FundRazr’s World First Debut With PayPal’s Technology of The Future

Almost our entire start-up team attended PayPal X Innovate conference last week.

It was a considerable cost to fly five of us there for three days but one we considered worthwhile.

It proved to be a very smart investment.

We were the first company in the world to go live with both new PayPal technologies integrated into FundRazr. We got to showcase this on stage as a PayPal partner three times over two days, to a crowded room of developers & press who were intrigued to see a real live example of the new technology in action.

So what does this mean for you, our customer?

This means you receive the benefits of these new technologies just by using FundRazr. Let us tell you how you benefit:

Adaptive Payments: This new API will allow us to make:

  • Split fees – allows us to take our commission, PayPal’s fees and pay you all in one transaction
  • Recurring fee and donation payments – automate fees you have to pay on a regular basis
  • Aggregated payments – you can pay multiple organizations from one payment

Adaptive Accounts: This new API allows you to quickly and easily set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one, when setting up your FundRazr organization. Creating an account now seamlessly integrates into the set up process.

FundRazr making headlines

Along with delivering great presentations on stage during the conference, Daryl managed to get interviewed by Mashable via Ustream TV. Both Daryl and I got video interviewed numerous times during the two days whilst at our FundRazr kiosk, catch a mention in this video below.

PayPal’s hard-working PR team meant we were featured on several major sites and even made the Wall Street Journal. That was totally exciting. We got featured on ReadWriteWeb and also connected with some excellent bloggers who will hopefully be featuring us over the next week.

It was fantastic coverage and exposure for us. We did demo after demo at our kiosk which was manic but really satisfying. The invaluable feedback we got from so many people has helped shape our thoughts on what capabilities and areas we can improve on next.

We totally believe in our FundRazr solution and that Social Commerce is the way of the future!

The amount of beta code requests we’ve been receiving means that you do too. Thanks and keep the feedback coming.

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A Proud World First Moment for FundRazr

We had the privilege of being the World’s First Company to showcase the new Adaptive Accounts Technology for PayPal to a packed room.

Just over an hour ago at PayPalX Innovate Conference, Daryl did us all proud by doing a fantastic presentation and live demo on stage. See for yourself below!

It’s been one amazing day and we’re looking forward to meeting many more great people tomorrow, making great connections and showcasing FundRazr and PayPal technologies.

Thanks to Dana Oshiro for her great write up on ReadWriteWeb on FundRazr too – made our day.

Christian pitches FundRazr at PayPal X Innovate

It’s a rare day indeed when I get another integral part of our team to tell me why he loves FundRazr – and he’s one of the talented people who built it!

So here’s Christian live from the PayPalX Innovate Conference. Broadscasting from our FundRazr Kiosk – no #14

Newsflash: FundRazr First in World to Offer Both New PayPal Capabilities

PayPal X’s Beta Adaptive Accounts API makes it even easier for FundRazr users to leverage their social networks for fee and donation collection.

 

Innovate 2009, SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 3, 2009 – ConnectionPoint, launched its groundbreaking FundRazr Facebook application, built with PayPal X’s Adaptive Payments APIs, at TechCrunch 50 in September. Today they announced that FundRazr is one of the first applications to implement PayPal’s beta Adaptive Accounts APIs.

FundRazr allows anyone to quickly and easily collect fees and donations through a simple Facebook page. Customers can manage and collect membership fees, sell tickets and raise donations – all via Facebook with no need for technical skills or a merchant credit card account.

“By integrating PayPal’s new Adaptive Accounts APIs, we’re now able to provide a seamless sign up experience for our users,” said Daryl Hatton, CEO of ConnectionPoint. “Users never have to leave Facebook to quickly and easily set up a PayPal account, allowing them to carry on with making or receiving a fee or donation payment.”

ConnectionPoint has been working closely with PayPal as part of their exclusive closed beta program since July 2009. FundRazr provides unique functionality that harnesses the powerful sharing features of Facebook to help groups engage with members, supporters and donors. Unlike registration software or donation-based websites, the visitor stays within the group’s Facebook page and the administrator controls any videos, images or messages that the visitors experience.

