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Remix Summit

What's Next for Crowdfunding?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WNYC
Companies like Indiegogo and Kickstarter share their insights on the trends that are shaping the future crowdsourced financing.

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Money Talking

Six-Year High School Answer for Tomorrow's Workers?

Friday, October 25, 2013

In a visit to Brooklyn Friday, President Obama will honor the innovative new education model at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, P-Tech for short. Is it the answer for preparing kids to be tomorrow's workers?

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On The Media

One Way To Make Money: Ask People For It

Friday, August 30, 2013

This year has seen big crowd-funding successes, as films by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and actor Zach Braff were put into production based on pledges from fans. Brooke talks crowdfunding past and future with Roman Mars, host of the show 99% Invisible, who used Kickstarter to fund his third season.

 

Citizen King - Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)

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New Tech City

Making it Easier for Start-ups To Raise Money

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted to make it easier for private companies, start-ups, hedge funds, just about any privately-held company looking to raise money to advertise to the public.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crowdfunding Civic Projects

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Erin Barnes, co-founder and executive director of ioby.org, and Dong-Ping Wong, a founding partner of the design firm Family and one of the designers behind +POOL, discuss the crowd funding of civic projects--including the +POOL and public projects funded through ioby.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Byron Dorgan; Marriage Advice; Crowdfunding Civic Projects

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) is here to analyze national politics and to talk about his new novel, Gridlock. Plus: Emily Yoffe, the Dear Prudence advice columnist for Slate, is back for marriage week to offer advice to listeners on monogamy, infidelity and open marriages; the Bradley Manning trial and the latest out of Guantanamo Bay; and crowdfunding civic projects. 

On The Media

One Way To Make Money: Ask People For It

Friday, May 10, 2013

This month saw two big crowd-funding successes, as films by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and actor Zach Braff were put into production based on pledges from fans. Brooke talks crowdfunding past and future with Roman Mars, host of the show 99% Invisible, who used Kickstarter to fund his third season.

 

Citizen King - Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)

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New Tech City

Restarting a Business After Sandy, Growing a Business Globally

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

When it comes to growing a business, sometimes it’s about looking to new horizons, and other times, it’s simply about trying to hold on to what you have.

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Transportation Nation

Kansas City Citizens Fund Civic Project with Donations

Friday, November 16, 2012

Streetcar operating southbound on Main Street at 19th Street, Kansas City, MO (Photo via Kansas City Area Transportation Authority)

(Russel Newlove, Kansas City -- Marketplace) After being denied a federal grant, Kansas City, MO intends to raise the money for a new streetcar system by passing around a hat. The idea is that instead of demanding more tax to fund projects, cities ask the public to donate whatever they want, in return for rewards or perks.

That's the theory behind Neighborly, a new civic crowdfunding start up in Kansas City, MO.

"It helps these communities pool together money from individual contributors, businesses and foundations and institutions," says Jase Wilson, founder of Neighborly.

His idea is simple. Organizations propose a project that benefits the community. Neighborly then builds a system online allowing the public to donate directly to that project. The bigger the donation, the bigger the perk. Right now, he's working on getting local businesses involved in raising $75 million for the new streetcar system.

"If they're located near the line, then they can pre-buy rides for all of their workforce," Wilson says, "and when you talk about a company that has a thousand people, and they can pre-buy rides for say five years, they can write that off in five different ways off of their taxes and get golden PR while doing a world of good."

But it's not just about amassing cash. It's about investing in communities and raising awareness of how individuals, organizations and businesses can work together to improve their areas.

Kansas City Mayor, Sly James, is on board. "Neighborly has done a number of things that have found ways to engage people in the fabric of the community and make actual contributions in order to achieve very specific social or community purposes," James says, "It' s a brilliant idea."

It's brilliance lies in the visibility of the project. Instead of just paying into a vague "tax" pot, contributors invest in a tangible product.

"It allows people to pick and choose those things that are important to them and make direct investments to it," says the Mayor.

And while it might not replace the traditional revenue raising model of simple taxation, Neighborly is at aleast giving people the option to help finance their cities their way, and to truly say, "We built that."

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Studio 360

Can Kickstarter Fund Art Better than the NEA?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Last week one of Kickstarter's founders bragged that he expected the three-year-old crowd-funding site to give more money to the arts this year than the National Endowment for the Arts. That caught Clay Johnson's eye. The author of The Information Diet examined the numbers ...

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