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Google Maps Uses Crowdsourcing to Fill in Missing Data

Crowdsourcing is helping organizations fill in missing holes in information and come up with creative solutions to many of society’s problems.  Though Google is a data powerhouse, it has failed to create a map of North Korea until now. With … Continue reading

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State of International Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has become increasingly popular in the United States, especially since the passage of the JOBS Act. With the anticipation of equity crowdfunding and growth of perk-based crowdfunding, in general, the number of registered websites containing the word “crowdfund” has … Continue reading

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Avoid the Open Innovation Cliff

Last week, Innocentive, a global leader in open innovation and crowdsourcing, provided a webinar on how to “Avoid the Open Innovation Cliff.”  The webinar featured Reuben Oder, a former Proctor & Gamble executive, who spoke about the importance of open … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding in the Context of Social Entrepreneurship

Last week, from January 24-26, the Launcht team attended the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship second annual symposium focusing on social justice.  The goal of the symposium was to gather together students, educators, and practitioners to discuss and collaborate on social entrepreneurship … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Statistics to Consider

Last week the Economist released an infographic showing what works and doesn’t work on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. In 2012, over 18,000 unique projects were successfully funded on Kickstarter.  The total amount pledge to these projects, $320 million, was 200 … Continue reading

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State of Crowdsourcing: Super Bowl Ads

Companies are beginning to incorporate crowdsourcing into their advertising campaigns on both the local and national level. Crowdsourcing campaigns not only help companies innovate and come up with creative ideas, it also helps them engage with their fans on a … Continue reading

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Launcht Listed as a Leader in the Market in Forbes Article

In last week’s Forbes article, “Rich Man’s Crowdfunding,” Launcht was listed as a leader in the crowdfunding market. The article focuses on how equity crowdfunding technology will provide more opportunities for investment.  The passage of equity crowdfunding, as part of … Continue reading

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JOBS Act Webinar

Next Thursday, CEO Freeman White, along with other experts in the field will give an online presentation on the “Current State of the Rulemaking Process for the Investment Crowdfunding Portion of the JOBS Act.”  The webinar will provide an overview … Continue reading

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Launcht.org Campaign Makes an Immediate Impact

The Launcht.org campaign, Care for the Orphans of Kenya, was able to make an immediate impact on the children.  The funds raised–$241, though seemingly not a significant amount of money–were used to build the Launcht Community Centre School in a … Continue reading

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State of Crowdvoting: Business Plan Competitions

Universities and organizations are increasingly using crowdvoting and business plan competitions to distribute funds to promising entrepreneurs. Millions of dollars are awarded to competition finalists yearly.  The world’s largest graduate-level business plan competition at Rice University distributes more than $1.3 … Continue reading

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