Small Business

Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with Deposit-A-Gift CEO Dana Ostomel

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Live Interview September 25th, 2013 @ 2:00 PM PST Dana Ostomel is currently the founder and Chief Gifting Officer of the crowdfunding website, Deposit a Gift: the most fun, flexible, hassle-free way to raise money online for anything that matters to you. DepositaGift.com launched in 2010 as a cash gift registry service for people across the globe to communicate that they would prefer cash gifts for all of life’s Big Events. Since then we’ve helped thousands of users raise millions for everything from medical bills and disaster relief, to supporting…

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CrowdFunding Spurs Growth of 3D Printing

CrowdFunding Spurs Growth of 3D Printing

CrowdFundBeat – Robert J. Mullins – Sr. Staff  Writer, San Jose, Ca. September 20, 2013 – Although 3D printing was developed as far back as 1988, it’s enjoyed rapid growth in just the last few years due, in part, to crowdfunding. The surge of growth in 3D printing was on display in San Jose, Calif., at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo held Sept. 17 and 18, drawing 3D printer makers, service providers and others in the 3D ecosystem. In just the last year, more than 100 3D printer manufacturers…

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Top 3 Most Successfully Funded Technology Campaigns on Kickstarter

Top 3 Most Successfully Funded Technology Campaigns on Kickstarter

Crowdfundbeat – Nicole Chow, Staff Writer – September 23, 2013 Recently, Ubuntu Edge, a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has managed to raise more than $12 million dollars from a number of backers and supporters. Although it fell short of its $32 million goal, the funds collected are definitely sufficient for the company to put their smartphone into production. The crowdfunding industry has made an impact on the way we develop and market products especially in the technology industry. Since this industry is considered as one of the toughest for startups…

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Brands Are Discovering Crowdfunding as a Marketing Tool

Brands Are Discovering Crowdfunding as a Marketing Tool

Since launching in 2008, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has become known as the provenance of creative types, scrappy startups and charitable campaigns. But now, big brands are seizing on it as a way to align themselves with popular causes. DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes campaign raised more than $150,000 to tackle hunger in the Horn of Africa by enticing donors with perks like collector’s edition comic books or a meet-and-greet at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Save the Drive-In, a campaign supported by Honda, is raising money to help sustain the dwindling…

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MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, Arizona, the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the MicroBusiness Advancement Center (MAC) helps start-ups solidify their business plans through providing training and technical assistance and connecting entrepreneurs to resources they may not have realized existed. For Juliana Desmond and Olivia Darling, that meant providing a business planning course and helping them find funding to grow their businesses. Their stories are unique but their aspirations as entrepreneurs share the same spirit. Juliana has a love for sustainably-produced chocolate and sculpture. She knew that if she had the right equipment…

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