Crowdfunding: What it Means for Investors
Bill Clark is the CEO of Microventures, a securities broker/dealer that uses a process similar to crowdfunding which allows backers to invest $1,000 to $30,000 in startups online. You can follow him on Twitter @microventures.
The crowdfunding feature in the recently passed JOBS Act will not only impact startups, it will affect investors, too. That’s because the law allows almost anyone to invest in a startup. There is one catch, however.
In the amended bill, the Senate gave the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 270 days to interpret and issue the rules for the public…
Got a Hot App? Microsoft Will Pay Top Dollar for a Windows Phone Version
Microsoft has a plan to beef up its Windows Phone catalog of apps. And it involves cash — lots of cold, hard cash.
In the mobile world, Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is a toddler compared to the mature ecosystems of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. That means the number of apps on offer in the Windows Marketplace is just a fraction of those available from its counterparts — it’s officially 65,000 to iOS’s 600,000 and Android’s 500,000. Some counts put it higher…
‘Hipster Games’ Contestants Fight for PBR, Brunch [VIDEO]
This nearly three-minute clip shows what the hit movie, “The Hunger Games” might be like for hipsters. One woman and one “woman-ish man” from five districts — Portland, Austin, Brooklyn, Oakland, and Silverlake — must fight to the death.
The video was directed by Los Angeles resident Christopher Guerrero, president of Wyoma Films. The film short was written by Brett Salinas and Camille Campbell…
Public Shaming Does The Job: Bank Of America Gives Army Vet His $25K Back
It’s not that we love the act of shaming a big, greedy bank into doing the right thing — wait. Scratch that. We totally love it, which is why we’re happy that Bank of America finally refunded over $25,000 in fraudulent debit charges to a U.S. Army reservist. All it took was years of fighting, a little public flogging and collective indignation.
Two years had to go by before John will finally see the money that was taken from his account, after he paid for a few drinks at a club in Greece and someone else then charged thousands of dollars on his card…
Heat Map Displays 75% of Global Stock Market on App Interface [VIDEO]
Stock traders are used to seeing important numbers in cluttered market tickers. The new StockTouch app allows you to visualize the stocks of 1,350 companies on one interface.
The StockTouch app is a easy-to-read heat map that displays the top 100 U.S. and top 100 global companies in all 9 industry sectors of the market. The creators of StockTouch built this new-age stock ticker to bring data visualization to the masses. The new app covers nearly 75% of all global trading activity.
The vibrant app displays 50,000 tiles of heat…
Sears Goes Mobile with Full Online Store
Sears Canada has launched a mobile app, making it the first Canadian traditional retail store to put a completely functional website available on a smart phone.
Canadian Sears fan can now have instant access to over 80,000 items that were, until now, only available on Sears.ca. The app is available in English of French, and users can browse, compare and purchase all from their mobile phone.
The app also features daily deals, exclusive mobile offers, and store information…
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Daily Deal Summit Update – New Exhibitors & Sponsors Confirmed
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As a reminder, the Daily Deal Summit East will be held April 17-18 at the Crowne Plaza in New York City…
Etsy Will Send 20 Women to Summer Hacker School
Etsy, the handmade goods marketplace fueling the online community of crafty entrepreneurs, wants to give women in technology a boost.
The ecommerce network is driven by a large community of female vendors and buyers, but Etsy’s own engineers and operations managers don’t reflect its audience.
It’s a constant effort for Etsy to find and hire qualified female engineers, but there just aren’t enough. Three of the 96 engineering and operations employees last September were women…
Groupon Dissatisfaction Continues to Grow Worldwide – Finland Joins List of Unhappy Consumers
But Groupon isn’t just facing problems here at home. Consumer complaints and investigations have followed the daily deals provider around the globe…
Google+ Grew 27% in March, Logged 61 Million Visits [STUDY]
The following chart, which the researcher provided to Mashable, shows that Google+ has enjoyed relatively steady growth in monthly visits since it went live last June:
The data comes after Google CEO Larry Page claimed in a state-of-Google blog post on Thursday that Google+ now has 100 million active users, 10 million more than the figure he shared with analysts in January…
Counting Down the Days to Mashable Connect
With only a few weeks away until Mashable Connect, now’s a better time than ever to get your pass to Mashable‘s biggest conference of the year.
This three-day conference is a must-attend event for leaders of the Connected Generation. There, industry leaders will shape the ideas and trends that will impact the space in the coming years. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with digital leaders and influencers, hear from some of the leading minds who are thinking through some of the toughest issues in the space, make true connections with key contacts, and spend time with the Mashable team…