The CrowdCrowd Episode 18

on Friday, Oct. 4th

Host Noah Nelson (@noahjnelson) and panelists Gabriel Diani (@gabediani), Etta Devine (@ettadevine) and Jonathan Poritsky (@poritsky) tackle crowdfunding's growing pains, examine the question of whether a "soft launch" is a good idea, and give their weekly picks for projects worthy of your help: the #LatteFund.

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Segment One:

Kickstarter hiring Trust & Safety team members.

Atlas Shrugged, Part III Kickstarter

Segment Two: Soft Launch

Campaign Like You Mean It: Eight Ways To Crowdfund Hard (Laura Goode/Seed & Spark)

Segment Three: JOBS Act

Profile of AngelList's Naval Ravikant. (Ondi Timoner/A Total Disruption)

Twitter's IPO and the JOBS Act (Turnstyle)

The Latte Fund

Each week the panel makes selections for crowdfunding projects that are worthy of your attention, and at least five bucks. The price of a really good pumpkin spice latte in LA.

Jon- Livestreaming the 2014 Texas Race For Governor

Etta- Peeve's Local Market – A Place for Fresno-area Food Artisans

Gabe- Genesis of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an Animation

Noah- The Augmented Detective: An Immersive Noir Adventure


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Prepare Yourselves For The Personal VR Video Revolution

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Ralph Echemendia

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