advertisement Starting Monday, startups that use CrowdFlower‘s crowdsourced labor service will have the chance to receive investments of up to $10,000 each, courtesy of startup accelerator and seed fund 500 Startups. The Crowdflower Fund, a $250,000 micro-fund, will offer investments in up to 10 companies for a one percent stake. A lucky few startups may also qualify for $50,000 investments and an invitation for an upcoming accelerator program at 500 Startups’ office space in Mountain View, California. The partnership between 500 Startups and CrowdFlower, which offers a labor-on-demand service for companies that need simple jobs completed quickly (making sure that business listings are accurate, for example), makes sense. “[500 Startups founder] Dave McClure was an investor at CrowdFlower when he was at Founder’s Fund,” says Lukas Biewald, CEO of CrowdFlower. ” We had been looking for a way to work together. We want to help more startups use our … [Read more...] about Exclusive: New Seed Fund Offers Startups Up To $10,000 Each
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While Occupy protesters are holding sit-ins in foreclosed homes and pledging to default on their student loans, Madison Avenue, too, is targeting Wall Street’s abusive practices. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, the new government agency formerly led by high-profile Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, has just unveiled a prototype of a new, radically simplified credit card agreement, with the aim of letting Americans take control of their credit by making the information in their contracts much more clear advertisement The designer is Peter Sunna, who’s worked for brands like Burton and Microsoft, and who was recruited by none other than the cutting-edge marketing group Co: Collective, an outfit highlighted for its innovative business structure in Fast Company‘s Future of Advertising piece. (Sunna also did the identity design for Co:Collective’s new coworking space Grind. Two-thirds of consumers say they don’t understand how their credit cards … [Read more...] about Could Better Design Reform The Banking Industry?
advertisement advertisement If you look carefully around the Union Square, Manhattan, location of newly launched coworking space Grind, there are references to the banalities of life as an office worker, unlamented artifacts of the corporation left behind. The glass walls of two conference rooms are covered in corporate speak–words and phrases like “incentivized,” “loop me in,” “above my pay grade,” and “pain points,” rendered in transparent type. The cheeky contempt for corporate culture isn’t just an ironic design touch, it’s part of the mandate of the new venture. “We want to encourage people to leave their jobs,” says Grind cofounder Ty Montague, “and we’ll give them what they need here.” Montague, who is also cofounder of agency/creative consultancy Co:Collective, says that, beyond a place to plug in your laptop, Grind is a manifestation of his and his partners’ views … [Read more...] about Co:Collective Founders Launch Coworking Space “Grind” In Heart Of NYC Startup Scene
advertisement advertisement When a video of an ebullient dancing girl in a funky jacket hit the Internet last January, it immediately struck a nerve. Billed as “a music video of epic proportions,” that eight-minute clip of a ballerina gone rogue on the streets of New York was merely a teaser of what was to come. Nearly a year later, director Jacob Krupnick’s vision of creating a feature-length music video has been realized with Girl Walk // All Day, which was released in installments on Gothamist.com and in full at an event yesterday in Brooklyn. A 70-minute film-cum-video set to mash-up superstar Girl Talk’s latest album, All Day, Girl Walk // All Day follows three central characters as they embark on a dawn-till-dusk improvisational dance through the Big Apple. Starting in an austere ballet studio, The Girl (Anne Marsen) breaks free of her stifling routine, hops on the Staten Island ferry and boogies the day away, hitting iconic sites such as Wall … [Read more...] about Lessons About Guerilla Filmmaking–And Life–From A Feature-Length Music Video
As CEO of Fourth Wall Studios in Culver City, California, Jim Stewartson has assembled a team of game developers, filmmakers and technology innovators to create what his company calls the next generation of interactive storytelling. advertisement advertisement Since 2007, video game veterans Stewartson and founding partners Elan Lee (Chief Creative Officer) and Sean Stewart (Head Writer) have been developing a new transmedia entertainment platform called Rides, which will be the basis of six new franchises. The format is based around video content that viewers, or players, can experience on multiple devices. But what separates these experiences from a typical game is the level of interaction with the stories’ characters, who break the fourth wall and send emails, texts and even call players to push the story forward. In essence, it’s an alternate reality game (ARG), which blends interactivity beyond the computer screen. “Rides is a system that was designed … [Read more...] about The Calls Are Coming From Inside The Game!