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August 25, 2014

This is the bestworst crowdfunding video ever. It’s for some app that gamifies to-do lists, but the director of this clearly has watched “The Room” too many times, and somehow got a budget. Epic multifive. (ht BetaBeat)

18:19 // 1 month ago
August 18, 2014
12:08 // 2 months ago
April 6, 2014
Over at Indiegogo, the Healbe GoBe has been drawing a ton of crowdfunding mojo, which is understandable because it claims to track calorie intake automagically. There’s just one problem: It appears to be total bullshit, and according to PandoDaily, it’s not the first time Indiegogo has offered magic beans to an unsuspecting public.

Over at Indiegogo, the Healbe GoBe has been drawing a ton of crowdfunding mojo, which is understandable because it claims to track calorie intake automagically. There’s just one problem: It appears to be total bullshit, and according to PandoDaily, it’s not the first time Indiegogo has offered magic beans to an unsuspecting public.

9:40 // 6 months ago
August 17, 2013

Ubuntu’s lesson: You can raise $10 million with crowdfunding, but …

  • $10.9M the amount Canonical has raised for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone on Indiegogo since July 22. That’s an all-time crowdfunding record, but it’s way less than the company needs to turn its vision of smartphone-that-doubles-as-desktop-computer into a reality. The company needs to convince people to spend $22 million on the device in five days for the product to have a shot. The company hopes that the still-high total is enough for the manufacturers to take a shot on the device. source
13:48 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2013

The Linux community is going all Jesus-phone, and the Ubuntu Edge, complete with custom operating system, certainly looks like something we’d buy. Just one problem: The Ubuntu folks need $32 million dollars to do it, and they only have 29 days to hit the goal via IndieGoGo (they’re currently at $3.7 million, thanks in part to the $830 starting price to get a phone). 

1:41 // 1 year ago
April 28, 2013

So Zach Braff raised a ton of money for his movie, and of course people on the internet are upset

  • $2.14M the amount that Zach Braff raised on Kickstarter for the follow-up to his popular 2004 film “Garden State”—doing so in just a couple of days. Braff’s new film, “Wish I Was Here,” was going to go with a traditional financing plan, but Braff decided at the last second to take a cue from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas and fund his film partly through Kickstarter. There are haters out there because of this move, because there are always haters out there, but in his defense, Braff is trying to keep creative control and is actually putting down a bunch of his own money to create the project. Are you one of the more than 30,000 people to donate to Braff’s latest film? Let us know what you think in the reblogs. source
14:33 // 1 year ago
December 22, 2012

Crowdfunding’s role in supporting Hurricane Sandy victims

  • $1.3M the amount raised by GoFundMe, over 320 individual campaigns totaling 14,000 individual donors, for Hurricane Sandy funding. ”There’s always going to be some sort of gap between when a storm or natural disaster or accident or tragedy happens and when larger organizations can step in and help, whether that’s an insurance company or FEMA or what have you,” said Brad Damphousse, the company’s CEO. “Our users get their money as it comes in, and donors know exactly where the money is going.” While not nearly at the level of the Red Cross ($300 million) or FEMA ($2 billion), the total is nonetheless impressive and proves that it works. source
13:40 // 1 year ago
September 20, 2012
20:18 // 2 years ago
August 22, 2012
'Oatmeal' creator's second crowdfunding effort also a success
Mission Accomplished: With more than a month left to go, and nearly a million in total donations, the campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin creation of a Nikola Tesla Museum can officially be ruled a success. After Matt Inman — creator of “The Oatmeal” and a noted fan of Tesla — learned that a company was planning to purchase the land where Tesla’s final lab is located, and destroy it to make room for a retail complex, he felt compelled to intervene. Now, thanks to a matching donation from the state of New York, the project can be called a resounding success.This makes the second time that Inman has used the popularity of his web-comic “The Oatmeal” for charitable purposes, but has already dwarfed the now seemingly-paltry $211,223.04 raised by Operation: Bear Love Good, Cancer Bad. source
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Mission Accomplished: With more than a month left to go, and nearly a million in total donations, the campaign to raise the funds necessary to begin creation of a Nikola Tesla Museum can officially be ruled a success. After Matt Inman — creator of “The Oatmeal” and a noted fan of Tesla — learned that a company was planning to purchase the land where Tesla’s final lab is located, and destroy it to make room for a retail complex, he felt compelled to intervene. Now, thanks to a matching donation from the state of New York, the project can be called a resounding success.This makes the second time that Inman has used the popularity of his web-comic “The Oatmeal” for charitable purposes, but has already dwarfed the now seemingly-paltry $211,223.04 raised by Operation: Bear Love Good, Cancer Badsource

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17:22 // 2 years ago