Lessons learned from the ‘first publicly traded’ man

Kenneth Mike Merrill, also known as “kmikeym,” the first publicly traded person. Merrill is also an office manager, entrepreneur, and sometime artist. He has been his own personal stock market since early 2008.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 20th, 2013 Monica Goyal

Indiegogo makes Canadian push as founder ‘excited’ about equity crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Web site Indiegogo is deepening its roots in the Canadian market place and closely watching as securities regulators consider allowing non-accredited investors to make small investments in startup firms in exchange for

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Asteroid mining firm to crowdfund first space telescope on Kickstarter

Planetary Resources plans to use Kickstarter to raise $1 million in the first crowdfunding campaign to offer backers a "space selfie" photo as an incentive. The Seattle-based firm that is headed by Chris

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 29th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Planetary Resources set to crowdsource satellite telescope observation

If you haven't heard of Planetary Resources yet, it's a billionaire-backed team of NASA engineers and space tourism entrepreneurs that want to mine near-earth asteroids for valuable resources. Oh, and along the way

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Gittip takes ‘open source’ to new levels, finds limits

Pittsburgh-based entrepreneur Chad Whitacre is approaching his online cash gift-giving startup with an earnest interpretation of being transparent. The founder uses volunteer coders as his company's staff, the code they write is open

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 8th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Does crowdfunding have more sizzle than steak? – Part 2

In yesterday's blog post, Peter Kemball examined crowdfunding from a historical perspective and considered the implications for entrepreneurs. Today, he examines the impact on founders and society at large. Assessment of the impact

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 19th, 2013 Peter Kemball

Does crowdfunding have more sizzle than steak? – Part 1

To question the merits of crowdfunding seems a surefire means of being awarded an OC – Order of Curmudgeon. Millions of person hours have been devoted to introduce it to the world and

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 18th, 2013 Peter Kemball

JOI offers Katipult as a white label crowdfunding platform

Calgary-based software development company JOI Media Inc. has announced the release of its Katipult crowdfunding platform for corporate and non-profit organizations. The company, which develops custom Web aaplications, originally created Katipult to host

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 8th, 2013 Dave Webb

Crowdfunding for change agents now live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRsjCzDcrCA The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), in partnership with HiveWire, has just launched its new crowdfunding platform – Catalyst. CSI’s Catalyst allows change agents to harness the power of the crowd to fund

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 21st, 2013 Michael Cayley

Public ‘lacks financial literacy’ for crowdfunding: investors group

The debate over allowing equity-based crowdfunding is heating up in Canada's largest province as the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is collecting letters from different groups either advocating for change or warning against it.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 20th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Centre for Social Innovation launches crowdfunding platform

A new crowdfunding platform akin to Kickstarter or Indiegogo will launch this week with a focus on social innovation and offering a membership at an entrepreneurial hub. Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 18th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Open data project for Toronto City Hall seeks crowdfunding

A Montreal-based non-profit organization launched a crowdfunding campaign today to help make municipal politics as appealing and accessible as a Grey Cup bet between two mayors. When the Toronto Argonauts faced the Calgary

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 26th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Open data project for Toronto City Hall seeks crowdfunding

A Montreal-based non-profit organization launched a crowdfunding campaign today to help make municipal politics as appealing and accessible as a Grey Cup bet between two mayors. When the Toronto Argonauts faced the Calgary

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 19th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Startup Canada falls short of $100,000 fundraising goal

The entrepreneurial movement that traveled coast-to-coast hosting town halls and building a network of 300 partners has fallen short of its fundraising goal on Indiegogo.Startup Canada saw its campaign on the crowdfunding Web

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 1st, 2013 Brian Jackson