Crowdfunding

  • The Investments In A Wearables Future

    The Investments In A Wearables Future

    People may debate when the wearable first came into being or what industries will be most impacted by the technology, but there is no debating that startup activity in the wearable space has accelerated. if Apple moving into a category is one sure sign of anything, it’s that. Between consumer interest and investor attention, the wearable category is exploding. In fact, it is exploding… Read More

  • Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how online retailers now have to abide by a 30-day shipping requirement, or refund customers payments if the customer doesn’t consent… Read More

  • Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Information is more available and accessible than ever before, and we are witnessing the power of the crowd to respond to news events with greater impact. As technology continues to play a larger role in our everyday lives, we must ask ourselves what ultimately is the responsibility of technology when it comes to the dissemination of information? Read More

  • Indiegogo Tries “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

    Indiegogo Tries “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

    Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowdfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, a source close to Indiegogo confirmed to me. This will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop. [Update 7:35am PST: Indiegogo has just announced the… Read More

  • PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

    PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

    Neil Young’s startup PonoMusic became the fourth-most funded project on Kickstarter back in April, when it raised $6.2 million on a goal of $800,000. The project now has raked in an additional $6 million in equity funding from a Crowdfunder campaign. Read More

  • The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    The Guy Who Kickstarted Potato Salad Wasn’t Just Trolling Us All

    It’s come to our attention that PotatoStock is a go. Zack “Danger” Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native, previously confirmed that he will put the proceeds raised from his potato salad Kickstarter to good use, namely founding PotatoStock, a philanthropic music festival featuring “gallons” of potato salad. The festival, which will be held on September 27 in… Read More

  • Beacon Is Crowdfunding Journalism In Ferguson, Missouri

    Beacon Is Crowdfunding Journalism In Ferguson, Missouri

    Now this is a startup crowdfunding campaign that I can get behind. Beacon, a Y Combinator-backed startup for crowdfunding journalism, has started a campaign for original news coverage of the protests and police response in Ferguson, Missouri. Read More

  • Local Lift Is A Kickstarter For Local Businesses

    Local Lift Is A Kickstarter For Local Businesses

    Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms have been a big hit with product makers and creative types, but a new company called Local Lift wants to bring the power of crowdfunding to those in the local, small business community, too. With the Local Lift platform, business owners are able to raise funds directly from their customer base and the community at large by running… Read More

  • The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    In the past six years crowdfunding has become a popular, if not the most popular, form of financing for hardware startups, potato salad distractions notwithstanding. Over the years we’ve seen a variety of successful crowdfunding campaigns translate early crowd love into great venture capital rounds. We’ve even seen a few, like Oculus, manage to use successful campaigns to… Read More

  • Balderton Injects $6.5M Into Crowdcube’s Funding Platform

    Balderton Injects $6.5M Into Crowdcube’s Funding Platform

    Balderton Capital is leading an investment into investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Yes, things really have got that meta in the startup investment world. Read More