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Crowdfunding can help startup businesses get to market faster

Crowdfunding can help startup businesses get to market faster

Entrepreneur Paul Chipperton aims to raise $129,000 by the end of October for marketing a technology that can suspend the arrival of distracting emails, text messages and phone calls to handheld and other devices. But he’s leaving this fundraising to online, not to the banks or venture capital. In a growing movement called crowdfunding, entrepreneurs make video pitches to consumers to help get their projects to market. It all comes down to whether the amount of donations meet the startup company’s funding target and deadline. Chipperton is putting his MyFocus Solution product on the U.S.-based crowdfunding…

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Bountysource CEO talks open source crowdfunding and bounties for developers

Bountysource CEO talks open source crowdfunding and bounties for developers

Nearly a decade ago, two friends set out to create a full project management platform for open source software called Bountysource. The year was 2004 and the friends were Warren Konkel and David Rappo, and their vision included creating code repositories, file hosting, issue tracking, and bounty support. The pair spent a few months building out the basic features, but then other projects and jobs got in the way. Konkel went on to become the first hire at LivingSocial and Rappo was working as a producer on video games like Guitar Hero, Transformers, and Skylanders. The…

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Star Citizen hits $19 million in crowdfunding, Salvage mechanic detailed for $21 million

Star Citizen hits $19 million in crowdfunding, Salvage mechanic detailed for $21 million

Roberts Space Industries have revealed that Star Citizen has now blitzed across the $19 million line. $19 million unlocks new space stations across the galaxy, which players must fight over to own and manage. It also unlocks monthly installments of the RSI Museum as well as a “Jane’s Fighting Ships”-style manual free to all pledgers. The crowd-funded space sim now has its sights set on $20 million, which will unlock planetary FPS combat. The stretch goal for $21 million has been detailed: a new Salvage mechanic. “Salvage isn’t an aside: it’s a career, with its own…

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Crowdfunding becomes crowd-developing with Big Viking Games’ Tiny Kingdoms

Crowdfunding becomes crowd-developing with Big Viking Games’ Tiny Kingdoms

Who wants a free t-shirt or a measly “Thank You” note in the game credits for your hard-earned pledging dollars, when you could become a part of the actual development team yourself? Well that’s precisely what Big Viking Games has in mind, as the studio’s new Kickstarter campaign for their free-to-play RPG adventure game Tiny Kingdoms is truly a first of its kind: in bypassing the usual reward packages of Kickstarter projects, and instead offering backers to play a direct role in the actual production of the game! Characters, environments, items, features, and tactical game modes…

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James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

James Pond Franchise to Return With Crowdfunding Campaign

Gamers of a certain age may remember the original James Pond, which graced a number of platforms including the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis; the sequel James Pond 2: Codename RoboCod has also been ported a lot, including a DS version in 2005. At its peak in the ’90s the series was quite a hit in pop culture, with various cameos joining the main games in boosting its appeal. Aside from all those re-releases of the sequel, the franchise has been largely quiet, barring a poorly received iOS game in 2011. That’s set to change, however,…

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HWTrek Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production

HWTrek Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production

If you’re hesitant to invest in cool gadget pitches on crowdfunding platforms, your instincts are valid. Research shows that only a quarter of Kickstarter pitches in the technology and design categories were delivered on time, and even after an eight-month delay, 75 percent of projects with reached goals then delivered. Better late than never, we suppose? Hardware innovators now have another option. Today marks the official launch of HWTrek, a crowdfunding platform tailored specifically for hardware innovators that not only links them with a community of experts for consultations before crowdfunding but connects them with viable…

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Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App

Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App

As we’ve discussed before, thanks to a handful of names, including Kickstarter and Indiegogo and the gaggle of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding is on the “Big screen.” Yet, the team behind Crowdtilt — also known as the Y Combinator-backed startup building a “group fundraising” platform for projects that don’t work on Kickstarter — believe that this is just the beginning. The Kickstarters and Indiegogos have owned most of the headlines about crowdfunding, but there’s more and more spillover from projects that don’t fit, with many bypassing platforms altogether. That’s why Crowdtilt launched…

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Raising Money For Startups & Getting A Jump On The Government

Raising Money For Startups & Getting A Jump On The Government

If you’re mixing social enterprise and regulatory change, the watchword is patience. Just ask Sang Lee. When the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) was passed last year,  Lee was as excited as anyone else who saw the potential for social enterprise startups to be able to tap a new source of financing–equity crowdfunding from both accredited and non-accredited investors. But he also knew, even after it became official, real implementation wouldn’t happen overnight. In fact, the former investment banker started his own social enterprise, New York-based Return on Change, an online funding platform for-profit high-impact startups–that includes cleantech…

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Web ad killer AdBlock launches crowdfunding initiative

Web ad killer AdBlock launches crowdfunding initiative

AdBlock, the company behind the AdBlock Chrome extension that block out Internet advertising, is going meta after it launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise a minimum of $25,000 for an advertising campaign of its own. AdBlock has launched a 30 day donation push to finance a promotional campaign that will use the very medium that it restricts: Web ads. “We’re going to use ads to get rid of ads,” the campaign page explains. “We will use the money raised to make AdBlock banner ads and video commercials, and we will show these across the Internet to people who don’t…

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Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Thanks to the JOBS Act and the rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the parade of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding has gone mainstream. However, according to the minds behind Crowdtilt — the Y Combinator-incubated platform that caters to the many types of “group fundraising” that fall outside the purview of Kickstarter — this is just Phase One. The Crowdfunding Era is just beginning. While the Kickstarters and Indiegogos continue to dominate headlines in the crowdfunding space, a growing set of niche platforms have emerged to handle the spillover from projects that don’t fit under the…

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