Tag Archives: Kickstarter


Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… brew.

Best of the rest

Just scrolling through the Christmas entries on crowd funding site Kickstarter can provide hours of festive fun. Projects that have secured funding range from a holiday funk album ($15,000 raised) to a satirical, Oreo based, comedy video. Inexplicably though, the citizens of Chicago are yet to back a Klingon Christmas carol stage play.

All in all, it looks like there’s enough to keep crowdsourcing fans entertained (if not exactly well fed) this …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… remember the dead.

The site’s popularity is evident from the $40,000 it recently raised in a Kickstarter campaign. This means at least for now, it has enough money to carry on (before the campaign they came dangerously close to disappearing).

Homicide Watch definitely contributes to homicide investigations, but it would be naive to hope for Hollywood results. Homicide Watch won’t be premiering on CBS anytime soon, although considering how glamorous CSI managed to make laboratory …

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

Posted on by Matt-Kennedy Good

Last week we discussed the new JOBS Act, which allows startups in the US to use online crowds to raise funding. 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 . …

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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is a non-profit platform that lists individual fundraising projects (like a charitable version of Kickstarter). Organizations register, describe their cause and set a target for crowd funded donations. The HopeforJapan section of the site has over 60 projects listed. There’s something satisfyingly democratic about the way Crowdrise gives every fundraiser equal space. So the American Red Cross is listed next to sponsored fun runs and lemonade stands. Together, crowd efforts have raised …

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Making news pay: a pressing issue

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

The newspaper business has always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with the web. On the one hand, reporters now have instant access to the most magnificent research tool ever known to mankind. On the other hand, so does everybody else. Since 2007 an avalanche of free, online new sites (oh, and a global recession) have caused newspaper sales to plummet in the US and …

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