Time to Crowd Pitch

Crowd Pitch is a form of crowdsourcing like crowdfunding and other mass engagement activities, just that here one’s primary goal is to seek crowd validation. What crowd validation does for startups, especially B2C products, is that it ensures a transparent process and gives potential backers a better understanding of the kind of traction a product has/will receive.

While online platforms serve to validate ideas too, one cannot ignore offline showcases where ideas receive direct feedback. Crowd Product’s efforts on using online voting for offline events, makes the experience of validating startup pitches wholesome.

Why Pitch at Crowd Product?
Feedback from industry professionals & investors
Gauge the crowd and potential customers interest
Win cash prizes, co-working seats, invitations to investor meets, conference & much more

Why Attend Crowd Product Pitch?
Access to some of the most fresh product startups
Actively participate by voting on all startup pitches
An evening to network with entrepreneurs & investors

If you’re interested in creating or being part of a pitching event do write to us. Crowd Pitch puts power of achieving greatness (read investments & growth) in your hands!

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Popular Crowd Products from 2015

The year has seen some kickass products and prototypes get discovered and come to the fore, a large number of them through crowdfunding platforms. The success of these product augurs well for the future generation of hobbyists, creators and makers, who may be motivated to turn full-time entrepreneurs. Here’s a look at some of the products that caught the eye this year.

1) Lily Robotics Drone

This flying camera when tossed into the air, starts follows its owner around with the help of GPS and computer vision. Along the way this water-proof and ultra-compact device shoots HD pictures and videos.

2) Air 2 Wireless Floating Sound Bluetooth HD Speaker

The Air 2 bluetooth speakers by Coby Electronics has in-build magnets to help it mind-blowing levitate. These speakers can also be mounted on a wall.

3) Qwertywriter

This 84 keys, USB, Bluetooth enabled typewriter-inspired keyboard gives one the look and feel of a vintage typewriter. This classy keyboard design can be easily integrated with a wide range of tablet devices.

If you come across any other interesting products from 2015 via crowdfunding platforms or elsewhere do let us know with the name of the product and its link. We will be happy to showcase compelling products you refer.

Taxi Fabric & Loveability Dating App: A look at some popular Indian crowdfunding campaigns this summer

Crowdfunding has been enabling millions to pursue their dreams, either through their own project ideas or by supporting other projects with their time and resources. At any given point there are several thousands of projects live on a host of crowdfunding platforms around the world, with project-owners telling their story or seeking your support.

There have been many Indian projects from the technology, social and creative spaces tha have leveraged the medium of crowdfunding to realizing their goals – including in market validation and engaging with investors, customers and talents. Despite a few success stories from this region, many in India are yet to leverage the massive potential of crowdfunding.

(Also Read: 2014 and looking ahead: what’s in store for crowdfunding in 2015 India?)

Here are some compelling Indian crowdfunding projects that have generated a lot of interest in the community this July.

Taxi Fabric: Find your new design canvas

This creative project seeks to provide designers an opportunity to show off their design skills using taxi seats in Mumbai as their canvas. The campaign has received around 100 backers already, and upon reaching their goal they intend to create exquisite taxi seat covers and fit one taxi each week with these designer covers.

More on this Kickstarter project

Loveability: Not just another dating app

This one-of-a-kind matchmaking app focuses on those with disabilities. At this moment around 80 million people with disabilities live in India alone and of which only a small percentage manage to find partners and get married. The team behind Loveability plans to scale fast and with support can further the app development and user-experience.

More on this Wishberry project

 

Are you an Internet of Things (IoT) company keen on leveraging crowdfunding for your new product? We can help!

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A crowdfunding campaign for hardware projects can have many benefits – those from engaging with early adopters, product pre-sales to ensuring better inventory planning – these and more can be achieved provided one strategised well for the campaign.

Before taking up a crowdfunding project, do explore –
a) various ways of Asking for the community’s support
b) who are those Influencers who can amplify your reach
c) how much time and effort can you put into its Planning
d) you and your team’s record of Delivering on promises
e) Storytelling as a way of connecting with the masses

I’d presented these learnings during this year’s Global Crowdsourcing Week, where industry leaders agreed crowdfunding was one of the more cost-effective and quicker ways to realise one’s goals, but there was indeed a method to the madness.

My experience working with the IoT community has enabled me to understand the space better (global and local trends) and how projects can see the light of the day. Over the last year or so I’ve also had the opportunity to work closely with IoT projects who that explored their product pre-sales via crowdfunding. Presently along with recent crowdfunding successes, I’ve also been regularly engaging with successful IoT crowdfunding project-owners. The below image’s from a recent IoT startups round-table discussion at NASSCOM.

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Now, in order to move the IOT and Crowdfunding space forward, we at CrowdNavigator are looking to assist 3 IoT projects that are looking to take the crowdfunding route within the next 6 months. If you’re a crowdfunding company and interested in seeking CrowdNavigator’s resource networks and expertise in the space, do APPLY NOW. We will finalise the 3 projects by 31 August 2015 (6PM GMT).