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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As a long-time Apple Fanboy, I’ve done my fair share of preaching from the book of Jobs. But since He passed away/ascended into heaven, many people have been wondering if Apple can continue to delight the world with groundbreaking products. The iPhone 5 was a crucial test for the new leaders of the world’s most valuable company. So far the results have been less than …


Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… an interesting question: if Tesla had crowdfunded his research instead of relying on impatient big wigs, would we now be free from the tyranny of endless power cables (and have an unlimited supply of hats )? Is crowdfunding the key to unlocking the potential of the misunderstood geniuses of the world?

Igor! Check the KickStarter page!

One of the best things about crowdfunding is it gives inventors and innovators access to millions of new investors. Crowdfunding gives even the maddest …


Could equity based crowdfunding pay for your retirement (and save the world)?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… you will have guessed by now, the alternative we are coming to is crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is a big deal: globally the 450 or so crowdfunding platforms raised $1.5bn last year. This figure that is expected to double in 2012.

So far most of this funding has been in return for rewards (like merchandise) or simply donations. Crowdfunding platforms, for the most part, have been unable to offer equity in companies by securities laws, so opportunity for ‘real’ investment has been limited. …

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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

I’d like to start with a confession: when I’m not thinking about crowdsourcing, I’m busy being a huge geek. Not trendy geek chic, unfortunately, but the old fashioned type (a trendsetter maybe?). Read on bearing this in mind.

My main vice is Magic: the Gathering , a role-play card game where players are magically-dueling wizards. The only game pieces are cards which …

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Predicting the Facebook IPO: The crowd gets it wrong

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… that someone should create a forum where pundits could register their predictions before the big day. Although share markets are notoriously irrational, in a way it makes a lot of sense. Who better to predict something based on the whims of a crowd than a crowd?

When voting closed, a total of 2,261 Twitter users had predicted a price of $54. This was nearly $16 above the first day closing price of $38.60 (before dropping to a downright disastrous low of $30.94). Even billionaires make …

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