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Sony Global Education Launches a KOOV Indiegogo Campaign to Fund a Software Coding and Robotics Kit for the Next Generation of Innovators

10 Jul

KOOV is already available in Japan and China, and Sony is now looking to expand the program to the United States

By Robert HoskinsCrowdfunding PR

San Diego, California Sony Electronics in conjunction with Sony Global Education announced that the KOOV Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund a new coding and robotics kit for the next generation of young innovators has raised more than half of it crowdfunding goal.

The Sony Global Education team developed KOOV as a fresh approach to learning robotics and programming. KOOV is already available in Japan and China, and Sony is now looking to expand the program to the US in order to gain feedback and insight into the American market.

KOOV: The all-in-one coding, robotics and design kit for the next generation of innovators from Sony

KOOV: The all-in-one coding, robotics and design kit for the next generation of innovators from Sony

KOOV is a robotics and coding educational kit made up of blocks, sensors, motors, actuators, and a companion app that teaches children core concepts about design, coding and robotics. The app also features a secure social space, where children can share their designs and code with other young inventors from around the world.

The blocks can be assembled into any shape, with the final figure capable of being controlled as a robot. The kit encourages learners to “Play” by building with 7 kinds of translucent blocks, “Code” by controlling the assembled figure through the KOOV app, and “Create” by embracing their creativity and imagination.

Sony Global Education believes that the teaching materials for robotics and programming will play a major role in cultivating STEM literacy and nurturing the next generation of problem solvers.

KOOV was built on the belief that STEM learning tools should be accessible to all children.  Through the use of inclusive colors, shareable design and the goal of building a foundation for future STEM learning, Sony hopes to attract parents of children 8 to 14 years old, with equal emphasis on boys and girls.

Pre-orders are available for a limited time beginning June 20th via Indiegogo, with product scheduled to ship to backers in early December. The suggested retail price is $359 for the Starter Kit and $499 for the Advanced Kit with limited quantities available at discounts of up to 40% for early backers.  Interested consumers can learn more about KOOV, and place preorders at https://igg.me/at/KOOV.

 

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding PR” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.
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Bluesmart Luggage Portfolio Raises More Than $1 Million via Ongoing Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

7 Jul

 The world’s first smart luggage system helps travelers avoid baggage fees for overweight luggage, breeze through airport security and keeps bags protected

By Robert HoskinsCrowdfunding PR

New York City, New York – Bluesmart has successfully launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to fund the 2nd generation of one of the world’s first smart suitcases. The new Bluesmart travel product line includes: a carry-on luggage, a checked bag, a laptop bag, and a passport pouch. Powered by its second-generation technology, all products connect to Bluesmart’s new app, to work as a system assisting travelers along their journey. The line brings upgraded materials, expanded capacity, colors and a new sleek, iconic look.

The world's first smart luggage system travelers avoid baggage fees for overweight luggage, breeze through airport security and keeps bags protected against theft

The world’s first smart luggage system helps travelers avoid baggage fees for overweight luggage, breeze through airport security and keeps bags protected against theft and can locate them if stolen

“The travel experience is in desperate need of an upgrade. We started a revolution three years ago with the creation of the world’s first smart suitcase, now being used in more than 100 countries,” said Tomi Pierucci, co-founder and CEO of Bluesmart. “Our ultimate goal is to make the traveler’s journey as enjoyable as the destination. Series 2 is a further step in that direction, incorporating the feedback and ideas from thousands of users and harnessing the latest technologies.”

With the Series 2 Luggage System travelers will know the location of all their belongings at all times and never again have to deal with lost luggage, forgotten passports and bags left behind. It helps travelers avoid baggage fees for overweight luggage, breeze through airport security and keeps bags protected against theft. Additionally, Series 2 travelers can keep all devices, including laptops, powered up along the way. A detailed listing of all Series 2 products’ features and specifications can be found on the Bluesmart website: http://bluesmart.com/indiegogo.

Bluesmart’s second-generation technology upgrades the location tracking system making it compatible with every country’s cellular networks and improving accuracy to unprecedented levels. The new battery system allows for faster charging and longer duration of charge. The new weight sensors system increases accuracy and usability. The Series 2 line is compliant with all major aviation and transportation regulators (FAA, DOT & TSA).

