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Published 03/23/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

33needs gives the average person a place to propose a solution to a problem and receive funding to make it happen. The site works much like Kickstarter. The difference here is that 33needs focuses on solving local and global problems. For example, if a user has a solution to help the planet, they can post it under the planet category on 33 Needs. Their page includes a description of the solution, why it is a viable option and what need it is filling. Users can also add images, links and videos to their pages. If another user sees the idea and wants to support it, they can invest in it through a donation on 33 Needs. If the endeavor is fully funded, it moves forward. If not, then no one is charged for their donation. Idea posters can also include a gift, reward or incentive that goes with their project. For most projects, this is usually a small portion of their revenue for a set length of time.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

33needs was founded in 2011 by Josh Tetrick. The site is intended to give ambitious entrepreneurs a place to get their ideas in front of more people and possibly funded. 33needs empowers its users and gives them a better opportunity to make a difference in the world. The website is still quite young, but shows a great deal of promise.

What are the differences to other apps?

33 Needs is very similar to other crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter. It even looks very similar. However the focus of 33needs is what makes it a little different. The website is dedicated to assisting its users in making a difference in the world. Visitors can donate to projects that cover everything from creating sustainable food sources to improving health.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The 33needs website welcomes users with a bright blue background and an overall cheerful design. The project pages are very similar to those on the Kickstarter website, right down to many of the layout elements. It is not surprising because the format works rather well. The user can post a video, which appears at the top of their page while all the text content is found just below it. An area is also reserved to display investor’s avatars and names along the right hand side just below the project’s funding progress.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors who would like to join the 33needs community are given two registration options. The first is to register and log in through a Facebook account, which can be done by clicking the blue and white Facebook button in the upper, right hand corner of the site. A white “Join Now” link can be found to the left of the button for users who prefer to register separately. The user must click the bottom black and white button on the following page to access the registration form. The form requires a username, email address and password.

What does it cost to use the application?

Registering for a 33needs account is free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for signing up. The website does not list any fees for maintaining an account, submitting a venture or donating. Donations are made through Amazon, so there will be Amazon fees applied. Sites like 33needs generally take a small portion of the total amount when a project is funded. The website does not specifically list any amount at this point.

Who would you recommend the application to?

33needs is a valuable website for two groups of users: those with an idea working for a cause and those who want to find something to invest in. Users can develop a following, spread the word about their problem solving idea and even receive financial backing to make it happen.

  • Browse current solutions under categories like health, education, community and the planet
  • Donate to a solution that you feel would work
  • Submit a venture idea to be posted on 33needs
  • Include information, links, images and videos in your venture posting
  • Receive something in return for investing

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