil album/tour, which have captivated audiences worldwide, crowdfunding is quickly becoming a business staple.

Big Data, Fitness and the Crowd: The Nudge We Need?

Nancy McGuire Choi | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Nancy McGuire Choi

The explosion in new technologies to track everything from our sleep to our miles logged enables a new approach to health and fitness -- data-driven, measurable, visual and social.

Conscience Is In, Greed Is Out and Crowdfunding Is On

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 04.07.2013 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

For most entrepreneurs crowdfunding is not just an option anymore. It is a necessity. And as we all know, necessity is the mother of invention. Stay tuned.

Fundraising: Oui or Non?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As government funding for the arts has fallen (as it has in most European countries), museums are trying to fill their budget gaps by asking the public to contribute.

7 Ways to Refresh Your 'Social Good' Vocabulary in 2013

Impatient Optimists | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

It's 2013 and now more than ever we have an excuse to revisit the basics in all-things social good. Whether you're a novice or an expert, the following seven buzz words are must-haves.

Crowdfunding For Everything From Taxidermy To Tuition

USA Today | Posted 01.16.2013 | College

There’s money for the taking — if you know where to look and who to ask. Crowdfunding services like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe are hel...

Crowd Funding and Lotto: Which Is Worse?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 03.17.2013 | Small Business
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The Securities and Exchange Commission is finalizing its work on implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, signed into law by Preside...

Crowdsourcing: The New Way to Solve Problems

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 03.10.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Recently, there's a new form of problem-solving that's emerged. Crowdsourcing is the whole idea of taking a few thousand ordinary minds and having them work together to create a solution for a large problem.

Bootlegging the Kentucky Brand

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

It all started with the idea of a Super Bowl commercial to promote the real Kentucky. "We wanted to put it on the biggest stage in the world," says Whit Hiler of ad agency Cornet IMS in Lexington.

The Death of the Author: E-lit and Collective Creativity

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

For many electronic writers, collaboration, though not crowdsourcing, is a necessary and often preferred way of writing. Few people have all the skills necessary to create works that require web-design, coding, excellent writing, and use of image and sound.

Now It's Possible to Make Your Dreams Come True

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 02.11.2013 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

Just on time, right before we end yet another year without having done much to fulfill our dreams, an innovative platform sees the light.