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How To CrowdFund $50,000 In Your Spare Time

How To CrowdFund $50,000 In Your Spare Time

By Lisa Curtis A few months ago, the idea of running a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 terrified me. I had a full-time job and hadn’t told many people about my startup, Kuli Kuli. My own father still couldn’t pronounce the name of the plant that we were trying to make the next big superfood (for reference it’smoringa — MO-ring-GA). Making me even more nervous was the fact that every high-volume crowdfunding campaign I read about seemed to have a full-time staff and a couple of celebrities behind them. Which sort of made me wonder, if they had…

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Crowdfunding And Shipping: ShopLocket Launches Pre-Order Platform

Crowdfunding And Shipping: ShopLocket Launches Pre-Order Platform

There’s an increasing opportunity in helping hardware startups bring their products to market, and Toronto ecommerce startup ShopLocket has identified a key area in that process where they might be able to help out, and pick up some new business in the process. The company is introducing its new pre-order platform at the Glazed Wearable conference in San Francisco today, giving hardware startups and product-based companies a way to book sales of devices before they ever hit the production lines. Often companies like Pebble will launch on Kickstarter, bringing in considerable interest from an early adopter…

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Ayn Rand Would Have Loved Kickstarter

Ayn Rand Would Have Loved Kickstarter

What does it mean that the makers of the final installment of a three-part film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s controversial 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged are asking for donations at the crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Isn’t that the book where characters pledge to “never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine”? To critics of the first two movies in the trilogy (released in 2010 and 2011) and of Rand’s stridently individualistic philosophy, it’s just the latest indicator that the author of The Virtue of Selfishness and her fans are obnoxious…

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It’s Not About the Money: Kickstarter and Celebrity Campaigns

KQED – Michele Carlson – People are pissed. The new trend that’s got everyone heated is the rise of celebrities using online crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, to fund their high-budget passion projects. Popular history suggests these platforms are for “the little guys,” or those left out of other funding sources, to have a place to find funds for their creative projects. And fund they do. According to Kickstarter’s website, over $798 million have been given to over 48,000 projects. Except $5,702,153 of that went to Rob Thomas’ campaign to make a Veronica Mars movie.…

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The Next Crowdfunding Evolution

The Next Crowdfunding Evolution

It’s been said that crowdfunding is less of a straight-forward investment and more like buying wine futures. You’re essentially paying a discounted rate for next year’s crop. And, just like wine, once you’ve put your money in, you can only hope that the weather is good, the vines aren’t attacked by bug, and the vintner is as good as he claims. But, this analogy, no matter how clever, falls apart at one crucial stage. With wine, there is already a predetermined market, distribution channels and product awareness. People may not have heard of “Bobby Joe’s Blackberry…

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“Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding”

“Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding”

Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann doesn’t think it will be long until every studio in town is taking advantage of the crowdfunding model not just to raise an audience, but also to raise money, for their their own blockbuster ambitions. “Its not that far away, actually,” Ringelmann said at TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference, TheGrill, Tuesday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “What we are going to see is studios recognizing the value of unleashing a fan base early before the film comes out, as a tactic to actually identify social influencers online.” “The way they will…

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The Crowdfunding Economy Is About to Pop

The Crowdfunding Economy Is About to Pop

Crowdfunding has enabled millions of people to donate money to make prototype products a reality and support artistic projects, among other proposals. In exchange, supporters have received free gifts, verbal thanks, even hugs. Now the stakes are about to increase dramatically thanks to a law paving the way for direct investment in startup businesses. The new law, a provision of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, allows startups to market private share offerings to potential investors via websites, social media, and print and television ads. A pre-Internet version of that practice had been outlawed…

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Newly Legal: Buying Stock in Start-Ups Via Crowdsourcing

Newly Legal: Buying Stock in Start-Ups Via Crowdsourcing

Amateur investors may soon be able to use crowdsourcing to buy equity in start-ups. But should they? At least one expert–the author of a report on Kickstarter–recommends caution. Under a newly implemented provision of 2012′s “Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act” (JOBS Act), it became legal this week for small start-ups to solicit investments publicly, via the Internet. They can sell shares without first having to register them with the Securities and Exchange Commission. An entrepreneur in need of cash can raise up to $1 million a year, provided he or she sells shares only to “accredited”…

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Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 took Kickstarter by storm, giving him more control over his game and helping him connect to fans. The spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9 will be on Kickstarter accepting donations for seven more days. With an initial goal of $900,000, the project recently passed its $2.2 million stretch goal and will be released on current-gen consoles. The project has reached about $2.45 million today. The success of Mighty No. 9‘s Kickstarter campaign has prompted Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 to reflect on both crowdfunding…

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero surpasses crowdfunding goal

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero surpasses crowdfunding goal

Developer WayForward Technologies will get to work on another new Shantae platformer thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. WayForward’s Kickstarter project for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero surpassed its $400,000 goal earlier this morning. This guarantees the studio will get the money to work on development. Shantae is a side-scrolling platformer title for the Game Boy Color. It follows the adventures of the titular Shantae, who is a half-genie. This gives her magical powers, enabling her to transform into certain creatures (like a money or an elephant). Half-Genie Hero is a sequel to that game with all new…

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