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Kickstarter has told the world it is not a store, but can a store be Kickstarter? After tries by a few startups to improve the preorder experience, the king of online retail may be stepping in to claim its crowdfunding reward.
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Bluetooth headsets aren’t the hottest smartphone accessory, but a new Bluetooth headset on Indiegogo, called Bluewire, packs enough features that it’s worth…
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Robotics hardware startups have already raised more than $51.9 million in 2015 thus far, bolstered by home robotics startup Jibo’s $25.3 million Series A…
The pro-privacy project Ind.ie, which I covered a couple times last year, has scaled back its ambitions due to a lack of…
Having hit the crowdfunding target it set for its new tablet in just two hours, the Finnish mobile upstart Jolla has, eight…
From the light switch to the shower, crowdfunding projects have sought to retrofit everyday items with intelligent connectivity., but have often failed to bring their product to market.
A look at the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, why promising startups fail and learn how to avoid these hurdles all together.
The “Indienet”, which will apparently be best experienced on a new device called the Indie Phone, is on track to comfortably exceed its crowdfunding goals. But, beyond more private interactions, what new services will it enable?
Science teachers wanting to teach their students about the changing ways of weather soon could find themselves with an interesting teaching aid. Crowdsourced weather startup BloomSky plans to give away 10,000 internet-connected weather probes to schools and parks
The crowdfunding platform Beacon just announced a partnership with Newsweek magazine to help fund a reporter investigating sexual assaults on college campuses, and despite the criticisms of an earlier partnership with The Huffington Post, there are a lot of benefits to such an approach
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, is launching a new journalism startup with media entrepreneur Steven Brill that the two say will pay writers $100,000 or more per article. But many are skeptical of the venture’s economic viability
Reddit has launched a crowdfunding platform for its members called Redditmade — another in a series of bets that Reddit has made on the power of its community, something traditional media companies could learn from
Here’s the highlight reel from the panel session dispensing advice on how to get a hardware project off the ground that closed out Structure Connect 2014.
Contributors are customers — and other lessons for startups that got their initial funding from the crowd.
Although the number of new subscribers to the site has fallen, Daily Dish founder Andrew Sullivan says he now has a stable base of about 30,000 subscribers paying a total of close to $1 million a year
First BattleBots fell. Then Robot Wars. For a whole decade now, the world has been woefully short on a fighting robots show.…
Canadian journalist Jesse Brown decided he needed to get paid for his podcast or give it up, so he asked his listeners for help by setting up a crowdfunding campaign through Patreon, a platform like Kickstarter that is designed to support long-term projects
A deep dive into Kickstarter and Indiegogo showed that only 32 percent of successfully-funded printers have shipped on time, with an average delay of 2.3 months.
De Correspondent, the Dutch crowdfunding success story, has built a $2-million base of subscribers in just a year — and it has also learned a lot about how being open with readers and seeing them as partners can change the way that journalism works
Journalists need to learn how to do more than just tell readers about news events — they need to understand how to listen as well, and how to help their communities take action on the issues that are of importance to them
Until June, Kickstarter vetted every single project posted on its website. It still takes down the occasional scam that sneaks past its moderators and algorithms.
The Huffington Post has sparked a backlash by partnering with Beacon Reader to crowdfund a reporting fellowship in Ferguson, Mo. — but the project is actually a smart way to experiment with a new journalism-financing tool and create relationships with readers in the process
British blogger Brown Moses, also known as Eliot Higgins, has become a leading source of fact-checked information about military activity in Syria and elsewhere, despite having no journalistic training. And now he wants to bring those skills to others through a site called Bellingcat.
Last summer, 3D printing enthusiast LeoM developed a 3D printable film camera and posted it on 3D design repository Thingiverse. Now, he’s…
Beacon Reader, a platform through which supporters can crowdfund journalists, has launched a new feature that allows readers to back a specific topic such as climate change, with contributions split among the writers who are participating in the project
Journalists and readers who want to support and collaborate with journalists can sign up for one of two new levels of paid membership in Contributoria, a crowdfunding platform backed by Guardian Media that launched earlier this year
It’s now easier to list on Kickstarter, thanks to a policy shift. This is welcome news for everyone, but especially for hardware companies that were effectively banished under a rule change back in 2012.
NASA gave Skycorp approval Wednesday to attempt to contact and control ISEE-3, which has not been in use since 1997.
YouTube wants to offer its creators crowdfunding tools as another way to make some bucks. A full announcement could come as early as next month.
