November 6, 2014
Dana Ostomel Founder Deposit a Gift

This is a guest post by Dana Ostomel who is the founder and Chief Gifting Officer of Deposit a Gift, the crowdfunding platform that lets you raise money for anything that matters to you.


#GivingTuesday is less than a month away. Are you ready for the 3rd annual day of giving on 12/2? Coming on the heels of the commercial craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to do some good amidst the commercialism of the holidays, and it’s practically built for crowdfunding . You can run any type of donation campaign, from kicking off a year-end appeal to…

November 2, 2014
Amanda Barbara teaching a class on Reward Crowdfunding

I have been running NYC Crowdfunding Networking meetup since it’s launch last summer. I have seen it grow from a handful of members to over 800 as of today.  Not only am I excited that the community has grown tremendously but  I also appreciate how much the meetup has helped me personally.  I have been able to network with the key crowdfunding players from all over the world. The original goal for launching the meetup was to bring the NYC crowdfunding community together.  All of us were in the same boat trying to learn from one another and move the industry forward.  What…

October 6, 2014
Crowdfunding Advice

After launching consulting services 6 months ago, I have personally talked to hundreds of people wanting to crowdfund and have noticed a pattern among the majority of them. Here are the biggest misconceptions that I’ve found.

 Type – The majority are only familiar with one type of crowdfunding. No matter if they want to raise a few thousand dollars or one million dollars, they are mostly interested in reward crowdfunding. Why pay interest or give equity away when you can get the money by giving t-shirts? They do not now that other types of crowdfunding exist like lending or equity.
Crowd – When…

August 12, 2014

As crowdfunding pervades the entrepreneurial realm, specific professions have emerged along with it. A crowdfunding campaign requires a number of things to allow it to do good marketing. A whole industry has emerged to cater to the needs of such campaigns. For example, promotional sites such as CrowdFundBuzz, CrowdBuilder, and CrowdfundingPR are geared towards drawing a larger audience towards a specific campaign through press releases, social media, and other forms of public relations.


Crowdfunding campaigns have also called for more specific professions such as videographers, lawyers, and accountants. Videos have become increasingly crucial to crowdfunding campaigns because they act as the…

August 1, 2014

In the past few weeks we worked on improving the crowdfunding platform profile page. We redesigned the appearance of the pages for each platform and added more information about the campaigns in each review—such as the amount that users wanted to raise, the amount they actually raised, and the category of respective project. With this additional information our users can get a better understanding of the reviews and pay more attention to ones that are similar to their own projects. We also updated the profile view for each of the platforms. Now the platform’s Twitter feed and the breakdown for of…