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National Financial Educators Council Launches SavingsFund.com Crowdfunding Site to Help Kids Save for College

25 Jun

Now kids have a crowdfunding site where friends and family can donate money to fund their future college education

By Robert Hoskins

The National Financial Educators Council has pre-launched the first crowdfunding platform designed for long-term financial security and personal finance education. SavingsFund.com was developed to give families a way to raise funds for their child’s future with the help of their family and friends. It also provides resources to deliver a real world financial education to the children.

SavingsFund helps families secure their children’s future by providing an easy way for loved ones to give money towards a child’s long-term savings goals (college, investments, etc). SavingsFund is a secure way to receive money for birthdays, holidays, and accomplishments.

SavingsFund helps families secure their children’s future by providing an easy way for loved ones to give money towards a child’s long-term savings goals (college, investments, etc). SavingsFund is a secure way to receive money for birthdays, holidays, and accomplishments.

According to econsultancy.com, at the end of 2012 there were expected to be more than 530 crowdfunding platforms. Of those, only SavingsFund is focused on helping families save money for their children while helping them acquire financial literacy skill sets.

Leveraging the latest technology and trends in the space, SavingsFund offers a unique approach to families seeking to save for their child’s future. With college costs expected to be over $200k for a state school and $400k for a private school in 2032, SavingsFund developers contend many families could not afford this unless they start saving early.

“The SavingsFund platform provides families timely financial education resources. As their savings account grows, so will their knowledge on how to manage their funds,” states Jayne Black, Mrs. Wisconsin International 2013 and SavingsFund National Spokesperson.

The National Financial Educators Council has been well-recognized for its leadership position in the financial education space. They develop cutting edge material that is used by youth and parents alike. Leveraging the support of celebrities, sports stars, and the entertainment industry helps raise interest and improve program effectiveness to reach this demographic. SavingsFund.com brings timely financial literacy training to families nationwide.

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Power Practical Launches Kickstarter.com Crowdfunding Campaign to Solve Slow Charging Problem for Android and iPhone SmartPhones

25 Jun

New Practical Meter, Special Charge-Only USB Cables will Maximize Charging Rates for iPhones and Android SmartPhones Commonly Experienced with PCs and Laptops

By Robert Hoskins

Power Practical, a Utah-based start-up, is hoping to shake things up in the USB charging world. Their new device is called the Practical Meter. It monitors charging rates and lets users know when their phone or other USB device is charging at a slow rate. To cover production costs, the company is launching the new product on popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

New USB Meter Aimed at Solving Slow-Charging Phones Launches on Kickstarter.com

New USB Meter Aimed at Solving Slow-Charging Phones Launches on Kickstarter.com

Many smartphone users charge their phones on desktops or laptops, oftentimes at rates far slower than expected. In many cases, phones will take over four hours to reach a full charge. This is because USB doesn’t have a well-defined standard for charging above 2.5 watts. It varies from iPhone to Android and so on. To combat this problem, the Practical Meter comes with charge-only cables that maximize charging rates.

The product is now available through a 30-day Kickstarter campaign. Interested backers can receive a Practical Meter and custom charging cables for only $19 USD. People who depend on their phones can rest assured with the Practical Meter. It will immediately identify and solve slow charge times, solving a problem experienced by millions.

David Toledo, founder and engineer at Power Practical, said the new meter will bring attention to a charging problem that millions of people experience. “Many people charge their phones on PCs at work or home, and experience slow charge times,” Toledo said. “The Practical Meter will identify these slow charge times and help users fix them with our fast-charging cables.”

To learn more about the Practical Meter, check out the product’s Kickstarter campaign and watch the video. The product will be available until the campaign ends in July.

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SeedandSpark.com Strives to Reshape Film and Entertainment Business through Crowdfunding Campaigns

25 Jun

Seed&Spark Hosts First Innovators’  Summit at LA Film Fest with Film Independent and Cinedigm to Connect Filmmakers and Potential Crowdfunding Campaign Donors and Investors

By Robert Hoskins

Seed&Spark, one of the world’s first crowdfunding and digital distribution platforms made specifically for independent films, launched two initiatives to help shape the future of independent film by strengthening the ties between filmmakers and film audiences.

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution

During this month’s LA Film Fest, Seed&Spark hosted the first Innovators’ Summit together with Film Independent and Cinedigm. The Innovators’ Summit is a gathering of people from the film community to leverage the collective intelligence of innovators in film production, technology, finance and distribution. CEO Emily Best led a group of 50 participants through a series of exercises that painted various possible scenarios. The purpose was to imagine what could happen and examine the factors and forces that should demand the film industry’s attention, investment and action.

Earlier this month, Seed&Spark launched a $30,000 crowd-funding campaign on its own platform to enhance the company’s offerings and site usability. The Seed&Spark crowd-funding campaign WishList records specific needs for production, marketing, festivals, travel, crew and professional services. Supporters can opt to contribute with cash or to loan goods and services that are part of the Seed&Spark campaign WishList.

“We believe that in order to compete in a world of increasing fragmentation, creators’ success will depend on their connection to and relationship with their audience,” says Emily Best, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. “This is also true for our success with Seed&Spark as a whole. Our platform was specifically built to engage and connect independent filmmakers and audiences. We launched the Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign to get feedback, support, and engagement from the very people we hope our improved platform will better serve.”

Best is touring film festivals around the world to educate filmmakers about the opportunities offered by crowd-funding and the advantage of an audience-centric approach to filmmaking – from pitch to premiere. Upcoming appearances include the Galway Film Fleadh, SXSW V2V Las Vegas and the Austin Film Festival.

To help Seed&Spark change the future of filmmaking, support the company’s crowd-funding campaign before June 29 by clicking here.

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution. Every time an audience member supports the making of a moving picture project (funding, following, sharing) they earn “Sparks” which can be redeemed to watch movies on the streaming platform.

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