Factorli will open in early 2015 and be aimed at startups that want to manufacture up to 10,000 units of a product. It challenges the model that companies need to go big and move manufacturing to Asia.
The Israeli outfit operates a kind of hybrid crowdfunding-VC model with relatively high minimum investments of $10,000 — Kickstarter this ain’t.
Quibb, a startup that offers an exclusive content-sharing network for professional users, is experimenting with crowdfunding via an Alphaworks widget that allows users to join in a VC round directly from the company’s website
The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film — but the campaign is still far from being completely funded.
The backlash to the acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook — from backers who had helped finance the startup on Kickstarter — says a lot about the personal and emotional connection that crowdfunders feel. Even though they have no legal standing, that connection can be a powerful force
Under the JOBS Act’s new crowdfunding rules, startups can advertise shares to investors. CircleUp is a platform that helps them do that.
The equity-based crowdfunding platform is run by lawyers who have come up with contracts allowing speedy investing and, they say, remaining friendly to follow-up venture capital investments.
The founders of Inkshares don’t think the traditional publishing industry is broken, just antiquated and inefficient — and they think marrying crowdfunding and the kinds of services publishers used to offer makes for a pretty compelling service for writers and ultimately for readers as well
Full-blown crowdfunding — which allows anybody to buy shares in any company on the internet — has attracted hype, but it’s still not here. There are good reasons for that.
Kickstarter was hacked earlier this week, the crowdfunding site informed users on Saturday. While the company says the hackers didn’t gain access to credit card numbers and only two users were affected, it advised all users to change their passwords.
Like Kickstarter, Indiegogo has helped transform how creative projects, charities and gizmos get funded. And now the San Francisco-based Indiegogo is going global with a whopping $40 million in new funds from investors like Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and IVP.
A study of 9 million words and phrases within fundraisers on Kickstarter says that there are words that will get you ahead — and ones that lead to a dead end.
Got a movie that’s popular on Kickstarter? Then you may be able to get even more money from Vimeo.
It’s a little late to the party, but Kickstarter has finally released its 2013 year in review. According to the company’s own…
Contributoria, a new site backed by Guardian Media Group, is an attempt to build an open community that allows journalists to collaborate on and crowdfund high-quality journalism. Co-founders Matt McAlister and Sarah Hartley talked with Gigaom about why they built it.
Instead of just complaining about patent trolls, what if companies and their fans came together to fight them? A crowd-funding campaign proposes just this, though the effort looks like a long shot.
The British platform will have some immediate advantages over many local rivals as it leaps across the English Channel, namely continent-wide scale and a higher funding limit than that available in some mainland European countries.
Before entrepreneurs rush to a crowdfunding site with dreams of glory, they should think hard about how their prototype and eventual product will scale. Here are a few steps to avoid a mess.
Coin isn’t trying to replace the physical wallet with a digital one. Instead it’s trying to reduce all of the credit, debit, gift and loyalty cards that clutter up our wallets to a single piece of plastic.
Less than a week after announcing their partnership, Lavabit and Silent Circle have taken to Kickstarter for their latest initiative, the Dark…
Before designers and entrepreneurs spend all their savings making a product idea come to life, crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo allow them to test the demand for their product and even develop new features
A Wikipedia photographer is raising money to create a free online archive of all game hardware.
The last four months have been a roller coaster for Ouya. And, as the holidays loom on the horizon, what’s next?
The SEC finally presented, and unanimously approved, a long-awaited plan to let companies raise money on the internet from small investors. The plan is now open for public comments before a final version goes into effect.
“Accidental health data journalist” Fred Trotter wants to raise funding and gather data from the crowd to help researchers and clinicians build tools and apps for those with food-related conditions.
Twenty years after adventure game Myst was released, the company behind the game is crowdfunding another title.
Lightweight augmented reality glasses CastAR has received more than $400,000 after just one day on Kickstarter. Now, it’s reaching for new goals.
TechShop needs $2.5 million to move its original makerspace. Intel’s money will help it meet its crowdfunding goal.
The Gameduino 2 is seeking funding to bring updating gaming hardware and software to the open source community.
After long delays, Android-powered mini-console and Kickstarter success GameStick will finally hit store shelves. But is it too late?
Ouya has doubled-back on its Free the Games Fund, now changing the rules and disqualifying former winners.
In theory, Ouya’s Free the Games Fund sounds like a great idea. But in practice it hasn’t gone very well, and that threatens the credibility of the console itself.
