Crowdfunding

  • Raising More Than $750K In Hardware Crowdfunding

    Raising More Than $750K In Hardware Crowdfunding

    For months, investors have talked about how crowdfunding is changing the hardware investing landscape. The theory goes that the advent of Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow companies to test product-market-fit in a notoriously challenging category. And the numbers suggest there may be something to this: Venture investing in hardware companies increased 233 percent from 2007 to 2013 according… Read More

  • Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo Life Helps You Fund Good Deeds

    Indiegogo has launched a new service called Indiegogo Life, a free, eight-click process for funding life events like weddings and birthdays and for raising money for individuals. The company is careful to note that this is not a system for charities but for people who want to buy a present for a mutual friend or privately help out a family in need. “We’ve always been open to… Read More

  • Indiegogo Is Testing Optional Insurance Fees For Crowdfunded Products

    Indiegogo Is Testing Optional Insurance Fees For Crowdfunded Products

    This year has been a tricky one for crowdfunding site Indiegogo, thanks to a rash of campaigns using its service to raise money for dubious projects, but it looks like it is responding with a new feature that offers backers more peace of mind about their investment. Read More

  • Spend Your Black Friday Funds Helping Crowdfund A Mission To The Moon

    Spend Your Black Friday Funds Helping Crowdfund A Mission To The Moon

    You have enough towels already. And owning more gadgets just means more under-utilized stuff gathering accusatory dust. So why not spend the Black Friday funds you’d set aside to spend on sales tomorrow helping to crowdfund a mission to The Moon instead? Read More

  • Crowdfunding Ain’t The Bank

    Crowdfunding Ain’t The Bank

    We in the games trade like the crowdfunding avenue in so far as the money that it brings, but we still struggle to not hold our communities at one remove as we might investors. As a result we are often mistreating fans even when we don’t mean to. We need to get better at the skill of community. Read More

  • Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding

    Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding

    Late last week Finnish mobile startup Jolla launched a crowdfunding campaign for a tablet running its open source Sailfish OS, smashing past its initial funding goal of $380,000 in a couple of hours. It has since pushed past the $1 million mark, with around $1.18M now pledged from more than 7,370 backers of the Indiegogo campaign. Read More

  • Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Longtime social site for groups Meetup has been steadily rolling out new features to its service over the course of the year following the close of a secondary round earlier in 2014. This summer, the company made messaging the big focus of its mobile application, and now Meetup is rolling out its own crowdfunding platform called “Contributions.” The new feature allows Meetup… Read More

  • Thoughtful.org Is Now A Crowdfunding Platform For Medical Costs And Emergencies

    Thoughtful.org Is Now A Crowdfunding Platform For Medical Costs And Emergencies

    As part of the founding team at Adly, Derek Rey helped build one of the first businesses focused on social media advertising. Now he’s doing something pretty different — his company Thoughtful.org recently relaunched as a crowdfunding platform for medical, memorial, and emergency costs. We wrote about the site two years ago, when it was a platform to connect brands and… Read More

  • Tackling The Crowdfunding Credibility Gap: A Q&A With Dropkicker

    Tackling The Crowdfunding Credibility Gap: A Q&A With Dropkicker

    As crowdfunding has scaled up so too have some of the problems inherent with firing unconditional cash at people whose main selling point might just be their madcap idea. The big names of the category, the Kickstarters and Indiegogos, would argue that’s the beauty of crowdfunding. People donating unconditional cash to someone else’s dream, however incredible (or otherwise) it may be. Read More

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