Top 10 Learnings from Designs of the Year 2014

Jonathan Hall | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan Hall

The Designs of the Year awards and exhibition at London's Design Museum offers plenty of food for thought for marketers.

How New 'Crowdspeaking' Site Thunderclap Is Revolutionising Online Awareness Raising

Hilary Wardle | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Tech
Hilary Wardle

If enough people share the same information at once, there's a good chance that the update about that project could become a trending topic on Twitter or Facebook. It could even go viral.

The Emotional Exhaustion of a Kickstarter Campaign

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arvind Ethan David

Some 72 hours ago, David Baddiel, Stratford East and I launched our Kickstarter campaign, for Infidel - the Musical! In the weeks before this decision was reached, long debates were had. Was it odd, unseemly even, to be asking strangers and fans for money?


Jenny Tonge | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jenny Tonge

So, in Berlin and London, we are busy with getting the film off the ground. 4 am wake up calls, with meditation and bowing, followed by 6am breakfasts. We, currently 2 nations, 6 children, 3 ex-partners, numerous friends, and bits of Hollywood, are all working on this, this film HereNowNeverNowhere. It is pulling together the strengths of a patchwork family.


Sian Breslin | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Sian Breslin

What do I mean by crowdeating? Well only the fact that following the herd is the easiest route to take and this is the same with food. For years, it has been following the herd to McDonalds, the frozen food aisle in Tesco or the world of over sugared, calorific goodness.

P2P and Crowdfunding Could be a Car Crash Waiting to Happen

Christian Faes | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Faes

There is a lot of hype about the future potential of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. The US has shown the huge potential with platforms such as Lending Club and Prosper lending billions of dollars a year.

Crowdsourcing: Just a Trend of a Real Game-Changer?

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Mark Esposito

Last June, David Cameron announced a £1m Longitude Prize for the invention of the next penicillin, airplane or world wide web. The name, Longitude Pr...

Could Crowdfunding Be the Answer for Female Entrepreneurs?

Niamh Corbett | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Niamh Corbett

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise. Inexorably so. But the debate has moved beyond merely encouraging women to set up their own businesses, to how we can best support and nurture female-led scalable start-ups... Could crowdfunding be the solution?

Crowdfunding: A New Horizon

Tony Mckenna | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Tony Mckenna

You might have already heard of Crowdfunding - the phenomenon by which an idea for a project or invention is relayed to the public, usually via the internet, in order to attract funds and become a reality. This year it has hit the mainstream with a bang - with celebrities such as Zach Braff and James Franco using it as a way to attain revenue for their own movie projects.

Best of 2013 Part One: Funding Ethical Fashion Democratically

Christine de Leon | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

There are hundreds of fashion projects on both of the major crowdfund platforms that are leveraging online financial support from friends, family and total strangers. Included in the mix are a small but significant number of social entrepreneurs who are using crowdfunding as a way to marry up fashion creativity with sustainable and ethical projects.

Comedy, Crowdfunding, and Chutzpah...

Arnold Brown | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Arnold Brown

We have to raise £9,000 by the 12 December - and if we don't reach our goal, we won't get a penny. So if anyone out there has any money they want to launder, we're not fussy where it comes from.

Crowdfunding: Cutting Edge or 21st Century Begging?

Helen Lederer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Helen Lederer

The fearless and somewhat pioneering sprit that got me in to stand-up comedy all those years ago is now nudging me into the bosom of crowdfunding. Like most fiscal virgins I'm blushing in anticipation.

Why Babyboomers Don't Really Understand the Internet

Hannah Lippitt | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Hannah Lippitt

The Boomers don't always seem to understand that over the last few years there's been a significant shift away from the belief that the State will be with us all from cradle-to-grave and that now there's a visceral, unspoken understanding among a proportion of their children, that things won't be so easy for them.

Move Over Private Jets, Check Out This Luxury 'Private Van'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

Businesspeople keen to travel the roads in luxury could rent their own private Mercedes as a "mobile office", thanks to a new business venture. The...

George Galloway to Target Tony Blair in Upcoming Documentary

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Respect MP, George Galloway, has succeeded in raising over £160,000 via crowdfunding to finance a documentary on Tony Blair - The Killing Of Tony Bla...

The Board Game Renaissance

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

Welcome to our digital future - everything binary and ethereal. Our lives in the cloud. Relationships conducted via avatar, conversations via Facebook and debates via Twitter. No need for the physical, the digital is the real world now. Or so some would have us believe.

Why a Minority of the Wealthy Disapprove of the Majority

John Nickson | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
John Nickson

How mean are the rich in Britain? Why should we bothered about what they do with their money, whether or not they pay tax or are philanthropic? Who cares? The answer is surprising for some of the richest people in Britain are furious with their peers who do not give and pay tax.

Honesty Pays Off As Homeless Boston Man Discovers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

A homeless man from Boston has been feted for a selfless act of honesty when he returned thousands of dollars to their rightful owner. Glen James,...

Crowd Funding: More Fun Than a Flexi-rate

Reuben Sagar | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Tech
Reuben Sagar

Crowd Funding is making the most of the same opportunity. Big investors are, on the whole, jaded; having had a torrid few years with tech investments. The guys at the bottom however are in many ways if not more optimistic at least more bullish.

Impoverished Graduate Invents Incredible Fish Eye Camera, Becomes World Success, Pays Off Debts

PA | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A cash strapped graduate who built a specialist digital camera from scratch because he could not afford one is celebrating after paying off a large ch...

Peer-to-Peer Lending Likely to Continue its March Into the Mainstream

Christian Faes | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK
Christian Faes

Peer-to-peer lending is one of the most exciting developments of recent modern finance. It is also the chance for finance to become democratised, as investors themselves decide who to lend to, and what a borrower is charged.

Is Crowdfunding the Way Forward for Indie Films?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

"I put up on my blog that I had written a movie script titled LUCIA, and was looking for investors," remarks Pawan. "I gave the audience the option to put in little chunks of money in the project, the idea was to make a good movie which was purely an artist's work and was free of market pressures. I was able to raise 51lakhs (£ 55,584) in just 27 days."

Pledge and Be Damned

Simon Napier-Bell | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Napier-Bell

Crowdfunding, I thought, "what better than to try it myself?" In reality, there were few other options. I could throw away the book and get on with being a businessman; pay to publish it myself or put it on Amazon where it would get a digital sale and no one would really know if it was a success or not - in other words I could avoid losing face. But all three sounded cowardly.

Teen's Plea To Help Her Pursue Acting Dream

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who dreams of being an actress is desperately trying to raise money to fund her education after she won a place at a prestigious acting sch...

Let's Create a Brighter 'Funding Future' for SMEs

Derek Uittenbroek | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK
Derek Uittenbroek

In a world where bank loans are getting smaller and government initiatives have limitations in terms of their effectiveness in supporting SMEs, crowdsourcing stepped in as the social media answer to the SME funding question.