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. Read more

Sites I like: spot.us funds citizen journalism

One of the most exciting sites I’ve come across recently is spot.us, a crowdfunding platform for independent, citizen journalism. Users can submit story tips, and journalists pitch their story ideas for funding. The site hosts some excellent stories done by hardworking, independent investigative reporters. Reporters keep 90 percent of the revenue, and the rest goes to site editors. If you’re low on cash but want to participate, you can support a story of your choice at no cost through earning points by taking a survey with a spot.us sponsor. Read more