Author Archives: Fritz Parker

Reflecting on a Whirlwind of a Crowdfunding Internship

When I accepted Freeman’s offer to join the Launcht team as an intern back in February, I had little idea what I was getting myself into. I was familiar with crowdfunding — mainly, I will admit, with the big third-party … Continue reading

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Weekly News Round-Up: Another Big-Name University Takes to Crowdfunding

As the summer starts to heat up, so does the crowdfunding news. While you were enjoying the Fourth of July weekend, we were monitoring the headlines and scouring the blogosphere for the latest crowdfunding developments. Here are a few highlights: … Continue reading

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A Look at the International Crowdfunding Market

The vast majority of the news stories that we cover on the blog are centered in the United States, and rightly so: the North American continent accounted for $3.7 billion of the $5.1 billion global crowdfunding market in 2013, according … Continue reading

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Weekly News Round-Up: More Problems with PayPal and an Update on Civic Crowdfunding

The upcoming July Fourth holiday means that it’s a well-deserved short week here at Launcht, but that doesn’t mean we’re taking our eyes off of the crowdfunding newswires. Here are a pair of storylines that have been getting press over … Continue reading

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Youtube’s Creator Features and the Future of Platform-Free Crowdfunding

Less than a month ago, I reported on a few recent crowdfunding developments which suggest that the industry is headed in the direction of favoring platform-free services over the traditional platform-based models that consumers are so familiar with. Now add … Continue reading

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StartingBloc Returns to Boston in 2014

StartingBloc — a Launcht partner organization which equips aspiring social entrepreneurs with the tools to create change in the world — recently returned to Boston for a five-day institute, one of five that they will host in 2014. “Boston has … Continue reading

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The Rise (and Fall) of Niche Crowdfunding

It all sounds pretty good in theory: local, self-hosted platforms that serve one specific niche in the overall crowdfunding market. These platforms could consolidate all of the crowdfunding traffic in their chosen community or demographic — be it cat lovers, … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding in the Developing World

Back in October, the World Bank issued a formal report on the potential impact of crowdfunding in the developing world. That report presented an optimistic vision of effective, democratic funding which could help remedy some of the greatest hurdles that … Continue reading

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Monday News Round-Up: Kick Off Your Week World-Cup Style

If you’ve been living on this planet during the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that many of your friends and co-workers have suddenly turned into life-long football (i.e. soccer) fans. Whether or not you’ve caught the bug, we’ve found … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding University Research: Keeping Politics out of Science

When Susan Nagel — a professor and researcher at the University of Missouri — sought funding for a project on the environmental and public-health impacts of hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking,’ as it is commonly known), she ran into some not-so-unexpected … Continue reading

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