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Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Endless Computers for the Next Billion

Billions of people are crippled because they lack a computer at home.

Matt Dalio spent years talking to people overcoming poverty without computers.

It was really three months of travel through China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand…

…seeing the reactions of people to his technology that convinced Matt he had to do this.

He learned they don’t want the cheapest computer he could make; they want the best computer they can afford.

So he set out to build it.

Endless Computers

Endless Computers

He launched with a Kickstarter campaign raising $176,538.

Today, the provocative Endless Computer starts at just $79.

The operating system can be downloaded free for use on any computer.

It includes an abundance of content and dozens of apps that don’t rely on the Internet!

Matt’s epic effort could bring a billion people into the information age.

Learn more here.

Visit Endless Computers.

OTC Markets Group Sponsors Inaugural Crowd Invest Summit

Robust Two-Day Equity Crowdfunding Event Adding New Sponsors Weekly.

Press Release – Santa Monica, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 10/04/2016 — The Crowd Invest Summit, a new conference connecting everyday Americans with crowdfunded investment opportunities, has announced OTC Markets Group Inc., operator of the OTCQX®, OTCQB® and Pink® financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, has agreed to sponsor its inaugural event taking place December 7-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The Crowd Invest Summit was developed with the vision that every American, through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS Act), can now be a venture capitalist – or “shark.”

OTCQX: Home of the First Crowdfunded IPO

OTC Markets Group has been highly visible in the equity crowdfunding industry since automotive startup Elio Motors went public on the OTCQX market in February following its successful Regulation A+ offering. Elio Motors’ shares began trading at $12 and are currently trading around $20. Recently, OTC Markets Group has advocated for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to extend Regulation A+ to include all SEC reporting companies.

“OTC Markets Group is at the forefront of our industry. They understand and appreciate the power of online capital raising, which is why we are thrilled to have them as a Silver Sponsor at our conference,” said Darren Marble, co-founder of the Crowd Invest Summit and CEO of financial marketing firm CrowdfundX.

“We’re excited to support the inaugural Crowd Invest Summit,” said Jason Paltrowitz, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at OTC Markets Group. “The JOBS Act and Regulation A+ have democratized capital raising, allowing small companies to leverage the power of the Internet and social media to raise capital and go public. The future of finance is here and it is online, data-driven and social.”

“Having a partner like OTC Markets Group on board in a big way is proof there is a huge demand for the kind of conference and expo we are producing,” said Josef Holm, co-founder of Crowd Invest Summit and founder and CEO of crowdfunding marketing and PR software firm Krowdster.

“OTC Markets Group – like the other financial institutions, platforms, funds and service providers that have come on board to sponsor our event – is a testament to this growing new industry that has allowed issuers to raise capital more easily and efficiently,” said Alon Goren, co-founder of the Crowd Invest Summit, founder and CEO of enterprise crowdfunding software company and monthly Ventura / Santa Barbara area event 805 Startups.

Shark Alert: An All-Star Lineup

The Crowd Invest previously announced Robert Herjavec, founder of Herjavec Group and star of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank, will speak in a Fireside Keynote Chat. New keynote speakers include Top 10 LinkedIn Influencer James Altucher, and new featured speakers include Jason Paltrowitz of OTC Markets Group, Phil Nadel of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, Ron Suber of Prosper Marketplace, Tim Draper of Draper Associates, Dara Albright of Dara Albright Media, Forbes Contributor Devin Thorpe, and others.

“I look forward to joining some of the preeminent authorities in the crowdfunding space at the Crowd Invest Summit this December,” continued Jason Paltrowitz. “It promises to be a great event.”

About The Crowd Invest Summit

The Crowd Invest Summit was founded by three pioneers in the equity crowdfunding sector: Josef Holm, Darren Marble and Alon Goren. The conference was developed with the vision that every American – whether accredited or not – can now be a venture capitalist – or shark.

Visit us online at For sponsorship opportunities, visit CIS Sponsors. Follow and engage with us on social media via: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and via the event’s primary hashtag #CIS16.

OTC Markets Group Inc. OTCoperates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.

To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit

OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.

Source: Crowd Invest Summit, LLC

Posted Tuesday, October 04, 2016 at 3:51 PM CDT – Permalink

Crowdfunding Campaign Has Lasting Impact for Kids With Birthmarks

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One of the most inspiring stories in my book Crowdfunding for Social Good features Martha Griffin’s campaign to raise money to publish Sam’s Birthmark, a book about a boy born with a birthmark on his face. The book has impacted countless lives since, including her own son Barron, helping kids born with port wine stain birthmarks like Barron’s to feel special.

For the book, Martha explained that she learned four key lessons from her Kickstarter campaign where she successfully raised $31,763.

  1. Would the birthmark community embrace or see a need for the book?
  2. Would the message appeal to our network and outside the birthmark community?
  3. Could we “market” the book through a viral campaign like Kickstarter?
  4. What would be the response to our story?

Today, I caught up with Martha to learn more about her ongoing effort to build a movement that protects kids against bullying and builds their self-confidence.

Sam's Birthmark

Sam’s Birthmark

Martha says, “A child’s individuality, whether it’s marked by curly hair, freckles or even a birthmark; it’s what makes them special. Sam’s Birthmark is about raising vascular birthmark awareness as well embracing our own and each other’s differences.”

Martha hoped the book would not only help her son, but that it would provide her with a platform for educating others. “We wrote Sam’s Birthmark to build confidence in our son. Also the general public are not aware of the health issues from Vascular Birthmarks. The book has helped us connect with other Birthmark parents throughout the world and be a part of the vast birthmark community.”

Martha still worries about bullying. “Children can be cruel about physical differences. As parents we face the challenge of raising a confident child.”

She worries, too, that Barron’s birthmark could get larger and that growths might develop. Barron has had nine laser surgeries to prevent this. The book remains profoundly relevant in his life.

Martha acknowledges that it will be difficult to stop bullying altogether. “We live a society that focuses on beauty and I don’t see that changing. It’s your face all the time now with social media. Bullying is a huge problem. By parents starting the conversation at an early age about physical differences we can over time stop bullying.”

She remains optimistic, however, and sees her book as a powerful tool for good in the lives of affected children and families. She wants to share the book as widely as possible. “The more people that share and read Sam’s Birthmark, the more good we can do. Through our website we have the ‘Buy-the-Book/Get-a- Book’ campaign. For every book purchased, we give you an extra book to donate to a school, doctor office, church or library.”

Grant, Martha and Barron Griffin, courtesy of Sam's Birthmark

Grant, Martha and Barron Griffin, courtesy of Sam’s Birthmark

On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 Eastern, Martha will join me here for a live discussion about how Sam’s Birthmark has influenced the life of her son Barron and others like him around the world. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about Sam’s Birthmark:

Twitter: @samsbirthmark

Sam’s Birthmark is a children’s book about teaching kids to appreciate the differences in others and themselves.

Martha’s bio:

Martha and Grant found their inspiration for Sam’s Birthmark after their son Barron was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark covering the right side of his face. After researching Vascular Birthmarks and connecting with other birthmark parents, they saw a need for a children’s book with a main character who has a birthmark. Their goal for Sam’s Birthmark is to teach children to embrace their own and each other’s differences starting at an early age.

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Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at!


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