After admitting that handling the “funding” part of crowdfunding has been a challenge, PayPal has officially promised better support with new policies in…
Nostalgic games score another win on Kickstarter, as the creator of Mega Man raises major funds for a game that’s just like Mega Man.
When you’re looking to crowdfund your latest project, does it matter who you list with? Two Silicon Valley workers scraped the data to compare Indiegogo and Kickstarter, but results are mixed.
JumpStartFund will provide a platform for people to submit ideas and evaluate suggestions from others. If all goes well, they could also provide a funding platform for the project.
While the company is not likely to reach its Kickstarter goal next week, it’s secured enough outside funding that the project will continue.
Canonical’s hybrid mobile-PC concept device has overtaken the Pebble smartwatch’s $10.27 million haul to become the biggest crowdfunding pledge recipient. The Edge campaign will probably still fail, but at least Canonical’s idea has received validation.
Wattpad, which has built a social network for aspiring authors that allows them to build a fan base around their writing, has launched a crowdfunding feature to make it easier for them to monetize their content.
Bloomberg is the first large company to buy into an Ubuntu Edge “Enterprise 100 Bundle”. It’s a vote of confidence that comes from the right direction, but probably won’t be enough to help Canonical reach its goal.
Innova Technology is adding a crowd collaboration twist to Protag tracking devices. Not only will other Protag apps help find your lost articles, you can get their users to join in on the search.
ActiveReplay is launching a tracking device on Kickstarter that it says will make action sports like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding “measurable, sharable and comparable.”
Losing your stuff happens all the time, but a connected tag called Tile wants to use Bluetooth and your smartphone to make finding your keys — or even a stolen bike — easier.
Non-profit medical crowdfunding site Watsi has raised a $1.2 million philanthropic round from leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, including Paul Graham, Ron Conway and Vinod Khosla.
Canonical’s Indiegogo campaign for the highly-specced Ubuntu Edge smartphone was racing ahead while the $600 “perk level” was available, but slowed once it was gone. The company got the message: cheaper tiers are once more on offer.
Want a look at the future of health and fitness? Check out these crowdfunding campaigns.
A small, sticker-like patch that’s raising funding on Indiegogo says it can help make humans “invisible” to mosquitoes for 48 hours.
A sequel to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was pulled from Kickstarter after publisher HarperCollins issued a takedown notice.
ProPublica, which just hit its fundraising goal for a Kickstarter project aimed at investigating the rise in internships in the U.S., says there are a few key strategies for producing a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Crowdfunding in healthcare isn’t without challenges but it can still be compelling option for digital health startups — as long as you learn the ropes.
Health Tech Hatch, a crowdfunding site for health entrepreneurs, is now partnering with Indiegogo, in addition to offering beta testing and campaign management services.
Communities may want better broadband, but Google isn’t planning a nationwide roll out anytime soon. So cities are taking a page from Kickstarter to get their gigabit networks (or even community Wi-Fi).
Gawker reached its goal of raising $200,000 to purchase a video of a big city mayor smoking crack. Editor John Cook explained on Tuesday the reasons for the controversial campaign in which the fate of the video is still unknown.
Scanadu’s Scout ‘tricorder’ reached its fundraising goal in two hours and doubled it in five, making it the fastest campaign of its size to reach its goal on Indiegogo.
Life sciences venture firm InCube Ventures has launched an equity crowdfunding site for biomedical technology companies at all stages.
Gawker has just taken checkbook journalism to a whole new level — asking the public to help buy a video tape that is likely to bring down the mayor of a major city.
Investment platform Healthfundr aims to give health entrepreneurs another funding option while opening up health technology investing to a larger pool of people.
When the NPR show Planet Money wanted to put together a project about the economic life-cycle of a T-shirt, Kickstarter seemed like the natural approach — and it showed how much crowdfunding has in common with public media.
The inspiring story of a young girl who wanted to build a video game, and raised more than $20,000 on Kickstarter to do so, quickly turned sour after her mother turned out to be a successful entrepreneur.
With Kickstarter-backed projects like Pebble making a splash at last week’s CES, we thought it was a good time to revisit our conversation with Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen on the role of crowdfunding and creativity.
The future of energy technology can come from surprising places: algae, hot rocks, fireflies and crowdfunding? Here’s a round up of stories this month that show off 6 technologies that could shape the future of energy.
With more than a dozen projects raising more than $1 million (some in less than a day), 2012 was a banner year for Kickstarter. Here are GigaOM’s favorite campaigns from the worlds of connected devices, open-source technology and publishing.
