Fundraising platform Indiegogo just released some interesting stats regarding the do-gooder campaign for bullied bus monitor Karen Klein. The fundraiser, which was launched last Wednesday by nutritionist Max Sidorov to raise money for a vacation for Ms. Klein after a video of her being bullied surfaced on YouTube, has raised more than $660,000 in just one week. Indiegogo, which takes a 4 percent cut of every campaign, stands to make more than $26,000 from the Internet’s philanthropy. Read More
On June 19th, just before a heat wave clutched New York in its punishing grip, a YouTube user named CapitalTrigga uploaded a video to YouTube entitled “Making the Bus Monitor Cry.” The video shows a gaggle of middle schoolers from Greece, New York hurling vicious insults at a senior citizen bus monitor named Karen Klein, who is forced to don her sunglasses to hide the fact that she’s crying. The cruelty drags on for a painful 10 minutes and 9 seconds. Anyone who was bullied as a kid will certainly find it difficult to watch.
The local school district quickly moved into damage control mode and held a press conference about the video, but several enterprising Internet denizens decided to take matters into their own hands. A Ukranian nutritionist named Max Sidorov started an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $5,000 for Ms. Klein to help raise money for a much-needed vacation following the incident. As of this writing, the campaign had raised over $175,000. Read More
Too afraid to talk to the girl you like? New York-based mobile marketing startup founder Eric Matzner has a brilliant solution: Pay a stranger $5 on Fiverr to film himself shouting a compliment about your crush on a public bus. Swoon.
Back in May, Mr. Matzner published a post to his blog about how he’d decided to outsource typical human displays of affection–like telling someone you like them, or wishing a parent a happy birthday–to random Internet strangers using crowdsourcing platforms like Fiverr and oDesk. Read More
There are tons of places where you can complete small online tasks for cash–Fiverr, for example, where you can post tasks you’re willing to complete for $5, or Amazon Mechanical Turk, where you can get paid a few pennies for taking online surveys, among other mini jobs.
But some people aren’t looking to earn money. Some people are looking to earn porn.
Crounty, a new venture from Fast Company CTO Matt Mankins that takes its name from a portmanteau of “Crowd” and “Bounty,” launched on Wednesday for one simple reason: Sometimes you need help from the crowd to locate talented programmers or trusted subletters, and sometimes the things you need help with are so important that you’re willing to pay a bounty for them. Crounty is a platform that lets you do just that. Read More
If you’ve been to any NY Tech Day events recently, you may have heard of Return on Change, a new startup that allows every day individuals to help fund socially-conscious startup companies. Aimed at exploiting a hole in the market created by the passage of the JOBS Act, Return on Change officially launched its private beta site today. Read More
Enterprising film students and death trap jellyfish tank builders aren’t the only people who could use a little crowdfunding. Lucky Ant, a neighborhood-based crowdfunding platform, has expanded its reach from the Lower East Side, adding Williamsburg to the repertoire of ‘hoods with local business in need of funding. Read More
“My name is Jamie, and I’m from Virginia,” starts the plea for help. “My little brother, Ian, (speaks_for_trees) left on Boxing Day, right after Christmas, to spend New Years in Times Square with some people he didn’t know very well. They spoke another language from him and apparently he felt alienated, and on the 30th he simply… walked away. And no one knows where he is.“ Read More