Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crowdfunding News 9/30/12


Crowdfunding News 9/30/12
Crowdfund Tim Russ' Star Trek pilot, an Arctic documentary, and a short time ...
io9
Crowdfund Tim Russ' Star Trek pilot, an Arctic documentary, and a short time We have three very different film projects vying for your crowdfunding dollars this week. One is a Star Trek film and possible pilot starring lots of familiar Trek faces. We ...
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The growing trend of crowd funding
Times of India
Artistes, filmmakers and even the aam janta seem to have really taken to the new-age idea of crowd-funding. This new DIY (Do It Yourself) approach may still be in a nascent stage in India, but its popularity is picking up. A music gig held in Mumbai on ...
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Boulder businesses, artists turn to Kickstarter to crowdfund their ideas
Daily Camera
Audrey Forlee, 6, left, and Kiedis Forlee , 3, look over the doughnut selection at Dizzy s Donuts in Boulder. The owners of the newly opened doughnut shop turned to Kickstarter.com in an attempt to crowdfund a needed expansion of their kitchen.
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Games Are A Difficult Investment Proposition, But Crowdfunding Could Change ...
Centralia Chronicle
Games Are A Difficult Investment Proposition, But Crowdfunding Could Change That. Story · Commenting. Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 6:00 am. Games Are A ...
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Irony at its finest: Kickstarter project explaining how to fund Kickstarter ...
The Next Web
My book, Crowdfunding: A Guide to What Works and Why, will cover planning a project, carrying it through its funding phase, and fulfilling goals by offering a combination of case studies of successful (and unsuccessful) projects and detailed, specific ...
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The Next Web
Tesla Museum raises over $1.3 million, puts Indiegogo on the map
TweakTown
We all know about Kickstarter, but there's another crowdfunding kid on the block - Indiegogo. Indiegogo, along with Matthew "The Oatmeal" Inman, launched an Indiegogo campaign that aimed at buying some land for a Nikola Tesla dedicated museum.
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TweakTown
Zombies, Kung Fu Fighters and Cancer Patients Together in a Documentary ...
Crowdsourcing.org
Description The film "Hopefully" is going to be screened in 2013. During the course of the next months, the producer is hoping to collect the necessaries Funding to complete the film on time. The first screening of the film will be in Colorado and ...
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

CrowdfundingNews 9/28/12


Crowdfunding News 9/28/12
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter toughens its rules
Globe and Mail
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter – where more than 30,000 projects have raised about $312-million, according to its stats – has announced new rules to help keep "creators," or the entrepreneurially minded trying to fund ventures, from over-promising and ...
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Globe and Mail
Florida Crowdfunding Site Provides Fresh-Squeezed Opportunities
Crowdsourcing.org
"Crowdfunding is opening the door for talent that was previously hidden to translate into serious business and profit," declares Robert Dobyns, founder of Conzortia. "This new method of business funding is quickly becoming the catalyst that will shake ...
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JOBS Act Legislation Opens Up Crowdfunding
Entrepreneur
With buzz from fundraising websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, equity crowdfunding is a welcome player. Under the new legislation, the typically small round of capital (in terms of dollar amount and number of participants) that flies under the ...
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Entrepreneur
Adapteva uses crowdfunding to raise money for a $99 supercomputing platform
VentureBeat
Adapteva is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter so that it can create a $99 supercomputer for the masses. The move is a last-ditch funding effort for an ambitious team that at first tried to create a 64-core supercomputing chip for ...
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VentureBeat
Locals turn to crowd funding for needs
San Mateo Daily Journal
Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo give an online platform for ideas, business plans and propositions for new products. Business-minded people in San Mateo County are turning to the trend more frequently. While statistics on success ...
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San Mateo Daily Journal
Exclusive: Songkick Reveals Music Concert Crowdfunding Plans With The Tale ...
hypebot.com
After posting about Songkick's crowdfunding plans at Crowdfunding For Musicians from a press release that I don't think Songkick expected to see in public, Hogarth contacted me to fill me in on the backstory of Songkick's developing plans. He revealed ...
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Does crowdfunding work?
PC Pro
Crowdfunding is a fascinating idea, and one that's beginning to find its feet, thanks to the rise of dedicated websites such as Kickstarter. Could it really give the banks – with their continued reluctance to lend to small businesses – some serious ...
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PC Pro
[Crowd Leader: Jonathan Moyal] Is Crowdfunding Cultural?
Daily Crowdsource
I don't have an answer to this question. I would love it if some of our international readers can debate this in the comments section. It's an important question for crowdfunding websites when making plans for international expansion, but it's also a ...
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Sports go crowdfunding
Crowdsourcing.org (blog)
Description The Sportfunder website lets individuals and organisations create project profiles online together with funding targets, funding deadlines, plus the ability to upload images and videos to support crowdfunding drives. Project supporters can ...
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inLieu Giving CEO Gives Testimonial of Why the inLieu Team Chose ...
Crowdsourcing.org (blog)
Description inLieu Giving is a socially responsible crowdfunding platform powered by Launcht. The platform enables people to dedicate their birthdays, weddings, or other special occasions to collect donations for causes in need. It is a powerful way to ...
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

