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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pozible Launches Crowdfunding Match Program with Shanghai-Nanxiang Government, IDG Capital Partners

Unprecedented Collaboration with Government Office Connects Entrepreneurs with Capital, Manufacturing Support, Chinese Entity Setup and More

SHANGHAI and MELBOURNE – November 5, 2014 – Pozible, Asia Pac’s largest crowdfunding platform, has just announced a partnership with IDG Captial Partners and the Shanghai-Nanxiang government to award matching funds and other support to the entrepreneurs behind the seven strongest Internet of Things (IoT) projects in a three-month promotion starting November 15.

Any IoT-related hardware project that registers on the Pozible platform during the three-month season will be eligible for the program, which is open to creators from all over world. On February 15, 2015, the seven projects that raise the most funds for their campaigns will receive a dollar-for-dollar reward. The top funding campaign will be awarded up to US$81,000; up to US$32,000 matched funds will be granted to the runner-up; and a maximum of US$9,000 will be awarded to the remaining five campaigns.

In addition to the matched funds, the Shanghai-Nanxiang government will provide the winning campaign owners with manufacturing and prototype resources, free Chinese entity setup services and will even introduce the teams to potential investors.

“As Asia Pac’s biggest crowdfunding platform, Pozible has always been focused on connecting great ideas with great opportunities. This collaboration with the Shanghai-Nanxiang government and IDG Capital Partners allows us to give our creators a great boost in funding,” said Rick Chen, co-founder and CEO of Pozible. “China is a great place for hardware companies to get started, but it can also be challenging for outsiders to navigate its business and manufacturing systems unless they know the market. The support resources the Shanghai-Nanxiang government is offering the winning project creators is more valuable for the long-term future of their companies than the funding itself.”

This program is part of Shanghai-Nanxiang’s Technology 50, an initiative to provide new technology companies with office space, investment opportunities and other services, with the help of Chinese venture firms. With IoT on the rise, the Chinese government has been instrumental in supporting innovators in the sector and is planning to invest $600 billion by 2020 in IoT.

“China is growing into the global leader in IoT. We’re delighted to support this new program and encourage entrepreneurs to grow their technology with us,” said Aliza Gao, representative with Technology 50.

“We’re excited to be involved with the work Pozible is doing to support innovation globally. There’s never been more interest in new tech, and we’re looking forward to watching the type of projects that emerge,” said Phil Jiang, managing director IDG China, Shanghai Office.

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Deposit a Gift Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to Inspire Spending with Purpose

PRLog – Nov. 4, 2014 – NEW YORK — New York City, New York, November 4, 2014 – This week, crowdfunding platform, Deposit a Gift (, announces it’s #GivingTuesday Give Back program to inspire users to engage in the 3rd annual global day of giving on December 2nd. Deposit a Gift joins the ranks of businesses, charities, communities, religious organizations and individuals who are transforming the holidays with this powerhouse day of giving.

In the spirit of the season, Deposit a Gift will be giving back too. The site is happy to announce that it will waive its platform fee and donate it back to participating campaigns.They will also be offering a free webinar prep course, extra marketing support and special social media spotlights. Founder and CEO, Dana Ostomel, is thrilled to offer this to our customers, “One of the greatest joys of running Deposit a Gift is our ability to help people on a mass scale. It’s our pleasure to take this opportunity to galvanize our community to give back and offer our support on #GivingTuesday.”

Deposit a Gift and #GivingTuesday are a natural fit. #GivingTuesday is practically built for crowdfunding and who better to lead the charitable charge than Deposit a Gift, a company who’s name is based in giving. Deposit a Gift is dedicated to making the process of getting involved with #GivingTuesday as simple as possible. It’s perfect for kicking off a year-end appeal or fundraising for a specific need.

