#Crowdfunding News Roundup: December 6, 2013

IBMCNN Money | How IBM bypasses bureaucratic purgatory

IBM has an in-house crowdfunding platform that they use to allow employees to vet and evaluate their colleagues’ ideas. It’s an effort to “improve the way we do things internally” according to the head of IBM’s CIO Lab Francoise LeGoues.

Palatinate | Students turn to ‘crowdfunding’ to pay for degrees

UK students are increasingly turning to crowdfunding to pay for their expensive college tuitions. That is the basis of this piece in the Durham University student newspaper. An anonymous college student’s story is featured as an example of this emerging phenomenon.

Ontario-Securities-CommissionFinancial Post | Regulators mulling rules to allow crowdfunding in Canada

This article in the Financial Post is a good thousand-foot view of happenings within Canada in regards to legalizing and allowing equity crowdfunding for Canadian small businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them. The article examines how recent action on behalf of the OSC is affecting crowdfunding in Canada.

The Energy Collective | How Crowdfunding Could Impact Cleantech Entrepreneurs (And Why It Probably Won’t)

This article makes the argument that many contributions made to cleantech projects now via platforms like Kickstarter and Mosaic are really “quasi-donations,” and the author doubts that crowdfunding will result in any substantive movement in funding cleantech enterprise any time in the near future.

Current.org | With crowdfunding, rethink your expectations for engaging public media’s supporters

There have been a variety of media-related projects successfully funded via crowdfunding platforms, and this article on Current.org explores a handful of the best examples while looking for clues into what the future may hold for crowdfunding in the media and journalism.

Startup Smart | Beyond cash: Using your crowd funding campaign to sell units, gain exposure and identify target markets

Any astute crowdfunder will tell you that crowdfunding isn’t all about the money. This article in Startup Smart explains how the creators of the Vtalk phone (which successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter) used the crowd not only to fund their product, but to market it, too.

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