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What Is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding has become a loaded term, meaning so much more than just raising money from the public. In fact, it means different things to different people. New and old terms are sometimes being used to describe the same or similar activities. Here, I’ll break it down in hopes of bringing greater …

Crowd Funding

How Crowdfunding Is Disrupting VCs

Last month, we celebrated the two-year anniversary of Regulation Crowdfunding. In its first year, 335 companies raised more than $40 million in capital, averaging $282,000 from 312 investors per campaign. This year the regulation has continued to gain momentum. As of May 31, 2018, there have been …

Malaysia has $250 billion of debt. The government is trying to crowdfund it.

When Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unexpectedly won his bid for office in May, he pledged to do his best to find money that went missing in a massive corruption scandal under his predecessor. Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has been accused of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars …

American parents invented 1,100 new baby names last year

American babies were given 29,910 distinct names last year. Of those, 1,100 were brand-new ones that hadn’t appeared in the data before 2017, new data on American baby names shows.<p>The biggest new name is Camreigh, which was given to 91 babies last year, even though it didn’t show up at all in 2016. …

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'Absolutely unprecedented': GoFundMe CEO blown away by Humboldt Broncos campaign

The chief executive officer of the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe, says the campaign to raise funds for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash …

How to ensure that a crowdfunding campaign smashes its target

Three things that successfully crowdfunded campaigns have in common.<p>Start with support in the bank<p>The most successful campaigns launch fully-prepared with<br>support already secured, says Joel Hughes of the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.<p>“Those with an established support base have the best conversion …

Crowd Funding

Who are the crowdfunding platforms in Singapore?

Ever heard of crowdfunding or came across this term somewhere, but at the same time you are unsure of what EXACTLY is it? Crowdfunding is a term that …

Crowdfunding medical care: What does its rise say about Australia's health system?

<b>Norman Swan</b>: In the United States, online crowdfunding has been called the sad, dark future of healthcare. Of course Australia has universal …

Crowd Funding

Jumpstart Your Business Ideas with Crowdfunding

Do you have an idea for an invention, book, CD, film, art or craft project? A business to start or social problem to solve? Is money the only thing …

Spain launches world’s first government-run crowdfunding platform

If you’re thinking of setting up a business in the Basque Country or looking for an alternative way to invest, this brand-new take on crowdfunding …

How to get more Americans to volunteer

Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th-century Frenchman fascinated by U.S. life, praised what he saw during his travels across the new nation as an unusual …

Nonprofits

Kickstarter Patron aims to generate larger pledges for creators

Kickstarter is piloting a program that will match up companies, organizations and institutions with projects that need more substantial funding, <i>TechCrunch</i> reports. It's called Kickstarter Patrons and the nonprofit and for-profit groups selected to take part will be required to provide multiple …

Fake News: Lies spread faster on social media than truth does

If it seems like fake news is everywhere, that may be because it is.<p>Falsehoods spread like wildfire on social media, getting quicker and longer-lasting pickup than the truth, researchers reported on Thursday.<p>A deep dive into Twitter shows that false news was re-tweeted more often than true news …

Social Media

The story behind the viral photo of a teacher in Ghana showing students Windows on a blackboard

There has been global applause for a teacher in Ghana who posted photos of himself drawing on a blackboard with multi-colored chalk, the features of a Microsoft Word processing window. The students in his class can also be seen drawing it into their notebooks.<p>Social media exploded in admiration and …

Social Media

Petition wants GoFundMe to drop fundraiser for Gerald Stanley's family

An international advocacy group says it has collected thousands of names in a campaign calling for GoFundMe to remove a page that's raising funds for …

New Indonesia web system blocks more than 70,000 'negative' sites

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has blocked more than 70,000 websites displaying "negative" content such as pornography or extremist ideology in the first month of using a new system to help purge the internet of harmful material, the communications minister told Reuters.<p>The world's most populous …

Internet

Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave

It’s official: Facebook is for old(er) people. Teens and young adults are ditching Mark Zuckerberg’s social network as popularity among the over-55s surges, according to a report.<p>In 2018, 2.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds and 4.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds will regularly use Facebook in the UK, …

Social Media

Goodbye Kickstarter? The Blockchain-based Project Aims to Challenge the Crowdfunding Sector

A new Ethereum Blockchain based platform called Acorn seeks to create an open, global community and marketplace for crowdfunding- opening it up to …

Blockchain

Crowdfunding Is Now A Contract Between Company And Backer

Kickstarter is not a store. Indiegogo is not a store. Crowdfunding is not buying something — you’re merely donating some money, and you might get a …

How The Government Could Easily Boost Crowdfunding, Innovation, And Jobs

Crowdfunding is a great way to fund early-stage startups, but there is a flaw that hold it back. Here is how to fix it.<p>The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law by President Obama in May 2012. The idea was to relax regulations that prevented or slowed early stage …

Crowd Funding

Online fundraiser for cancer patient proves successful

An online crowdfunding effort from a German expat couple living in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, hit its goal, raising 128,888 yuan ($20,172) for the …

Crowdfunding - Raising Billions

Crowdfunding campaigns are more successful today as compared to the normal investment methods and have witnessed funds flowing in billions of dollars …

Melinda Gates invests in $181M fund for women-led VC firm Aspect Ventures

Aspect Ventures today announced a new $181 million institutional fund that includes money from Melinda Gates, a vocal critic about closing the gender …

'Blended' finance is key to achieving global sustainability goals, says report

Public and private sector funds must increasingly pool resources to finance larger global sustainability and climate change projects, a new study shows<p>Tackling climate change and achieving the world’s sustainable development goals will require publicly funded and private sector banks and …

Sustainability

Google, Temasek investing in Indonesia's Go-Jek as ride-hailing rivalry deepens: sources

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Google, Singapore investor Temasek and China's Meituan-Dianping are investing in Go-Jek as part of a $1.2 billion fundraising round, bolstering the Indonesian ride-hailing firm in its battle with deep-pocketed rivals Grab and Uber, sources said.<p>The investments by Alphabet …

Asia

French business creation surges as Macron promises 'start-up nation' | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - French entrepreneurs set up new companies in the fourth quarter at the fastest pace since 2010, as new business creations accelerated in the second half of the year, data from the INSEE statistics agency said on Tuesday.<p>FILE PHOTO - French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his …