To learn more about how it works, please visit:

About Deposit a Gift is the most flexible funding platform for organizational and personal fundraising. The all-in-one platform for donations, sponsorships and ticket sales is built to leverage social networks and viral sharing! For anyone looking to raise money and rally supporters, Deposit a Gift offers the perfect way to showcase exactly what you want money for and incite people to contribute. Launched in 2010, Deposit a Gift serves the growing need to raise money online for anything from charitable organizations and disaster relief, to school fundraising, help with medical bills, memorial funds, pet rescue or crowdfunding a personal project. To learn more and start your fundraiser today, visit:

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Teenage Entrepreneur Seeks To Feed 1000 Families For Thanksgiving

Tiana Ramos, the teenage founder of Naughty Girls Donut Shop, hopes to feed dinner 1,000 families this Thanksgiving and she needs your help! She is raising money on Fundly. Recently, I caught up with Tiana to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I am only person but it seems as if I was put here to do so much more. I want to give back. I want to help others see the blessing in passing it forward. I am hoping to give 1,000 families a reason to say thank you and give them a reason to push forward in hopes that when they become able they too could pass the blessing forward.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

In working with Schnecks foods. The price to feed 1,000 families is approximately $14,888. I am looking to raise $15,000. We are using a 501c3. The money will go directly into the Day of Unity Bank Account. The funds will be used to directly purchase food for these families. We are working with several nonprofits so it is a tax deduction.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are currently working with loaves and fishes and the United Way in efforts to feed 1,000 hungry families throughout several counties including Warren County, Frederick County, Fauquier County and Prince William County. We are reaching out through the various food pantries in hopes to get the families who are truly in need this holiday season.

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Environmentalist Crowdfunds To Save Community Forest

Nikki Brown is working to save the Kilfinan Community Forest in Scotland and she needs your help! She is raising money on Indiegogo. Recently, I caught up with Nikki to learn more about her work; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Our crowdfunding campaign will help save a vital community resource in the highlands of Scotland – the Kilfinan Community Forest. With every £20 donation we will be able to plant a new sapling to help reforest an area that was destroyed by storms in 2013.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We hope to raise £5500, which will give us enough to plant 500 saplings and many more seeds. This will be enough to replant the whole destroyed area of forest.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

Our community forest not only created oxygen and an a habitat for wildlife – it’s a also a creative outdoor learning space for the local primary school and a recreational area for locals. We intend to build crofts and affordable housing on the land too. We believe the best way to create a living forest is to have people living in it!

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

For each £20 donated you will be able to sponsor your own sapling. You’ll be able to name your tree and will get a certificate. You’re welcome to come and visit it whenever you like, and for additional donations we can also offer a tour, packs of greetings cards featuring hand-drawn images of the forest, a plot-to-plate picnic on the site, and lots of wild camping.

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Quadriplegic Entrepreneur Puts Service To Others First

Benjamin Alessi is a quadriplegic entrepreneur working to make a difference in the world and he needs your help! He is raising money on his website.. Recently, I caught up with Ben to learn more about her work; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The Naked Collective is a lifestyle company, currently it is made up of four art/fashion “collections,” and two musical “collectives.” Each “collection” and “collective” has a very specific social benefit, and we do not seek monetary goals when we prepare for any of our releases except to cover the costs and our time. Currently, we were able to scrape together the funds necessary to begin our four art collectives, and each one of them has a social goal attached to it. For example, all profits on purchases of any items in our “Local Legends” collection go towards Justina McIntyre, the mom of Ronnie Powell aka “The Truth” who passed away due to painkiller abuse. Justina, in turn, donates some of the shirts we send her, and any money raised towards a charity stopping painkiller abuse. This is just one small example of the good we are already trying to do, but let us get back to the goal at hand….

Our bottom line is customer satisfaction, and more importantly, community. The way we achieve our bottom line is through the arts, the true soul of life. The music we sponsor through our #restoretheradio program brings listeners to our website, where they can easily access many of the “lifestyle” features we provide for artists and art appreciators alike.