CrowdfundingNews 9/27/12


Crowdfunding News 9/27/12
Before CROWDFUND Act takes effect, investors can help boost local start-ups ...
Boston.com (blog)
With rules about actually investing in companies about to become a bit more lax, the crowdfunding floodgates might open even wider, with new crowdinvesting site WeFunder, based in Cambridge, hoping to join the ranks of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo as a ...
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Community-Based Investing: A Higher Evolution of Crowdfunding
Forbes
Legalizing crowdfunding for accredited investors is the first in a series of securities-law changes to roll out during the S.E.C.'s 270-day ruling period. With crowdfunding for accrediteds about to go live, it's my guess that rules for non-accredited ...
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NPR on crowd funding for musicians, via Seattle's The Physics
The Seattle Times
545802_10150688449997024_2088833419_n_wide-381eb816e9fb21ad761325924299bb98d219c13c.jpeg. Photo by Canh Nguyen. Kickstarter.com is a good way to raise money for your creative project. But using the crowd funding website can be risky.
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Can crowdfunding save 'indie' in India?
Firstpost
Despite the obviously 'cool' images 'indie' conjures up – of the black and white, rebellious, unfiltered cigarette-and-guitar kind – it isn't easy being an indie-anything in the land of the Khans. Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan figured as much, while ...
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Firstpost
Finally, Crowdfunding.com is a Website
Daily Crowdsource
The website went live last week & provides a primer on crowdfunding, a brief history, a sampling of current projects, and a form that's intended to make it easy to start your own project on GoFundMe. The domain was shopped around during the last year ...
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Daily Crowdsource
Documentary on Salvadoran 'Guerrilleras' Turns to Crowdfunding
Global Voices Online
Photographers Rebecka Bíró (Sweden/Spain) and Victoria Montero (Argentina) have teamed up to create 'Guerrilleras' a documentary and photography project about the experience of women in the guerrilla during the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992).
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A Kickstarter for IPOs: Buyers Beware
The Fiscal Times (blog)
Crowdfunding – whether the target is financing a philanthropic initiative, an art project or a business proposal – is a sexy concept and has turned Kickstarter into a household name. And despite the "Facebook fizzle" – the disappointing IPO of the ...
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The Fiscal Times (blog)
Crowdfunding: sorting the regulatory rules
Portland Business Journal (blog)
The new JOBS Act could put more pressure on startups to verify that certain investors are "accredited," which could spawn an emerging service industry of third-party verification companies. As the Puget Sound Business Journal reports, that's according ...
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Kickstarter clamps down on nonexistent products
CNN
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Crowdfunding site Kickstarter surprised its users late last week with a new set of policies tightening the rules on hardware makers. In a blog post bluntly titled "Kickstarter is Not a Store," the site laid down the new law ...
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Reaching success: tips from the "Sharks"
HLNtv.com
Crowdfunding has become an extremely valuable platform for entrepreneurs who are looking for funding. The traditional route that starts with a trip to the bank for a loan is no longer necessary. All it takes is an idea and a crowdfunding website for ...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CrowdfundingNews 9/26/12

Crowdfunding News 9/26/12
How to make the best crowdfunding pitch
Washington Post (blog)
The Securities and Exchange Commission is drafting regulations for crowdfunding – a not yet legal practice allowing companies to sell stakes to large numbers of small investors, potentially online. Startups looking to pursue those dollars will need to ...
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National Crowdfunding Association Partners with Equity Advertising Ventures to ...
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Crowdfunding Association today announced that it has partnered with Equity Advertising Ventures, a San Diego-based marketing and communications firm, to create enhanced marketing campaigns in ...
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Gambitious Launches, Brings Equity and Donation Crowdfunding to Video Games
Crowdsourcing.org
While pledges can be made by anyone over 18 years old, the equity crowdfunding model is open primarily to individuals in the European Union. The platform's FAQ section stresses that all potential investors outside of the E.U. must first conduct the ...
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Crowdsourcing.org
Kickstarter Will Not Save Artists From the Entertainment Industry's Shackles
Slate Magazine
Just like Wikipedia redefined the process of creating an encyclopedia, this poster child of the crowdfunding revolution could redefine how dreamers raise funds for their next gadget or film—and perhaps even beget a cultural renaissance. All of this ...
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Slate Magazine
Silicon Valley Debates the Do's and Don'ts of Equity Crowdfunding
Xconomy
Crowdfunding may be familiar to you in the form of existing websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the online forums where artists or inventors can appeal for financial support from people who like their ideas. In return for their dough, contributors ...
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Napa Chamber's October summit to highlight crowdfunding
Napa Valley Register
What on earth is crowd funding? According to Wikipedia, "Crowd funding or crowdfunding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding or hyper funding) describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via ...
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Scientist Ethan Perlstein Wants To Crowdfund A 'Meth Lab'
TPM
But Ethan Perlstein, an evolutionary pharmacologist and independent research fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey, is about to launch a crowdfunding effort asking online donors for a collective sum of $25,000 to fund what he calls his own "meth ...
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TPM
Ticketing News: Artful.ly Open Sources, Picatic Crowdfunds, Eventbrite x Apple ...
hypebot.com
Fractured Atlas recently open sourced their nonprofit-oriented ticketing, donations and contacts platform Artful.ly. Picatic is now offering a crowdfunding feature called EventTilt to test for event demand. And Eventbrite is helping mainstream mobile ...
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Five healthcare startups that should have crowdfunding pitches on MedStartr
MedCity News
Health startups are always looking for money so what better solution than a crowdfunding site that understands the complexity of the industry. These five startups are good candidates for MedStartr campaigns. If you need help getting started, check out ...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CrowdfundingNews 9/25/12



Crowdfunding News 9/25/12
Crowd Funding For Musicians Isn't The Future; It's The Present
NPR (blog)
By now, everyone's heard of Kickstarter, the website that lets people with an idea or project ask other people to contribute toward realizing it. It's called crowd funding, and this summer's big success story was musician Amanda Palmer. She raised more ...
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Duke Nukem's 3D Realms Crowdfunding (Not Kickstarting) Their Next Project ...
Forbes
That would be through Gambitious, a video game-only crowdfunding site that allows backers to actually buy equity in projects in some cases. The site itself appears to be both a gambit, and very ambitious, as the name suggests, because browsing the page ...
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Forbes
Crowdfunding Startup GoFundMe Launches Member Network Program, Now ...
TechCrunch
gofundme_logo. Crowdfunding startup GoFundMe is picking up steam, raising about $3 million in campaigns each month, compared to $2 million just three months ago. Now it's looking to accelerate its growth with a new partner program, where organizations ...
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Crowdfunding presentation comes to Chandler's Innovations Incubator
Phoenix Business Journal
Small businesses looking for strategies to raise capital have an opportunity to learn about crowdfunding at a special presentation hosted by Snell & Wilmer LLP and Impact Business Accelerators. The event is slated for noon Oct. 10 at the Innovations ...
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Risk-Free RSVP? Picatic Crowdfunds Event Ticket Sales
Crowdsourcing.org
It's no secret that crowdfunding works in part because of its market research capabilities. If consumers want to 'pre-order' a product, they pledge a certain amount. Once enough potential customers donate money, a product gets made and is then ...
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Crowdsourcing.org
Oz crowd-funding platform starts to see results
Screen International
Pozible, Australia's first and largest crowd-funding platform, has helped filmmakers raise $1.37m (A$1.3m) since its May 2010 launch, while total pledges have quadrupled in the past year. "At the moment it is sustainable but not profitable," said Rick ...
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SolarAid uses SunFunder crowdfunding service to finance solar lighting in Zambia
UK Fundraising
SolarAid is using US-based crowdfunding site SunFunder to try to bring solar power to over 20,000 people in Eastern Zambia. The site is not generating donations but loans. Supporters can use it to invest money in the project in amounts that start at ...
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UK Fundraising
Partnership Preview: Volunteer Forever, Your Gateway To Volunteering Abroad
NorthcentralPa.com
Billy: Online crowdfunding is a rapidly growing trend that involves facilitating the collective donations of a group of peers to support efforts initiated by an individual or organization. Crowdfunding websites allow users to tap into the power of ...
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Crowdfunding a Skyscraper
The Atlantic Cities
The largest buildings in the world have come to exist through the pocketbooks of very rich people. But industrialists and oil sheikhs shouldn't be the only ones who can scrape the sky. A new crowd-sourced financing model out of Colombia shows that ...
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The Atlantic Cities
Crowdfunding begins for London indie game café
Crowdsourcing.org (blog)
Crowdfunding begins for London indie game café. blog Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding begins for London indie game café. Description The Cornwall-based indie gaming café started its campaign on IndieGoGo last week. The appeal has already raised more ...
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CrowdfundingNews 9/24/12


