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Archive | March, 2014

Reward-Based Crowdfunding Seminar: Everything You Need for Success! – Presented by the NYC Crowdfunding Meetup Group in New York

24 Mar

Crowdfunding Subject Matter Experts Will Be Covering the “A-to-Zs” of Crowdfunding Strategies Including Important Case Studies, Research Strategies, Buzz Generation Techniques, Shooting Viral Pitch Videos as Well as How to Protect Intellectual Property

By Robert Hoskins

New York, NY – To meet the demand from entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, the NYC Crowdfunding Meetup Group will be hosting a special Crowdfunding Seminar on April 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will be held on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building in the 1800 Accountant Office, which is located at 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118.

Lucy Norris is a British correspondent who is now based in NYC. She freelances at a variety of media outlets including Alleywire, Millennium Magazine, the TV show “On Deck With Lucy”

Lucy Norris is a British correspondent who is now based in NYC. She freelances at a variety of media outlets including Alleywire, Millennium Magazine, the TV show “On Deck With Lucy”

Alex Feldman, the event organizer, has assembled an excellent team of crowdfunding subject matter experts that will be sharing tips, tricks and strategies on how to research, plan, and launch successful Rewards-based Crowdfunding campaigns. The event will be videotaped by the Reality Crowd TV crew.

Featured Speakers:

  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Registration
  • 6:30 pm – 6:40 pm
    Introduction to Reward-Based Crowdfunding Campaigns
    Alex Feldman, CEOCrowdsUnite
  • 6:40 pm – 6:50 pm
    Crowdfunding Case Study: How I raised over $22,000!
    Alicia HansenNYC Salt Founder & Photographer
  • 6:50 pm – 7:00 pm
    How to Research Existing Crowdfunding Projects
    Helen Donnelly, CMO, CrowdFunding4All
  • 7:00 pm – 7:10 pm
    How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
    Brian Meece, CEO, RocketHub
  • 7:10 pm – 7:20 pm
    How to Make a Viral Crowdfunding Pitch Video
    Lucy Norris, Managing Editor, AlleyWire
  • 7:20 pm – 7:30 pm
    How to Create Buzz for Crowdfunding Campaigns
    Howard Sherman, President, CrowdFundBuzz
  • 7:40 pm – 8:30 pm
    Crowdfunding Question & Answer Session
  • 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Social Mixer & Business Networking Event

Reservations:
Tickets are $50, but early birds who sign up before Wednesday, March 26th will receive a $20 discount. The event is open to the general public, but seating is limited, so sign up ASAP at: http://www.meetup.com/NYC-CrowdFunding-Networking/events/171128902/.

Media:
Reporters get in free, but need to RSVP prior to the event with Crowdfunding PR Campaigns by sending Press RSVP request in order to enter the Empire State Building and proceed to the 60th floor. Members of the press should email rhoskins@frontpagepr.com for more information.

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KarmaKrowd Protects Crowdfunder’s IP including Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights for Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Startups for Crowdfunding Campaigns

17 Mar

Registers Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights at USPTO for Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Startups via New Legal Services Crowdfunding Platform

The soon-to-be-launched crowdfunding platform is now accepting applications for 25 beta testers that want to receive zero-upfront-cost legal services in return for testing the new crowdfunding platform

Chicago, IL – KarmaKrowd, a new crowdfunding site that caters to inventors, startups and entrepreneurs that want to protect their intellectual property (IP) including patents, trademarks and copyrights before launching a crowdfunding campaign, officially announced its new beta testing program that will accept up to 25 applicants to help stress test the crowdfunding platform’s functionality.  All beta testers will be given zero upfront costs on legal services.

KarmaKrowd Protects Crowdfunder’s Intellectual Property (IP) by Filing Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

KarmaKrowd Protects Crowdfunder’s Intellectual Property (IP) by Filing Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

“Once KarmaKrowd goes live our team of seasoned team of legal experts will form corporations, conduct patent searches, and file provisional or design patents to safeguard our client’s intellectual property prior to conducting their crowdfunding campaign,” said Cindy Summerfield, KarmaKrowd’s Founder.  “We also will be protecting our clients by conducting trademark searches and registering trademark/copyright applications, and providing other legal documentation such as non-disclosure agreements to keep our clients and their ideas safe as possible.”

In addition to legal services, the platform will also differentiate itself by offering the crowdfunding industry’s first business directory of Crowdfunding Service Providers, including advertising, email marketing, profile copywriters, perks specialists, public relations, media relations, and marketing programs that will allow crowdfunding campaign managers instant access to marketing services to help them achieve a higher success rate than campaigns that launch on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

KarmaKrowd’s unique value-added business proposition for inventors and brand owners is to give clients zero-cost upfront legal services for corporation formation, filing a provisional patent application and/or registering the appropriate trademarks/copyrights prior to launching a crowdfunding campaign.

No other crowdfunding platform offers any of these services to its users. KarmaKrowd provides this portfolio of very valuable legal services at no initial cost to the user by recouping its legal expenses via commission fees collected on the backend of fundraising campaigns.

