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How the Small Compete with the Big

Venture For America | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Taylor Sundali, Venture for America Class of 2013 "Would you be able to have my website open by September?" "Won't it cost a lot of money?" ...

Move the Crowd

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Savas Abadsidis

Ever since Zack Brown raised over $50K for his potato salad recipe on Kickstarter, the world has tried to make heads or tails over what the winning formula for a successful crowd sourcing campaign should entail. Enter Dekker Dreyer.

Building a Better Model for Microlending

Venture For America | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

I listened to representatives of some of the most reputable aid organizations in the world squabble over "territory" -- completely disregarding the fact that "territory" was referring to the people suffering from disaster just outside the air-conditioned trailer.

A Startup is Really Just a Rube Goldberg Machine

Venture For America | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Jake L'Ecuyer, Venture for America Class of 2012 We're building a giant Rube Goldberg Machine in Detroit. Or rather, we're gathering dozens ...

The 'Yes, We Can!' Project

Tara Heuzé-S. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
Tara Heuzé-S.

At a time when all talk about the higher education bubble, I wanted to share the creative and artistic solution I've imagined to avoid the vicious circle of student loans... and maybe give others ideas.

6 Funding Options for Young Businesses

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 07.18.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

A lot of budding entrepreneurs have asked us how they can raise capital for their new businesses. The answer is it's extremely hard . Investors/lenders rarely fund companies at this stage -- however, there are other options.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Woman Raising Money For Mother Arrested For Leaving Her Daughter At The Park

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Black Voices

A South Carolina mother was arrested for "unlawful conduct" earlier this month after leaving her daughter in a park while working at a nearby McDonald...

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

7 Crowd Funding Alternatives to Potato Salad

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

5 Things That Are Socially More Important to Crowdfund than a Man Making Potato Salad

James Calder | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
James Calder

I have nothing against Zack Brown and his Kickstarter campaign, because I am a capitalist and believe in the freedom to make money using technology. But I can't help but think how much of a waste it is throwing money at something like this, compared to donating to charities.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Med Student Crowdfunds His Tuition, Aims To Help World's Neediest People

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

Forget the big paycheck and impressive social status -- Tim Cheves wants to become a doctor to help others because he knows firsthand how powerless so...

Cinematic Ukraine: Getting Ready for the 5th Odessa International Film Festival

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

There is no better time for a film festival in Ukraine, even if it would appear to be during such a volatile moment in the country's history.

Kiva vs. Zidisha: Three Common Myths

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.03.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Some time ago the President of Kiva, Premal Shah, posted a thoughtful response to my article Zidisha vs. Kiva Zip. (His comment was originally posted...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

Reading Rainbow's All-Star Kickstarter Sprint to $5 Million

Turnstyle | Posted 06.30.2014 | Media
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) What do Seth MacFarlane, Ouya, Veronica Mars, a smart watch, and Neil Young have in common? Butterfly in the sk...

A Sushi Burrito: The Real Estate, Natural Resources, Family Office and Crowd Investing Conference

Jorge Newbery | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Mix real estate, natural resources, family office, and crowd investing into one conference? This sounds akin to a restaurant with too many chefs, like...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sharing: 10 Social Media Dos and Don'ts for Filmmakers

Kristin McCracken | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

Maintaining social media platforms for your film is not entirely different from running your own personal account. The key difference is in your goal-setting.

Plum Alley: Connecting Women With Money

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 06.24.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Deborah Jackson spent 20 years on Wall Street, raising money for clients. Now, she's helping female entrepreneurs raise startup capital via Plum All...

Venture Capital For The Masses?

Jim Gibson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Jim Gibson

No question about it; you would have to have been asleep over the last year or so to have missed out on what some are referring to as the greatest boon in the investment world, perhaps ever.

Using a Business Approach to Plant Trees and Create Jobs for Haitian Farmers

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Muhammad Yunus

Haiti is affected by the worst deforestation any country has experienced, which is currently at 98.5 percent. As it is, people in Haiti are affected by severe poverty, which forces them to cut down trees for fuel for cooking.

Don Cheadle is Miles Ahead

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

Now, Cheadle is about to embark on a new path, his directorial debut in the film, Miles Ahead, featuring a glimpse into the life of jazz musician or social musician as he liked to be called, Miles Davis.

The Triumph of the (Internet) Commons

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.20.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

As electronic communities shrink distance, a generation of (mostly) young people has begun to look upon the Internet (and even the entire global ecosystem) as something tightly interconnected and mutually supportive.