Tag Archives: Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Short

Crowdfunding is democratizing entrepreneurship.

Last December, a portal desktop computer – that anyone can assemble – called Kano raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter. In July 2014, Bug-A-Salt, a toy like shotgun that shoots salt blasts to kill insects, raised more than half-a-million on Indiegogo.

What these projects have in common is that consumers wanted them – and were willing to pay to have them developed from an entrepreneur’s imagination.

In the last 3 years, the crowdfunding economy has more than tripled to more than $5.1 billion.

But what’s hard to imagine is that this market is still in its infancy. The crowdfunding economy is about to undergo a dramatic shift. Keep reading to learn why. Read More…

Volcano Jess 1

The daughter of FBI agents, Jess Pelaez was destined for a life of adventure.  As a volcano researcher, she’s been on expeditions to Hawaii, Peru, and Wyoming. The nonprofit entrepreneur has dodged cartel shootouts in Mexico, ridden the Mongol Derby horse race, and crashed an $8M remote-operated submersible into the bottom of the ocean.

Today, she and her co-founder (and husband) Carlos Pelaez are building Blueprint Earth, a California based nonprofit that helps scientists work collaboratively to replicate the world’s environment.

In today’s interview, she shares:

  • The power of execution – how far you can take can idea in just a few months
  • The experience of working with her husband as her co-founder
  • Why she’s tackling a scientific problem much bigger than herself
  • How she views her role as a woman in science and as a female nonprofit entrepreneur
  • Read More…