Kickstarter is not a store, but many people who back technology, design and game projects sometimes think that way, which can be a problem when projects gets delayed. Here’s my suggestion for how to fix this issue.
In an attempt to help get around what they call a financial blockade of WikiLeaks and to help fund-raise for other public-interest groups, some high-profile journalists and freedom-of-information activists have set up the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an umbrella group that launched on Monday.
Y Combinator-backed Crowdtilt on Wednesday announced the beta launch of its API that will enable third parties, from vacation sites, online retailers and startups looking for capital, to use the startup’s group payments capabilities.
Christie Street is trying to be the Kickstarter for hardware products. The new site gives inventors a thorough review and doesn’t approve projects that aren’t viable. It also provides protections for backers, who can even buy insurance to get their money back if a project fails.
Kickstarter rival Indiegogo is expanding its international presence by offering support for foreign currencies and languages and providing new localized sites in the UK, Canada, France and Germany. It’s way to stay ahead of Kickstarter, which is also expanding globally.
Kickstarter is off to a solid start after launching internationally for the first time in the U.K. a month ago. The crowd-funding platform has raised $3.3 million in pledges for more than 400 projects.
For all its cheerleaders, the crowdfunding industry inspires plenty of doubters too, who say the filed has too many pitfalls. Ryan Caldbeck, of CircleUp, doesn’t completely disagree, but says most of them can be overcome.
Kickstarter-funded science and technology journalism startup Matter is releasing its first story Wednesday for $0.99. It’s available as a Kindle Single and can also be downloaded from Matter’s website. Matter was cofounded by former GigaOM European correspondent Bobbie Johnson.
The explosive growth of crowdfunding projects is turning lots of assumptions about business and creativity upside down. But nowhere is that change more apparent than in Germany, where Indiegogo founder Danae Ringelmann says the huge popularity of crowdfunding is even challenging the country’s conception of itself.
New products aren’t the only ones to benefit from the amazing fan-funding power of crowdfunding web services. Failed and long-gone creators are also using them to show that, online, a project proposal is never over until it’s over.
It took Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen seven years to go from the initial idea for the site to its launch – but that’s nothing compared to how long he plans to stick around: Chen said at RoadMap Monday that Kickstarter is a company built for generations.
Crowd labor is outsourced information work that can be provisioned automatically. Ideally, it is is inexpensive, on demand, and elastic, and new platforms are now shaping up and competing with one another.
Kickstarter launched its UK site Wednesday with about 200 projects, part of a larger planned international expansion. Now U.K. creators can begin using Kickstarter to fund their creative projects.
VCs would love to invest in your game, as long as you know how to answer their questions correctly. This excerpt is from Wagner James Au’s “Game Design Secrets” (Wiley) now available in paperback and ebook.
Kickstarter is opening up to UK projects, marking the first time it will accept projects outside the US. The new projects will launch on Oct. 31 and will be accompanied by an updated international shipping system.
Crowdfunding site uses Amazon S3, Heroku and other cloud services to keep its costs low. San Francisco-based LoudSauce aims to give voice to small groups and organizations that don’t have SuperPACs to call their own, according to co-founder Colin Mutchler.
A company that aims to release ebooks into the Creative Commons through crowdfunding has had to halt operations after Amazon Payments withdrew support for crowdfunding payments. Kickstarter, which also uses Amazon Payments, remains unaffected for now.
The adult entertainment industry is known to push the envelope and innovate online. But can it reinvent crowdfunding? That’s what Offbeatr is trying to do with its Kickstarter for porn site, which actually has a few good ideas worth checking out.
The type of fund-raising known as crowdfunding has the potential to be a very highgrowth field: In the past two years it’s grown…
In a world overcrowded with posts, pokes, texts and tweets, the best way to connect with a customer could be entirely analog. Crowdtilt co-founder James Beshara talks about how his startup sent out 1,000 handwritten thank you notes, and why he’d do it again.
A journalist from Michigan has raised funding through Kickstarter for a project that will see him travel across the U.S. interviewing people about the election. Could that be an alternative model for financing investigative or in-depth reporting by journalists as newspapers continue to cut back?
Penny Arcade, a webcomic publisher and event producer, is trying to use Kickstarter to finance its web operations for a year so it can replace traditional banner advertising with a reader-centric model. Could traditional publishers learn something from this crowdfunding experiment?
