How Crowdsourcing.org Powers Fundraising

In this GrowVC podcast, Carl Esposti discusses Crowdsourcing.org, a top destination for people in the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding industries.

Crowdsourcing has been changing the way people start and run businesses for years and will continue to play a larger role in the global economy going forward. Carl is an industry expert and has some very valuable insight to share with entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone else tuning in.

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Video: Chirpify Turns Tweets into Transactions

In this episode of Meet the Startup, Chris Teso, founder of the Twitter stream commerce platform Chirpify, talks to us about product evolution and what it is like raising money as a sole founder.

Chirpify turns Tweets into transactions, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact in-stream on Twitter. These are social, device agnostic, frictionless, in-stream, one step payments. We do this in real time at scale. By removing all frictions of a traditional payments or e-commerce system, Chirpify transforms Twitter from a broadcast platform into a transactional one. To transact on Twitter Chirpify users need only Tweet simple commands such as “buy”, “pay” and “donate”.

A Tip of the Hat goes to Silicon Florist for pointing us to this story.

Video: When Startups Change Course

In this video, Scott Olson from FounderBuzz interviews Tara Hunt, founder and CEO of Buyosphere. The company recently raised $350k after changing their business model to a shopping Q&A community.

Buyosphere didn’t start out this way. Their business model adapted from a more user and data analytics intensive model that required the users to fill out a tastes profile and where users would have more things automatically suggested for them to purchase based on data analytics. When both users and venture capitalists pushed back on early versions of the site, Tara listened and now has a rapidly growing site that was able to obtain the seed funding to prove their model with their community.

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