Bluesmart’s Second-generation Technology Options:

  • Bluesmart Luggage Cabin – The Series 2 Cabin has been thoughtfully redesigned increasing packing capacity by 25%, improving the fabrics and materials and refining its silhouette. The product features GPS+3G location tracking, remote auto-locking and supercharging capabilities.
  • Bluesmart Luggage Check – The Series 2 Check is a 29 inches robust suitcase that expands the Cabin’s technology and design for longer trips. In addition to the GPS+3G location tracking and remote auto-locking, it features a new smart weight sensing system that alerts for potential overweight baggage fees via the app.
  • Bluesmart Luggage Laptop Bag – The Series 2 Laptop Bag is an elegant business briefcase that attaches seamlessly to the Series 2 suitcases. This bag features Bluetooth location tracking, distance alerts and a removable supercharger that powers up smartphones and laptops.
  • Bluesmart Luggage Passport Pouch – The Series 2 Passport Pouch helps travelers never again leave their passports and travel documents behind. It protects travelers’ essentials with Bluetooth tracking capabilities, RFID blocker and water-resistant materials.
  • Bluesmart Luggage Mobile App – The new app provides a more intuitive travel experience, identifying and anticipating travelers needs through all stages of the journey – from flight schedules, gates, destination, currency exchange, weather and more. With the app travelers are able to manage all Bluesmart products in one central hub.

Bluesmart Series 2 is available for pre-order through Indiegogo. The pre-order campaign will last 30 days and the products will ship approximately 90 days after the pre-order campaign ends.

Pierucci continued, “We came back to Indiegogo for this launch because we care deeply for our original community, who supported us on our first product launch. We want to thank them by giving them first access to the limited units of Series 2 that are available at big discounts and will ship in just weeks.”

“We are very proud to have enabled Bluesmart to emerge thanks to our platform,” said Slava Rubin, Founder of Indiegogo. “It’s amazing to see it return to Indiegogo for their second generation product. Bluesmart was one of the most successful campaigns on Indiegogo and it delivered a great, quality product on time. We’re confident that Bluesmart will continue its amazing success with their Series 2.”

Bluesmart is an award-winning travel goods company known for pioneering the smart luggage category. Founded by a group of entrepreneurial friends in New York, it launched the world’s first smart connected luggage, with a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $2 million in 2014. The BBC called the product “the iPhone of Luggage” and the FT “the biggest thing since wheels.”

Since then the company went on to scale production and ship to over 110 countries, entering 200 stores in prestigious retailers such as MoMA Stores and Neiman Marcus. The company has raised $18M in venture capital from prestigious investors in Silicon Valley and Asia. The products have received several awards including the “RedDot Design Award” and have been endorsed by celebrities such as Usain Bolt and Tony Hawk.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding PR” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

 

zeAC, a New Type of Air Conditioner that Uses Zero Electricity to Cool Rooms, Is Raising Funds Via Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

19 Jun

 The zeAC is simple, user-friendly and easy to operate and only requires refilling the tank with water every morning, which the system utilizes to create a micro-climate of stable humidity and comfort throughout through the day and night

By Robert Hoskins, Crowdfunding PR

Lanham, Maryland – The patent-pending Zero Electric Air-conditioned (zeAC) plans to raise $250,000 through its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to finance the project, which has the potential to revolutionize the conventional and established concepts of air-conditioning that require large amounts of electricity and leave a dirty carbon footprint. The zeAC units are a great way to cool rooms in both homes and offices while reducing the amount of air pollution being produced by coal power plants that are causing the earth’s temperature to rise.

The zeAC is simple, user-friendly and easy to operate and only requires refilling the tank with water every morning, which the system utilizes to create a micro-climate of stable humidity and comfort, throughout through the day and night

The zeAC is simple, user-friendly and easy to operate and only requires refilling the tank with water every morning, which the system utilizes to create a micro-climate of stable humidity and comfort, throughout through the day and night

“We have researched and created a green air conditioning solution that can cool rooms without using electricity,” said Anaele Iroh, zeAC’s inventor. “The device works by absorbing vapor from the air and brings down temperature by absorption of heat. Please visit our zeAC crowdfunding campaign that is currently live on Indiegogo and buy one or more units for your home or office!”

