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Funding4Learning – A Crowdfunding Platform

Funding4Learning Logo Technology is helping millions around the world. The latest trend is crowdsourcing, where a lot of people around the world pool their resources together to complete a task. Funding4Learning takes the immense potential crowdsourcing has to offer and makes it possible for people to contribute towards the education of students who are unable to meet their expenses.

Working as a coordinator, Funding4Learning allows anyone to start a fund raising campaign. The persons starting the campaign are required to state in clear terms the goals of the campaign and the funds which are necessary for their needs plus any information they wish to let others know to make them understand the need of contributing. A reward system must be offered to the contributors although Funding4Learning does not ensure that it is actually realized.

The website uses Paypal for payment processing and takes a 5% commission on every successful campaign.

What they say about themselves

Funding4Learning is the first worldwide crowdfunding platform dedicated entirely to facilitate the financing of studies and educational projects around the world. The numerous financial restrictions and lack of funding for education, specially in emerging countries, is a major problem that hasn’t been addressed by both institutions and the media. Anyone can create a campaign where they tell their story, set a funding goal in accordance with the tuition fee, and offer interesting rewards to contributors. Funding4Learning allows users to create campaigns, share it with the online community through social networks, engage fans, track information about contributors, and collect money.

Why it could be a success

We can think of several reasons why this could be a success but the first thing which comes to mind is the noble idea. Helping students with their finances can make a difference in their lives by allowing them to concentrate on their studies rather than trying to make ends meet.

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Piggy Belt – Personal Finance Management

Ever had problems keeping track of expenses on the move? Petty cash expenses are a pain to remember when it is time to put them down in the books. If you own an iPhone or something with spreadsheet software, you may not have any trouble but absence of these present a problem. In comes PiggyBelt.

PiggyBelt lets you keep track of your expenses easily by allowing you to send an expense report as soon as you have made one. There are numerous ways in which an expense report can be submitted. You can use SMS from any phone, send an email to Piggy to let it update your account with the information or you can just log into your account via any Internet enabled device and update your expense report.

The website can generate reports showing various expense heads and how much money is spent under each. The report is pretty basic but gives a ballpark picture of the daily or monthly expenses. The service currently costs $5 per month.

What they say about themselves

It’s developed to help ordinary people to write down expenses and analyze them without hesitation, without advanced knowledge or accountant. Just to keep eye on their money.

Why it could be a success

Although there are many services of this type available, the subscription fee for PiggyBelt is on the lower end of the market. The different methods by which reports can be submitted and the user-friendly interface increases its value.

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Trefis – Understand Stock Prices

trefis-comTrefis helps users understand how a company’s products affect it’s stock price, so it’s useful for analysts and anybody else interested in stocks and shares. The Trefis team consists of engineers and former Wall Street professionals, according to the website description, and they build a model for each company’s stock price.

For each company you can quickly see the main products and how important they are in the company’s stock valuation – each product represents a percentage of the total. Users can look at forecasts and play with this by adding in their own assumptions, and it’s also possible to consult with the experts.

This is a popular activity and one that could benefit from easy explanation to demystify how the stock market works. Trefis has been reviewed by major national newspapers and looks interesting, so the free trial period should be worth a go.

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