Crowdfunding News 9/24/12
$1.3m crowd-funding offers to change a light bulb
The Australian Financial Review
In one week more than 8000 backers pledged just over $1.3 million on crowd-funding website Kickstarter to pre-order smartphone-controllable light bulbs. But despite having 51 days to go on their crowd-funding campaign, the Lifx Labs team behind the ...
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Startups look to SCOR investors through state-level crowdfunding
Denver Post
Crowdfunding, the buzzword for the past year in tech and investment circles, is expected to explode in 2013 when federal rules are adopted to allow companies to freely sell securities online. But even before then, two Colorado startups have partnered ...
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Why crowdfunding can be a terrible investment
SmartPlanet.com (blog)
... will raise $2.8 billion. But as more people get in on this trend both on the project creation side and on the investing side, more problems are cropping up, demonstrating the pitfalls of crowdfunding both as a way to seek investment and as a way to ...
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UmeNow: CEO Pivots Company to Focus on Creatives, Unemployed College ...
Crowdsourcing.org
Summary It may come as a surprise that UmeNow is pivoting to support creatives, inviting into its ranks a demographic some would characterize as adept at oversharing. This unexpected pivot, by a company built on encrypted communication, was initiated ...
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Old farm turns to Internet crowd-funding for revival
Morning Sentinel
Rolls of hay dot a field that leads up to a well-weathered barn and an equipment shed with a sagging roof. When Justin Cobb was Lorenzo's age, the farm hummed with activity: dairy cows being milked twice a day, crops growing in the fields and produce ...
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Morning Sentinel
Policing Amanda Palmer: How crowdfunding has changed expectations for artists
A.V. Club
In April 2012, Musician-artist Amanda Palmer launched a Kickstarter asking fans for $100,000 to manufacture and promote her new album, Theatre Is Evil. Close to 25,000 backers kicked in, pledging nearly $1.2 million and making her the first musician to ...
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A.V. Club
Sportfunder – New Online Way To Raise Sport Project Funds
Crowdsourcing.org
Crowdfunding · Cloud Labor · Crowd Creativity · Distributed Knowledge · Open Innovation · Tools. Content. Article · Blog · Document · Video · Site Question. Category. All; Cloud Labor; Crowd Creativity; Crowdfunding; Distributed Knowledge; Open ...
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Crowdfunding begins for London indie game café
MCV
Crowdfunding begins for London indie game café. Loading has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance a new London branch. The Cornwall-based indie gaming café started its campaign on IndieGoGo last week. The appeal has already raised more ...
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MCV
Meet The ReadyCase: The Frankenstein Of iPhone Cases, Plus Extra Stabby Bits
TechCrunch
One new one debuting on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo today called the ReadyCase packs more features than I think any I've ever seen, all into a low-profile design that actually only adds 3mm of thickness, and will ship in both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 ...
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TechCrunch
How Indiegogo Turns Tragic Stories Like Lydia Tillman's Into Interactive ...
Fast Company
A standout crowdfunding campaign offers donors a chance to participate in justice for the victim of a violent, near-fatal attack. Karen the bullied bus monitor has nothing on Lydia Tillman's survival story (warning: graphic image below). And all she ...
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Fast Company