“FundRazr is a great example of how developers can use PayPal X to do things that were simply not possible previously,” said Osama Bedier, PayPal’s vice president of Platform. “PayPal X makes it easy for developers to monetize their great ideas and we’re thrilled that ConnectionPoint is taking advantage of the new Adaptive Accounts beta APIs to improve the experience of their users on Facebook.”

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The Latest FundRazr Features Are Available For Your Enjoyment

Without further ado, step up will you please, to hear about the latest FundRazr features!

 

1. Share Campaign
Yes it’s here! The easiest way to share your campaign to the rest of Facebook is now available. You’ll find the `Share’ button just above the video on the Campaign screen.

2009 Oct 28 New Share function

Simply by clicking on this you can publish a post to the live stream that says who you’re supporting and allows you to add a personal message.
This dramatically increases the visibility of your fundraising campaign as friends and supporters will see any interaction that any visitor has with your campaign.

When they click on the link on that shared post; they will be directed straight to your campaign URL.

Top tip: When you want to direct people to your campaign via email or any other method of communication, simply cut and past the URL in your browser that appears when you’re on your campaign screen.

2. Organization Data

When setting up a new organization you’ll notice there are new screens that give you more options and flexibility and require some extra information.This is because we’re in the process of bringing you the much asked for `Receipts’ option.

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FundRazr Options Screen under Settings

Soon you’ll be able to provide receipts for any donation or fee payment.  To make it easier for you, this organization data will be automatically transferred into the receipts created.

Key changes that you’ll notice are:

Appearance: You can now add an avatar to your Organization profile that will be displayed for your organization in your favourites box or when you’re accessing your organization(s) from FundRazr Navigator. (Your logo will still be used for anyone visiting your organization and at the top left of each FundRazr screen).

Location: You can now easily move your organization from one tab location to another. You may also unlink it from any tab and it’s still accessible to you.

Legal: Sounds a little scary but it’s really not. We just need your address details so that this can be added to the receipt you can choose to offer anyone who wants one for a payment they’ve made to your organization.  This information is not accessible to anyone other than you, your administrators and whoever receives a receipt that you’ve authorized.

Accounts: Pretty much stays the same but if you want to create a new account from there we help you through that process with a big bad button directing you to set one up with PayPal. Easy as that.

Options: Our favorite part. Here you get to choose just what your organization can offer (see above image)

  • Membership Requests –currently anyone visiting your organization can request a membership or you can invite them to join, such as a player on your basketball team.
  • Supporter Requests: Very soon you’ll be able to accept requests from supporters to join your organization which will be perfect for your cause or charity or as a political candidate, to help build your community and fan base.
    These supporters can then be communicated with through FundRazr and are able to make a donation to your campaign regardless.
  • Create receipts: You asked for it, we’re bringing it. You can choose to offer receipts to anyone who makes a fee or donation payment to your organization. Our receipting capability takes your logo and organization details and automatically creates a professional looking receipt.
    Once that person has made a payment they’re taken to the home screen that allows them to check their payment history and get a receipt.

Quick Tip: All the new org set-up features can be accessed via the redesigned ‘Settings’ icon on the admin home screen.

3. Ticketing

Your feedback has shown us that you want the ability to be able to sell tickets through FundRazr. Whilst this was always part of our plan, we’re excited to bring you a simple yet easy option within the `Campaign’ function that allows you to ask for either donations or sell tickets.

This is just the start and we will be providing many more great features and tools over the coming months to make FundRazr an e-commerce platform for all your needs.

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On the admin home screen you’ll notice a new ‘Communications’ icon. The feature isn’t operational yet, but stayed tuned for useful new options for communicating with your organization.

5. Numerous small enhancements and bug fixes

There’s been a lot of testing and bug fixing going on in the background that you likely won’t even notice, but each day there are small modifications and enhancements that are making FundRazr into the kickass application you see before you.

