Social Entrepreneurs

Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App

Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App

As we’ve discussed before, thanks to a handful of names, including Kickstarter and Indiegogo and the gaggle of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding is on the “Big screen.” Yet, the team behind Crowdtilt — also known as the Y Combinator-backed startup building a “group fundraising” platform for projects that don’t work on Kickstarter — believe that this is just the beginning. The Kickstarters and Indiegogos have owned most of the headlines about crowdfunding, but there’s more and more spillover from projects that don’t fit, with many bypassing platforms altogether. That’s why Crowdtilt launched…

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Kickstarter Is Adding Australia And New Zealand To Its Crowdfunding Network

Kickstarter Is Adding Australia And New Zealand To Its Crowdfunding Network

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is expanding its platform to two markets Down Under. It is opening up its network to Australia and New Zealand-based projects “in the very near future,” the company says, drumming up interest two days after the site opened its doors to Canada, and comes some months after it went to its first market outside the U.S., the United Kingdom. Kickstarter originally noted it would move into Australia and New Zealand in August. The move is an important one for Kickstarter, which is one of the more popular platforms but competes against sites like…

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Live Interview with Sang Lee on connecting investors with innovative and socially conscious startups

Sang Lee is the founder and CEO of Return on Change, the next generation’s investment crowdfunding platform aiming to connect investors with innovative and socially conscious startups. Sang is also a recipient of the Under 30 CEO Award in New York.

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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with social entrepreneur Lesley Mansford CEO of Razoo

Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with social entrepreneur Lesley Mansford CEO of Razoo

Live Interview 2:00 PM PST. What is Razoo? More than a Website Razoo is a movement of people who want to make generosity a part of everyday life. Living Generously Generosity is win-win. Not only does it make the world a better place, it also makes us happy and fulfilled – especially when we give to the people and causes we care about most.   Lesley Mansford, CEO: I want to make a difference by democratizing philanthropy so that everyone can be a philanthropist. Lesley is a seasoned GM, marketer and entrepreneur with over 20 years of…

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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with GradSave CEO crowdfunding education

Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with GradSave CEO crowdfunding education

Live Interview 9:00 AM PST GradSave makes receiving college savings gifts easy. By linking directly to a college savings account, GradSave makes it easy for friends & family to contribute to a child’s college savings. Sign-up is free, and a parent has complete control over their child’s profile. GradSave doesn’t charge fees for giving or receiving gifts. Learn more. Marcos Cordero, CEO & Chief GradSaver: Prior to GradSave, Marcos had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in the Strategy and Operations Group at Deloitte Consulting, where he advised a variety of Fortune 500 clients. He has a…

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Canadians wary of jumping into less than crowded fundraising field

Canadians wary of jumping into less than crowded fundraising field

When Paul Dombowsky first founded Ideavibes in 2011, he was hoping to tap into something big – the power of the crowd. He envisioned his Ottawa-based startup as a place for crowdsourcing, a way of exchanging ideas by engaging the public. He also hoped it would be a portal for crowdfunding, similar to platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Branding the crowdfunding side under the name Fundchange, Mr. Dombowsky hoped it would help charities raise money from the public for important causes and campaigns. But by December 2012, Mr. Dombowsky found himself removing crowdsourcing from the…

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The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

By: Robert Mullins, CFB Sr. Staff Writer Startups in the 3D printing space advertise their device capabilities with samples of products like smartphone cases, gears, or replicas of the Eiffel Tower, but if you want to be taken seriously as a printer maker, you’ve got to give people Yoda. “For some reason, the Yoda head is kind of the symbol of what your 3D printer can do,” said Braydon Moreno, CEO of the crowdfunded startup RoBo 3D. “Everyone across the board is saying ‘Let me see your Yoda.’” A review of crowd-funded sites on Kickstarter reveals…

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Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor and Julie-Anne Robinson are all celebrated directors with the same complaint: They had no role models when they started out. “I certainly didn’t know any female directors when I came to L.A.,” Hardwicke, director of “Thirteen” and “Twlight,” told TheWrap. Taymor, too, lamented “the worship of the enfant terrible — the brilliant young male.” “If woman is a maverick or an auteur, she often is labeled a bitch,” the “Frida” and “Across the Universe” director said. Robinson (left) is a Golden Globe-nominated director who has a large catalogue of episodic TV work, including…

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David Drake with Upstart CEO Dave Girouard on Crowdfunding

David Drake with Upstart CEO Dave Girouard on Crowdfunding

David Drake is an early-stage equity expert and the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital. Getting through college is tough and even more so in a recession. The Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) estimates that Americans are currently carrying $165 billion worth of private student loans and nearly a total of $1.2 trillion worth of student debt. I recently spoke with Dave Girouard, former president of Google Enterprise and now the founder and CEO of Upstart, a crowdfunding service that helps people who are just starting their careers raise capital from backers in exchange for a small share…

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Byco micro-financing platform is crowdfunding Fashion’s Next Big Designers

Byco micro-financing platform is crowdfunding Fashion’s Next Big Designers

Jesse Finkelstein has created an online “one-stop-shop” for designers that facilitates production, with a little help from investors large and small Fashion design schools teach their students how to sketch a design, drape or tailor a piece of clothing, sew it together, and, eventually, create a coherent collection. What’s less taught are the nuts and bolts of what happens after the design process: sampling, production, distribution and financing, all of which can delay (or halt completely) the debut of a designer’s pieces. One way to correct this barrier, thought entrepreneur Jesse Finkelstein, was to create an online “one-stop-shop” for designers,…

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