Tag Archives: Investment

Trillion Fund: where normal people can invest (and save the world)

Posted on by Matt-Kennedy Good

… We noted the huge potential this has for not just the crowdfunding industry and startups, but the investment world as a whole.

One platform that is planning to take advantage of these new laws (the UK is set to follow the US later this year) is Trillion Fund. Trillion Fund’s modest goal is to eventually raise a trillion dollars for sustainable energy projects. Just as ambitious is the fund’s goal of raising it in small increments from people looking to invest modest amounts of money. …

Tags: business crowdfunding crowdsourcing Investment JOBS Act Kickstarter microtask Mutual fund Renewable energy Western Europe

, , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is unlikely to yield much greater returns – assuming you don’t lose it altogether. Managed investment funds promise the world, but seem to specialize more in hidden fees than delivering returns.

Crowdfunding a new era

As 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 …

Tags: Barack Obama business crowdfunding crowdsourcing Investment JOBS Act Kickstarter Law microtask Mutual fund

, , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… kick its butt!” In a world that sometimes seems overrun by bloodthirsty dictators and soulless investment bankers, it’s nice to know that humanity isn’t going to hell in a ’78 Pinto just yet.

Con: Another avenue for fraudsters

For as long as charitable causes have existed, so too have fraudsters. GoFundMe is up front about the possibility that causes may be fake, and advises against donating to unknown people. Even so, it seems many people do donate to strangers. One hopes their …

, , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… more originality in the designs and (more importantly) plenty of exposure. Oh, and $5.5m worth of investment and sales upwards of $11m.

Of course, as readers of this blog know, Minted is by no means the first contest crowdsourcing site to net big investments. Proud solvers of the world’s hardest problems Kaggle, recently netted $11m. Another $3m has just gone to Design Crowd.

If these numbers are raising your eyebrows, then you’re not alone. Whether such sites are just a passing …

, , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… even subjective questions on pretty much any subject. With a bit of imagination (and some serious investment) VizWiz could be developed from a simple identification tool into a unique visually-aided Q&A service. Now that really would be something worth seeing.

, , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment