Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. It is essentially the business of letting others be part of yours.
Travelling is to some a grand adventure and yet to other it is the appitamy of a shlep. For everyone, from the frequent business traveller to the occational holiday traveller, there are a few common concerns that nag at us all: luggage, security and comfort. Over the last few years there has been a surge in creative and innovative solutions in the travel market, an industry (apart from the means of travel) which has not seen much noticable innovation over the last few decades.
With the introduction of smart devices and our connect 'global community', there are now a wide range of products available to address the concerns of luggage, security and comfort and crowdfunding platforms have been the launch pad for many of these. 2015 saw some truely remarkable travel projects being sucessfully funded and here I have selected the six which I think were the best.
In years past, photography was an expensive and rather exclusive hobby, but with the introduction of digital cameras and their popularity since the the mid 2000s, photography as a hobby has become much more accessable to a far larger audence. This surge in enthusiasim and passion for photography is evidence in the vast scope of reasonably prices qhaulity camera grear, availablity of indepth educational materials and various image sharing platforms that are now available and open to just about anyone.
Crowdfunding and modern photography have a very unique partnership as they share many fundamental elements such as; the understanding of various technology (hardware and software), creativity and the social dynamic. In 2015 there were many projects launched that incorporaded technology, creativity and the social dynamic in such exciting ways for photography enthusiasts. I have selected twelve photography projects which I think were the best of 2015 among the dozens of brilliant ones.
Apart from the T-shirt, there is probably nothing more versatile and unifying than jeans in the world of fashion. From the hard working men in shipyards to fashion forward women along highstreets, jeans are worn everywhere and are the iconic garment that symbolises the modern wardrobe.
The durability, versatility and visual appeal of denim makes it an incredible material and one that has gone beyond the of limited of use strictly for pants. Because of the diverse nature of denim it comes as no surprise that denim projects make regular appearances on crowdfunding platforms. In 2015 there were a whole range of denim related projects launched and I have selected the six which I think were the best.
There is something very intriguing and even elusive about wine that has had man fascinated and obsessed by it for… well, like forever. Historic documents, Biblical accounts, archaeological finds and folklore all indicate that wine has been around since the civilization of man and even suggests possibly before then. Today wine is enjoyed around the world by all walks of life and the wine industry has experienced a kind of a revolution in recent years.
This ‘wine revolution’ has come about as a result of many new producers entering the global wine industry as well as new consumers taking a liking to this once somewhat reserved drink. A major contributor to both increases is unquestionably the Internet. It has opened markets and introduced wine to a larger (and relatively younger) audience. Crowdfunding has also played a part in this revolution and here I have selected six projects which were of the best that were launched in 2015.