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Crowdfunding for live cams sites

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The world of crowdfunding is quite big and it works exceptionally well with live cam sites. For those who did not know, crowdfunding is a practice of funding a venture or a project by raising smaller amounts of money from a group of people, usually through the internet.

There are different types of crowdfunding; the reward crowdfunding where the investors will be able to contribute to the venture in return for some non-financial benefits. The debt crowdfunding allows investors to have a chance and fund their project in return for a financial interest on a given investment. The Equity crowdfunding will allow you to invest money in exchange for shares and the donation crowdfunding is mostly designed for charities, where people can raise money for a social or charitable project.

Well, it looks like the live streaming platforms are becoming the perfect tool for crowdfunding. Even YouTube is offering Super Chat, as it replaced the ‘Fan Funding’, and this is a push that will help content creators to monetize their channels through streaming. It is quite obvious that this was a big decision made by Google, and it came right after Facebook has reported having a huge success with live streaming.

Why is Live streaming so affecting for crowdfunding?

When looking at the reputation, one can easily say that Offbeatr is one of the most convenient websites for crowdfunding pornography, especially the furry porn projects. We all know that furries have become more and more popular, both as a fetish and as a hobby, and they are responsible for making Offbeatr a bit more popular.

First of all, you have audience participation, where the people who are watching the live streams get to be a part of the live stream by donating…etc. On the other hand, you also have peer recognition, where fans will receive instant gratification for the contribution, they made in an acknowledgment from their favorite content creators.

It is all about the atmosphere and the energy that is surrounding the live video, and we all know that the live cam shows tend to be quite positive and frankly, hot. Most live streaming websites will display the donation information to the public, which adds to making that individual feel special. There is nothing quite like the ability to host live cam sessions to a ton of people and be able to recognize the individuals who are making contributions on a personal level.

However, what are the best crowdfunding options for a live sex shows site? While there are many crowdfunding sites, they are not all meant to be used for pornographic purposes, although they could be used in those ways as well. Below, you will learn more about the best crowdfunding places for streaming live cam shows.

Live streaming and Kickstarter

Kickstarter is perhaps the most known out of all the other crowdfunding sites, and for a good reason. The site was founded in April, way back in 2009, and this is an American public-benefit corporation. The site itself was in charge of launching some very popular products that have become hits, like the Ouya game console, the Pebble Watch, and even the Reading Rainbow reboot. However, this crowdfunding site does not allow pornographic content to be crowdfunded.

Those who are looking for basic funding should set their goal and time in which they would love to raise that money before their project expires. In the past, Kickstarter did not allow crowdfunding for just anything, but today they are a bit more open-minded. However, members are still able to report the crowdfunding projects that they see as offensive, whatever that might mean to every individual.

What about CumFundMe?

There is also CumFundMe, which is a crowdfunding website made just for the sex industry, and that also includes the webcam industry. We live in a world where people love to ask for money to build their new fancy projects or to create a business. While a person pleading for money might seem a bit gauche, GoFundMe and Kickstarter love helping their artists and entrepreneurs get money for their projects through crowdfunding.

Since GoFundMe and Kickstarter are not big on crowdfunding sexual content, a gentleman by the name of Ricky Booker, from Arizona, decided to launch CumFundMe, which will cater to just what you think; sexual content. There is no need for an upcoming sex toy or company to be denied the ability to raise money for their campaigns in order to reach a bigger goal or finish a master project.

Pitch new adult ideas to Offbeatr!

According to Offbeatr, they are open to hearing new ideas for adult projects. The proposals registered users send can then be supported through votes by other site users. After the goal of the vote has been reached, the projects can then start a crowdfunding goal and raise money. Those who decide to give their own proposals can promise rewards and different products to entice support. Of course, those promises need to be fulfilled if they reach their goal.

Currently, you will be able to see that Offbeatr is polling a couple of projects; Double D Erotica, which is a female-owned company that markets black lesbian community, The Importance of Being Open, which is a series of short movies following a couple, their process of meeting…etc. The Sex Twin is a proposal for an online porn search engine that will allow the users to upload a picture of a person and see the adult entertainment figure that resembles that person… and so on.

Conclusion

There is no reason for you to view Offbeatr as the only option for crowdfunding, but it is important to know which crowdfunding sites actually allow pornographic content. While Kickstarter is the most popular crowdfunding site, Offbeatr is being called the ‘Kickstarter of porn’, which is quite big. If you have an adult project you wish to raise money for, your best choice might, in fact, be Offbeatr.

