PPL - Crowdfunding Portugal. Plataforma disponível em PPL.com.pt

quinta-feira, 26 de janeiro de 2012

Melhores práticas de Crowdfunding - Filomena e Ricardo

A Filomena e o Ricardo, do projecto Patagónia Luso-Expedition, um dos primeiros a ser financiado no PPL, partilham a experiência deles com o crowdfunding, assim como valiosas dicas para um projecto bem sucedido!

Está a pensar em lançar um projecto? A Filomena e o Ricardo ensinam-lhe a fazer magia! A criatividade e dedicação deles são um exemplo a seguir para os demais "crowdfunders"!

quarta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2012

Economist: Crowdfunding... not so micro!

Is alternative finance going mainstream? At PPL Crowdfunding Portugal we think so...

In Economist: "At the time, it was unclear whether such crowdfunding was a passing fad or a rising alternative to conventional starter financing for creative media" - Not anymore!

Economist: Micro no More

"This newspaper has written about Kickstarter several times in the past two years, including an overview of how crowdfunding works after the firm had raised about $15m in its first year. At the time, it was unclear whether such crowdfunding (also called micropatronage) was a passing fad or a rising alternative to conventional starter financing for creative media"

terça-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2012

"The Future of Investment"

Um post com a visão sobre o futuro do meio financeiro e o crowdfunding, do nosso colega belga Guillaume Desclee (mymicroinvest.com).

"Now, through "crowdfunding," the Internet once again, stands to affect our lives, by significantly expanding and democratizing investment and funding opportunities, for ordinary investors and businesses alike."


E o video da mymicroinvest, também inspirador!


sexta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2012

PPL na imprensa

O PPL apareceu recentemente em dois canais diferentes: TV e jornal.
Na reportagem da SIC fala-se sobre crowdfunding e o projecto Owitho, que se crowd-financiou recentemente e cuja exposição de fotografia decorre de 20 a 26 de Janeiro, no Palácio Barão de Quintela (Rua do Alecrim, 70 - Chiado).

No artigo no Jornal de Negócios, é mencionada alguma da (recente) história do PPL.

quarta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2012

Portuguese crowdfunding: Exploring new entrepreneurial shores

Portugal currently faces economic challenges that require a boost in productive activity to generate the outcomes its people deserve.
“Access to finance is essential to enhance the competitiveness and growth potential of small and medium enterprises,” said European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, in December 2011. “In the context of the current crisis, marked by a fall in lending to the real economy, it is increasingly difficult for such companies to access loans.”
Portugal has experienced the fastest growth in innovation performance among EU member states as per the European Union’s 2010 Innovation Scorecard, and now requires innovative alternatives to funding mechanisms and sources to potentiate its innovation capability.
At a time when alternatives to traditional forms of finance are welcome and the technology to deliver them is abundant, crowdfunding has a strong potential to positively disrupt the entrepreneurial generation setting and grow to a position of significant relevance in society. Crowdfunding will thrive in an environment like Portugal.

An Introduction to PPL

PPL.COM.PT stands for “People With Portugal,” as in Portuguese “com” means with.
In May 2011, the four founders of PPL realized the liquidity gap between aid and microfinance solutions up to traditional investor and venture capital funding in Portugal, where bank loans used to predominate, was disabling several innovative ideas from launching and becoming successful. Passionate for the do-it-yourself spirit but also all things collaborative, we decided to be a part of the pioneering movement of Portuguese Crowdfunding this past summer. PPL Crowdfunding Portugal is a status quo disruption very much needed in a country with plenty of ideas but some barriers to develop them.
PPL is unique for the regional flavour it brings, for the qualities and values of the team behind it and for the differentiating marketplace innovation it is working on and developing. It potentiates a truly engaged community looking to exchange funds and skills, resulting in innovative and creative projects. This is accomplished with local action but global thinking, where PPL networks with the strongest references in the field and works with partners and other European and North American platforms to collectively push the envelope in this new area and promote a strongly positive and impactful democratization of finance.

