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9 crowdfunding websites to help you change the world. – Webdistortion

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posted in: Business by: Paul Anthony

For many people, the thought of taking significant financial risk holds them back from jumping head-long into launching the idea that has been stuck in the recesses of their head. This little collection of crowdfunding websites and web applications are designed to take the risk out of that creativity and innovation, allowing even the little guy to do something amazing.

Who needs venture capital funding to get their idea off the ground? If you’ve been holding back because of it, you might just find there’s help out there, fueled by the community, and managed by some of these fantastic sites, which can help you fund your idea, business startup or music project.

KickStarter

URL: http://www.kickstarter.com/

KickStarter has received quite a bit of publicity recently for its efforts. Most notably the open source facebook alternative Diaspora managed to raise $10,000 in just 39 days, proving that the concept had legs, and that crowdfunding as a concept has the community well and truly behind it. It’s not just software projects that the site caters for, out of all the current activity on the site, software is probably the most dull – as creatives around the world have embraced it as a way to realise spectacular dreams. With everything from life sized mousetrap games to one man’s cultural journey across Mexico KickStarter has clearly captured the imagination of its audience.

As far as the rules for funding goes, KickStarter keeps things simple. In order to receive the funding needed, a project must reach or exceed its funding goal or no money changes hands. If you do manage to reach your goal, 5% is taken from the

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I’m A Startup — Why Am I Being Inundated With Cloud Providers?

Entrepreneurs: a Source of Expertise and Inspiration

Gigaom

We at GigaOM believe entrepreneurs are more than a source for news — they are a source of expertise and inspiration. Expertise and inspiration that should be shared as far and wide as possible. After all, many ideas that work for a small, sleep-deprived team in a company that is keeping a vigilant eye on its burn rate will not only work for your team, but they can help you be more nimble and effective.

With that in mind, we proudly unveil the pilot episode of GigaOM’s new ongoing video series, “See Founders Run.” No, we don’t take them out for a quick 5k jog (note to self: totally do a foot race video show). Rather, we sit down with startup founders and other entrepreneurs and find out how they run different aspects of their companies so that we can pass that firsthand knowledge on to you.

In our inaugural…

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Mobify launches tablet optomisation tool for websites

Gigaom

Tablets are finding their way into more homes, and they’re proving to be quite the ecommerce tool, helping boost sales for many retailers better than desktop and smartphones in some cases. But many big sites aren’t optimized for tablets; instead, relying on native tablet apps or just the regular desktop site.

Mobify, a Vancouver, Canada-based startup, is betting that companies are prepared to optimize their websites for tablet use in much the same way many have modified their sites to be consumed on smartphones. The company, which already helps optimize 20,000 websites for mobile phone usage, is releasing a tablet-optimization product that makes it easy for a site to convert to a more tablet-friendly design. Mobify joins other HTML5 publishing solutions like OnSwipe and Pressly that are helping websites optimize for tablets.

The Mobify tablet product simplifies the layout, reduces load times, optimizes text and introduces a gesture-based UI. Sites…

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Product evaluation and negotiation skills

BA Expat

In my first post of this series, I wrote about some common myths that stop would-be entrepreneurs. This post outlines how to make a list of potential product ideas, determine which one is best, and get the ball rolling on finding a supplier.

Since you’re reading a blog post about starting your own business, we’ve already established that you aren’t satisfied with hate your job because:

  • your boss is an idiot
  • you don’t get paid enough
  • you work too many hours
  • you’re underappreciated
  • you’re bored
  • all of the above

I’m going to give you a crash course in idea generation and product development. It’s not the risky, dark art that “they” want you to think it is – once you know the key steps and some good tools, it’s as easy as…dealing with China.

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Habits Are The New Viral: Why Startups Must Be Behavior Experts

The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Learn

BA Expat

I’ve never really been one to follow the masses or participate in the rigid march of conformity. I sold candy on the black market in 5th grade, started an auto parts company when I was 16, skipped my senior year of high school, and was on a one-way flight to Vegas during my college graduation.

At age 23, I was making plenty of money and was only working a few hours a day. It was every guy’s dream – living in Sin City, improving my Call of Duty skills with previously undiscovered dedication, and embracing a general lack of responsibility that I hadn’t experienced since…well, college. So, after a year in Vegas, I took the next logical step – I moved back to New Jersey (where I grew up),  started working for the family business, and signed a 15 month lease with a new girlfriend that I met on Match.com.

Wait…

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Entrepreneur Spotlight – Hippie Chow by smallfoodbiz on February 24, 2012

Small Food Business

hippie_chow_granolaHippie Chow is, as the name suggests, a little ‘granola.’  In fact, it is granola – handmade with all-natural ingredient goodness granola!  In a food catagory as competative as granola though getting noticed can be tough.  Which is why, when learning that Valerie Jennings managed to take her small company from a startup farmers’ market business to being carried nationwide by a gourmet retailer in just a matter of months, we wanted to know more.   

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Start-up Now – Insights from the 2011 Seedcamp teams | CubeSocial

Start-up Now – Insights from the 2011 Seedcamp teams

Posted on January 31, 2012 by Mark Bower

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inShareWhat did you do in 2011?

Like hundreds of entrepreneurs around Europe, we spent 2011 building, pitching and growing our own tech start-up: CubeSocial.

Towards the end of the year we decided we’d like to share what we had learned with other aspiring entrepreneurs.

What you see here is the result of that work… a ground-up initiative by a group of around 40 passionate start-ups that all took part in Seedcamp during 2011 and have come together to share their experiences and learnings. You can download the ebook here for free. Our gift to you. There’s also an easily embeddable version here.

Please pass this book on to anyone you think might find it useful. Tweet it. Blog about it. Share the information as widely as possible.

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