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Crowdsourcing Startup CrowdFlower Says Its Contributors Have Completed 1 Billion ‘Judgments’

CrowdFlower, which helps businesses manage crowdsourced tasks, announced that contributors have completed 1 billion “judgments,” which is the basic unit of work on the platform.<p>The company says those judgments are “the crux of microtasking,” with businesses asking CrowdFlower contributors to do …

Meet Consano, The Crowdfunding Platform That Wants To Help Cure Cancer [TCTV]

Crowdfunding has been a godsend for getting lots of projects off the ground that otherwise may not have attracted dollars from traditional powers-that-be in retail manufacturing, music, movies, and the like. So at a time when the federal dollars that typically fund medical research are under more …

Event Ticketing And Crowdfunding Platform Picatic Now Lets Event Organizers Pay What They Want

Online event ticketing startup Picatic is taking a novel new approach to signing up event organizers and getting them to use its services. The company’s new FairPay initiative will allow users to pay what they want after their events are successful.<p>Picatic launched as an event ticketing startup — …

Startup Healthfundr wants to bring equity crowdfunding to medical technology

Health entrepreneurs looking for relatively small amounts of seed funding can turn to crowdfunding sites like Medstartr or Health Tech Hatch. But if …

Peers Find Less Pressure Borrowing From Each Other

The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending?<p>Google is teaming up with the nation's largest peer-to-peer lender. The search and tech giant is investing $125 million in Lending Club, which gets borrowers and lenders together outside the …

Synergist Founder Hopes To Raise $25K Using The Company’s Own Crowdfunding Platform

Sites like Kickstarter have been used to crowdfund a wide range of projects, but I don’t think they’ve ever done what Synergist is attempting today — they’ve never crowdfunded themselves.<p>The site was founded by 17-year-old Jared Kleinert, who described Synergist as a mix of crowdsourcing and …

Crowdtilt Confirms $12M Raise From Andreessen, Sean Parker, Dave Morin & Others; Tables Mobile Acquisition

Last month, we reported that Crowdtilt, the Y Combinator alum that launched just over a year ago with plans to become “the Kickstarter for any group,” had raised $12 million in Series A financing from a group of notable investors, including Napster, Causes and Airtime founder Sean Parker and Path’s …

Cash Raised Through Crowdfunding Tripled In Three Years [Infographic]

In 2012 alone, money raised for crowdfunding projects grew 81 percent.<p>Do you remember the moment when crowdfunding became A Thing? Sites like Kickstarter have been around for a few years now, and the amount they've grown in that time is <i>bananas</i>, as this infographic from Statista shows. From 2010 to …

Susu Sudio: Shared Savings

Finding new ways to spend money you do and don’t have makes up the two largest segments in consumer finance: payments and credit, respectively. Finding new ways to save money – for a large purchase, a rainy day – is a barren landscape. Of course, saving is like flossing your teeth: you know you …

Crowdfunding Industry Celebrates First Anniversary of JOBS Act Despite Delays

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Danae Ringelmann is a co-founder of Indiegogo. Prior to that, she was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies, including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney and Electronic Arts. Follow her on Twitter @gogoDanae.</i><p>Happy Anniversary! One year ago, U.S. lawmakers …

As Crowdfunding Takes Off, SEC Greenlights AngelList’s Investment Platform

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making way for a number of startups and online investment platforms to enable startups to crowdsource investment. Early last week, Y Combinator-backed FundersClub received notice from the SEC that the agency would not pursue action against its crowdfunding …

Crowdfunding, Micro-Patronage, And The Future Of Free Software

The “free” in Free Software refers to “freedom”, rather than cost. It is largely a happy coincidence that Free Software is available gratis. Copyleft licensing certainly helps, but there’s no overarching reason that Free-as-in-Freedom software need not cost anything. As Free Software has evolved …

AlumniFunder Launches A Crowdfunding Platform Where Alumni Can Back Student Entrepreneurs

AlumniFunder launched in beta this week with a simple mission: Help create a deeper relationship between current students and alumni, while supporting collegiate entrepreneurship and creativity. To do that, AlumniFunder wants to give alumni a platform by which they can invest in innovative projects …