Crowd Finance

Collaborative or decentralized models of finance and investing, including equity crowdfunding, reward crowdfunding, crowd currencies, peer-to-peer lending and peer-to-peer commerce.

What is the Potential of The Crowd Economy?

What is the crowd economy? You may know it as the sharing or collaborative economy that presents an economic opportunity for ordinary citizens to monetize idle resources like an extra bedroom, tools or their car. But it also includes crowdfunding, crowdsourced...

Top 10 Crowdfunders for Equity USA

Here are our 2013 preliminary top US crowd funders contestants pending the legalization of Crowd Funding for Equity under the JOBS Act.  We will do a follow up article in a months time to show additional names and order of strength between the leading brands in North...

Kickstarter Project of the Month: Badass Socks

Crowdfunding has the potential to change the way we look at careers. Today you can quit your job. birth an idea and actually build it. The story of badass socks starts with two friends who quit their jobs at LivingSocial, spent 12 weeks learning web development at dev...

Future of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has been an increasingly talked about topic for several years in various contexts, even though the biggest applications and value are just being created. Since HR 3606, commonly known as the JOBS Act, was written into law in April 2012 in the US, many...

Biased Crowd Funding: “Invest in a Younger You”

AlumniFunder is a new crowd funding startup based out of Los Angeles. They connect alumni at top universities like Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, MIT with entrepreneurs and innovators who are still in school. They are building a marketplace for disruptive...

The Rise of Disintermediated Crowdfunding

One Friday morning a few months back, the creators of Lockitron, an innovative deadbolt system controlled by your smartphone, were rejected by the folks over at Kickstarter. The following week, the Lockitron team formed a plan: they would launch Lockitron on their own...

Crowd Empowered Microfinance

  Below is a preview of a chapter I wrote on Crowd Empowered Microfinance in the forthcoming book Microfinance in Developing Countries, edited by Jean-Paul Gueyie, Ronny Manos, and Jacob Yaron. Microfinance is a multi-billion dollar industry with a rich history...

Crowdfunding is Propelling Social Innovation

Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds — from working conditions and education to community development and health — and that extend and strengthen civil society. Social media and the internet...