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Loomio beats big funding target, spreads to 72 countries

The team behind web-based decision making tool Loomio has beaten its $100,000 crowdfunding target by 25 percent and revealed numbers that show its growing global impact.

More than 1600 people backed the co-operative’s funding drive, which it says is “a huge validation” of its offering.

But in an update to supporters it says getting noticed by “all kinds of people”, making contact with aligned groups around the world, press coverage from the likes of Fast Company and Wired, and forming new strategic relationships, was just as important as the funding itself.

Up to May, Loomio has facilitated collaborative decision making by 18,013 people in 6380 groups. They span 72 countries, 21 languages, 3084 deisions and 10,075 discussions.

So far this year 70 groups on average are forming on the platform each day.

The co-operative says it’s on track to release the first version of Loomio by November, provide all the crowdfunding rewards offered and release other new features and updates.

It’s also developed a beta version for public sector groups in collaboration with Auckland Council. It’s described as on online youth space for people aged between 12 and 25 from central Auckland to connect and discuss opportunities, projects and issues with each other, local leaders and the Waitemata Local Board. A mobile version is also on the way.

Loomio’s crowdfunding campaign was aimed at extending its reach to developing nations where populations are more likely to need a mobile app than a desktop or laptop version.

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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