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By Daivat Dholakia | A compilation of articles from around the web about Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing and everything related to crowds

Airbnb Finally Opens Up On How To Rise Through Its Search Rankings

For Airbnb hosts such as myself, the site’s search algorithm is an invisible hand that can make or break our business. Successfully catering to the algorithm’s quirks can mean the difference between a top-ranked listing that is seen by countless travelers, and an also-ran rental that remains buried …

SEO

PayPal launches a payments product designed for marketplaces, platforms and crowdfunding sites

PayPal today is beginning the rollout of a new product designed for customers operating larger online marketplaces, like ride-sharing platforms, crowdfunding portals, peer-to-peer e-commerce sites, room rentals platforms, and others. The solution, called simply PayPal for Marketplaces, is designed …

Banking

BunkerEx is an online marketplace for shipping companies that need to buy fuel

There are an increasing number of startups trying to bring more transparency — and, dare I say it, disruption — to various element of sea freight or the shipping industry. These include Freightos, the well-funded freight marketplace and freight-forwarding quote price comparison site, and, more …

Taxes in the gig economy

The rise of the gig economy was facilitated by technology that helped people run their own businesses. There are now dozens of apps and services that empower people to sell goods, sell space in their home and sell their trade skills.<p>But this application of technology has been uneven. While it has …

The Internet Party is crowdsourcing an anti-spying bill

The Internet Party of New Zealand wants to roll back invasive surveillance laws with a citizen-sourced anti-spying bill, which it drafted during a …

Surveillance

Second-hand online retailer Poshmark in talks to raise funding: sources

(Reuters) - Poshmark, an online service that helps people buy and sell second-hand clothing, is in talks to raise more than $50 million in a funding round that could value the startup at roughly $600 million, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.<p>The round will test investor appetite for a …

Crowdfunding platform Seedrs has a new CEO

LONDON — Crowdfunding platform Seedrs announced on Thursday that it has appointed a new CEO after an 18-month search.<p>Jeff Kelisky, who joined Seedrs as COO in January, is being promoted to run the business. Jeff Lynn, who cofounded the company and served as CEO for five years, is becoming executive …

Startups

Airbnb calculator helps you find the best price to rent out your place

Airbnb is awesome for making some extra cash on the side, but coming up with a reasonable price to rent out your apartment isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. But thanks to this handy calculator, now you can make an informed decision without wasting hours doing extensive market …

Determine

Seattle study puts down some common criticisms of Airbnb-style renting as regulations loom

Airbnb may have put its foot in its mouth before when it comes to communicating the benefits it brings to cities, but it’s hard to argue with raw, uncut science. A new study from the Internet Association, a trade group comprising many online properties including Airbnb, takes a hard look at housing …

Marketplace liquidity

Liquidity is a crucial metric for all marketplaces. But how can we truly evaluate this liquidity? The three keys to answering this question are density, appropriately balanced demand and supply and category concentration.<p>Density, geographic reach and distance between counterparts<p>The first step to …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey shows support for sharing economy

Sharing Economy

Handy and Managed by Q want to make the gig economy a force for good

Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan, and Managed by Q CEO Dan Teran joined TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Tuesday to discuss the evolution and shortcomings of the so-called “gig economy.”<p>Both startups help customers book quality cleaning and maintenance services, on-demand or at a convenient time. And both …

Running an online marketplace? Here are nine must-read books to step up your game

Not every marketplace is the same, so make sure the book is a good fit for the startup you are running

A new on-demand battle is speeding toward the US, and VCs are seeing dollar signs

While Uber’s woes take center stage in the U.S., a different on-demand battle that’s been playing out in China is coming to the states.<p>The battle isn’t over car sharing. It’s not over bus sharing, either, though that, too, is a growing focus for investors and automotive companies that are desperate …

Gig economy stalwart TaskRabbit is contemplating a sale

One of the earliest and most prominent startups of the so-called “sharing economy” or “gig economy” is evaluating the possibility of selling itself. As reported by Recode, freelance work marketplace TaskRabbit acknowledged that it is contemplating a sale after receiving inbound interest from a …

Sharing Economy

Airbnb launches Trips in yet another Asian city

Airbnb has launched its Trips platform in India starting with the national capital of Delhi. With this, the service has now expanded to five Asian …

