Crowdsourcing is the onset of a new deliberation for companys, startups, and entrepreneurs to add money to their cause.  Finding funding is something that is you can either do by scraping for those pennies in that junker sitting in your driveway to save up for your next million (cause you gave up on your first one).  When you get someone behind you…it makes all the difference.  It gives you instant customers and instant funding.

I have to give credit to  for her pre-made list of optimal crowdsourcing sites.  This cuts the work of finding money…in half!  Who can pass up half off of anything…not ME.

Check it out.

Venessa Miemis, Evolutionary Agent, Provocateur

here’s a few i came across during my research for the future of money project. they’re separated into categories for creative/artistic projects, & for business development/investment. [DIY examples]

  • crowdfunding – creative

- kickstarter
- Indiegogo
- crowdfunder
- peerbackers
- chipin
- fundable
- citizen effect
- revenue trades
- rockethub
- sonicangel
- startnext
- ulule
- cofundos
- buzzbnk
- biracy
- investedin

  • crowdfunding – open business investment
- 40billion
- appbackr
- capangel
- cofundit
- crowdcube
- crowdfund
- digital garage
- globeforum
- growvc
- innovatrs
- investiere
- podium ventures
- profounder
- raisecapital…
- seedups
- seedmatch
- trampoline http://crowdfunding.trampolinesy…
- vencorps
- venture bonsai
- wealthforge
- wiseed…
- FriendsClear
- 33needs

You can find some more great responses to options to crowdsourcing here…

Need some more advice or options? Reach out…

Business Books for Non-Business People: Rework

I hate business books. I don’t understand them. They never seem relevant to me. Talking about Sigma 6 training and total customer synchronicity make my eyes glaze over.

However, my head editor recommended the book Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson. It’s striking how different it is than most business books. It doesn’t have the picture of a smiling CEO in a suit and it doesn’t promise to help you learn everything. The back cover says: “ASAP IS POISON – UNDERDO THE COMPETITION – MEETINGS ARE TOXIC.”

Why this book is relevant to non-business people:
-It provides good advice to help accomplish things more efficiently. (Workaholics are overrated.)
-It’s a good motivational tool to get your ideas flowing.
-It’s a super easy read.

The books chapters are short and easy to digest.

You can check out a free excerpt of the book here.

Crowdfunding Campaign Tackle’s Mad Men’s “Black Problem”

One thing I’ve noticed about my favorite television show, Mad Men, is the lack of black characters. There is one secretary, but that’s the only character who has gotten substantial screen time.

Designer Xavier Ruffin wants to fix that. He wants to accurately and authentically portray black people who worked in advertising during the ‘Mad Men’ era. There were numerous black designers who made substantial contributions to the industry. As Ruffin points out, Georg Olden designed the Clio, the prestigious ad industry award which Draper won in season four.

Check out his full pitch below and his Indiegogo page here.


Get it Together, Gmail

Anybody else see those annoying icons on their Gmail tabs? gmail icon

What are those? A wrench? A Turkey?

Hello Mark,
Thank you for contacting Google Apps Support. I understand you want to know more about the favicon you noticed on your Gmail.
This is actually supposed to be the favicon for the Google Apps Admin Console. It is definitely nothing to worry about. We are working on deactivating it for the moment and expect to have the favicon back to the mail symbols with the colored M by the end of the week.

Please be aware this is just a cosmetic icon and in no way has there been any security issues in the appearance of this favicon over the last few days.
I hope this information is helpful for you, Mark. Please get back to me if you need any additional information and I’ll be happy to reply.


Google Enterprise Support

It’s September 22, Google. Get it together. I don’t like looking at wrenches in my tabs.

[Google Support]

Which Industries Feed You the Most Bull$&!*? (According to Reddit)

I try to keep a healthy dose of skepticism wherever I go, however I’m human and have fallen prey to the stereotypical snake oil salesman. Reddit user PaintedCeiling posted an interesting query to the “AskReddit” group, “What is a “dirty little (or big) secret” about an industry that you have worked in, that people outside the industry really ought to know?”

There were plenty of interesting responses.Take these with a grain of salt because, but if even half of them are true, we’re getting screwed. Here are some of the highlights. (Click on the links to see the full comment thread)

Funeral Parlors:

“Throwaway, obviously. I’m a funeral director. Our entire industry is basically a pyramid scheme. It blows my mind how blindly people accept that certain things “have to” be done to the body of their loved one. Think about that for a second: this is the last tangible remnant of someone you loved and you are now going to pay stranger thousands (oftentimes HUNDERDS of thousands) of dollars to (warning: graphic from here on out) systematically mutilate that body.”

The State of the Economy According to Funny People

I don’t always know how to make sense of the economy, but some funny people do. Here’s how things are going according to people who get more laughs and make more money than the rest of of.

Conan sure knows how to fly.

Google unveils Chromecast, the $35 HDMI plugin that streams online videos to your TV

k-bigpicGoogle announced the launch of its newest hardware device, Chromecast, its 2-inch hardware device it bills as being the “easiest way to enjoy online entertainment on the TV.”

Plug Chromecast into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. 

Plug Chromecast into your TV and there’s hardly any setup time needed, according to Google. Pop the flashdrive into your TV’s HDMI port, connect to WiFi and tada! Wirelessly transfer what you’re watching on your computer, phone or tablet to your TV.

BUY IT. Buy it now. 

Facebook’s Hoppin’ on the Hashtag Train


Today Facebook announced that it is bringing hashtags to its platform allowing users to add context to a post and indicate that it is part of a larger discussion, or use hashtags to discover shared interests.  Hashtags are huge in 2013, and Facebook doesn’t want to get left behind. They’re following the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to allow more streamlined sharing abilities-cross platform.

Now these hashtags will be clickable, bringing you to a wider array of  posts from users across Facebook’s platform.

These new features will allow you to

  • Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar.
  • Click on hashtags that are originally posted on other services, ie. Instagram & Pinterest
  • Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.


The reaction to this is going to be a mixed bag. People appreciate hashtags on twitter, as it really does help find new content and join discussions. But Hashtags have also yielded conversation that is even more shorthand than ever before.  Cue more criticism for the way young people communicate.

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