The simple and user-friendly zeAC is easy to operate. It involves refilling the tank with water every morning. The system helps create a micro-climate of stable humidity and cool comfort, right through the day and night. The unique zeAC is ideal for use in rooms measuring 100 square feet or for larger rooms, just deploy more zeAC units.

The main component is a cylinder with micro-porous surfaces that can help control the climate. Water evaporates from these surfaces and helps cool down the air inside the room. The added benefit is that the zeAC’s plants absorb harmful CO2 in the room and release fresh oxygen, thus making the atmosphere inside the room healthy and enjoyable.

According to the team associated with developing this unique air conditioner, during the testing process of zeAC, the device cooled down room temperatures to around 27 degrees Celsius even as the temperature outside was around 35 degrees Celsius. With zeAC, users will enjoy a constantly controlled room air temperature, humidity levels, increased oxygen, reduced CO2 and reduced temperature swings reducing thermal discomfort.

The device also has a heating element that can add heat on cooler days in small amounts to ensure that the air conditioner’ main cylinder always maintains a temperature of 36 degrees. This helps bring room temperature to a steady 24 degrees. In tests conducted in winter climate of -1 degree Celsius, the humidity was around 65 per cent according to the developers of zeAC.

The zeAC can be used with a large variety of plants including Peace Lily, Money Plant, Bamboo Palm and Mother-in-law’s tongue. It also works well with popular trees like Peepal Tree, Rama Tulsi, Christmas Cactus, Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, Neem Tree, and Areca Palm.

According to the team of developers of the project, zeAC is 100 times more energy efficient, healthy and sustainable than conventional air conditioners. It can be used as an alternative to regular AC units and can be easily integrated with the décor and interiors of any room due to its small size and sleek appearance. The unit can enhance the appearance of any home or office when placed in a flower put accompanied by attractive and colorful flowers.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

 

XChime “Smart” Video Doorbell Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Allows Homeowners to See Who’s at the Front and Garage Doors via Smartphone App

7 Jun

Affordability combined with new video doorbell features such as garage door opener and add-on smart light bulb extend safety to front and garage doors

By Robert Hoskins

Chicago, Illinois – Home security and automation just got a bit smarter with the launch of Xchime’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. With video doorbells being a key part of any home safety setup, Xchime aims to broaden the usefulness by adding convenience and security features such as a garage door opener and smart light bulb integration. Soon after it’s launch, Xchime has exceeded its goal by 200% having raised $45,526 from 431 backers and is already 100% funded with first units expected to ship quickly by August 2017.

XChime Smart Video Doorbell Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Allows Homeowners to See Who's at the Front Door via Smartphone App

XChime Smart Video Doorbell Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Allows Homeowners to See Who’s at the Front Door or Garage Door from Anywhere via a Smartphone App

Expand Beyond the Front Door

Garages are one of the entry points for criminals, typically when home owners forget to (completely) close the garage door. With an additional Xchime unit set up in the garage, instantly view the status of your garage door from your mobile device. Open or close it with one touch from our mobile app, using the optional garage door opener kit add-on accessory. Light is also a major deterrent to would-be thieves. Integrate your smart light bulbs with Xchime to remotely turn on or off exterior lights.

Say Goodbye to Lag

Lag time is a common complaint with other video doorbells. Anyone who’s used one knows the frustration of having a 7 or 8 second delay from when someone pushes the doorbell to when you can see and hear what’s going on. Xchime’s crack team of engineers worked hard to significantly reduce lag time, getting it closer to real-time.

Fits Any Budget

Leading video doorbells range from $199 to $249. Early backers of Xchime can get units for only $129 each, making the Xchime a perfect fit for any home budget.

Xchime features also include:

  • HD video (1080p)
  • Two-way audio
  • Video live-view and communication
  • Latency (lag)-free streaming
  • Night vision
  • Wide-view angle
  • Cloud recording
  • Wide operating temperature range (-40F to 150F)
  • Dual power supply (16-24VAC & 12-24VDC)

The Xchime Story

Xchime isn’t your typical inventor in a garage. The company boasts experienced engineers with backgrounds from Motorola and Qualcomm, along with seed funding from Ufrate and other angel investors to the tune of $420,000. “To fit in each doorframe, Xchime uses the standard rectangular shape design similar to other doorbells on the market, but what makes it stand out from competitors is what’s on the inside,” says CEO Gary Bi. “Our team used our experience in Real-Time Communications to reduce the lag that other video doorbells have, fulfilling the promise of almost instant views of who’s at your door. And why stop there? Home security is about the entire perimeter, not just the front door. Our add-ons mean you can secure your garage and control lights through Xchime for more peace of mind.”