Upon successful beta test performance, KarmaKrowd will open its doors with 25 crowdfunding campaigns sometime in March 2014.

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Velocity Kick Rolls Out Powerful New Marketing, Social Media Tool for Crowdfunding Platforms

10 Mar

Entrepreneurs, startups, academics and non-profits can use this social media scoring tool/CRM software tools to streamline crowdfunding campaign outreach and improve efforts to collect the first 30% of fundraising

By Robert Hoskins

Velocity Kick is cool a new marketing service that every crowdfunding platform should take a look at.   To date, the team has assimilated a lot of cool marketing tools and has built a pretty advanced back-end.  They are now running their final fundraising campaign on the new Ramen crowdfunding platform to fund the development of its GUI front-end interface. The campaign profile has $75 perks for individual campaign managers as well as $2,000 perks for crowdfunding platforms that will deliver 12-months of service. But you better hurry, their perks are almost all gone!

Velocity Kick's tools significantly reduce the time spent organizing contacts and prioritizing messaging, making it easy to undertake crowdfunding efforts.

Velocity Kick’s tools significantly reduce the time spent organizing contacts and prioritizing messaging, making it easy to undertake crowdfunding efforts.

Velocity Kick is one of the first purpose-built integrated marketing solution for crowdfunding aimed at improving campaign results.  With Velocity Kick, duplicated outreach is reduced and contact lists are sorted into groups, making unique, almost personalized message-targeting easy.  Velocity Kick’s first generation web app/service aggregates contacts from the address books and social networks of team members working on the same project and quickly merges and organizes them for use in campaigns.  Velocity Kick is currently running a $15,000 campaign of its own on the LAUNCH Hackathon winning platform, Ramen.

Now only 15 days in, Velocity Kick has raised $10,837 or 72% of its $15,000 goal, placing it comparatively in the Top 10% of projects successfully raised at Kickstarter, the largest crowdfunding platform in the industry.

Since announcing its own campaign, the company has attracted partners with non-profit organizations, venture capitalists and creatives currently managing campaigns.

“We’re already seeing money stream in from entrepreneurs who have run successful campaigns and their comments are all the same,” said Josh Baylin, the founder of Velocity Kick.  “They all wish they had these tools helping them reduce preparation time significantly.”

Upon completion of its own campaign, Velocity Kick’s planning tools and data-driven strategic outreach assistance will be only a few clicks away for campaign managers across the globe and across multiple platforms. Initially, Velocity Kick will be supporting campaign managers with targeted lists and data-driven campaign strategy insights.

“Our platform is going to be focused on improving the planning and campaign life-cycle of potential backers, news media and key influencers,” said Baylin.  “Already, we’ve got relationships in place with accelerators, crowdfunding platforms and campaign managers alike.”

Right now Velocity Kick is focused on “rewards” campaigns, or those hosted by platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo or others.  Ultimately, Velocity Kick believes campaign managers who are passionate about their projects and the vision should be focused on connecting with their core audiences.  And so it’s tool set is designed at improving how quickly campaign managers can find and reach that audience.

“Velocity Kick is crowdfunding made simple,” said Andy Abramson, CEO of Comunicano, the Del Mar, CA based value-creation communications agency. “Being able to automate and properly manage the communications efforts more quickly, means funding gets done faster, leaving more time for developers and entrepreneurs to make a great product.”

Velocity Kick will make its money charging users a fee for more advanced list building and reporting tools.

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MySmartCar Automotive App for Smartphones Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise Money to License PID Codes and Test Market Demand from Chevy, Chrysler and Ford Drivers

7 Mar

The 2nd Generation Automotive App is designed for drivers with no mechanical knowledge and makes it easy to diagnose car problems and control in-car network devices

By Robert Hoskins

A new startup, based in Silicon Valley, announced the launch of a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to develop a new wireless app for devices running Android and iOS operating systems.  The new MySmartCar Smartphone App will enable drivers to use their Android, iPhone or many other smart computing devices to view the intricate details of their automobile’s operation from the OBD-II and non-standard PID codes generated by their auto’s on-board computer.  These are the same codes that auto mechanics read when drivers take their car in when the Check Engine light comes on or when they take their car in for yearly state inspections.

MySmartCar App #1 OBD-II PID Code Smartphone App

MySmartCar Automotive App for Smartphones Makes It Easy Diagnose Car Problems

“The difference between our advanced MySmartCar Smartphone app, and other OBD-II, cable-based readers is that we plan to go way beyond what is currently available in the marketplace,” said Victor Nguyen, MySmartCar App’s inventor and co-founder. “Today’s smart cars also produce another type of code called non-standard PIDs, which are what we plan to use to develop the next generation of MySmartCar apps, which can not only read, but also control every thing that is attached to the in-car network such as touch screen dashboards, telematics or movie selection/sound volumes for backseat electronic amenities.”

