Impact Crowdfunding – Good Deeds In A Wicked World

Impact Crowdfunding – Good Deeds In A Wicked World

One of the trends in the burgeoning United Kingdom crowdfunding market has been the arrival of specialist platforms focusing on ventures delivering social, environmental or scientific benefits. The emerging players include Abundance Generation, which has so far facilitated the funding of five renewable energy projects within the UK. On this platform, investors commit cash via 20-25 year transferrable debentures (debt instruments) and these...

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This New Kind of Kickstarter Could Change Everything: Internal Crowdfunding Mimics Kickstarter Within Companies

This New Kind of Kickstarter Could Change Everything: Internal Crowdfunding Mimics Kickstarter Within Companies

What if you got to decide your company’s next big project instead of the boss? Some companies are beginning to cede the reins of control to their workers, and they’re looking to an unlikely source as inspiration: crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. Crowdfunding has risen to prominence in recent years as a way for great ideas from ordinary people to receive both attention and financial backing. Now businesses are trying to adapt this...

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Crowdbuilding: The Real Story Behind Crowdfunding That No One's Telling

Crowdbuilding: The Real Story Behind Crowdfunding That No One's Telling

With all the negativity and skepticism swirling around the SEC’s recent proposition to liberalize the laws of equity crowdfunding, it’s time for some contrarian content that sheds some more positive light on the topic. For those of you who have not been keeping current with recent developments, in 2012, the JOBS Act was signed into law as an attempt to stimulate job growth in the US by encouraging investments in small and medium...

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'Jump' charging cable smashes crowdfunding target

'Jump' charging cable smashes crowdfunding target

A compact smartphone battery pack that charges itself every time you charge your phone has smashed its crowdfunding target on Kickstarter, after receiving significant media attention at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The device, known as Jump, consists of a 800mAh battery attached to a smartphone charging cable. It connects to a USB port at one end and a smartphone charging port at the other. Using so-called AutoCharge...

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Ethics and Values in Crowdfunding

Ethics and Values in Crowdfunding

In a recent piece for the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, I discussed the ethical limits of crowdfunding: should platforms host campaigns that promote hatred? How should they handle campaigns that are legally dubious? Should they be worried about their success crowding out the activities of other worthy organizations? I made the argument that platforms can play a positive role in shaping the kinds of crowdfunding campaigns that succeed on...

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