Crowdfunding

Hipster Periscopes: The Latest Tech Trend For Idiots

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Tech

Have you ever wanted to see the world from the perspective of a child? Have you ever wanted to wander around town looking like a cardboard emu with...

The Inventor Of Operation Needs Money For An Operation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Tech

The inventor of the classic and much-loved children's game, Operation, has found himself in a dire financial crisis where he can't afford an operation...

Does a Dedicated ISA Make Peer to Business Lending More Appealing?

Sean O'Meara | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Tech
Sean O'Meara

This would effectively create a hybrid kind of ISA, one which blends the benefits of both cash and shares. But for someone considering peer-to-peer lending to amplify a modest savings portfolio, is the extra potential return worth the exposure?

How Can Fans Invest In Bands?

Paul Piggott | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Piggott

Imagine a world where a young fan of a new band has the choice between buying a t-shirt, or a download, or a vinyl... or a share in a new band that could generate a return on investment and possibly a significant one...

Who's Leading the Crowd? The British

Nicola Horlick | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK
Nicola Horlick

We Brits have a rapidly developing alternative finance sector, and specifically crowdfunding. This sector, in an era when banks on both sides of the Atlantic are failing borrowers and savers alike, is as necessary as it is cutting-edge and cool.

Crowdfunding: A Lifeline to Small Businesses or an Expensive Way to Gamble?

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Tech
Sir Michael Snyder

Why do funders choose to invest in this way? Because they like the product or idea that is pitched to them and want to support a business they believe in? Perhaps too because they think money can be made out of it. But potential equity investors should remember that funding of this type is essentially a lottery.

Crowd-Fund Me to Hawaii!

Naomi Kerbel | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Tech
Naomi Kerbel

The couple had set up a page and received 21 donations totalling $1,200 to pay for their flights. Whoop whoop for Jen and Jeff. And what about the backers? What did they get? Perhaps a warm fuzzy feeling that they'd helped a young couple get a spot on a sun lounger. Otherwise nothing.

Meet The Students Turning To Crowdfunding To Pay For Their Degrees

The Huffington Post UK | Ben Jackson | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Hubbub are well known for showcasing those seeking money to pay for creative projects and business ventures...

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

301+ Interviews: Geek Crash Course

Mat Greenfield | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Tech
Mat Greenfield

The geek shall inherit the Earth, but for now we just dominate popular entertainment. In a world where properties in traditionally "geek" genres have become the heart of billion-dollar franchises, spanning multiple interconnecting mediums and calling back to decades-old source material, it can be hard for new fans to catch up...

The Truth About Foreign Aid

Holly Alsop | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Holly Alsop

The aid and development sectors work hard to promote and maintain an air of importance and legitimacy, but there are some hard truths that we need to face if the industry is to grow and address the huge challenges we, as a global community, continue to come up against - climate change and the increased frequency of natural disasters, unhindered economic growth causing environmental and social deterioration and the rise of political fundamentalism, just to name a few.

The Line - £141,000 Raised in Less Than Eight Weeks

Megan Piper | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Megan Piper

You may have read that The Line successfully reached its crowdfunding target on Friday 28th March. What you won't have read is the nail-biting rollercoaster that was the mad dash to the deadline...

An Extreme Beginner's Guide to Composing Movie Scores

Tim Thornton | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Way back in the rainy summer of 2010 - when Wikileaks was busy leaking, a volcano in Iceland was busy erupting and Gordon Brown was busy packing - my old university chum Damian Samuels contacted me to say he was making a short film.

Top 10 Learnings from Designs of the Year 2014

Jonathan Hall | Posted 14.06.2014 | 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 24.05.2014 | 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 21.05.2014 | 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?

Meditation:HereNowNeverNowhere

Jenny Tonge | Posted 21.05.2014 | 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.

Crowdeating

Sian Breslin | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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 20.04.2014 | 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.