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Does Your Startup Need A Million Bucks? Here's How To Get It via Crowdfunding

Does Your Startup Need A Million Bucks? Here's How To Get It via Crowdfunding | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Bunch O Balloons Featured on TODAY Show This morning!

Bunch O Balloons, an easy to use time saving water balloon invention, may make $1M on Kickstsarter thanks to great crowdfunding marketing and the new SEO. Team Curagami is in Charlotte at the Search Exchange Conference.

This Curatti post combines a fascinating new tool set capable of making "Editors of Chaos" come true and the story of how a crowdfunding project goes "mega-viral".





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malek's curator insight, July 31, 2014 11:39 AM

Curagami helps form the “Ambassador Layer” every website and brand needs these days. Ambassadors, people who’ve “bought in” to a brand’s mission and want to help, need to be given contextually appropriate “jobs”.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 1, 2014 5:18 PM

Thanks much to Justin Jones

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Triangle Startup Factory Video Diary: Day 2 - Tap SEO Power of "Unrealized Networks"

Triangle Startup Factory Video Diary: Day 2 - Tap SEO Power of "Unrealized Networks" | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

CrowdFunde team is attending startup school. This Triangle Startup Factory Dairy shares our journey. Day 2 = creation of "unrealized networks", UGC & SEO.

Day 2: Tapping Unrealized Networks
Wow, what a day. Started with a Scrum-like standup and then worked the Business Model Canvas with TSF Founder Chris Heivly and Whitney. Discussing CrowdFunde's SEO benefit we realized that many businesses have "unrealized networks".

Unrealized networks are your customers. One undeniable New SEO truth is commons or platforms like HuffPost and Facebook out perform all other models. Problem is how does a small business easily add a "commons" that won't cost them a million bucks in cash or time?

CrowdFunde to the rescue.

CrowdFunde's goal is to help our partners TAP the gold they carry in their unrealized network. When I was a Director of Ecommerce our mailing list was around 50,000. We communicated with our customers regularly because email marketing was the most profitable Internet marketing channel (by far).

What we DID NOT do was for a community. We didn't realize benefits from our network. This Video Diary includes a 2 minute video that walks you through our first cut at tapping "unrealized networks". Please share any thoughts, reactions or ideas.

We are in "startup school" at the Triangle Startup Factory in Durham, NC for 12 weeks and everything is up for grabs. Together we create a cool tool, a "get more with less" tool to help conquer the "New SEO".

Thanks, CrowdFunde team and Marty

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Triangle Startup Factory ACCEPTS CrowdFunde For Spring 2014 Class

Triangle Startup Factory ACCEPTS CrowdFunde For Spring 2014 Class | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

CrowdFunde Accepted Triangle Startup (TSF) Factory
Thanks to friends who wrote cards and letters and thanks to the team at Triangle Startup Factory, our Durham, NC based startup incubator, who are willing to take a risk on CrowdFUnde as we smash content marketing and crowdfunding together to see what happens.

Our TSF session starts March 10th and we hope you will join us as we share this great startup adventure.

CrowdFunde
http://www.crowdfunde.com

Haiku Deck Pitch to TSF
http://shar.es/QFOzU


Triangle Startup Factory
http://thestartupfactory.co/


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Pssst...hey man you got the Crowdfunde Enterprise Crowdfunding Biz Plan or What?

Pssst...hey man you got the Crowdfunde Enterprise Crowdfunding Biz Plan or What? | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Waterboarding or Business Plan Reading
I "retired" from my Marketing Director post at Atlantic BT last week to start my fifth company. Yes that's right the Shuffle Board World Championships will have to wait a few more years as we try to build a new tool to help B2C and B2B content marketers tap a rich new vein of User Generated Content gold - "enterprise crowdfunding".

Yes we realize "enterprise crowdfunding" sound like an oxymoron, but we think crowdfunding will become a new marketing channel for e-retailers and B2B content marketers. Our plan is due Monday. If you would like to be a "reader" and pass up the waterboarding let us know and we will make sure you get a copy of the Crowdfunde business plan.

All ides, comments and suggestions are much appreciated no matter how much we disagree (lol). Marty

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Rock Scoopit? Great Content Curator? CrowdFunde Hiring 10 Great Content Curators

Rock Scoopit? Great Content Curator? CrowdFunde Hiring 10 Great Content Curators | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

If you love using Scoop.it we have a job for you. CrowdFunde, a Durham NC startup, is searching for the top 10 content curators in the world. CrowdFunde is a new company dedicated to helping websites, brands and companies tap wisdom of crowds.

And we need 10 great content curators to help!

If you are a great content curator we want to recognize your contribution, pay you to do something you love and include you in a cool new company about to change the way ecommerce merchants create content marketing and the way content marketers know what content to create.

If you are a great curator we hope you will apply at CrowdFunde.com
http://www.crowdfunde.com/top-curator-contest-crowdfunde-hiring/

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Creating CrowdFunde's New Logo - Crowdfunde

Creating CrowdFunde's New Logo - Crowdfunde | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Creating CrowdFunde's new logo includes our rough drafts along with a short description of why the graphic design ended up where it did.

As I share in this post about the process of creating a logo any graphical communication should lead, follow or get out of the way (lol). In this case WTE.net's designer Rachelle Leath suggested something I didn't see - she made Funde green.

That may seem like a small thing, but it isn't. I've been working on this logo for months and felt like I had it close. I needed another pair of eyes, a pro graphic designer to supplement my amateur efforts (lol).l

Once I saw Funde i green my immediate reaction was, "That tells a better story". Every element needs to tell a story especially a logo. Sometimes I have the logo creation story all worked out. Not this time.

This time I had a good design, but I missed Rachelle's idea to emphasize CROWD and Funde. This emphasis helps tell CrowdFunde's brand story. The positioning of crowdsourcing and content marketing FUNDED by crowds is easier to SEE now. This new logo begins to tell that story right off.

When you create a hook like Funde in green the minute you explain it your visitors will have a V8 moment. They will smack their head and your story and graphic will feel easy, understandable and fun.

Great job by Rachelle and WTE team helping to create a new CrowdFunde logo. Now our job, as the marketing team, is to craft a brand story consistent with the new logo. I like to write a short story ABOUT the logo. Why?

A good logo prompts curiosity, so answer the unstated but prevalent question of why we crafted the logo the way we did provides another brand positioning and storytelling opportunity.  

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Sleep When Dead - Triangle Startup Factory @CrowdFunde App is IN!

Sleep When Dead - Triangle Startup Factory @CrowdFunde App is IN! | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

CrowdFunde's Triangle Startup Factory incubator application is IN a day before their deadline tomorrow Sunday the 19th (YES).


Please follow @CrowdFunde and wish us luck in our application.

Watch a video fo Me (Marty) explaining CrowdFunde here (with cameo from Lucian the crazy cat):
http://youtu.be/CtLStPJ6C4k

Wish us luck! #fingerscrossed Marty

Now sleep is mandatory or "dead" isn't going to be so funny. Thanks for support from an army of friends such as Phil Buckley, Frank Pollack and Nick and the team at Smashing Boxes at the American Underground in Durham. You guys ROCK! Marty

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