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CEO and President of Brave Software, Brendan Eich

The current CEO and President of Brave Software and former CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was able to raise $35million in 30 seconds from his ICO for Brave, because of his incredible network of investors. As most innovators know, the networking effect is critical for startups to get the financing, mentoring, and visibility they need to succeed.

Swedish startup Pickit moves to Redmond, WA: New Microsoft partnership has big things in store

Did you know that 85% of all online images, that are often used by businesses, are stolen from photographers? The online image market is broken, but the Swedish startup Pickit has found a solution, and even captured the attention of Microsoft. Today, in order to further their entrance into the US market, Pickit announced their opening of an office in Redmond, WA.

ZillionDesigns Re-Launches, Aims To Change The Way We Contract Design Work

  • With average competition receiving 108 concept submissions, startup looks to take on industry
  • ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions
  • Platform includes more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries
  • ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, and a dedicated project manager for oversight
  • With options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs

ZillionDesigns announces its re-launch, aiming with its graphic design contracting platform to change the way customers find design projects.

ZillionDesigns’ unique crowdsourcing competition model provides users with more options, at better prices than traditional freelance channels and agencies, without sacrificing quality.

Today, all your design needs, from web pages to t-shirts, can be accessed on a single site. With a proven team of more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries, ZillionDesigns has the established industry traction to capitalize on the general push toward crowd contracting.

“Graphic design has always been central to branding, marketing and creative ventures,” says ZillionDesigns Founder Zaheer Dodhia, “and especially with the growth in digital mediums – mobile apps, web startups, etc. — the industry is only growing. But what you saw a few years ago was that people were getting stuck with money already invested in these poor contracting arrangements, and wound up overpaying for services that were either late or insufficient. ZillionDesigns changes that.”

Zaheer Dohia explains that, in the traditional graphic design marketplace, customers pay money upfront for work that often comes in late and might not fit the project even when it does. “With a talent agency or a freelancer, you’re essentially at their mercy,” he says. “They’ve usually got other works going on at the same time, so the turnaround can be bad and the options few.”

Because of its open competition model and global team of designers, however, ZillionDesigns can guarantee a broad range of options for clients to choose from and an end to drawn-out waiting periods. “Within a week,” says Zaheer, “users can expect to have 100 high-quality design options or more in hand.

The process is simple: users create competitions online, explaining the specifications of the project, and setting a timeframe for submissions and payment amount for the winner. The competition then gets vetted through ZillionDesigns worldwide network of over 50,000 designers, who send in fully completed concepts for the user to pick from. ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions, but the average project gets nearly 110 entries, and any ZillionDesigns submission comes with unlimited concept possibilities.

“Fixed deadlines mean that designs come in when they’re supposed to,” says Zaheer. “Open competition keeps prices low, and users can select the best quality options from a pool of finished products without committing themselves to any one designer beforehand. At ZillionDesigns, our focus is to put the customer in a position where his business is valued and fought over. That’s the best way to ensure a high quality service arrives in a timely fashion.”

ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, multiple file formats and a dedicated project manager for oversight. And with options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs.

“Graphic design continues to factor in to virtually every business out there, new or old,” says Zaheer Zodia. “And with an expansive online competition model, ZillionDesigns is poised to disrupt the industry and place itself at the forefront of crowdsourcing innovation.”

About ZillionDesigns

ZillionDesigns is your one-stop spot for all design needs. We specialize in bringing your ideas to life. Our unique crowdsourcing model allows you to broadcast your design needs to a global team of designers and receive more designs and ideas than you ever would with an agency or single freelancer, and at a much lower price!

ZillionDesigns Re-Launches, Aims To Change The Way We Contract Design Work

  • With average competition receiving 108 concept submissions, startup looks to take on industry
  • ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions
  • Platform includes more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries
  • ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, and a dedicated project manager for oversight
  • With options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs

ZillionDesigns announces its re-launch, aiming with its graphic design contracting platform to change the way customers find design projects.

ZillionDesigns’ unique crowdsourcing competition model provides users with more options, at better prices than traditional freelance channels and agencies, without sacrificing quality.

Today, all your design needs, from web pages to t-shirts, can be accessed on a single site. With a proven team of more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries, ZillionDesigns has the established industry traction to capitalize on the general push toward crowd contracting.