The “we” I referenced earlier is a community of customers, artists, musicians, and fans that extends worldwide, and includes producers, rappers, artists, collectors. listeners, customers, and fans that can be specifically accounted for in 39 states, and every continent (excluding Antartica.) Some of the people we have contacted, promoted or collaborated with in our “Naked Collective” include celebrities like producer Cardiak Flatline, comedians Heather McDonald , Tom Green and Brad Trackman and artists Afroman, Rone, Big Sean, Joel Venom , Carmine, and hundreds of others. Using the connections that we have established through hard work and dedication, me and my team of young visionaries have been able to establish connections, distribute product, and learn our craft. I am reffering to events llike Big Sean’s first ever concert in Philadelphia ( April of 2011, put on by Easy Threads Clothing in collaboration with companies like Def Jam ) , Wiz Khalifa “Be Easy” benefit concert for ,and the infamous yearly “Be Easy Bash”, which occurs each summer, and draws as many as 2,300 local artists, concert goers and visionaries like Paris Artelli, Dannie Phantom, The Smiling Lies, Millionz and Physicz (both artists w/ The Naked Co.)

One of the main purposes of The Naked Collective is community, and one of the biggest social benefits that The Naked Collective provides exists within this community. For this specific we have an objective that we seek to achieve. This objective is to restore the power of the radio to listeners, and to establish a morally strong, artistically raw, world-wide platform for artists and audiophiles alike. We believe the arts inspire innovation, generate happiness, and ultimately promote the collaboration that allows us break through social barriers, give individuals a chance for self-expression, and spreads ideas that change the world. Literally, we seek to strip the music industry down in order to illuminate the true beauty and sole of the arts. We hope to do this not only through the very first lifestyle app. ,but through two very unique collector’s “mixed” tapes and our #restoretheradio agenda.

By putting on local artists with A-list celebrities, establishg the connections needed for success, providing cost-friendly clothing for fashion-friendly folk and matching their purchases to clothe those truly homeless or without clothing, and spread the gifts of music and art.

These are the “naked” objectives.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We need to raise $70,000.00 cover the costs of TWO very important projects.

These two projects are called “The 40th Parallel” and “The Chronicles”, and they both will be made available by your donations via the lifestyle app. that we will be using part of the funds for as well.

The 40th Parallel is a music collective under the Naked Collective umbrella. It’s name comes from latitude line that runs through Philadelphia. The purpose of the collective is simple: support, grow, and promote the music and art community of Philadelphia. For the first project, 17 Philadelphia area artists submitted songs to put on a compilation album. Some of these artists have been featured in magazines like “Rolling Stone Magazine”, and others have not yet gotten any press. All of them have donated songs worthy of radio play through our #restorettheradio program.

The 40th parallel will be helping hard-working artists in the area get their name out, connect artists together, and overall tighten and support the Philadelphia music community. In the future, we hope to release seasonal compilation albums and host live pop-up shows featuring these artists.

We thoroughly believe and know that the music we gathered from artists in local Philadelphia deserves to be heard on the local radio. We want to grow a #restorethemusic campaign that restore power to the music that the public truly wants to hear. So far, the collaborative is being promoted so far by WXPN’s “The Key” , WCU Radio 91.7 “the Curve”, NYC Radio 99.3 “TAZ Radio” and there will be a FREE download for anyone on The Naked Collective website, as well purchasable collector’s cassette tape , and CD options.

$30,000.00 of the money we raised would go to covering the costs of press, live shows, merchandise (hats, shirts, stickers, etc.) , as well the costs of making 5,000 playable cassette tapes, complete with cassette case and cover and printing a limited edition “40th Parallel” magazine, full of helpful tips, numbers, leads, pictures, and stories.

If we reach our $30,000.00 goal for The 40th Parallel, we also will have enough money to host our first ever #restoretheradio March at the end of November, in which we hope to get our hundreds and thousands of fans on board to picket, call in, protest, and endlessly request “The 40th Parallel” is played at 104.5 FM, Pennsylvania’s alternative radio station.

