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By Michael Carney On June 25, 2012
My latest assignment has taken me back to London and the world of dotcom start-ups. In the cash-strapped UK and US economies, the quest to make cash available to small businesses and individuals is proving an interesting seedbed for start-ups. Several are harnessing the interconnected communication of the web to form mini-capital markets.
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The hyperlocal crowdfunding platform Lucky Ant has launched this week, giving people the opportunity to help small businesses grow in their community by raising money for things like new equipment, brand development, advertising campaigns and repairs. One business is focused on each week and has seven days to reach the fundraising goal for its project. Like successful crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Lucky Ant allows people to pledge different amounts, in return for incentives offered up by the merchants like VIP treatment and other perks.
(Editor’s note: Kevin Lawton is a serial entrepreneur.
Quand le crowdsourcing permet d'externaliser la réalisation d'une tâche à un groupe indéfini d'individus, le crowdfunding offre une variante de taille : il permet son financement ! L'objectif est toujours le même : réduire la distance entre l'utilisateur final et le détenteur des compétences (crowdsourcing) ou des fonds (crowdfunding).
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Plusieurs applications sur le modèle du crowdsourcing se sont développées ces dernières années. En voici un apercu : Production musicale :
We kicked off the Semantic Wave series about creative destruction in major markets with the “mother of all markets”, financial services.