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Crowdfunding Hardware Startups in Germany

CrowdFundBeat.de Eric Schreyer, 18.06.2014 – Research-in-Progress Paper by Robin P.G. Tech, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany. Description: The key qustion raised in this research in progress paper is whether the development stage of a (hardware) startup can give an indication of the crowdfunding type it decides to choose. Throughout the paper, I empirically investigate the German crowdfunding landscape and link it to startups in the hardware sector, picking up the proposed notion of an emergent hardware renaissance. To identify the potential points of contact between crowdfunds and startups, an evaluation of different…

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7 Questions to Yoda

7 Questions to Yoda

Sozialmarketing.de Jörg Eisfeld-Reschke, 23.02.2014 – Interview with Yoda, Certified Fundraising Yedi. Certified Fundraising Yedi, you are. How did the Fundraising Force come over you? Force came over Yoda at young age. Yoda was born into long line of Master fundraisers, so strong was pressure to continue. Originally, Yoda wanted to be intergalactic veterinarian, helping creatures of all kinds. After some work with Save the Banthas fundraising campaign, Yoda knew his destiny. But passion to be fundraiser alone, not enough it is. Years of personal growth, meditation, dedication and learning, it takes to become strong fundraiser. Work…

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Crowdlending: Small, but Strong

Crowdlending: Small, but Strong

CrowdFundBeat.de Eric Schreyer, 09.02.2014 – Crowdlending 2013 data: The peer-to-peer lending industry has experineced 90 percent year-over-year growth, says the International Organisation of Security Commission (IOSC). Prosper leads the list of eight platforms with a 7.0 percent default rate while Zopa comes in lowest with a 0.2 percent default rate. “Quantitative easing in many jurisdictions has driven interest rates close to their zero lower bound. This in turn has driven a search for yield pushing investors towards alternative forms of income generation. In this climate, peer-to-peer lending has developed as a vehicle for borrowers to obtain a…

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Crowdfunding Guide for Media Professionals

Crowdfunding Guide for Media Professionals

European Crowdfunding Network, 24.01.2014 - This guide aims to help media professionals explore new opportunities to develop their business. Innovative ways of funding quality journalism and other media projects are one way to achieve the extra bit needed, as many examples across Europe proof already today. The Future Media Lab., in cooperation with the European Crowdfunding Network and the European Magazine Media Association, has developed this report in relation to a series of highly interactive, inspirational and educative workshops which bring participants up to speed on how to use crowdfunding within their own business context. Crowdfunding is a…

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Crowdfunding Seen Providing $65 Billion Boost to the Global Economy

Entrepreneur, 16.01.2014 - If you’ve been skeptical of all the crowdfunding buzz, consider this: By the end of 2014, crowdfunding is estimated to add at least 270,000 jobs and inject more than $65 billion into the global economy, according to estimates from crowdfunding platform Fundable. In eight months, Fundable has been able to help startups raise $50 million worth of commitments, either in the form of donation-based or equity crowdfunding. In donation-based crowdfunding, an individual solicits funds from a group and in exchange gives a gift, like a tote bag or product sample. Equity-based crowdfunding is where a…

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Leichtgläubigkeit und das Verhältnis zum Geld: Nebraska!

Leichtgläubigkeit und das Verhältnis zum Geld: Nebraska!

CrowdFundBeat.de Eric Schreyer, 19.01.2014 – In seinem neuen Film thematisiert Regisseur Alexander Payne zwei Phänomene: Leichtgläubigkeit und das Verhältnis des Menschen zum Geld. Auf den ersten Blick muss man das nicht mit Crowdfunding assoziieren. Aber wer sich mit dieser alternativen Finanzierungsform beschäftigt, sollte einen zweiten Blick riskieren. “Proletairsches Ödland”, so betitelt Michèle Wannaz in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung ihre Besprechung des Films: “Die eigentliche Thematik seines Films ist: Amerikas Verhältnis zum Geld. Als Vater und Sohn nämlich endlich am Ziel ankommen – dem Ort, an dem die Million ausbezahlt werden soll -, fragt die Frau am…

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Crowdfunding in China could be $50 billion business by 2025

Crowdfunding in China could be $50 billion business by 2025

By Vickie Elmer – Nov. 18, 2013 – The biggest crowdfunded project in China has drawn 5,533 donors and raised more than $200,000 to support an online cartoon series called “A Hundred Thousand Bad Jokes” on China’s first crowdfunding site, DemoHour. This is paltry sum compared to crowdfunding projects in the US, which have reached upwards of $10 million—but that is about to change. By 2025, crowdfunding in China could explode to $46 -$50 billion—about half the amount expected to be channeled to startups and businesses throughout the world, according to a new World Bank report…

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Sir David Attenborough launches first crowdfunding campaign to save mountain gorilla

Sir David Attenborough launches first crowdfunding campaign to save mountain gorilla

By Miranda Prynne, Sir David Attenborough has launched his first ever crowdfunding charity campaign to help save the mountain gorilla. The wildlife expert aims to raise £110,000 by December 11 to supportFauna & Flora International’s work in protecting the critically endangered species. Launching the fundraising drive, he said: “If we are to ensure the survival of mountain gorillas, it is vital that the global community supports our efforts.” Conservation charity Fauna & Flora work closely with local communities in African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda where the gorillas are found and…

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Crowdfunding and Innovation Management

Crowdfunding and Innovation Management

    By Owen Ray,  We all know the importance of continuous innovation, and around here we’ve been talking a lot about harnessing the power of the crowd to keep the idea machine running. Crowdsourcing is a great way to generate new ideas and solve tough problems, but it’s only a part of your innovation management process. With all of these ideas and solutions pouring in from the crowd, you’re eventually going to need to pony up some cash to execute on them. Again, involving the crowd to secure funding can not only nab some dough, but it can…

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Can Hardware Crowdfunding Site Dragon Innovation Outdo Generalists Like Kickstarter?

Can Hardware Crowdfunding Site Dragon Innovation Outdo Generalists Like Kickstarter?

BY LORA KOLODNY , WSJ manufacturing services firm called Dragon Innovation has launched a specialized crowdfunding site that allows select makers of consumer hardware to “pre-sell” their inventions online, including in large, wholesale volumes. Courtesy of Mimo The Mimo, a wearable baby monitor, is one of the hardware projects raising cash through Dragon Innovation. Unlike general crowdfunding platforms IndieGogo and Kickstarter, DragonInnovation.com runs strict due diligence research before allowing any entrepreneur to post a campaign and helps approved hardware makers refine their designs, determine the real costs of making their products in big batches, and set a realistic schedule…

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