“Graphic design has always been central to branding, marketing and creative ventures,” says ZillionDesigns Founder Zaheer Dodhia, “and especially with the growth in digital mediums – mobile apps, web startups, etc. — the industry is only growing. But what you saw a few years ago was that people were getting stuck with money already invested in these poor contracting arrangements, and wound up overpaying for services that were either late or insufficient. ZillionDesigns changes that.”

Zaheer Dohia explains that, in the traditional graphic design marketplace, customers pay money upfront for work that often comes in late and might not fit the project even when it does. “With a talent agency or a freelancer, you’re essentially at their mercy,” he says. “They’ve usually got other works going on at the same time, so the turnaround can be bad and the options few.”

Because of its open competition model and global team of designers, however, ZillionDesigns can guarantee a broad range of options for clients to choose from and an end to drawn-out waiting periods. “Within a week,” says Zaheer, “users can expect to have 100 high-quality design options or more in hand.

The process is simple: users create competitions online, explaining the specifications of the project, and setting a timeframe for submissions and payment amount for the winner. The competition then gets vetted through ZillionDesigns worldwide network of over 50,000 designers, who send in fully completed concepts for the user to pick from. ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions, but the average project gets nearly 110 entries, and any ZillionDesigns submission comes with unlimited concept possibilities.

“Fixed deadlines mean that designs come in when they’re supposed to,” says Zaheer. “Open competition keeps prices low, and users can select the best quality options from a pool of finished products without committing themselves to any one designer beforehand. At ZillionDesigns, our focus is to put the customer in a position where his business is valued and fought over. That’s the best way to ensure a high quality service arrives in a timely fashion.”

ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, multiple file formats and a dedicated project manager for oversight. And with options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs.

“Graphic design continues to factor in to virtually every business out there, new or old,” says Zaheer Zodia. “And with an expansive online competition model, ZillionDesigns is poised to disrupt the industry and place itself at the forefront of crowdsourcing innovation.”

About ZillionDesigns

ZillionDesigns is your one-stop spot for all design needs. We specialize in bringing your ideas to life. Our unique crowdsourcing model allows you to broadcast your design needs to a global team of designers and receive more designs and ideas than you ever would with an agency or single freelancer, and at a much lower price!

ZillionDesigns Re-Launches, Aims To Change The Way We Contract Design Work

  • With average competition receiving 108 concept submissions, startup looks to take on industry
  • ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions
  • Platform includes more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries
  • ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, and a dedicated project manager for oversight
  • With options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs

ZillionDesigns announces its re-launch, aiming with its graphic design contracting platform to change the way customers find design projects.

ZillionDesigns’ unique crowdsourcing competition model provides users with more options, at better prices than traditional freelance channels and agencies, without sacrificing quality.

Today, all your design needs, from web pages to t-shirts, can be accessed on a single site. With a proven team of more than 50,000 designers, and over 100,000 satisfied customers in 200 countries, ZillionDesigns has the established industry traction to capitalize on the general push toward crowd contracting.

“Graphic design has always been central to branding, marketing and creative ventures,” says ZillionDesigns Founder Zaheer Dodhia, “and especially with the growth in digital mediums – mobile apps, web startups, etc. — the industry is only growing. But what you saw a few years ago was that people were getting stuck with money already invested in these poor contracting arrangements, and wound up overpaying for services that were either late or insufficient. ZillionDesigns changes that.”

Zaheer Dohia explains that, in the traditional graphic design marketplace, customers pay money upfront for work that often comes in late and might not fit the project even when it does. “With a talent agency or a freelancer, you’re essentially at their mercy,” he says. “They’ve usually got other works going on at the same time, so the turnaround can be bad and the options few.”

Because of its open competition model and global team of designers, however, ZillionDesigns can guarantee a broad range of options for clients to choose from and an end to drawn-out waiting periods. “Within a week,” says Zaheer, “users can expect to have 100 high-quality design options or more in hand.

The process is simple: users create competitions online, explaining the specifications of the project, and setting a timeframe for submissions and payment amount for the winner. The competition then gets vetted through ZillionDesigns worldwide network of over 50,000 designers, who send in fully completed concepts for the user to pick from. ZillionDesigns refunds any competitions that fail to receive at least 30 submissions, but the average project gets nearly 110 entries, and any ZillionDesigns submission comes with unlimited concept possibilities.