Alibaba paid $103 million to acquire Data Artisans

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As Alibaba is a Chinese multinational conglomerate that specializes in retail, internet, e-commerce, AI and technology, of course, something like this would come to light. Well, Alibaba has paid $103 million to a Berlin-based startup called Data Artisans. They provide large-scale data streaming services and distributed systems for enterprises. You might have already heard about this, as the deals were already announced by the EU media, before it was even confirmed by both parties, through a blog post.

How much do you know about Data Artisans?

While everyone is well-aware of Alibaba’s existence, the same story might not apply to Data Artisans. Therefore, for those who do not know much about them, the Data Artisans was founded in 2014 by the same people who created Apache Flink, and their headquarters are in Berlin. Because of the need for a large-scale data processing tech, Data Artisans developed Apache Flink in an open source, and that is when their community started to grow.

Simply put, Data Artisans is an open source large-scale data processing tech. With this startup, you will be able to choose their own dA platform, that has an Application Manager and an open-source Apache Flink, that will enterprise customers who include ING, Uber, Netflix, as well as Alibaba.

Alibaba and Data Artisans

Since 2016, this Chinese e-commerce giant has been working together with the Data Artisans. Both companies have stated that they have the support and the open source work that will help the architecture and performances of their software. Data Artisans is known to have raised over $6.5 million over two rounds. Recently, the Series A that was led by Intel Capital in 2016, but there was an unannounced Series B that has closed last year. It is speculated that Alibaba was involved in this as well, according to one of the blog posts by Data Artisans.

Alibaba’s ownership currently, as you could have expected, resources could help a business reach new heights with their open source technology, which also includes the moves to expand to new areas that we not yet explored in the past by Data Artisans, and to make sure that Flink will become a much more valuable data processing framework for the modern real-time, data-driven enterprise; is what this due stated.

After that they Alibaba and Data Artisans also stated that moving forward together, they will not only continue working hard but also accelerate the contributions to Apache Flink and an open source Big Data. After this Ewen and Tzoumas added that one of the biggest Flink users and contributors to the company is, in fact, Alibaba. T0 mark the new era, Blink, which is an in-house development to Flink provided by Alibaba, has been committed to the community.

Strengthening the growth of Flink

Both teams are leveraging their technology expertise and together with their shared passion to create an open-source community, it is quite obvious that this strategy will make Flink an even bigger community, as well as accelerate the data processing tech and help cushion a collaborative, constructive environment and open for the global developers who are very passionate about enabling real-time applications and the stream processing for modern enterprises.

Alibaba’s 2017 investment in MariaDB is actually quite reminiscent to the previously stated deal, as it was an open source startup that was known for offering some of the most popular alternatives to MySQL. While it was not fully confirmed, the partnership of these two companies will end up with a new product for their community, which is the original goal with Data Artisans as well.

At times when there are many open source technologies and companies who are deciding on more closed and less collaborative approaches, it is quite nice to see that Alibaba has committed to creating the open-source and their mission is to take the Flink’s technological advancement to a whole new level – Tzoumas and Ewen stated.

In reality, moving to an open-source and infrastructure technology does make sense for Alibaba, as they are best known for their e-commerce but they also operate a lot of business, streaming services and so on. On their revenue of $12.4 billion and with their net profit of $2.65 billion in their last quarter of business, this Chinese company definitely has a lot of money to pursue any strategy they want.

A perspective from Alibaba’s vice president

After Alibaba’s vice president was asked why has Alibaba pursued an acquisition instead of continuing a partnership or an investment, he answered quite clearly that they are confident in their joined compatibilities that will contribute even more to Flink, both when talking about the community development and the technology. He stated that this is a shared vision and an effective work relationship that has brought the two teams together. They are learning from each other and better themselves in making the data processing open-source community even more approachable, collaborative and diverse.

On the other hand, he was also asked to respond to given concerns on how can one of the world’s biggest technology companies respect and use the open-source community, not to mention a business headquartered in China. Well, to this Zhou again replied that they have a strong collaboration with Data Artisans since 2016, and since they have always shared the passion of using an open-source stream processing framework, why wouldn’t they try to unify the real-time event-driven apps and the real-time analytics?

