CreckJack - a startup to support content creators

CreckJack: a place for crowdfunding talents and kickstarting creative ideas.

Everyone has a talent or a big idea they would like to take to the next level.

This is the motto put forward by CreckJack, a new social crowdfunding platform for content creators. It appeals to all possible types of craftsmen and creative people: musicians, visual artists, designers, photographers, youtubers, and much more. On the other hand, it grants an even broader audience with access to a rich depository of creative content.

What makes CreckJack different from Kickstarter?

  • With CreckJack, artists may get funded even without having a single project. Instead, they are encouraged to collect money for supporting their talents.
  • No time limits for crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Premium content for sponsors.
  • A unique mix of social and crowdfunding platform with simple and user-friendly design.

How does it work?

The idea is simple:

  • Artists create profiles allowing them to attract funds from their fans, who become sponsors. They share content via CreckJack network, setting different visibility levels for their posts: public and sponsors-only.
  • Sponsors get access to artists’ premium posts and receive personal rewards from them, including lessons, hangouts, and invitations for events.

CreckJack story

CreckJack team: founders
CreckJack founders: Dima Kerpov (right) & Nikita Chernykh (left)

Our mission is to support content creators, we strive to connect creative minded people and everybody who cares about interesting, unique and creative things.

CreckJack was founded by Dima Kerpov and Nikita Chernykh (Nick), who met after moving to Toronto, Canada.

Dima is CreckJack’s CEO. He is 24 years old now, was born and grew up in Vinnytsya, Ukraine. In 2012, Dima moved to Toronto, where he finished Business Department in Centennial College and co-founded CreckJack a year on.

Nick is a 21-year-old technical co-founder who moved to Toronto from Irkutsk, Russia, in 2011. There, he studied programming in Centennial College.

The CreckJack concept originated in February 2013. The founders started the development of the idea in Spetember 2013, and the official startup launch date is November 25, 2013.

Alpha release coming soon

CreckJack’s team gets ready for the two major milestones this year:
Alpha release will most likely come about by the end of May 2015. Beta release is scheduled for early fall 2015.

Can’t wait for CreckJack to launch officially? Then, you have two options: subscribe for opening to be notified via email as soon as the platform is released or apply for alpha testing to get early access to CreckJack’s features and help to make the service better.

Go to CreckJack’s official website for details:

Backstreet Academy Travel Startup

Backstreet Academy: a Startup to Promote Learning through Sustainable Travel in Southeast Asia

Some of the present-day startups are doing truly amazing stuff in attempt to make our world a better place to live in. A unique mix of traveling and learning contrived by Backstreet Academy, a Singapore-based startup, deserves a closer look.

Backstreet Academy is an online marketplace for travel nuts where they can discover exclusive learning courses throughout the Southeast Asia, which cannot be taken anywhere else. And for many outstanding local craftsmen, hosting tourists via Backstreet Academy is the only chance to get substantial income and overcome poverty. The courses are currently available in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, India and Nepal.

In Hanoi, you can learn Vietnamese and Chinese calligraphy, create awesome paper masks and bottle paintings, cook various delicious meals, take photos of the city backstreets or ride scooters at night.

Maybe you’d like to unveil to yourself the original recipes of Lao wine? Then you should visit Luang Prabang. By the way, there are so many pretty things to do in that area alongside this: get some rice farming and fishing practice, produce and play wooden flutes, and much more!

Martial arts have always been an indispensable part of the Asian culture. Learning from the backstreet masters can give an excellent insight into authentic heritage in this context, as well as to keep fit. Khmer boxing courses in Phnom Penh will be a perfect choice in this respect.

All of that and more at your fingertips at very affordable price. Most tours offered by Backstreet Academy carry a price within the range of $15-50. For every booking, 40-50% goes to the host, 20-30% covers the facilitators and transport costs, and the startup retains as low as 10-15%.

Here’s a documentary video featuring Backstreet Academy’s experience with sustainable tourism in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Are you ready to broaden your horizons and pick up a one-of-a-kind course? Go to!
Join the community of backstreet travelers on Facebook.

Digital publishing startups from Europe

10 European Digital Startups to Reinvent Publishing Industry

Publishing and media industry is dead? Noway. Perhaps, publishers have been experiencing some problems over the past decade, but the odds are that there’s never been a good time for this kind of business.

Certainly, publishing landscape has changed substantially, and while traditional outlets are struggling to adapt, digital segment of the industry is growing very fast. Europe is not an exception in this regard, moving toward the largest ebook market in the world, worth $19 billion, by 2017.

Here are 10 promising digital startups that may cause significant impact on the publishing and media industry in 2015 and beyond.

Piano Media

1. Piano Media:
Head office: Vienna, Austria
Profile: Founded about 4 years ago in Slovakia, Piano Media is a company helping news organizations and publishers set up digital paywalls. In September 2014, Piano Media – which is headquartered in Vienna with offices in New York, Slovakia, Slovenia and Poland – acquired its larger, American competitor Press+.


2. Blendle:
Head office: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Profile: Blendle wants to bring the iTunes model to journalism by letting readers buy individual articles (for €0.10 to €0.30 a pop) from various newspapers and publishers. Six months after its launch earlier this year, the startup secured €3 million in Series A funding from Axel Springer and The New York Times Company.


