Sites I like: Simpl puts ideas on the (crowdsourced) market

Fresh on the crowdsourced funding scene is Simpl, a site that aims to help ideas grow by bringing them into contact with people who have access to and want to share resources. 

But what’s unique about Simpl, unlike most crowdfunding sites, is that its function is not limited to giving money. Instead, individuals and organization who like an idea on the site can offer support in a range of forms, including a conversation over coffee, office space, staff, or anything they feel will help.

The site is set up like a marketplace, and users post “asks” or “bids” according to whether they’re looking for support or offering it. Your user profile comes with a dashboard to help you keep track of your asks and bids, and ideas you’re watching.

I love this because it’s much more open and less structured than most social venture crowdfunding sites. While I love sites like Kickstarter and StartSomeGood, they require your idea to be fairly fleshed-out, and paired with a video and a logo, in order for your venture to go live. But so many ideas remain stuck in the pre-germination stage for too long; Simpl’s model is a great way to find the connections and resources to get ideas growing in some rich soil.

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