Of the remaining $40,000.00 that we are seeking … $30,000.00 is to fund the release of “The Chronicles”, a collector’s hip hop mixed tape that The Naked Collective founder, Ben Alessi (also known as Trill Humble Clinton) has been collecting tracks for since his accident 02/15/110. The album boasts tracks from artists across the world, including:

And over 20 other artists!
The Chronicles is not only a Hip-Hop collector’s must own album, but it is a masterpiece, and provides listeners with a chance to hear Hip Hop / Rap music from a different perspective. The Chronicles provides the listener with morally-balanced songs promoting a positive kind of Hip Hop / Rap music that is virtually impossible to find nowadays, both on the radio and online. The album also is part of our #restoretheradio program, and if the financial goal we have set for The Chronicles is reached, we will launch our “attack” to restore the radio on both Wired 96.5 FM in Philadelphia and Q 102.1 FM.

The $30,000.00 we are asking for this campaign covers the costs of TWO live performances (most of the artists we are booking right now are asking around $7,000.00 for a performance) by A list artists on The Chronicles, as well as THREE live performances by other artists affiliated with The Chronicles.

The money will also cover 2,000 free hard copy CD’s of The Chronicles (not including shipping), and 3,000 unique USB’s pre-loaded with The Chronicles tracklist , and appearing to be a retro cassette tape. The rest of the costs will cover merchandise (beanies, crewneck sweaters, stickers, etc.) ,and promotion costs.

The remaining $10,000.00 that we are seeking to raise money for is to create an app. , available for download on both Iphone and Android. This app. will include all the songs on both the 40th Parallel, and The Chronicles, as well as a user-friendly interface with features like a calendar containing all the performance dates of artists on the collaborative album.

All together, our $70,000.00 asking price will help create and release two full length albums, and a “lifestyle” app. that will promote local music and therefore local economy.

quadriplegic entrepreneur

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The 40th Parallel and The Chronicles will benefit local artists and local community the most, while simultaneously providing these “local” artists with a world wide platform to showcase their art. On the surface, our project benefits artists and art appreciators most, but the affect that our project could have is worldwide. Not only do all of the collections we currently promote have a direct social benefit, but with the money we are trying to raise, we hope to create a virtual app. that will change the world!

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

For all donations of less then $100.00 we will reward our supporters with a hard copy version of both The 40th Parallel and The Chronicles, as well as a tee shirt from one of our collections ( , and a thank you email from The Naked Collective president, Ben Alessi.

For all donations of above $100 and below $1,000 we will reward our supporters with a hard copy cassette version of the 40th Parallel, as well as a CD copy, a USB and CD copy of The Chronicles, two shirts from our collections, as well as stickers, hats, other collector’s items of BOTH The Chronicles and the 40th Parallel releases, AND an access code to our lifestyle application (available on both Android and Iphone.) A personalized Tweet, Facebook post or email is also available.

For all donations above $1,000.00 we will give the supporter ALL of the aforementioned items, plus a customized print autographed by a celebrity involved with The Naked Collective, and a hand written personal note from each member of The Naked Collective.

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Entrepreneur Ready With Investment Crowdfunding For Texas

With the recent adoption of laws allowing for ordinary investors in Texas to invest via online crowdfunding portals, the number of Americans now legally allowed to invest that way has jumped dramatically and may be said to be reaching a critical mass.

Danny Kelman is eager to see. Danny is the founder of CrowdBoarders, a new crowdfunding site for equity, debt rewards and donations–a one stop cafeteria for all kinds of crowdfunding. And his timing may be impeccable.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Danny will join us for a live discussion about the new platform and the new Texas crowdfunding rules. Tune in then to watch the interview live.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about CrowdBoarders:

CrowdBoarders is a 2nd generation crowdfunding Social Investing Network that provides integrated social crowdfunding for equity, donations, rewards and lending.

Crowdboarders is a creative social network where the person raising the funds receives 100% of all of what they raise and registered Crowdboarders can invest, watch, recommend and boost Ideas directly with the network or onto other social networks.

Investment Crowdfunding For Texas

Danny’s bio:

Since getting involved in Crowdfunding 3 years ago Danny Kelman has been an advocate for connecting the fundraising world socially in one place: which is CrowdBoarders. His background in social marketing and web design have been paired to allow people to get involved and learn about this brand new industry. His vision is one network of millions of people around the world, socially connecting and raising funds on their very own CrowdBoards, while learning what being a CrowdBoarder is all about: making a difference.

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