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Clash of the crowdfunding platforms

Clash of the crowdfunding platforms

Equity crowdfunding – which enables armchair investors to buy shares in private companies online – has been growing rapidly over the past two years. Sites like Crowdcube and Seedrs allow people like you and me to look at business plans online and decide which one we want to invest in. Like the fire-breathers of Dragons’ Den, we can solemnly declare to our computer screen, ‘And for that reason, I’m out.’ Or of course, decide that the business is worth a £50 punt (minimum contributions actually start at £10). Cutting out banks and institutional investors, equity crowdfunding puts ordinary people in contact with ambitious businesses – both start-ups and established…

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KnowRoaming stickers cling to your SIM, aim to kill roaming charges

KnowRoaming stickers cling to your SIM, aim to kill roaming charges

A new crowdfunding project is aiming to reduce mobile roaming costs and allow you to take advantage of local networks when you’re travelling, simply by attaching a sticker to your SIM card. While you’re at home, the KnowRoaming sticker remains discreetly dormant, but automatically and seamlessly switches to a local provider on your arrival in a new country. This means that instead of paying international rates, you’ll pay local rates, which can reduce roaming costs by up to 85 percent. If you have friends, family or business contacts in the country you’re travelling in, you can also purchase a local number that will allow them to call you…

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Orsto Ltd. Launches Crowdfunding Project For The PLUS+ Watch Bliss And Dynamic On FundAnything.com

Orsto Ltd. Launches Crowdfunding Project For The PLUS+ Watch Bliss And Dynamic On FundAnything.com

With a goal of $100,000 Orsto Ltd. based in Durham, England has launched a crowdfunding campaign on FundAnything.com, the new platform partly owned by business mogul Donald Trump.  Happy to be one of the pioneering projects on the business mogul’s site dedicated to effectively raising money for noteworthy projects Orsto Ltd. has put its newest project front and center.  The PLUS+ Watch Bliss and Dynamic, otherwise known as two distinctive products of next generation wearable technology, are the first of their kind in the marketplace.  Hoping to garner the eye of Donald Trump himself to become one of the coveted “Trump’s Picks” Orsto Ltd. developers power…

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Web ad killer AdBlock launches crowdfunding initiative

Web ad killer AdBlock launches crowdfunding initiative

AdBlock, the company behind the AdBlock Chrome extension that block out Internet advertising, is going meta after it launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise a minimum of $25,000 for an advertising campaign of its own. AdBlock has launched a 30 day donation push to finance a promotional campaign that will use the very medium that it restricts: Web ads. “We’re going to use ads to get rid of ads,” the campaign page explains. “We will use the money raised to make AdBlock banner ads and video commercials, and we will show these across the Internet to people who don’t have AdBlock.” The donation page quietly went live this weekend —…

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Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Thanks to the JOBS Act and the rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the parade of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding has gone mainstream. However, according to the minds behind Crowdtilt — the Y Combinator-incubated platform that caters to the many types of “group fundraising” that fall outside the purview of Kickstarter — this is just Phase One. The Crowdfunding Era is just beginning. While the Kickstarters and Indiegogos continue to dominate headlines in the crowdfunding space, a growing set of niche platforms have emerged to handle the spillover from projects that don’t fit under the traditional umbrella. And some are bypassing platforms altogether: Star Citizen, a…

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