Social Entrepreneurs

ACADEMIC SYMPOSIUM ON CROWDFUNDING

ACADEMIC SYMPOSIUM ON CROWDFUNDING

The University of California, Berkeley,  did host an international academic conference on crowdfunding next week. Cal’s College of Engineering is organizing the Oct. 17 and 18 event, titled “Crowdfunding: Setting the Research Agenda.” Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chief Economist Hal Varian will speak at the event, as will Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Julia Groves, managing director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, will also talk. UC researchers are interested in crowdfunding — a relatively new way of raising money for businesses or other ventures via appeals on social networks — particularly in…

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CFB Exclusive Interview with Mike Norman of WeFunder

Mike Norman is one of the founders of WeFunder, an equity crowdfunding site for startup companies based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mike will join CrowdFundBeat live at 1:00 Eastern on Thursday, October 10, 2103. Tune in here: From the WeFunder site: The Elevator Pitch We give everyone the opportunity to invest as little as $1000 in top startups. We helped pass the JOBS Act in 2012. We built a beautiful product during our time at Y Combinator. And now we’re waiting for the SEC to implement the JOBS Act. Starting on September 23rd 2013, for the first time…

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Social Entrepreneur Raises $2M For Kids’ Cancer

Social Entrepreneur Raises $2M For Kids’ Cancer

BY Devin Thorpe, Six years ago, David Plotkin’s world changed when his four-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. His son, now thriving in remission, suffered through two years of treatment. In just five years, the MaxCure Foundation has raised over $2.0 million to find a cure for pediatric cancer. According to the Huffington Post: David Plotkin discovered his life’s purpose on May 2, 2007, the day his son Max was diagnosed with cancer. Just one day before Max’s fourth birthday, David learned his son had an extremely rare form of B-Cell Lymphoma, one that even experts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)…

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Which Type of Crowdfunding Is Best for You?

Which Type of Crowdfunding Is Best for You?

By Sally Outlaw  In her book, Cash From the Crowd, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website Peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a crowdfunding campaign. In this edited excerpt, the author explains the five types of crowdfunding to help you decide which might be right for you.   Even though many people think the term crowdfunding is universal, there are actually multiple options available for those needing to raise funds. These models of crowdfunding basically break down into those that offer a financial return for backers and…

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Live Interview with Amanda Barbara of Pubslush

Live Interview with Amanda Barbara of Pubslush

Amanda Barbara, Vice President of Pubslush, will join CrowdFundBeat for a live interview on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM Pacific. Amanda will discuss her passion for changing the world through literacy and crowdfunding. Bio for Amanda Barbara: A philanthropist at heart, she serves on the board of directors for the Pubslush Foundation, which supports children’s literacy initiatives worldwide, and is a founder and director of The Barbara Family Foundation, an organization committed to assisting charities and children in need. Amanda is an advocate for crowdfunding in the publishing world and has spoken at various…

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- Up to $1 million in prize funding on CrowdRise

- Up to $1 million in prize funding on CrowdRise

PALO ALTO, California, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Skoll Foundation, in partnership with The Huffington Post, is launching its first crowdfunding challenge designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. The “Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge,” hosted on Edward Norton’s platform CrowdRise, has the potential to leverage up to $1 million in prize funding from the Skoll Foundation, including $250,000 in dedicated prize money through daily and weekly challenges and up to $750,000 in additional matching funds to be shared by all participants as fundraising thresholds are reached during the campaign. The prize funding will go to the…

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Scientists Compile ‘Census Of The Galaxies’ Using Power Of The Crowd

Scientists Compile ‘Census Of The Galaxies’ Using Power Of The Crowd

Astronomers have sought the aid of enthusiastic amateurs to help them take on the Herculean task of studying the cosmos. Cutting-edge instruments allow us to peer deep into time and space. But back on Earth, there are still just 24 hours in a day. That’s the conundrum researchers have increasingly faced in recent years, as the quantity of images returned by telescopes has outpaced attempts at organizing them. Now, an international group of scientists is tackling that problem by harnessing people power, plus the Internet, to help them take on the enormity of the universe. The…

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S.Korea crowdfunding system to help financing venture companies

S.Korea crowdfunding system to help financing venture companies

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — South Korea planned to launch a crowdfunding system as early as next year to help venture companies finance their seed money from a wide pool of small investors with fewer restrictions, the country’s financial regulator said Thursday. Crowdfunding, which began to gain attention after the United States legalized the system in April 2012 via the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, refers to the financing of a company by selling a small amount of equities to a wide pool of investors in cyberspace. “Entrepreneurs with creative ideas can post their business…

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IBM’s Internal Crowdfunding Rewards Employee Innovation

IBM’s Internal Crowdfunding Rewards Employee Innovation

All employees have ideas, credible or otherwise, on how to improve their job environment. Very few, however, get an allowance and an opportunity to act on their thoughts. At most highly structured and hierarchical enterprises, the prospect of such an initiative seems far off. At IBM, however, several departments have already tested a program that puts employees in the middle of the ideation process. The internal crowdfunding initiative was first jointly implemented during summer 2012 at a New York state IBM research office and an office in Cambridge, says Michael Muller, researcher and master innovator at…

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HWTrek Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production

HWTrek Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production

If you’re hesitant to invest in cool gadget pitches on crowdfunding platforms, your instincts are valid. Research shows that only a quarter of Kickstarter pitches in the technology and design categories were delivered on time, and even after an eight-month delay, 75 percent of projects with reached goals then delivered. Better late than never, we suppose? Hardware innovators now have another option. Today marks the official launch of HWTrek, a crowdfunding platform tailored specifically for hardware innovators that not only links them with a community of experts for consultations before crowdfunding but connects them with viable…

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