After a long gestation period, crowd investment platform Seedrs has finally opened its doors — allowing British startups to use its platform to pitch for early stage funding. And so far things appear to be going well.
Comedian Louis CK, who made $1 million selling downloads of a show through his website, has sold $4.5-million in tickets to a new tour in 48 hours. He and musician Amanda Palmer show that for content creators, building a community is more important than ever.
As more banks flirt with social media, StockTwits rolls out a redesigned website that makes it easier for investors to follow the information and people connected to the companies they care about.
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is pulling back the curtain on the data behind the site. The New York-based startup announced today that it has launched Kickstarter Stats, a page tracking the progress of all of the projects on the site, updated daily and sorted by category.
After a recent story highlighted how Kickstarter made it harder to find failed projects, Kickstarter’s co-founder Yancey Strickler explains. It’s about showcasing current projects that can be funded. Also, creators were asking for their projects to get de-indexed from web searches because they ranked high.
A little more than half of the projects on Kickstarter fail. But understanding those failures can help others avoid the same fate. So, I spoke to one of the founders of a failed project to understand what lessons others might be able to learn.
Crowdsourcing, crowd-financing and… file sharing lawsuits? The science fiction comedy Iron Sky has gotten lots of help from its fans, and its filmmakers have in the past relied on BitTorrent to distribute their works. Now, a German distributor is threatening to sue file sharers.
Kickstarter is not just a startup– it’s part of an important shift away from the industrial manufacturing era & toward the maker economy. In this wide-ranging interview, founder Perry Chen talks about how society is reaching a new ‘bursting point of creativity,’ & where Kickstarter goes from here.
For the past couple of decades, venture capitalists have had the upper hand. They’ve had the funding and most of the power in the startup ecosystem. But, said venture capitalist Fred Wilson, as that balance of power shifts, VCs need to rethink their role.
Three years in, Kickstarter has raised $200 million for 22,000 projects. But the platform is evolving from just a patronage service for artistic projects to a store front for products. Technology and design products now account for 15 percent of all funds raised.
If you are like me, you don’t have enough time during the day to read all the good/fun stuff that is published during the day. Don’t worry, I just found some cool stuff for you to enjoy before you turn those lights off.
The US Senate has overcome its fears about “crowdmuppeting” and passed an amended version of the JOBS Act, a bill that will make it easier f…
Comedian Aziz Ansari is following in Louis CK’s footsteps, selling his new stand-up special directly to fans as a $5 DRM-free download. The offering is powered by VHX.tv, and the company’s founders told me that they have great hopes for crowdfunding in 2012.
Is new legislation that is aimed at allowing startups to raise money from individuals really going to help the economy — or is it just going to increase the number of stock scams and help fuel a dangerous kind of bubble mentality around investing?
For the first time, not one but two Kickstarter projects eclipsed the $1 million pledge mark, within hours of each other yesterday. The milestones highlight the bigger momentum behind Kickstarter, which is rounding into form as a major funding tool.
Kickstarter, the fund-raising engine for an increasing number of creative projects, is poised to have a breakout winter as a film funder, with three of its projects on documentary short lists for the Academy Awards and more than a dozen films headed to Sundance.
A new bill would allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $2 million from individual investors without having to be approved by securities regulators. But would this free up more entrepreneurial firepower to help the economy, or just cause chaos and confusion for investors and regulatory headaches?
The startup Kickstarter is suing to stop what it says is a shakedown by a former musician from the band Journey. The musician has obtained a…
Crowdfunding, fundraising by collecting relatively small amounts of money from many different people, has become quite popular in recent years. But Kickstarter is not the only startup churning out group funding success stories: San Francisco-based startup IndieGoGo is seeing its own form of crowdfunding success.
Two months after it launched, British book crowdfunding website Unbound has only managed to push one project to the finishing line. So what’s wrong? Is donation-based publishing a dead end, or did the service misunderstand the reasons behind Kickstarter’s success?
New publishing startup Unbound is aiming to help authors raise money for new work directly from their fans. It’s a neat idea, but wil it really be enough to help it stand out in a crowdfunding market dominated by Kickstarter?
So you want to “crowdfund” a project? How much should you ask people for? What kind of time frame should you be looking at? Kickstarter, a crowdfunding startup aimed at creative professionals, recently went through data on its successful projects and came up with some recommendations.
Sellaband — a crowdfunding service that helped musicians raise money from members to record CDs — is bankrupt, according to a co-founder and minority investor in the company, who says it ran out of money. The service has reportedly filed for court protection in the Netherlands.