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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
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
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
June 21, 2012
Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had … I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!
Greece, N.Y. bus monitor Karen Klein • Discussing her anger with the students who relentlessly berated her in a hard-to-watch video that went viral yesterday. (Particularly with how they said her kids should kill themselves; her son had committed suicide ten years prior.) Despite her anger, she held off, choosing not to fight back despite the unbelievably mean things they were saying to her. After the video went viral, someone started a charity drive to send her on vacation which also went viral. Klein, a former bus driver, makes roughly $15,000 a year as a bus monitor; the charity drive, thus far, has raised $164,821 (and climbing), which might do more than send her on vacation — it might allow her to quit her job. Which, based on that video, might be a good idea.
10:45 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2012
11:13 // 2 years ago