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Saturday, 12 December 2015 10:42

4 TED Talks every crowdfunder should see

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With over a billion views and 2000+ videos uploaded, TED is a not just an idea it is a movement. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and was the brainchild of Richard Saul Wurman, who observed a convergence of these fields in 1984. With the slogan “Ideas worth sharing” TED has become the goto for information and inspiration from the world's leaders in the fields of not only technology, entertainment and design but also for science, culture, medicine and academics among others.

In much the same way as TED is about ‘ideas worth sharing’, crowdfunding is about ‘ideas worth funding’. Crowdfunding and TED share many similarities and one could almost say that they share the same DNA. Here are four TED Talks which I think every crowdfunding creator or backer should watch. They are also perfect for those curious about crowdfunding as they provide much insight and case studies.

Crowdfunding | David Drake | TEDxBroadway

David Drake is a co-founder and Executive Committee board member at the Crowd Funding Professional Association (CFPA) and a founding board member of the Crowd Funding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA). Drake is also the co-authored the book ‘Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Guide to Business Success Around the World’.

Crowdfunding today, tomorrow, together | John T. Trigonis | TEDxJerseyCity

John T. Trigonis, author of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign, will demonstrate how we the people are contributing to the creation of the bravest new world yet, and he will also impart a few insider tips and tactics to enable you to bring to light that one thing you’re passionate about making a reality.

How crowdfunding is going to change the world | Anna Guenther | TEDxTeAro

Anna Guenther is Cofounder of PledgeMe, New Zealand's first crowdfunding platform. She recently finished her Masters in Entrepreneurship with a focus on crowdfunding and shares her story here.

Crowdfunding - economics for the greater good | Simon Dixon | TEDxMiltonKeynes

Simon Dixon  is the CEO and founder of Bank to the Future, is an active banking reformer and speaks about the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions.

More about TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we're building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

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