Kickstarter, the site for crowdfunding your ideas, surpassed $1 billion in pledges today. More than half of that amount was pledged in the last 12 months alone. The pledges represent over 5.7 million backers in 224 countries and territories in all seven continents. The top-pledding country is the United States with over $663 million pledged.… Continue reading Kickstarter Surpasses $1 Billion in Pledges With More than Half Pledged in the Past Year Alone
Did you know that super powers actually exist? About one of every 300 people was born with a natural power: immunity to HIV. These “HIV controllers” have provided scientists a genetic blueprint to recreate the conditions any body needs to be immune from the deadly HIV virus. Using this research, the Immunity Project was able… Continue reading The Immunity Project Is Crowdfunding the World’s First Free Vaccine to End HIV and AIDS
Have you ever felt like a seller on eBay failed to meet the terms of your purchase agreement? Sure, you could report the seller, but would eBay staff really give you the satisfaction of knowing the seller who wronged you had been brought to justice? Probably not; in the future, however, there may be a… Continue reading Users Solve Buyer-Seller Disputes at Chinese E-Commerce Giant Alibaba; Will Amazon, eBay Follow Suit?
By now you have probably heard of or contributed to one of the famous crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter or Indiegogo that have raised millions for creative works like independent films and gadgets or to help spur initiatives in local communities. But what about crowdfunding everyday things? “Only so many people have a $40,000 documentary they… Continue reading Crowdtilt Raises $23M to Make It Simple to Crowdfund Everyday Things
Taking an idea for a business or creative project from brainstorming to reality can be daunting, especially when money is an obstacle. Bank loans can be extremely difficult for small business owners to obtain, and even when loans are accessible the terms can be debilitating. Sure, a limited number of artists and entrepreneurs are able… Continue reading Get Your Idea Funded: Branding Expert Nicole Delger Dishes about Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
As more and more people catch the entrepreneurial bug, creatives are increasingly turning to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter to fund artistic projects, new business ventures and more. Yesterday Kickstarter announced that it passed two milestones: over 50,000 projects successfully funded by over five million backers from around the world. What’s more, Kickstarter reports that over… Continue reading Kickstarter on the Rise: Over 50,000 Projects Funded to Date by over 5 Million Backers
The weatherman has competition, and it’s from a phone app. WeatherSignal, an Android app developed by Dutch scientists, tells the weather by crowdsourcing temperature readings from the sensors that keep smartphone batteries from overheating. Since smartphones are everywhere, WeatherSignal might one day let meteorologists make hyperlocal weather reports without building weather stations on every roof.… Continue reading The Weatherman Wants Your Smartphone Data: Creating Hyperlocal Weather Reports through Crowdsourcing
Despite their age, classic works of literature like Dracula, War and Peace, The Time Machine, Crime and Punishment, and Madame Bovary are just as relevant to life today as they were to life when they were originally published. Luckily for us, when a book’s intellectual property rights expire they fall into the public domain. We… Continue reading Fresh Looks for Classic Books: 10 Crowdsourced Cover Designs for Works in the Public Domain