The Learning Process

Our team operates a crowdfunding platform, but also actively studies the phenomenon, writes about it — currently two of the four founders are studying and writing theses on the matter — and looks at how it can be utilized and adjusted to maximize its potential to the people. Since PPL’s launch, we’ve achieved critical learning in online funding processes, community building and management mechanics, and gained very relevant overall experience and credibility. Today we’re looking to grow the business, add relevant functionality and enlarge the participating community both as a source of new projects with incremental value and impact and as a source of investment and promotion.
In the future, PPL will become a marketplace for the “very well made in Portugal,” where resources, projects, ideas, products, services, promotion, results, shares and support will flow freely with minor and very low cost intermediation. This method of funding will go from alternative to mainstream and will complement and work tightly with other traditional methods of finance such as angel investing. The concept is then applicable and exportable to any region – it’s a local marketplace with a global vision.
So far, the strength of the community, as small as it might be to start off with, has been a positive surprise to us. People that engage with a project, originally to buy a reward or support an entrepreneur, become much more involved and come to “own” the project. The crowd has contributed with content, skills, resources and funds to several projects. For some projects, the crowd itself has become the main promoter, voicing their support in a viral networking effect.
The satisfaction derived from all involved and the sense of accomplishment with a visible impact has been extremely satisfying. Most of the projects funded thus far would not have found their way out from the drawing sketches, so the most relevant lesson has been that the ability for the crowd to validate, curate, support and then own, promote and finance an initiative is something not to underestimate. It is also a great responsibility for a platform such a PPL to intervene enough to ensure trust, efficiency, security and growth of such a mechanism, but we’ve come to understand that such movements are desired and driven by the crowd and ultimately belong to it.

Act Local, Think Global

Although still very young in its life, PPL has already managed to fund several projects, two being from Mozambique and one from Angola, with investors coming in from the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. These projects had the support of a Portuguese entrepreneur, but already an international span is a natural trend in this act local, think global strategy.
Rating agencies and doomsayers may preach the end of our world, and new challenges will certainly require a collective gathering of forces and efforts to overcome this current economic struggle. We rest assured, however, that boosted by tools of open communication and channelling of funds and resources, our innovative mindset and survival spirit will keep the light at the end of the tunnel at bay. Portuguese entrepreneurs are set to reach fertile shores and they have the capabilities and tools to establish profitable trading routes with benefits to all involved.

Original post in http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/portuguese-crowdfunding-exploring-new-entrepreneurial-shores/10322

O PPL opõe a SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)

Decorrem actualmente 2 propostas de lei nos Estados Unidos, com o objectivo de minimizar o infringimento dos direitos de propriedade intelectual. As propostas são a SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) e a PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Right)

Estamos em sintonia com este princípio de impedir a pirataria e cópia não autorizada de materiais registados, naturalmente.

No entanto, atenção! Há um risco muito significativo, pois a forma como estas propostas de lei estão elaboradas, não só protegeriam os direitos mencionados, como também permitiriam efectuar censura e limitar o direito de opinião - semelhante ao que se pratica hoje na China, Irão e Síria.

Conheça melhor do que se trata com este infográfico da Mashable: http://mashable.com/2011/11/16/sopa-infographic/

Informação detalhada no Huffington Post:

A organização que está por detrás chama-se Sopastrike:

O dia 18 de Janeiro de 2012 marca a primeira grande manifestação e greve geral da Internet. Vários sites (como a Wikipedia) marcaram o dia apresentando o site em baixo e uma página negra com uma mensagem alusiva. Vegam imagem da wikipedia hoje...
Sendo os Estados Unidos o país de referência relativamente à utilização da internet e servindo de exemplo para vários outros Estados no que respeita às leis a aplicar neste meio, também o PPL opõe estas 2 propostas de lei e como tal...

Somos contra a SOPA e rejeitamos qualquer tipo de censura online!

terça-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2012

Lançamento do livro "A Chicala não é um bairro pequeno"

É com muito prazer que vemos mais um projecto do PPL tornar-se realidade.
Depois da exposição que decorreu no Porto durante o mês de Dezembro, o Paulo Moreira irá agora apresentar a correspondente publicação. O lançamento do livro "A Chicala não é um bairro pequeno" terá lugar no próximo Sábado dia 7 de Janeiro de 2012 às 15h, na Galeria "Uma Certa Falta de Coerência".

Fica um breve resumo, nas palavras do próprio autor:

“A Chicala não é um bairro pequeno” apresenta uma perspetiva da capital de Angola muitas vezes ignorada pelos relatos sobre a atual trajetória neoliberal do país. Graças a uma extensiva compilação de contribuições de especialistas, profissionais e investigadores emergentes e consagrados, de diversas áreas, este livro mergulha num contexto urbano particular, de baixo para cima, mostrando Luanda como uma cidade bem mais complexa do que simplesmente uma topografia capitalista e consumista rodeada por metabolismos de sobrevivência desesperados.