Hospitality

What the Kaggle acquisition by Google means for crowdsourcing

In 2011 I got a phone call from an Australian founder, Anthony Goldbloom, who wanted to hear my story and opinion regarding the competition space and crowdsourcing platforms.<p>At the time, I was running and growing OmniCompete, which was a London-based crowdsourcing competition platform focusing on …

Startups

Dubuc Motors gets SEC approval for equity crowdfunding

Dubuc Motors, makers of the Tomahawk all-electric supercar prototype, recently announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had approved its filing for equity crowdfunding under the US JOBS Act Regulation A+.<p>The company began a Testing the Waters campaign in 2016, when it revealed …

2017 crowdfunding guide

More than two years ago we wrote about what we learned from the 20 campaigns our startups had run. Fast-forward to 2017: The B2C startups HAX has invested in now count more than 75 successful campaigns (our 200-strong portfolio is about half B2C). Ninety percent raised more than $100,000 and 10 …

Meet Coople: The 'gig-economy' app that's like Uber for short-term staffing

The 'on-demand' economy is here, and it looks like it's staying.<p>Apps like Uber, Deliveroo, and Airbnb have, from a user's point of view, changed the way we travel, eat, and sleep.<p>But they are also changing the way people work. For the estimated 5 million UK workers employed through such platforms, …

The Workplace

What regulation crowdfunding in the JOBS Act means to entrepreneurs and startups

The JOBS Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2012, allowing companies to acquire funding through online portals from non-accredited investors, which roughly accounts for 97 percent of the population in the United States. On May 16, 2016, Title III of the JOBS Act, also known as regulation …

Crowdfunding project of the week: the H1 meets all your projector needs

We are back with another chapter of our ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series, where we showcase the best campaigns from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We are here to weed out the least interesting tech and bring forward real innovators. Let’s jump right in.<p><b>Other featured campaigns:</b><p>Today …

Crowd Funding

Fidget Cube for restless workers rocks Kickstarter, attracts gobs of money

The Fidget Cube is a cube at heart, but it also has plenty of features designed to keep your fingers occupied when you just can't hold still.<p>Your desk is your sanctuary at work. It's where you sit (or stand) and while away your employment hours. Maybe you're really good at holding still. Or maybe …

Crowd Funding

Peak Design and building a company on the Kickstarter platform

Most startups toil away in stealth mode on new products and services with an Apple-esque fear of news leaks.<p>Peak Design decided to go to the other extreme, building a company in full view of its audience — and in the face of its competitors. Because they eschewed traditional investors in favor of a …

​New Crowdsource app lets you work for Google for free

With Google's new Android app, you can help the company translate languages, understand handwriting and keep its shareholders happy.<p>Google has a formidable artificial intelligence team working on everything from photo recognition to email spam filtering. But for some tasks, it's looking for the …

Google

Sony is crowdfunding another cool e-paper watch, but only in Japan

Sony just launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund its FES Watch U e-paper watch as a follow to its first FES watch, which was funded and released in Japan last year. The difference is that the Watch U has scratch-restant sapphire glass and the premium model comes with a stronger surface coating. …

A driverless Uber won't shake up the sharing economy

Uber’s announcement that it will introduce driverless cars in Pittsburgh, US, throws into question the fate of not just the “sharing economy”, which Uber helped to make mainstream, but the future of employment in a wider sense too.<p>One thing is for sure, however: though Uber may be changing, the way …

Sharing Economy

Uh-oh! Crowdfunded social robot Jibo won’t now ship outside North America

Jibo, a cutesy social robot pitched to crowdfunders in mid 2014 as ‘the world’s first social robot’ but since delayed and yet to arrive in the market some nine months after its original due date, is now only going to ship to backers in the U.S. and Canada.<p>Overseas pre-orderers from the 45 other …

As Sharing Economy Starts To Trump Superstition, Asian Startups Make Their Move

When Kanika Tekriwal started her private jet sharing service two years ago in India, aircraft owners weren’t going for it. They didn’t like the idea of letting other people use a prized possession even when it was idle and could make money if flown by strangers. They were billionaires and didn’t …

Sharing Economy