crowdsourcing http://innovationtrail.org en Startups waiting permission to "crowdfund" for new investors http://innovationtrail.org/post/startups-waiting-permission-crowdfund-new-investors <p>Startup businesses in upstate New York, a region that sometimes struggles to attract big investors, are anxiously awaiting permission to begin soliciting funding from a new type of investor.</p><p>The Jumpstart our Business Start-up - or JOBS - Act, passed last year by Congress, allows for more flexibility for crowdfunding investors -&nbsp; individuals making smaller investments in return for a stake in the company.</p><p>Right now that type of investment is limited to only very high income people like angel investors or venture capitalists. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:10:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 2495 at http://innovationtrail.org How to monitor the gas industry online http://innovationtrail.org/post/how-monitor-gas-industry-online <p>As part of our story about <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/front-lines-fracking-get-personal" target="_blank">landmen in the Marcellus Shale</a>, we spoke with Chris Csikszentmihályi, who co-created the &quot;Landman Report Card&quot; project.</p><p>But Csikszentmihályi didn&#39;t just create one website to help track fracking - he created three.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.landmanreportcard.com/">LandmanReportCard.com</a>, where homeowners can give landmen letter grades</li><li><a href="http://www.newspositioning.com/nps/geotag/1">NewsPositioning.com</a>, where people can track news reports about oil and gas</li><li><a href="http://wellwatch.org/index.html/">Wellwatch.org</a>, where property owners can record all the drilling activity going on in their neighborhood, on a well-by-well basis</li></ul><p>Together those sites comprise the MIT Media Lab&#39;s&nbsp;&quot;extrACT&nbsp;projects,&quot; and they&#39;ve taught Csikszentmihályi valuable lessons about natural gas and web 2.0.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:57:50 +0000 Emma Jacobs 1236 at http://innovationtrail.org How to monitor the gas industry online Scientist recruits hikers to help with stream research http://innovationtrail.org/post/scientist-recruits-hikers-help-stream-research <p>This year, we&rsquo;ve seen the power of crowds and cell phones to topple dictators and spark revolutions.&nbsp;</p><p>Closer to home, a researcher at the University at Buffalo is trying to kick off a revolution in the way we learn about our environment - and he&rsquo;s asking for your help.</p><p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:32:16 +0000 Daniel Robison, WBFO 1222 at http://innovationtrail.org Scientist recruits hikers to help with stream research