“Fixed deadlines mean that designs come in when they’re supposed to,” says Zaheer. “Open competition keeps prices low, and users can select the best quality options from a pool of finished products without committing themselves to any one designer beforehand. At ZillionDesigns, our focus is to put the customer in a position where his business is valued and fought over. That’s the best way to ensure a high quality service arrives in a timely fashion.”

ZillionDesigns lets users start individual competitions, or choose from a list of prearranged packages, each of which comes with unlimited design concept, unlimited revisions, multiple file formats and a dedicated project manager for oversight. And with options ranging from logo, web, graphic and packaging design, ZillionDesigns is a one-stop shop for all creative needs.

“Graphic design continues to factor in to virtually every business out there, new or old,” says Zaheer Zodia. “And with an expansive online competition model, ZillionDesigns is poised to disrupt the industry and place itself at the forefront of crowdsourcing innovation.”

About ZillionDesigns

ZillionDesigns is your one-stop spot for all design needs. We specialize in bringing your ideas to life. Our unique crowdsourcing model allows you to broadcast your design needs to a global team of designers and receive more designs and ideas than you ever would with an agency or single freelancer, and at a much lower price!

YO.TV Launches TV Discovery Platform Worldwide

 

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YO.TV launches its TV discovery platform to the world, aiming to re-imagine the way we find and share shows online.

YO.TV takes UK’s most-used TV discovery platform, with over 5M users, international to change the way viewers around the world discover and engage with TV content.

YO.TV is a mobile app available on the App Store and Google Play that works on smartphones and tablets. Users can access listings for all their favorite channels across broadcast providers. “Now” and “Next” options streamline the scanning process, giving cross sectional views of the full channel listings for any given time block. Personalized features let users set themselves reminders on their personal calendars or share their tastes in TV with friends via social media.

With five million users in the United Kingdom alone and listings for over 1000 channels, YO.TV is the proven choice for mobile owners. And with plans to expand to 50 countries in 14 languages, YO.TV is shifting the way viewers everywhere experience their televisions through their mobile devices.

“The biggest innovations are the usually the simplest concepts,” says Chetan Damani, the Co-Founder of YO.TV, “especially for mobile apps. Most people who access the internet via their smartphones use apps instead of browsers, which tells us that apps work best when they fulfill very specific functions.

“With YO.TV, we just looked at the way people were already using their phones and their televisions, and brought that all together in a single space.”

LuckiePennie Launches To Change Way We Discover Music

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PhD and musician partners announce the launch of the LuckyPennie iPhone app, available today on the iTunes App store for free. Taking the music industry by storm, the LuckyPennie application is designed to re-imagine the way we discover music.

A new product in a growing collection of music businesses by PhD John Wolanin,  musician and serial founder Jonathan Lane, and developer Joe Landon, LuckyPennie is music discovery from local tastemakers. With LuckyPennie, individuals can discover new tracks, find local shows, and connect with like-minded people.

“Between the three founders, we have been involved with the music industry for over thirty years on both the artist and business side,” says Co-Founder John Wolanin. “However, even though we are based in Los Angeles, we still have difficulty finding new songs and events to attend. We built LuckyPennie to fulfill this need.”

“Social platforms have revenues in the billions and concert promotion and music-streaming services have annual revenue of $24B and $767M, yet there still lacks a platform to marry the two services”, adds the Los Angeles innovator. “Today we launch LuckiePennie to be this bridge.”

The new iPhone application — which launches today — offers a new vision for discovering music. With an easy-to-use interface, individuals can discover music from influential tastemakers, the people who know their local music best.

As Co-Founder Jonathan Lane explains, “Imagine visiting Los Angeles. Locals in the LA music scene, who are passionate about music, post songs and concerts that are relevant to their music scene. These are bands that you probably don’t know about. But once you fire up LuckyPennie, you can get a glimpse of the scene here in LA and get leads on what bands to see, where to see them and almost just as important, who to see them with, while in you’re in town.”

For the last decade or so, the way people access and connect to music has gone through dramatic and rapid changes,” says John, who earned his Doctorate in Psychology before co-founding LuckyPennie. “If you look at activity now, there is incredible diversity in the public’s interaction with live music.”

LuckyPennie’s true potential lies in the ways it can serve as a central music platform to “unify the social discovery experience”, he says.