Get your early units of Xchime now at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xchime-doorbell-watch-your-home-from-your-phone.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

 

 

Cirkul Extends Successful Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for Its New Patented Water Bottle, Which Has Surpassed $130,000

2 Jun

More than 2,700 Contributors have helped raise 656% of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign’s goal of raising $20,000 to fund the Cirkul bottle, which allows drinkers to personalize their beverage with interchangeable flavor cartridges to

Tampa Florida Cirkul, Inc., developer of transformational hydration products that reimagine how flavored beverages are created, personalized and enjoyed at home and on the go, announced the extension of its hugely successful campaign for the Cirkul water bottle, which allows consumers to customize their flavored water with Cirkul Sip flavored cartridges.

Cirkul Extends Successful Indiegogo Campaign for its New Patented Water Bottle - Surpasses $130,000

Cirkul Extends Successful Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for Patented Water Bottle with Flavored Cirkul Sips-Surpasses $130,000-to Reduce 250 Billion Water Bottles that Are Discarded Each Year

Founded by former Dartmouth College athletes, Cirkul utilizes single-use flavor cartridges—Cirkul Sips—to bring flavor to water. Once the cartridge is inserted into the top of the Cirkul bottle, water flows from the tilted bottle through the Cirkul Sip, delivering delicious flavor to the user. A one-way valve prevents any flavor from entering the bottle itself—keeping the bottle clean and residue-free. This feature allows the user to change flavor levels at will, from plain to fully flavored water, dialing in their exact flavor sip by sip.

More than 250 billion water bottles are discarded each year around the world, resulting in massive carbon footprints. Cirkul reduces shipment volumes by 99.6% and provides multiple beverage options for users on the go with compact, portable Cirkul Sip cartridges and one Cirkul bottle—saving trips to the grocery store and pantry space. One Cirkul Sip is the equivalent of four 20oz bottles—depending on the flavor intensity setting— and can be swapped out at any time for another flavor or turned off if the user prefers plain water.

“Through our personal experiences as college athletes, we realized the way people consume water was in need of an update,” said Garrett Waggoner, co-founder of Cirkul. “We really wanted to provide a unique experience that allows people to customize their beverages with ease while on the go.”

Features and benefits of Cirkul include: flavor cartridges that insert easily into the top of the bottle allowing users to switch out for a new flavor at any time; a one-way valve that ensures flavor only leaves the cartridge when the user drinks from the bottle; and a dial-in flavor preference that lets users select flavor intensity and change at any time from plain to fully flavored water. The Cirkul bottle offers multiple flavor categories containing vitamins, electrolytes or caffeine, is eco-friendly, BPA-free, leak proof and dishwasher safe. Cirkul is perfect for travel and a healthy option for kids.

The Cirkul LifeSip formula contains vitamins and provides enhanced flavor. It is available in Fruit Punch, Raspberry Lemonade, Coconut Pineapple, and Sweet Tea & Lemon. The Cirkul FitSip formula contains essential electrolytes to replenish those lost during an active lifestyle. It is available in Orange Tangerine and Mixed Berry. The Cirkul GoSip formula contains healthy energy (caffeine, ginseng, taurine) and gives users that extra push during the day. It is available in Black Cherry and Strawberry Watermelon. Stevia and unsweetened options are also available.

Founded in 2016 and based in Tampa, Florida, Cirkul is the brainchild of two recent Dartmouth College graduates who came up with the idea while playing football. The company plans to roll out additional technological enhancements for the personal beverage industry. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.DrinkCirkul.com.

 

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

JellyTank Floats Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign, Secures Pre-Orders of $188,828 and Moves Sales to Indiegogo InDemand

26 May

JellyTank, the ultimate desktop jellyfish aquarium, pre-order sales exceed $188k on Kickstarter and moves sales to Indiegogo’s InDemand with full production of the tanks well underway

By Robert Hoskins

Sarasota, Florida – The JellyTank has scored a huge success on Kickstarter, chalking up a staggering pre-sales total of over $188k to date. The JellyTank is a 5-gallon Nano aquarium designed to create the most suitable environment for Jellyfish while providing a budget-friendly and low-maintenance desktop aquarium for jellyfish owners.