“The reason most developers stop at low-level OBD-II codes is that the licensing fee for the advanced PID codes from auto manufacturers is very expensive, up to $50,000 for one brand such as Chevrolet/GM,” added Nagaraj Hedge, MySmartCar’s Software Engineer.  “Once we raise enough money to buy one license, we can finish developing our app and begin selling it.  This will generate sufficient revenue to develop a MySmartCar for every car manufacturer. We want to pre-sell enough apps to get our business off the ground and then the MySmartCar app will sell it itself.”

Many low-level code readers have been introduced over the years that allow mechanics to read what codes are causing problems, but they require bulky machines and a wire cable that has to be physically plugged into the car’s OBD computer port.  Mechanics then look up the code in an ASE code book to interpret what the codes meant.

The problem with this process is that drivers remain totally in the dark to the real problem that was causing their check engine light to turn on.  Mechanics are free to take advantage of consumers because drivers have no way to know what was wrong with their auto, but not anymore. The MySmartCar app will make it very easy for anyone to read and control a wide variety of vehicle information before going to see a mechanic.

Any blog, print or broadcast media outlet that runs a full-length repost of our Indiegogo profile at www.indiegogo.com/projects/mysmartcar-the-ultimate-obd-ii-car-app and sends us the link to the story will qualify for a single MySmartCar App, one Bluetooth OBD/PID transmitter, and one key chain finder tag due out in September 2014.

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New BioMetric, Predictive Video Analytics Tool to be Unveiled at SXSW Sports to Enable NFL, NBA, MLB Coaches, Scouts and Recruiters to Shop for New Players 24×7 from Anywhere

5 Mar

Austin-based sports social media network for student athletes to be introduced at press event with ESPN, college/major sports stars and coaches, sportscasters and major league sports executives

 By Robert Hoskins

ScoutsViewSports.com selects SXSW Sports to introduce its new biomechanics, predictive video analytics tool that allows high school, college/university, NFL, NBA and MLB coaches, scouts and recruiters to analyze student athletes’ performance from anywhere in the world.  Endorsed by Fred Akers, former University of Texas Coach and Roberto Clemente, Jr., ESPN TV broadcaster and former baseball player, the new sports social media network is targeting student athletes 13-years-old through pro-level athletes, who can build profiles that catalog their sports career, game performance stats, collegiate standings and much more.

Shark Tank Winner, ScoutsView Sports, Unveils New Biomechanics, Predictive Video Analytics Tool to Help NFL, NBA and MLB Scouts, Recruiters and Coaches Evaluate Student Performance at SXSW

Shark Tank Winner, ScoutsView Sports, Unveils New Biomechanics, Predictive Video Analytics Tool to Help NFL, NBA and MLB Scouts, Recruiters and Coaches Evaluate Student Performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Who:

ScoutsViewSports.com, an Austin-based Shark Tank Winner, recently pitched and won an investment from Kevin Harrington, an original Shark Tank Investor, at the Shark Tank Feb. 6th event held in Austin, Texas.  ScoutsView has an equity investment deal with Mr. Harrington on the table and will receive access to his global TV network distribution, rolodex and the As Seen on TV brand name.

What:

Student athlete social media network that records lifetime achievement, builds a large fan base and provides a huge database of biometrics, predictive video analytic clips where college, university and NFL, NBA, MLB major league scouts can analyze student athletes’ skills, performance and stats from anywhere in the world and shop for players that meet their exact team requirements.

Where:

Shiner’s Saloon located at 422 Congress Ave. #D, Austin Texas 78701 or call (512) 448-4600, which is located next door to the Driskill Hotel, which is the headquarters for SXSW Sports.

When:

ScoutsView Sports and ESPN’s “Laying Down the Law” program will be at Shiner’s Saloon everyday from 3/7/14 to 3/10/14 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The team will be interviewing the following list of famous sport celebrities, college and major sports stars and coaches, sportscasters and major league sports executives, plus many more impromptu interviews and unscheduled appearances.

(other sports journalists and reporters are welcome and encouraged to attend and interview guests)

Interview Schedule with Steven Foster, ESPN and Michael Richardson, CEO ScoutsView Sports

Friday, March 7th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm:

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Fred Akers, former University of Texas Coach
  • Dan Akers, son of Fred Akers
  • Michael Richards, ScoutsView Sports CEO

Special VIP Guests:

Saturday, March 8th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pmJeff Beckham – SXSW Sports Organizer, NY Times and Wired Reporter

5:00 pm – 6:00 pmMike Vasquez – SXSW Speaker from Tribal Science

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Open, please call (512) 627-6622 to setup ESPN interviews

Sunday, March 9th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pmPress Conference with Mike Richardson, ScoutsView CEO

Press members please RSVP at (512) 627-6622 to attend.
Remote reporters can also dial-in and walk through online demo
by calling conference number (213) 493-0358; use PIN: 29804 

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Jennifer Welter, first female running back with men’s pro football team

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Open, please call (512) 627-6622 to setup ESPN interview

Monday, March 10th from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm –  Kai Sato – FieldLevel social network for coaches and Entrepreneur reporter

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Open, please call (512) 627-6622 to setup ESPN interview

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