Online Caregiver Support Network Launches Crowdfunding Campaign: Giving Caregivers the Space They Need
“We want our campaign: Giving Caregivers the Space They Need, to help us reach caregivers in all 50 states, to provide them with more support, and connect them with more people in their same circumstances,” said Adrienne Gruberg, who founded the site at the end of 2011.
“Our goal is to raise $ 35,000 over 35 days,” Okun said. “The need for caregiving will touch us all—we’re hopeful a lot of people are going to want to contribute.”
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In the beginning YouTube was a site where users could post home videos or clips from television shows or movies, but this model has changed in the past eight years. Now many users use their channel to post original content, but are usually unable to get any revenue from what they post. This is about to change with the newly launched YouTube Pro Video Series.
Pave, The Crowdfunding Platform For Investing In People, Launches Option For Those Who Just Want To Pay It Forward
For prospects, Pave provides the ability to get things funded that are more creative or aspirational than through other crowdfunding platforms. And it enables backers to bet on individuals — like a filmmaker or martial artist — looking to pursue individual dreams. While still in the beta phase of its rollout, Pave has had a number of its prospects already backed, and hopes to continue adding more as time goes on. During its pilot phase, the average campaign size was around $ 24,000, with some as high as $ 75,000 and others as low as about $ 2,500.
American children are getting fatter.
Fitly launched its pilot program today that takes on the childhood obesity epidemic by making it easier for families to eat healthy. Parents subscribe to Fitly’s weekly healthy meal planner and choose from a list of nutritious meals. They can order their groceries through Fitly’s website, and Fitly sends the order to a nearby store. Groceries are delivered (for free) every week to a pickup location like an office, school, or recreation center.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years, and more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Obese youth are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes as well as bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems. These are alarming statistics, and yet obesity is highly preventable through healthy eating and physical activity.
Founder Anthony Ortiz was inspired to start Fitly after witnessing two of his nephews become at-risk through bad eating habits, his brother and sister-in-law struggle with their weight, and his father go through a triple bypass surgery. He wanted to make it as easy as possible for families to adopt healthy eating habits together.
Fitly also offers featuring dietitian-approved meals that promote a 50 percent plant-based diet. Parents select meals and have their groceries delivered with simple preparation instructions. All they have to do is prepare the meals.
Fitly also applies gamification techniques to make maintaining a nutritious diet more fun for kids, with weekly competitions and prizes for making healthy choices.
Fitly participated in DreamIt health accelerator and has established partnerships with Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine. It is also working with The Fresh Grocer, an online supermarket chain to deliver the groceries, and Ortiz said that the cost is comparable to going to a local grocery store. The pilot program will be available in the mid-Atlantic region, and the goal is to expand nationally within a couple months.
Food startups are attracting more attention from consumers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists as people are beginning to make better choices about what they eat and are looking for technology solutions to help them do so. VCs like Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and noteworthy folk such as Bill Gates and Dave McClure have called for innovation in this area. Along with Fitly, there are other startups out there like Good Eggs, Farmigo, and Relay Foods that are working on more new models for a sustainable food system.
These models can be difficult to set up and scale, however. They deal with complicated supply chains, perishable products, and every market has different retailers to work with. Plus the profit margins are often slim. But the obesity epidemic is looming larger and larger and the American population is increasingly concerned about the dangers of Monsanto and processed food. The organic, local, seasonal food movement has taken off and consumers are more interested in buying quality ingredients and eating well.
There are certainly challenges, but this is an issue that can’t be ignored.
After biding it’s time in emerging markets, free messaging app Nimbuzz has ben ratcheting up the news and partnerships lately. It’s hit 150m users globally, is strong in Asia, India and Saudi Arabia, has been adding new apps for platforms like Windows 8, and signing telco deals.
Of course, Viber, WhatsApp and GroupMe are doing well, but these startups concentrate on smartphone apps. Nimbuzz emerged on feature phones and still has a story feature phone user base. But Nimbuzz is unique in that is has opened up its platform for third party messaging services which behave like little chat bot apps.
These bots are called Chat Buddies. There are Weather bot apps, or you can chat with a horoscope app that behaves rather like a text-based Siri. Independent developers have added ‘chat games’ like Hangman or an app called “Stranger Buddy” which is like Chat Roulette in text form. Brands are gradually realising this is a very clever way to interact with users, especially in emerging markets. These chat apps are hugely popular in regions where text messaging works and where data is expensive.
Now Nokia has developed its own Chat Buddy called Nokia Lucky Sunday. From tomorrow this will appear as a contact on the roster of all Nimbuzz users in India and start to quiz users and reward them with prizes. That’s over 25 million users, or a quarter of the entire mobile Internet population of the country.
With every correct answer, the user moves a leaderboard and the top users stand a chance to win Nokia smartphones at the end of every Sunday. Vikas Saxena, CEO, Nimbuzz, says the move “is a translation of the belief that brands have in our platform.”
This is obviously going to remind feature phone users who may still be on Nokia to opt for a Nokia smartphone when they change handsets. But because Nimbuzz works across all smartphones, it means Nokia can try and entice them back via the Chat Buddy.