This is truly something exciting for the developers from all around the world when looking at it from a technological perspective. He added that for their customers and partners, their joined forces with Data Artisans means that they will be given an efficient option to battle the challenges that many other enterprises are facing in this era of Digital Transformation, which definitely helped their community understand more about their decision to join forces.

What You Need To Know About Equity Crowdfunding

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Everyone is already familiar with the term crowdfunding, which is the practice of funding a venture or a project by raising money in small amounts from lots of people, usually through the internet. However, there are different kinds of crowdfunding options out there, and one of them is the Equity Crowdfunding, which might be a bit confusing to some of you.

Companies who would want to raise capital, there are many options they could choose from, but we all know that raising money overall is not an easy task. This is not something that will just happen overnight; you need to start pitching the idea to your friends and family and try to sell the product before it actually exists, figuring a way to make this product attractive to enough people so that your project would be funded.

1.    Equity Crowdfunding is raising capital

As many of you already know, crowdfunding can be done by anyone, but what the project you are offering will be, does matter a lot since there are some restrictions when it comes to crowdfunding. Not all crowdfunding websites are open to every single idea pitched out there, however, if you are lucky enough to create an idea that sounds attractive to most, you will be able to start your own crowdfunding project.

2.    The sale of all securities

Have you heard about Kickstarter? This is a crowdfunding site, probably one of the most popular ones out there, and the biggest difference between a site like Kickstarter and an equity crowdfunding is the thing that is being sold. The campaigns on kickstart raise capital by having a presale of their product, and they often offer a discount or something that will attract their fans. After the investor receives the product from a Kickstarter campaign, the contract between the company and the investor is over.

However, it is a bit different with equity crowdfunding, where the companies will sell securities, be it in a form of equity in the company, revenue share, convertible note, debt and other. Simply put, the crowdfunding in this form will give investors skin in this game. The investors are not here to participate in the buying of the product only, they are here to make a profit if they are able to invest in the growth.

Of course, this also benefits the company since it will create hundreds of brand ambassadors who are here to see you succeed, and that means that as a company, one is able to depend on those individuals to spread the word about this product, since they will also benefit from the company’s growth.

3.    Who dictates the terms?

It is quite simple really, the entrepreneur raising capital will dictate the terms, and to make this even more appealing, the entrepreneur raising capital will have full control on the offering; what they will sell, how much it will cost, and at what price. They will be able to set the terms, including how much capital they are hoping to raise.

On the other hand, companies are also able to set a minimum funding goal besides their desired maximum, meaning that if they are unable to reach their funding goal completely, the entrepreneur will still be able to successfully raise capital, and those who still want to invest will be able to do that even if the market interest will not reach the maximum.

The more reasonable the valuation and the terms are, the bigger chance an equity crowdfunding offering will have in succeeding and raising capital, but there will not be VC or powers that will be demanding some terms.

4.    Private companies are the ones raising capital

In the past, the general public was only able to purchase shares in public companies; aka, the companies that have done an IPO as well as those whose stocks were traded on a national exchange, and those chances are slimming through the years. There are less than 4000 publicity traded companies, and the unfortunate news I today’s world is that the IPOs are declining.

The reason for this decline is actually quite straightforward. Becoming a fully reporting public company is a very big financial burden and that is not something many companies can handle. IPOs are thus not eligible for startups, not even for the medium-sized business.

Well, this means two things: it will be hard for smaller companies to give their shareholders some liquidity, and the options for the investors to actually invest their savings in the stocks are shrinking each year. Simply put, it looks like only the wealthy are able to invest in such opportunities.

Liquidity is very important

If you were to invest in a private company that means that as an investor you would be able to see a large return, but in order to come to that, your capital would be locked for 5-10 years. Now, this is not a big thing for wealthy investors, but this is a big issue for smaller companies out there. This is why liquidity is important.

The equity crowdfunding allows these shares to be traded on public markets, and if a year after, an investor does not want to own any shares in a given company, they are allowed to sell them to any interested buyers. This liquidity is something that we did not have in the past but is essential for the crowdfunding today.

It is quite clear that equity crowdfunding is not as simple as just posting the offering or an idea and raising capital on a given website. There are some disclosures that need to be made, and the rules that you need to follow. However, equity crowdfunding offers a different fundraising option for entrepreneurs, with every new method posing its own challenge.