Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Business? (Webinar)

Ethical Markets Crowdfunding

Open innovation intermediaries are becoming increasingly mature and specific in the services they offer.’s Anton Root spoke with a handful of open innovation leaders and found the path to expansion and further maturity lies in the potential of collaboration and building like-minded and motivated communities of problem solvers.

Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Business? (Webinar)

Next Tuesday, July 10, we’ll be streaming the video of a roundtable discussion about what crowdfunding can do for various businesses between renowned speaker Michael “Hutch” Hutchison and members of the CommunityLeader team here on Simultaneously they’ll all also be joining us (and you) to take your questions and comments in a live chat. Click here for more information and to pre-register for this special event.

From the Crowd Podcast: 99designs and the Rise of Crowd Creativity

In this fourth installment of’s From the Crowd podcast, editor Eric Blattberg speaks with 99designs community director Jason Aiken about the company’s community of designers and the state of crowd creativity.

IndieGoGo for the Bus Monitor By the Numbers (Infographic)

Any crowdfunding campaign with as much viral mojo as the effort to send verbally-abused junior high bus monitor Karen Klein on vacation is just screaming for an infographic. Just as they provided the fundraising platform, IndieGoGo now gives us this visual keepsake:

ChallengePost’s Brian Koles: Competition Breeds Innovation

ChallengePost, which runs for the federal government in addition to software competitions for private companies, firmly believes that competition breeds innovation. We spoke with Brian Koles, business development manager at ChallengePost, who explained the myriad benefits of open innovation.

NASAA Issues Crowdfunding Advisory, Warns of Fraud and Other Hazards

A consistently harsh critic of crowdfunding legislation, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) last week issued a comprehensive crowdfunding advisory for small businesses and entrepreneurs, demonstrating a (perhaps reluctant) acceptance of the coming U.S. capital market democratization.

SEC Will Miss Deadline on JOBS Act Advertising Rules, Says Schapiro

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will miss a July 4 deadline to issue a number of JOBS Act regulations — including one that would allow advertising on private securities offerings — SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro told a U.S. House oversight panel. The tight time limits imposed by the JOBS Act “are not achievable,” stressed Schapiro.