Fundrise Announces $31M Funding Round — Fundrise, the Washington, DC-based equity crowdfunding platform for real estate projects, announced this morning that it closed a $31 million funding round. The round was led by Chinese social networking site Renren, CEO Marty Burger and CIO Tal Kerret of Silverstein Properties, and the Collaborative Fund. It’s the latest in a string of investments into real estate equity crowdfundingplatforms. Previously, Realty Mogul, RealCrowd, and RealtyShares had announced seven-figure raises, with other platforms also getting in on the action.
YouTube announced late last week some big news: it’s looking at crowdfunding as a way to help its creatives make money from their videos. And, it’s looking at the crowd to help with transcription and translation of captions.
To find out how Lionbridge, one of the most experienced crowdsourcing companies around, assures quality for its clients, we spoke with Dori Albert, the business process crowdsourcing practice manager. Check out the video after the jump.
We recently came across the ideation community IdeaStormz, which encourages discussion around ideas about pretty much anything. Unlike most other ideation platforms, IdeaStormz doesn’t have a specific goal for the ideas it receives, and is more of a place to kick around thoughts on everything from office decorating to energy saving.
Crowdtilt, a tech-savvy crowdfunding platform, has differentiated itself from others by offering its users a suite of nifty features. On Monday, Crowdtilt added yet another feature to its toolbox: Sell Something, a new fundraising option that allows campaign owners (as the name implies) to pre-sell pretty much anything.
Ruby Au of Empowered.org, a crowdfunding platform that focuses on humanitarian causes, writes in to discuss why nonprofit campaign owners should market their projects to millennials, and offers some tips on how to entice the younger generation to donate.
Massolution recently published the 2013CF Crowdfunding Market: Software and Solutions Report. It is a definitive guide to available crowdfunding software and solutions providers. This report will guide you to the choices for building the platform you want, whether it is for donations, rewards, lending, equity, or royalty; whether it is a new site, an addition to an existing one, or a single campaign; whether you do it yourself or hire a provider.
At Massolution NYC 2013: Crowd Powered Business, the crowdsourcingconference we hosted in midtown Manhattan, we heard from dozens of companies and thought leaders about how the crowd is transforming the business ecosystem for major enterprises. If you couldn’t make it to the conference, check out these presentations to see what you missed!