It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of crowdfunding, and that I think it's one of the most impressive outcomes we've realized from the explosive growth of social networking. In fact, I've blogged about crowdfunding multiple times (more than I'd realized):
- Repost from IBM Social Business Insights: Crowdfunding: Fundraising with a Social Twist
- Repost from IBM Social Business Insights: Crowdfunding: Harnessing the power of social networking to raise money (Part 2 of 3)
- Repost from IBM Social Business Insights blog: Crowdfunding: Harnessing the power of social networking to rasie money (Part 3 of 3)
- Great Innovations — Crowdfunding with Innovocracy
- La Strada Verso Olympia — A Crowdfunding Project That's Come to Life
- How Social Networking Won an Election and Paid for Cancer Treatment
- Kickstarter, one of the more well-known crowdfunding platform states, "Since our launch in 2009, 5.6 million people have pledged $967 million, funding 55,000 creative projects."
- Indiegogo, another popular platform says it has, "... raised millions of dollars for thousands of campaigns worldwide."
So my favorite five projects this week:
- Hello Ruby - A children’s
book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and
kid-friendly activities and targeted toward 4 to 7 year old girls.
- The Butter Churn
- A lovely project from a friend of mine who wants to bring a
locally-sourced grocery store to her rural Illinois hometown of 800 people, where
the nearest fresh food is 10 miles away.
- The Lovemark - An actual, physical architectural structure which will be constructed out of thousands of love cube building blocks.
- UpSense - An invisible, ergonomic, and intuitive keyboard which enables touch typing and Braille
typing on the touch screen itself.
- Cat Town Cafe - A cat cafe in Oakland, California, based on the extremely popular cat cafes in Japan, where cat lovers can go to have a drink and play with adoptable cats.
What an amazing way to connect with other like-minded people, and help them build their dreams. Do you have a favorite crowdfunding project?