Erica Swallow is a status quo wrecker, entrepreneur, and technology/education journalist. Her thoughts have been published in Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
How I Raised $20,000 in 30 Days on Kickstarter to Self-Publish My First Book
In 30 days, I raised more than $20,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to publish my first book. In fact, I published an entire four-title children's book series all at once!
5 Simple Steps to Setting Financial Goals
No matter your age or income, you have financial goals. But do you know how to achieve them? Here are 5 tips:...
Budgeting Tips for the Self-Employed
Creating a budget when you're self-employed and your income fluctuates is challenging. Here are six reality-tested tips....
Equity Crowdfunding: Should Your Startup Fundraise on Indiegogo?
Until recently, startups were restricted to raising equity funding from accredited investors who met income or wealth requirements. Now, any aspiring venture capitalist can try his or her hand at investing in startups in exchange for equity.
Should Your Startup Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign?
Venture capital, bootstrapping, taking out loans, maxing out credit cards — these are the financing modes you hear most about when entrepreneurs kickstart their companies. But what about crowdfunding?
The First-Generation Struggle: A Letter From My 22-Year-Old Self
In 2008, I wrote a (now re-discovered) letter about my college financial aid experience. It reminds me we have a long way to go for education equity, but I am hopeful.
VC Bubble or Not, Sea of Funding Options is Boon for Entrepreneurs
Whether or not a bubble exists, it is clear that soaring valuations, increased venture funding, and a sea of new financing options are opening up more doors for entrepreneurs seeking funding.
Check In to Maximized Credit Card Rewards With Glyph
Glyph is a free iPhone app that helps users maximize their credit card rewards by offering up per-transaction guidance during the purchasing process.
How American Express Grows Its Massive Social Media Presence
The credit card company is innovating for both customers and merchants on their social media platforms. Check out how AmEx has gone digital.
Facebook, Google and Apple not trusted in mobile payments
When dealing with mobile payments, consumers trust credit card companies — such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express — over technology brands, including Facebook, Google and Apple.