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

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

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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 …

Sharing Economy

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

<b>Not every marketplace is the same, so make sure the book is a good fit for the startup you are running</b> With the wealth of technology available, it is …

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 …

O'Sullivan

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 …

Gig 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 cities, the others being Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok.<p>Trips is a feature within the Airbnb app that allows users to locate and book local tours …

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 …

Autos

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 …

Maker Faire

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 …

Startups

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 …

Gear & Gadgets

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 …

Startups

​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. …

Japan

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 …

Uber

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 …

Robots

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 …

Asia Pacific

Gas delivery apps are new on-demand fad

SAN FRANCISCO — The latest target for disruption by the tech industry: gas stations.<p>In San Francisco on Monday, smartphone app Filld began dispatching drivers with pickup trucks loaded with gasoline to fill people's tank. A Filld customer sets the exact location of his or her car, chooses a …

Santa Clara

Xiaomi is crowdfunding this wicked Transformer tablet

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi is teaming up with Hasbro to create a Transformer toy that turns into a tablet.<p>The two companies have designed a version of the popular robot named Soundwave, which transforms into a Mi Pad 2 in 30 steps.<p>No, you can’t use the tablet, but you’ll possibly be able to trick …

Tablets

How to successfully run a crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding campaigns have become the go-to funding strategy for new startups and entrepreneurs. Everyone is turning to crowdfunding to get their businesses off the ground. It is oversaturated with ideas and not a given that any particular campaign will succeed.<p>In the past, getting funding for …

Crowd Funding

Crowdfunding project of the week - Rook drone

We are changing things a bit around here, as you can tell by the title. Our weekly ‘Kickstarter project of the week’ showcases some of the hottest crowdfunding tech in the web. We try to curate a list with the best of the best, but realize that there is more than just Kickstarter out there. This is …

Drones

How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy

Global delivery company DHL started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round-trip plane ticket to Hawaii.<p>Founded as a courier service in 1969, DHL used the spare capacity in …

As A Service

CircleUp Raises $30M For Its Consumer Brand Crowdfunding Platform

CircleUp, an AngelList-style crowdfunding platform that consumer retail businesses like food companies use to raise money from outside investors, is announcing some funding of its own today. The company has raised a Series C round of $30 million — growth money it intends to use to build out its …

Startups

The Real Reason On-Demand Startups Are Reclassifying Workers

Over the past several months, a handful of on-demand startups reclassified their independent contractors as employees. Others have publicly acknowledged they’re considering the same move, and have been hailed as the “next generation” of the sharing economy: one that takes care of its …

Sharing Economy

Uber wants to be your express delivery service for everything

The company’s next big play to move beyond ride-hailing<p>Uber announced today its plans to expand its application program interface, or API, project to its nascent delivery service, UberRUSH. By adding just a few lines of code, businesses such as Nordstrom and 1800flowers can now integrate UberRUSH's …

Uber

BuzzHire: An engine to power on-demand startups

Think about it – in order to quickly deliver hot meals, groceries or anything else, the growing legion of on-demand startups need either a huge staff base on standby or a flexible workforce available when needed. The latter makes a lot more sense, but how do you find workers at short notice when …

Startups

The CEOs of these British sharing economy startups are hoping to hit the big time in the US

CEOs and founders from some of Britain's most promising sharing economy and on demand companies are hoping to penetrate the US market off the back of a government-backed "trade mission" to San Francisco next week.<p>Sharing economy companies provide platforms that allows the public to let out their …

Sharing Economy