Crowdfunding Predictions for 2013

2012 was quite a year for the crowdfunding industry. In April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, which will open up equity-based crowdfunding for unaccredited investors. In May, the Pebble E-Paper Watch set a crowdfunding record and gained national media headlines, raising over $10 million on donation-based crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Research firm Massolution estimates the crowdfunding industry (equity + donation + lending +reward crowdfunding) will grow from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $2.8 billion in 2012.

December 13, 2012 ·



NSF Launches GROW to Accelerate International Research Collaborations

Today NSF Director Subra Suresh announced Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW), a new and coordinated effort that will expand and enhance international collaborative research opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows, with initial agreements with science agencies in eight countries.

December 6, 2012 ·



Interview Series: Q&A with Researcher Peter Mills

iAMscientist - What is your view of the current system of educating scientists? Peter Mills – The whole process of training scientists seems to be designed to suppress the very things that make science possible: innovation and creativity.

August 27, 2012 ·



Crowd Funding Your Next Project

Entrepreneur and author, Seth Godin, has recently raised about $237,000 through Kickstarter to fund his latest book ideas, including the title, “The Icarus Deception.” According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, Godin presented several projects to crowd investors to gauge public interest in them. Is this the future of publishing, and perhaps product development as well? Sure, crowd funding is a boon for small companies, which tend to bring in higher returns than larger ones over time , but are we approaching an age when the general, micro-investing public – empowered by the 2012 Crowdfund Act – must sign off on a new idea before it goes to development and eventual launch? For good or ill, entrepreneurs are taking advantage of small-sum investors.

July 1, 2012 ·