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Crowdfunding Brazilians seek to finance Independent Reporters

Crowdfunding Brazilians seek to finance Independent Reporters

Publica, a non-profit investigative reporting and journalism agency in Brazil, has launched its first crowdfunding project. Publica will distribute ten grants of 6 thousand reais (2,500 US dollars) for investigative projects chosen by the public. The competition’s purpose is to expand the grants given to independent reporters and at the same time increase participation of the public, which will participate as an editorial board formed by those who contribute with crowdfunding. According to Natalia Viana, director of Publica, it is a journalist’s dream: O trabalho vai no sentido inverso dos portais de notícia convencionais: eles negam a informação para o público liberando-a apenas para quem pagar…

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Crowdfunding: 3 Things You Should NEVER do!

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By Matt Cooke, Founder/CEO of Crowd Fund Buzz 1. Don’t set a monetary goal higher than you actually need People who are new to crowdfunding often make the mistake of setting a monetary goal higher than what they actually need. Frequent scenario: Crowdfunder needs $50,000, but figures an extra $25,000 would be nice, too. Don’t do this. Having a high goal can cause your project to get off to a slow start. It can also cause potential backers to feel you have an unrealistic goal. This mistake is made more often on sites like Indiegogo where the crowdfunder receives all of the funds raised versus sites…

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Google Glass guides from South African company

Google Glass guides from South African company

Cape Town’s Tourism Radio has turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in the hopes of launching interactive audio travel guides for Google Glass. Tourism Radio has turned to US crowd-funding website Kickstarter in an effort to raise £35 000 (R530 000) to fund the development of travel guides for Google Glass. Based in Cape Town, Tourism Radio was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Mark Allewell. The company produces location-aware audio travel guides for 20 of the world’s most-visited cities and has offices in South Africa, New Zealand and Spain. Those who back the Kickstarter project, which went live on Tuesday, will receive differing numbers of the eventual city guides, depending…

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How To Get Random Strangers To Pick Up The Tab For Your Medical Bills

How To Get Random Strangers To Pick Up The Tab For Your Medical Bills

Crowdfunding websites are all the rage these days. Celebrities and entrepreneurs alike have turned to sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to finance their next big idea with micro-donations from the public. But we’re always intrigued to hear stories of people who have found ways to pay for more practical needs as well. Boston newlyweds Patrick and Jessica Kensky were among dozens of spectators injured during April’s tragic Boston marathon bombing. They were lucky to have survived the attack, but both sustained major leg injuries that required amputations just below the knee. They needed hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical treatment in a very short time, so family friends decided…

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UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited are inviting small investors to be part of their story by backing their work through crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. The team have released a project to manufacture a poster, with printed smart-phone-like capacitive touch. The user simply touches the poster and hears the drums; it’s that simple. In return for their support, investors will receive a fully functional interactive poster from Novalia’s first, full scale production run. The project offers two different versions; the first connects via Bluetooth to an app running on an iPhone or iPad & plays the drums wirelessly through the iOS device. The second is a standalone…

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