3. PressPad:
Head office: Krakow, Poland
Profile: Polish startup PressPad, established in 2011, aims to be a mobile app and marketing platform for magazine publishers. PressPad – which offers tiered pricing plans for clients – has raised a little over $260,000 in funding, according to CrunchBase.


4. Sellfy:
Head office: Riga, Latvia
Profile: Whether you’re a writer, designer or any other digital content producer, Sellfy wants to help you distribute and sell your content in a few clicks. The platform for self-publishers, which was founded in 2011, is backed by Skype co-founder Toivo Annus.


5. Ghost:
Head office: London, UK
Profile: With the aim to “revolutionise the world of online publishing”, Ghost first pitched its open source blogging platform on Kickstarter last year. Since raising close to £200,000 through the campaign – surpassing its goal of £25,000 – Ghost has released a number of updates to its elegantly designed platform.


6. Movellas:
Head office: Copenhagen, Denmark / London, UK
Profile: Launched in 2010, Movellas is a publishing platform that lets users write and publish their stories as well as receive feedback from the community. The idea behind Movella is based on the Japanese concept of “Keitai Shousetsu“, meaning ‘mobile phone novel’, which became a popular literary genre.


7. ShareWall:
Head office: London, UK
Profile: Founded in March of this year, ShareWall wants to offer a new model for publishers by introducing ‘social currency’, which involves users getting access to content based on how many times they share an article with their social network. The startup has raised a seed round of £150,000 so far.


8. ReadWave:
Head office: London, UK
Profile: Owned and operated by online writing community Circalit, ReadWave is “a place for sharing 3-minute stories”. The publishing platform, which has a 800-word limit, hopes to build a community for aspiring journalists to upload articles on certain themes and receive feedback.


9. Liberio:
Head office: Berlin, Germany
Profile: Founded in 2013, Liberio is an eBook publishing platform that rolled out its Google Drive-based service in July of this year. The aim? To simplify the process of creating, publishing and distributing eBook projects – and all for free.


10. Reedsy:
Head office: London, UK
Profile: Reedsy, founded this year, is startup that wants to help connect publishing professionals (authors with editors, book designers, etc.) via its marketplace as well as provide tools for project collaboration. The UK startup has received €30,000 from Seedcamp and Scottish publishing company D. C. Thomson.

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More traffic for startups

How to Gain More Web Traffic for Your Startup: 5 Simple Tips

It looks like major players leave no room for startups and small sized entrepreneurs on the Internet. They buy up as much traffic as possible, place their banners far and wide, occupy search results, etc.

However, there’s still a huge growth in online business. For example, there’s a 15-20% annual increase of newly launched online shopping sites. It is as clear as noonday that all those new ventures demand more and more traffic and, unless a startup is backed by strong investors, many of them can barely get enough of it to promote themselves effectively.

The following 5 sources can help you to generate extra traffic for your startup at few or no cost, provided you rethink the way you used them before.

1. Social Media

Look at the examples of popular accounts maintained by business owners in social networks. Check out Steve Blank, Richard Branson, Randi Zuckerberg and others. Develop your brand in social media through your personal expert profile. Just one tweet from a popular “business expert” can generate more traffic than an average corporate account can do throughout the year.

Try suggested posts on Facebook. According to AddRoll, suggested posts get 49 times more traffic than standard right sidebanners. In case you’ve got an email subscription database, don’t send “spammy emails” to users. It can be used to target ads.

2. Search & Referral Traffic

You must know that Google underrates websites with few or no external backlinks. On the other hand, backlinks should be treated like a real source of traffic too, not just for various bots and automated testers. So, focus on both increasing the quantity of backlinks (for better search ranking) and creating high quality content which can go viral and generate referral links to your website (for example, articles, interviews, infographics and analytics).

3. Traffic from Images

Millions of Internet users search images and videos every day. Sometimes it’s easier and less expensive to get traffic from visual content than from general search results or ads. Besides, try posting such type of content on Pinterest if your business is easy enough to visualize. On average, about 69% of consumers who have pinned an image related to a product or service on Pinterest, purchase it eventually.

4. Traffic from Comments

When users comment on your site, don’t leave those comments unanswered. Make sure to provide immediate response and avoid negative statements. Instead of standard pre-defined comments, it is better to set a social commenting platform (e.g. Disqus) that allows to log in with an existing social profile, as well as share discussions with friends. Consider commenting on third party websites and putting links to your own site, but keep in mind that by doing this you’ll always stand on the sharpest edge of spamming. However, if you find communities where people discuss similar products or services and suggest them relevant information, your comments will be able to generate hundreds of visits to your website.

5. Cheap Commercial Traffic

Sometimes even the most popular websites sell off relatively small amount of traffic that they had been unable to sell to big clients. Even more often, they fill vacant spots on their websites with AdSense. Thus, it is possible to place your ad on such websites either directly with considerable discount or with the help of specific targeting your campaign on AdSense.

Slush 2014 startup event in Helsinki, Finland

5 Startup Events in Nordics to Visit Following Slush Helsinki

Slush is worth attending. Every second. It is different from your regular high-quality tech conference. It gives more.

This quote by Petteri Koponen, Partner at Lifeline Ventures, is featured on Slush’s website. Previous year’s attendees say Slush Helsinki is totally worth flying 20 hours from San Francisco. Many visitors are already coming over.

Slush 2014 Promo Video:

But if you’d like to enjoy your trip to Finland to the full, you should visit some more events happening nearby around the Slush dates. Check out this Nordics event shortlist.

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