With over a thousand backers on Kickstarter, the JellyTank is quickly turning heads and stands as one of the most innovative and affordable jellyfish aquariums to date

With over a thousand backers on Kickstarter, the JellyTank is quickly turning heads and stands as one of the most innovative and affordable jellyfish aquariums to date

Brock and Blake Gratton, the developers of the JellyTank, launched the Kickstarter campaign on February 7th with an initial goal of $25,000. In their relentless pursuit of success, the twin brothers managed to hit their target within only three days and pre-sold over 1,000 JellyTanks at over $188,000.

“With the support and help from everyone, we officially hit our goal within 72 hours of launch and was able to presell over $188,000 worth of JellyTanks,” said Blake and Brock Gratton, Co-Creators. “We’re working hard to get all the moving parts of manufacturing underway while successfully assembling an aquaculture facility. We’ve aligned ourselves with expert marine biologists while building relationships and partnerships within the industry.”

“We had no idea we would achieve this with our Kickstarter campaign, but hope to continue the same successful results on Indiegogo’s Indemand platform until we have product to sell,” the Grottons added.

With over a thousand backers on Kickstarter, the JellyTank is quickly turning heads and stands as one of the most innovative and affordable jellyfish aquariums to date. It has also received positive reviews by people in the marine and tech industries and has been featured on popular websites such as Dude I Want That, Aquanerd, Advanced Aquarist, Trend Hunter, and The Awesomer, among many more.

At present, the manufacturing of the JellyTanks is in full effect. Plans are currently underway to kickstart the delivery of the tanks at the end of July with jellyfish deliveries shortly after. Also in the works is a recently launched Indiegogo InDemand campaign which is set to further expand the reach of the JellyTank and help maximize exposure.

The twin brothers are currently on a mission to developing their stretch goals and hope to successfully manufacture and deliver nothing short of high-quality and fully-functional products in the coming weeks. Go to the Indiegogo InDemand campaign if you’d like to pledge or visit jellytank.com for the opportunity to learn more about the company.

Blake and Brock are both successful entrepreneurs with a strong passion for business and family. They graduated from the Florida State University in 2004 with majors in Economics and later became mortgage loan officers for four years until the real estate market came crashing down.

“We’ve always had a yearning for entrepreneurship, as teenagers we created our first company called B&B Stringing where we would string tennis racquets,” Blake Gratton added.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

Facebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding Platform for Education, Medical, Pets, Crisis Relief, Personal Loss, Sports and Community Needs

24 May

However, with a crowdfunding platform commission fee of  6.9% + 30 cents per credit card transaction fee Facebook’s Fundraiser Service will be considerably more expensive than competitors such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo and Kickstarter

By Robert Hoskins

Menlo Park, California – Facebook is a place where people come together to connect with their communities and support one another in meaningful ways. Today, we are giving people another way to mobilize around causes they care about by expanding personal fundraisers to everyone over 18 in the US and by adding two new categories – community and sports.

Facebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding Platform and Fundraiser Service for Education, Medical, Pets, Crisis Relief, Personal Loss, Sports and Community Needs

Facebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding Platform and Fundraiser Service for Education, Medical, Pets, Crisis Relief, Personal Loss, Sports and Community Needs

Facebook began testing personal fundraisers, a new product that allows people to raise money for a friend, themselves or a sick pet directly on Facebook, in March. Since then, they’ve been inspired by the response to create them and the support felt by those they benefit.

