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

Understanding smartwatches

I was wrong. Several years ago I reviewed the first Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch. This was before the release of the Apple Watch. That’s key to this story. I declared Garmin would have a hard time selling the Fenix 3. The Apple Watch would be better in every way, I pointed out. Therefore, there would …

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Uber acquires bike-share startup JUMP

Uber has acquired bike-sharing startup JUMP for an undisclosed amount of money. This comes shortly after TechCrunch reported that JUMP was in talks with Uber as well as with investors regarding a potential fundraising round involving Sequoia Capital’s Mike Moritz. At the time, JUMP was …

Drover picks up £5.5M funding for its car subscription marketplace

Drover, a London-based startup that lets you take out a “car subscription” as an alternative to car ownership, has picked up £5.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by VC firms Cherry Ventures, Partech and BP Ventures (the venture arm of BP), and adds to an earlier £2 million ‘pre-seed’ …

Detectify raises €5M for its crowdsourced website vulnerability scanner

Sweden-based Detectify, which offers a website vulnerability scanner that is in part powered by the crowd, has raised €5 million in new funding. The round was led by New York-based venture capital and private equity firm, Insight Venture Partners. Existing investors, Paua Ventures and Inventure, …

Uber drivers often make below minimum wage, report finds

Uber and Lyft drivers in the US make a median profit of as little as $8.55 per hour before taxes, according to a new report that suggests a majority of ride-share workers make below minimum wage and that some actually lose money.<p>Researchers did an analysis of vehicle cost data and a survey of more …

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London may force Uber to introduce women-only UberPools

Out of the blue, Transport for London (TfL) has issued a "policy statement" on ride-sharing services in the capital. Most of it isn't new — the bulk of the six-page document recaps older policy announcements, such as the controversial English language test for Uber drivers — but there is one idea …

Uber to require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving in the U.S.

Uber has added a feature that will force a six-hour offline break whenever a driver on its platform reaches 12 hours of driving time. The feature is similar to one that Uber has in place in a few markets already around the U.S., which differs depending on local regulations, but this will apply …

Mobile Devices

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 …

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 …

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

Kristen Berman Contributor<p>Kristen Berman is a co-founder of Duke's Common Cents Lab with Professor Dan Ariely. Common Cents is generously supported by MetLife Foundation. Kristen was on the founding team of Google's behavioral economics team, and was previously the founder of Irrational Labs, a …

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 …

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

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 chairman.<p>Kelisky's promotion comes after Lynn asked the board to find his replacement early last year, Seedrs …

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 …

Rental Housing

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Machine Learning

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

Cyril Ebersweiler Contributor<p>Cyril Ebersweiler is co-founder and managing partner of HAX, and a general partner at SOSV.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>70 years of VC innovation<br>• Build your brand, and they will come<p>Benjamin Joffe Contributor<p>Benjamin Joffe is a partner at HAX.<p>More posts by this …

Startups

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

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, gone is the security associated with fixed terms of employment, …

Employment

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>The …

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