Nimbuzz is available on all major platforms such as BlackBerry 10, Android, iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone, and J2ME, as well as Windows and Mac computers. It’s pre-loaded onto all local OEM handsets in India apart from Nokia, Samsung, LG.
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One day, brands might pay Facebook to become downloadable sticker packs. Facebook just launched its first branded sticker pack for messaging — a collection based on the new Universal film Despicable Me 2. While the studio didn’t have to pay to have them appear in the sticker store, and they’re free for users, Facebook might eventually be able to charge brands for the viral exposure.
I’m fascinated by stickers right now. A lot of people think they’re dumb, no different than emoji, and won’t have an impact on the messaging landscape. I disagree. The whole point of messaging is to accurately communicate, but text without body language or vocal tone strips out emotion that stickers can provide. I see them as a resurgence of pictographic communication, a way for functionally similar messaging apps to differentiate themselves, and a possible revenue generator.
Many startups, from Line to Path, make money by selling stickers. Line actually earned $ 17.6 million in revenue from selling stickers to users in Q1 2013 alone. Facebook has instead made all 15 or so downloadable sticker packs freely available from a store inside the smiley button in Facebook and Messenger for iOS and Android. Just yesterday it turned Mark Zuckerberg’s dog Beast into a sticker pack.
While Facebook’s user base is about seven times the size of Line’s, selling sponsorship opportunities would likely be less lucrative than sales to users, but still a nice addition to the social network’s bottom line.
People are looking for unique and efficient ways to express emotions without typing, and stickers are a fun way to do that. Facebook’s strategy of giving them away could keep people on its messaging system rather than switching to Google Hangouts or new independent messaging apps, or falling back on SMS or iMessage. The advantages of keeping people loyal to its messaging system likely outweigh the revenue Facebook could earn by nickel-and-diming users with $ 1 sticker fees.
But sponsorships could turn Facebook’s vast messaging traffic into dollars. Since stickers are inherently viral, intimately sent from person to person, brands could be willing to pay a lump sum or per-use fee to get exposure for their imagery.
That won’t work with all brands. Most people probably don’t want to send a Honda Accord sticker. But anything with cute characters associated with it could become a nice branded sticker pack. Despicable Me, known for its funny yellow minions, works well.
Everyone’s wondering why the tech giants and startups are fixated on messaging. The answer could be a (a little yellow monster) staring back us.
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Facebook’s on a quest to get you involved in real-time global conversations. Today it takes the next step towards challenging Twitter by adding hashtag support to its mobile site and launching related hashtags. Starting this evening, when you click or search for a hashtag, the results page will show other hashtags often posted at the same time. Search #equality and you’ll see #lgbt and #pride.
Facebook brought Twitter’s hashtags to the masses earlier this month, turning #-preceded words into hyperlinks you can click on to see mentions by your friends, Pages, and people who post publicly. Users can also search for hashtags to bring up a stream of mentions.
At the time there was no mobile support, and Facebook’s popular iOS and Android smartphone apps still don’t work with hashtags. But Facebook tells me its HTML5 mobile site m.facebook.com gets the hash hookup tonight. That’s pretty important since publishing hashtagged posts about events your attending is a core use case. Now anyone with a mobile browser can pump some ### into Facebook.
Related hashtags, also present on Twitter, will make sure you don’t miss parallel conversations. Facebook tells me it analyzes which hashtags are frequently posted together to discover which are associated. After viewing the results for one, you can click down the row of related hashtags to get a wider perspective on whatever’s caught the world’s attention.
You might expect Facebook to jump right into trending topics or other advanced hashtag features, but it’s still learning. By rolling out the product bit by bit, it can see how people use it, and get enough data to tell how to slice and dice the conversations in the tastiest ways.
At first, I expected a lot of backlash to Facebook hashtags. “Oh, what copy-cats.” But instead I’ve actually heard a lot of “I finally get to use hashtags!”
The fact is that while Twitter is a household name with exposure on TV and in ads, it’s still not quite mainstream. When non-Twitter users saw a hashtag, they might have felt left out. Sure hashtags exist on Pinterest and Instagram, but users of those services are more likely to be on Twitter too. Facebook hashtags could unlock the real-time web for a whole wave of casual Internet surfers. Between Twitter’s pioneering work and Facebook’s new support, these conversations can finally include everyone like they’re supposed to.
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“Realizing the trend toward crowdsourced services, we knew field service management was in need of a similar solution with legitimate technician rankings. Servicers.com provides vetted servicers to jobs that need completed quickly and with high standards,” said Mark Duffin, chief executive officer of ServicePower. “It’s like eBay for service jobs. Customers select their need, a qualified servicer completes it, and then the customer honestly rates their experience. Servicers.com will perpetuate good service.”
Meriton Group buys Sydney development site worth $47 million, Click Frenzy launches third sale event: Midday roundup
Meriton Group has acquired a 17,150 square metre Mascot development site in Sydney's southern suburbs for $ 47 million.
It is the second Mascot site the group, headed by Australia's sixth-richest man...
The courses are generally short and easy to understand, although they are in English at the moment – problematic, considering English is not necessarily widespread in their target nations. The team plans on translating the courses into Hindi, Swahili, French and Arabic via crowdsourcing in the future.
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