People can create a fundraiser to quickly raise money on Facebook and easily reach their friends in a few taps, without leaving Facebook, and can share fundraisers to help build momentum. People can learn about the person who created the fundraiser and the person benefiting from the fundraiser, as well as see which friends have donated. Now people can raise money for any of the following categories:

  • Education: such as tuition, books or classroom supplies
  • Medical: such as medical procedures, treatments or injuries
  • Pet Medical: such as veterinary procedures, treatments or injuries
  • Crisis Relief: such as public crises or natural disasters
  • Personal Emergency: such as a house fire, theft or car accident
  • Funeral and Loss: such as burial expenses or living costs after losing a loved one
  • Sports: such as equipment, competitions or team fees
  • Community: such as neighborhood services, community improvements or environmental improvements

Nonprofit fundraisers continue to be available for people on Facebook to raise funds and awareness for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

It’s easy to get started:

  1. On mobile, tap the menu icon and select Fundraisers, or on desktop, go to facebook.com/fundraisers
  2. Choose to raise money for a Friend, Yourself or Someone or Something Not on Facebook
  3. Give your fundraiser a title and compelling story, and start raising money

All fundraisers are reviewed within 24 hours. Personal fundraisers are available on all devices, and have a 6.9% Facebook commission fee + $0.30 fee that goes to payment processing, fundraiser vetting, and security and fraud protection. Facebook’s goal is to create a platform for good that’s sustainable over the long-term, and not to make a profit from our charitable giving tools.

We’re constantly inspired by the good people on Facebook do, and we’re excited to learn more about how people use this new product so we can continue improving the experience.

Find out more about Facebook fundraisers at facebook.com/fundraisers.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

RentUs.com Seeks Equity Crowdfunding via Wefunder to Reinvent the Rental Industry

11 May

Investing in Rentus.com Provides an Investment Opportunity for Non-Accredited and Accredited Investors to Buy into the $60 Billion U.S. Rental Industry for as Little as a $100 Investment

By Robert Hoskins

Los Angeles, CaliforniaRentus.com, the leading online and mobile rental marketplace is launching a Crowdfunding (Reg CF) campaign on the Wefunder equity crowdfunding platform. The crowdfunding campaign allows anyone to become an investor and get in at the ground floor for as little as $100.

Investing in Rentus.com Provides an Investment Opportunity for Non-Accredited and Accredited Investors to Buy into the $60 Billion U.S. Rental Industry for as Little as a $100 Investment

Investing in Rentus.com Provides an Investment Opportunity for Non-Accredited and Accredited Investors to Buy into the $60 Billion U.S. Rental Industry for as Little as a $100 Investment

Rentus.com is a website and mobile app available on Apple iOS iTunes store that allows people to shop, compare and rent anything. And users can also make extra income by renting out items they already own.

Rentus.com is targeting the enormous rental industry estimated to be $60 billion strong in the US alone.

With the crowdfunding campaign, Rentus.com is allowing potential investors to get in at the ground floor giving them the opportunity to make money off their investment as Rentus.com grows and expands.

To date, the Sharing Economy has produced very lucrative returns. For those that got in at the ground floor of Uber and Airbnb it turned $1,000 investments into $15 million for Uber and $10 million for Airbnb.

“The rental industry is old-fashioned, out-of-date and needs an upgrade, just like the taxi industry did not too long ago,” said Rentus.com’s CEO, Elias Chavando. “Rentus.com is giving it a new life by providing a technology up to create a brand new online, interactive, and accessible marketplace. Rental companies can now have online reservations and will be able to attract new customers while using our system as their back-end inventory system.”

Rentus.com is a mobile and online rental marketplace where people can rent just about anything. From tools and equipment, to party supplies and camping gear. Rentus.com is tapping into the rising trend of a sharing economy to bring the person-to-person rental industry to a user-friendly and trusted platform. For companies, already in the rental business, it provides efficient access to consumers.

“With the crowdfunding campaign, we are giving our users and crowdfunding investors an opportunity to get into the process early on as we continue to grow our business,” Chavando added. “It’s an opportunity for those that missed out on their chance to invest with Uber and Airbnb to buy into the the next wave of the sharing economy.”

Unlike traditional crowdfunding campaigns on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, regulation crowdfunding through Wefunder enables campaign supporters to purchase an equity stake in Rentus.com and share in the rewards when the company goes on to future financial success.

“Rentus.com provides us with an additional source of leads and a consolidated portal where our clients go to find what they need,” said Dan Toomey, Pro HD Rentals’ President. “Understanding our need for additional sources of revenue was very attractive and led to our decision to become a client. Understanding the huge need for a platform like Rentus.com also convinced me become an investor.”

