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With Plans of Investing $100M Next Year, Israel’s OurCrowd Forges Its Own Path in Equity Crowdfunding

In the fast-emerging space of equity crowdfunding, Silicon Valley insiders are pretty familiar with players like AngelList. But there’s actually a startup crowdfunding site out of Israel with a veteran team that has a good deal of momentum as well.<p>OurCrowd, which is run by serial entrepreneur and …

Property Partner Secures Seed Cash For Its Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

A new startup that lets users invest as £50 in the booming buy-to-let housing market in the UK has launched with £1.25m seed funding led by Octopus Investments.<p>The investment round in Property Partner also includes participation from a number of high profile European funds and investors. These …

Apple and Google crush map patent in early test of Patent Office’s new appeal system

An appeals board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled this week that all 27 claims contained in a shell company’s 2003 patent are invalid, …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Why isn’t Israel, the "Startup Nation," also the Crowdfunding Nation?

Last week was big for Israeli crowdfunding. PowerUp 3.0, which is an iPhone-controlled paper plane Kickstarter campaign, came to a close. It's the …

Yahoo’s Geek Goddess

As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will …

Eating Its Own Caviar, UK Equity Crowdfunding Platform Seedrs To Crowd-Raise £500K As It Expands To Europe

It doesn’t get much more meta than this. Seedrs, the UK equity-based crowdfunding platform, is listing itself on its site in a bid to crowd-raise £500,000 for international expansion.<p>Armchair investors who put in for a slice of the action will in total get a 8.81 percent stake. This gives the …

You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles

theodp writes <i>"A pending Google patent for Identifying Prospective Employee Candidates via Employee Connections lays out plans for data mining</i> …

Catfather of the Internet: Just Because You Can Angel Invest Doesn't Mean You Should

For the first time ever, people can now buy equity, not just products, through startup crowdfunding sites like AngelList. Some in the VC industry …

What if there were a Kickstarter for companies? We asked MIT Sloan professor Christian Catalini to give us a crash course on "equity crowdfunding."

Equity Crowdfunding: A Kickstarter for Companies Is Right Around the Corner<p>A Q&A with MIT professor Christian Catalini on the hype about crowdfunding …

Disney shuts down Pixar Canada studio, closure results in 100 lost jobs

Disney has decided to close up shop on Pixar Canada, a move that will result in the loss of 100 jobs. According to <i>Variety</i>, Pixar's parent company has apparently decided that moving forward, the best strategy is to have all employees working at the studio's main California headquarters. "The team at …

Naval Ravikant On How AngelList Syndicates Can Shake Up The World Of Venture Capital ‘Scouts’

Since its inception in 2010, AngelList has steadily transformed the way people think about gathering funding for their technology startups. But so far, nothing AngelList has done has garnered as quick and strong of a reaction from the venture capital sphere as the debut this past summer of a …

IBM Uses Internal Kickstarters To Pick Projects

alphadogg writes <i>"IBM is readying its fourth internal Kickstarter-like crowdfunding effort over the past year or so to inspire employees to innovate</i> …

Dollar for dollar raised, Kickstarter dominates Indiegogo SIX times over

Insights we discovered when we scraped and analyzed all of Indiegogo’s campaigns<p>While freelancing in the crowdfunding space, Edward (@ejunprung) and …

Indie no-go: only one in ten projects gets fully funded on Kickstarter's biggest rival

A comparison of the two crowdfunding giants<p><i>Illustration by Dylan C. Lathrop.</i><p>When the Ubuntu Edge high-end smartphone raised $3.4 million in the first 24 hours of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, it seemed poised to crush previous crowdfunding records. Two weeks later, the Edge is projected …

Disney Research's AIREAL creates haptic feedback out of thin air

Disney Research is at it again. The arm of Walt's empire responsible for interactive house plants wants to add haptic feedback not to a seat cushion, but to thin air. Using a combination of 3D-printed components -- thank the MakerBots for those -- with five actuators and a gaggle of sensors, AIREAL …

Refer A Startup To FundersClub For Crowdfunding, Get Paid If It Exits

Think you know about the hottest startups before anyone else? Equity crowdfunding platform and online venture firm FundersClub wants you to be their eyes and ears, so they’re offering to give you 10 percent of their carry (profit) if a startup you refer to them has a big exit. The FundersClub Refer …

No more roaming fees in Europe as of July 2014

Good news for anyone living in any of the 27 EU countries: as of next July, you’ll pay the same rate for calls and data when travelling within Europe as you do at home, reports <i>The Telegraph.</i><p>Consumers will next year be able to use their mobile phones across the European Union for the same price as …

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Why everything geeks think they know about Kickstarter is wrong

Kickstarter has been described as the Home Shopping Network for geeks—picture an online version of the Sharper Image catalog and an investment platform for tech startups having a baby. But this is the wrong way to think about Kickstarter, because the site’s founders have actually shied away from …

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President Obama to take aim at patent trolls with executive actions on Tuesday

President Obama is planning to take executive action against patent trolls, announcing a series of legal moves tomorrow to rein in some of the patent system’s current abuses, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i><i>.</i> The president will reportedly instruct the Patent and Trademark Office to start work on a …

Google revamps Gmail with tabbed inbox on desktop and mobile

Organization is the key to a happy inbox, and Google's taking you one step closer to that stress-free experience. The company announced today that it'll be bringing a new tabbed layout to the desktop and mobile versions of Gmail, safely filing messages where they belong. The redesign lets you add …

August: the beautiful, Yves Behar-designed $199 smart lock

The home automation market is really starting to take off, and surprisingly, it's door locks that are proving to be one of the biggest areas of interest. Established home security companies like Kwikset and mobile carriers (via unnamed OEMs) are working to combine smartphones and deadbolts, while …

Google Calendar for Android adds color highlighting, date and time picker tweaks

Admittedly, this one's a bit of a snooze, but if you find yourself adding events through Google's Calendar app on Android, you might give a hoot about these tweaks. First up is a new color tool, which lets you highlight specific appointments and change the color of your entire calendar. Judging by …

Windows 8.1 unveiled: new apps, new features and the return of the Start button

How big of an upgrade is Windows 8.1? Put it this way: we just might need to review the OS all over again. Microsoft just unveiled the first major update to Windows 8, and it includes tweaks to nearly every aspect of the operating system: the lock screen, Start menu, Windows Store and onscreen …

The New Yorker's Epic Fail On Innovation

The New Yorker is my favorite mainstream magazine. Week after week, its polished writing is a sign that maybe after all, civilization is not yet quite extinct. So when The New Yorker devotes the whole of its current issue to innovation, I should be very happy. But I’m not. That’s because the entire …