Crowdfunding dollars are only one source of capital for hardware startups. The other source, the one that gets even more attention, is venture capital. In the years since Kickstarter came into the world, venture investing in hardware has gone from non-existent to mainstream. Read More
The Coolest Cooler campaign is on the verge of breaking the Kickstarter record for the most-funded project on the platform.
At the time of this writing, the campaign stood at around $10,190,000 — less than $80,000 from reaching the $10,266,845 the Pebble smartwatch raised in May 2012.
Campaign owner Ryan Grepper expressed his gratitude and excitement for the project in an update earlier this morning:
This has been such an amazing journey and I just want to again express my gratitude. Can you believe that last night the Coolest Cooler crossed the $10 million funding mark?!
We’re almost to the #1 spot of ALL TIME on Kickstarter, and there’s no doubt it’s all because of your generous support and sharing.
We have just three days left to make history, and together I know we can do it!
THANK YOU ALL, again, for your amazing support throughout this entire campaign and please keep doing whatever you’ve been doing to share the Coolest.
It should be noted that Pebble closed off its campaign a week before deadline, declaring the pre-orders sold out. While people could still give cash to the campaign to stay up to date on the most recent developments, pre-order reward tiers were closed to the public.
Grepper seems to have no such plans for his campaign, urging his backers to keep pre-ordering the coolers, and sharing the campaign. Kicktraq shows a pretty significant uptick in pledges per day since Sunday (see below), as was to be expected, and the Coolest is almost certainly going to break the record — possibly, as early as later today. As with all high-profile projects, as soon as the campaign ends, the attention will immediately turn to whether the coolers will be delivered to backers by February 2015, as promised.Read More →
With the JOBS Act’s Title III — the portion of the law that opens up equity crowdfunding to the unaccredited investor — still in limbo, several states have taken it upon themselves to draft and enact equity crowdfunding legislation.
How do the proposed and active crowdfunding exemptions compare? Anthony Zeoli (who has drafted an exemption for Illinois) Georgia Quinn, and Crowdcheck came together to examine the various laws passed on a state level, and put together the following handy charts. The first covers enacted intrastate crowdfunding exemptions, while the second one covers proposed exemptions. You can also see the links to all the states’ enacted and proposed laws here.Read More →
InvestNextDoor has experienced impressive interest in their new peer to peer lending platform that helps small business skip the banking bureaucracy. More than 50 new listing applications are in process. InvestNextDoor is leading the P2P lending revolution where borrowers experience a streamlined process and investors get higher rates of return.
“It’s like crowdfunding but supporters make money instead of getting rewards,” says Tabitha Creighton, CEO of InvestNextDoor. COO Lisa Ohman added, “You’re not just investing in that business, you’re investing in their community as well – and getting market rates of return. It is complete disruption of traditional lending models.”Read More →
All the talk of a bubble isn’t slowing down public interest in technology shares. Today, Apple, TubeMogul and Arista Networks set new record highs. TubeMogul and Arista both recently went public.
Other firms, like Microsoft are trading near local maximums. MobileIron set an all-time high yesterday, managed a new intra-day high today, and is up strongly in the past few trading sessions. Read More
LendingClub, a company that provides an online loan marketplace, filed today to go public. According to its S-1 document, the company intends to raise up to $500 million in its flotation.
LendingClub, as with many technology companies currently seeking the public markets, has quickly growing revenues but isn’t profitable. Read More
The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks to consolidate its position as a major player in personal and professional continuing information technology education.
“We believe in the vision we have of democratizing professional education,” says Pluralsight chief executive Aaron Skonnard, and apparently the… Read More
Google today announced that it has acquired Zync Render, a service that makes it easier for movie studios to render their visual effects in the cloud. The technology was used to render effects in movies like Star Trek: Into Darkness and Looper, for example. Google will use the technology to make it easier for studios to use its Cloud Platform infrastructure to render their creations. Read More
As a life-long Michigander, I’m very pleased to announce the Midwest will be well represented at Disrupt SF 2014. Detroit’s own Dan Gilbert will join me on stage for a fireside chat where we’ll talk about his ongoing plan to revive Detroit through startups and technology. I’m sure he also has some NBA protips for Ballmer. Read More
Innovation in the beacon space — the micro-location technology that lets your smartphone trigger events based on how close you are to a beacon transmitter — doesn’t seems to be letting up any time soon. Polish startup Ifinity appears to be well on its way to solving one of the potential headaches of beacons: the need to periodically replace each transmitter’s battery. Read More
There is no doubt that Salesforce is one of the most widely used customer relationship management systems. However, the shift to BYOD is changing the game for sales and marketing, and we need an immediate infusion of technology in CRM. Read More
You may soon be doing more twisting, turning, and jumping around when you go to the movies, if startup Audience Entertainment succeeds in launching a new type of in-theater interactivity. The company’s technology basically allows audiences to play together, usually as part of an ad campaign. Imagine standing up with everyone else in the room, then waving your arms left and right in unison… Read More
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LeVar Burton opens up about the crowdfunding process. A couple of days after breaking the Kickstarter record for most backers in a campaign, LeVar Burton shares what the experience was like…Read More →