Rentus.com is available online at Rentus.com and the Rentus.com mobile app is available for iOS on the iTunes store. To learn more about the crowdfunding campaign and to invest, please visit Wefunder.com/rentuscom

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

MyKronoz ZeTime: The Hybrid Smartwatch Makes Crowdfunding History Raising $5.3 Million on Kickstarter

9 May

The Swiss challenger is not stopping there; ZeTime pre-orders are now available on Indiegogo from $149, a discount of the future retail price of $199

Geneva, Switzerland – In just 35 days, Swiss brand MyKronoz, has now entered crowdfunding history: at $5.3 million, the game changing timepiece ZeTime has become the most-funded project from a European company, as well as the most-funded hybrid smartwatch ever.

ZeTime pre-orders are now available on Indiegogo from $149, a discount of the future retail price of $199

ZeTime pre-orders now available on Indiegogo for $149, a discount of the future retail price of $199

Pre-orders for the ZeTime are now continuing on Indiegogo. With this achievement MyKronoz aims to become the worldwide leader in the hybrid smartwatch market segment.

Having already sold more than 2 million wearables since its launch in 2013 thanks to its “smartwatches for everyone” approach, accessible price points, a wide variety of models, and on-trend designs, MyKronoz is today an established and leading player in Europe.

The latest success of its crowdfunding campaign confirms MyKronoz bold leadership ambition to conquer the world outside Europe, especially in North America and Southeast Asia where thousands backers have supported this Swiss innovation.

MyKronoz is determined to accelerate its expansion across a network of strategic retail partners and increase its global market share, both with ZeTime and the rest of its $39 – $199 product range.

Today, MyKronoz is the first to offer a smartwatch with mechanical hands over TFT color touchscreen. This pioneering engineering means ZeTime is able to blend the classic design of a traditional timepiece with the most advanced features of a smartwatch, while making no compromises in quality of the materials, water resistance or battery life.

Proprietary ‘Smart Movement’ technology enables these always-on hands to function for up to 30 days with a single charge, while adjusting to users’ timezone, as well as aligning to make sure they do not obstruct visibility of the screen when reading notifications.

Combining Swiss watchmaking with wearable tech expertise

“We are achieving this success in the context of a wearables market where mainstream adoption has not yet taken off. So we decided to create a new dynamic by delivering the perfect hybrid smartwatch without compromises,” said Boris Brault, CEO and founder of MyKronoz. “Bringing the best of Swiss design and watchmaking expertise into a wearable device. ZeTime embodies this vision, and demonstrates our position as a game changer and fierce challenger to both established watchmakers and wearables players.”

Brault continued, “The huge momentum of this Kickstarter campaign has really been another market validation for us: both on the potential of hybrid smartwatches, and the international growth of our Swiss Brand thanks to this fantastic innovation. We have really felt an incredible amount of passion from our backers, and impatience for our product. This helps us to pursue our ambition to become tomorrow’s leader in new generation watches.”

Behind this groundbreaking success story lie 26,828 backers, a community that truly collaborated to build the ZeTime together. After raising 500% of their original funding goal in less than 24 hours on Kickstarter, MyKronoz surveyed contributors for stretch goal ideas.

Suggestions flooded in, ranging from “Kickstarter exclusives” such as a limited-edition watch engraving and “Kickstarter Green” stitch carbon wristband, to the more technically demanding such as upgrading the watch’s original Gorilla Glass protective screen to Sapphire Glass.

While pursuing its mission to make the perfect and most universal smartwatch, MyKronoz was able to integrate not only these features, but also to launch a much-requested 39mm “Petite” version of ZeTime, ensuring that all consumers could find the model that fits their wrist, however wide or small.

This community engagement, visible in the over 8,000 comments posted on the campaign’s front page alone, was amplified further during its two Kickstarter Live broadcasts: more than 3,000 simultaneous users attended to meet and chat with the company CEO, CPO and CMO, and see close-ups of product prototypes.

MyKronoz is extremely grateful to Kickstarter community for ZeTime’s success: the $5.3 million total has earned the campaign a solid place in the platform’s hall of fame.

However, the Swiss challenger is not stopping there: with pre-orders now available on Indiegogo from $149, a discount of the future retail price of $199.90 (shipping in October for Regular version, December for Petite version), it is not too late for those who missed the Kickstarter to claim a piece of this smartwatch revolution.