6. Notifications

Today Facebook have announced major changes to their platform around notifications for applications.  We believe many of the changes will be of great benefit to FundRazr and therefore you as a user, including better access to and & interaction with your FundRazr organization(s).

Let us know what you think by commenting below, tweeting with us on @fundrazr or making a comment on our App Page

Facebook – the blob that eats up your time online

There are many who are trying to start a backlash against Facebook by claiming they no longer use it very much i.e. that the fad is over.

Fortunately for us, charts like the one below (supplied by Silicon Alley Insider) show this is not the case.

Courtesy Silicon Alley Insider

Time spent on Facebook continues to grow. This makes sense given the types of activities that people participate in on Facebook e.g. sharing information with friends. As the list of friends grows, the network effect kicks in and the system becomes more and more valuable to the user.

We believe bringing the value of FundRazr into people’s lives through their interest in Facebook is a great strategy for growing our business.

Hot Off The Press –Fundrazr’s First Success Stories Emerge

We’re just a little bit proud of what we’re doing here with FundRazr, and even more excited that you special early adopters are thinking the same thing!

So earlier this week we put out the following press release to prove it:

VANCOUVER, BC – October 20, 2009 Following its Beta launch at TechCrunch 50 in September, FundRazr has received an overwhelming response from around the world and the first users are now raising real dollars.

“We’ve had a fantastic number of requests to access our exclusive FundRazr Closed Beta,” says Natalie Sisson, Cofounder and VP Marketing of ConnectionPoint Systems. “Every day I get emails from people visiting www.fundrazr.com that want to start using FundRazr for their teams, clubs and causes.”

Facebook has become North America’s dominant social network and creating a group page is both free and easy. Early adopters of FundRazr are now starting to use the social connectivity of Facebook to secure donations, collect fees and sell tickets.

Members of the closed beta include major universities needing to charge fees, political candidates wanting to engage with grassroots supporters through fundraising campaigns, and national nonprofits who have to improve their fundraising efforts to cope with the poor economy and recent funding cuts.

Early examples of FundRazr in use include:

  • A campaign called “Help Jen’s family” was set up by a local mother after witnessing the devastation her family experienced during the storms in the Philippines. In just 48 hours $275 was raised via FundRazr donations. The key for this campaign was a feature that allowed a compelling video and message to be shown to visitors, who then simply clicked to donate.
  • Greg Baudin, VP of Floorball Canada and President of BC Floorball, who has a wealth of expertise in fundraising for sports and non-profits, said “The entire Canadian Floorball community is engaged in fundraising for our National Teams Programs and grassroots development work. Floorball Hockey is so popular right now, in schools, in hockey academies, and community centers. Our membership is rapidly increasing. We rely heavily on Facebook for the distribution of information across our Provincial groups. With FundRazr, we feel we have an easy solution for our membership fees management and a handy tool for our ongoing fundraising efforts; we should realistically process 1000-1500 transactions this upcoming year and in five years time, it will be in the 100,000 range.”BC FloorBall - our first payment through FundRazr

    Check out their campaign here and make a donation to the Women’s team while you’re at it!

“We totally believe that FundRazr can change the game of fundraising and payments in social networks by being the easiest way to collect money and manage members on Facebook,” said Daryl Hatton, CEO and President of ConnectionPoint Systems. To have people from all over the world validate that we have built a world class application, is such a humbling yet amazing feeling”.

FundRazr has been created in close partnership with PayPal, the global leader in online payment solutions with more than 153 million accounts worldwide. FundRazr is one of the first applications in the world to take advantage of PayPal’s new Adaptive Payments API for social commerce, to simplify its customers’ online payment experience. Being invited to be part of this beta program has allowed ConnectionPoint to use these new features in FundRazr prior to the official launch of PayPal X, which will take place at PayPal X Innovate developer conference on November 3-4, 2009 in San Francisco.

Yes that’s right we’re off to San Francisco for this very soon and next week we’ll be showcasing some great new features we’ve been working on for you.

Remember to email us to have your payments turned on too. A number of you people are using our application which is great but we want to hear from you when you’re ready to start receiving donations and payments.