Over the last year or so, crowdfunding has taken off. It started with websites like kickstarter.com – where creative projects are pitched to the public, who in turn is able to help fund part of the venture.
The concept has spread to other arenas, such as micro-financing through kiva.org, or fundraising community projects through the likes of givealittle.co.nz. It can even be used to fund a wedding on crowdtilt.com, or just about anything else, for that matter.
CNNMoney has just released it’s top 10 most valuable global brands list, and while a few of them aren’t surprising at all, some of them aren’t as expected. Well, for me, anyway.
Apple, Google and IBM take out the first three spots, which is to be expected, but Samsung doesn’t make the list. This surprises me because the last six months or so just about every business magazine I read talks about how Samsung is overtaking Apple in this market or that.