ZeTime: Breaking tech barriers to be an elegant daily companion

A classic take on wearable technology, ZeTime has a sleek stainless steel watch case available in two sizes (44mm & 39mm) inspired by the finest Swiss design, along with a variety of interchangeable digital watch faces and straps created to fit every style.

ZeTime is set for action with a 3-axis accelerometer and an optical heart-rate sensor to track activity and sleep. With waterproof performance (up to 30 meters’ depth), ZeTime provides the quality and versatility expected from traditional high-end timepieces, at a much lower price.

ZeTime belongs to the fast-growing segment of hybrid smartwatches, which at first glance look and function like traditional analogue watches but include smart features such as activity tracking, heart rate monitor and notifications. Accounting for a 7% share of smartwatch sales in 2016, market research firm Counterpoint Technology predicts hybrid smartwatches will rise to a 12% share in 2017, doubling in revenues to more than US$ 1 Billion.

Though both luxury traditional watchmakers and wearable tech brands are turning towards hybrid models, with ZeTime, MyKronoz is the first to drill a hole in a TFT color touchscreen display to incorporate mechanical moving hands.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

Titan Note Earns more than $500k with Four Days to Go via Perks-Based Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

31 Mar

Titan Note’s innovative technology promises to make pen and paper a thing of the past for taking notes in school and office environments

 By Robert Hoskins

Malmo, Sweden – Titan Note, the pocket-sized transcription device, has passed their most recent stretch goal of $500,000. Titan Note is a groundbreaking device that will forever change the way someone take notes. Since the beginning of time, people have taken notes by hand. Titan Note paves the way for the future and it is giant leap forward in a field that has not seen much progress. Titan Note uses cutting edge speech recognition that records audio by multiple microphones. It is equipped with advanced voice biometrics to identify who is speaking. It’s sleek and simple design is portable, water resistant, and now comes in a variety of colors.

Titan Note allows students around the world can now spend their time focusing in class, rather than taking notes that cause distraction

Titan Note allows students around the world can now spend their time focusing in class, rather than taking notes that cause distraction

“Titan Note is a device that millions of people will benefit from. Students around the world can now spend their time focusing in class, rather than taking notes that cause distraction,” Titan Note CEO Erik Jansson said. “We’re very proud to announce new features for Titan Note and continue to perfect the device.”

Titan Note transcribes in real-time, so there is minimal delay between recording and transcription. Titan Note’s application allows users to edit and add information as the transcription is rolling in. The word error rate for Titan Note is roughly the same as human transcription, so there is little need to go into the Titan Note application and edit. Titan Note can decipher between multiple speakers in a large lecture hall or office and is effective up to 70 feet. Titan Note is equipped with noise-canceling microphones combined with noise-canceling algorithms to filter out background noise and improve the accuracy.

On Indiegogo, Titan Note began with a goal of $35,000, which was quickly surpassed over only a couple of days. After fully funding, Titan Note announced a new goal of $150,000 then they were onto another goal of $250,000, which was rapidly reached. After that exciting jump, Titan Note was onto their next goal of $500,000. By reaching this stretch goal, the campaign has unlocked two new colors, genius green and success yellow.

Titan Note’s technology has incorporated extra features to make note-taking more fun. Titan Note is also endowed with a Bluetooth speaker that is able to play music through the Titan Note Application. The application will be available for free on Android and iOS. In addition, the device doubles as a power bank for any USB compatible charger. To ensure Titan Note is never left behind, it is equipped with an anti-lost system that will alert the user via the Titan Note app.

Titan Note created their first hardware prototype almost a year ago and are working hard to add more languages into the device’s translation capabilities. The team at Titan Note is thrilled to announce their new stretch goal of $1,000,000. They will be updating the device with new features and colors and will be introducing Savvy Silver and Focus Blue as two new color options. Two new features will include being able to upload old recordings to the app for transcription and getting timestamps to see how long each person has been talking.

Titan Note is currently being sold for $80 on Indiegogo. To learn more about Titan Note or to pre-order, visit bit.ly/TitanNoteIGG.

When Titan Note CEO, Erik Jansson, was in college and university, many complained that it was hard to listen and take notes at the same time. It was then he realized that there had to be a better way. It was then he got to work developing a more advanced and accurate method of taking notes. Jansson has a goal to save people time, headache and missed information with the introduction of Titan Note.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.
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