Momentum is gathering online for a crowdfunded venture into outer space. A hashtag on Twitter, #fundNASA, was being used at a rate of approximately 30 times a minute as of the time of this writing, and a few rather simple statistics seem to be fueling the Twitterverse’s interest in spheres beyond our individual reach:
The total cost of the Mars Curiosity project that today safely touched down on Mars and transmitted images back to Earth was $2.5 billion, which breaks down to about $7 per American, or roughly 1 percent the U.S.’s current military budget.Read More →
Project Giana is a modern revamp on the classic 80s platformer The Great Giana Sisters, which is best remembered by 8-bit gamers as that game that look a little bit too much like Super Mario Bros for Nintendo’s liking. Following the successful Nintendo DS revival of the franchise (AusGamers 9/10), Spellbound had been working on bringing the sisters to HD platforms and Black Forest has managed to salvage that operation, but is reaching out to the crowd so they don’t have shelve the project until it can be funded internally.Read More →
This new-found ability to raise vast sums of money to fight intractable global problems has given organizations, nonprofit and for-profit alike, a new front on which to engage and introduce world citizens to their causes. Similar to online competitions, crowdfunding sites have also become a growing force in the fight for good. Most people now know Kickstarter, but StartSomeGood, 33Needs, ioby and a handful of other sites are now focused purely on social ventures.Read More →
Now that you have a greater idea of what you need to do to create and manage a home business, you should start feeling like you can accomplish your home business goals. Remember that the information you learned is only going to work if you apply it. If you get financed either through your own sources or by crowdfunding your startup, make sure to follow the tips in this article, and your home business should succeed.Read More →
Warning that most Kickstarter projects are “just terrible, useless garbage,” a recent “Tech Trends” video from The Onion frames the popular crowdfunding website as a hotbed for scammers and criminals. “They’re not as bad as child molesters — but they’re close,” cyber crime expert James Conroy told The Onion, describing the people who use Kickstarter to raise money for personal projects.
Naturally, The Onion is a satirical news outlet, so you should (probably) interpret the video below as a piece of humor, not a scathing condemnation of Kickstarter and its users.
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Check out these products and decide if any are worthy of your crowdfunding dollars:
-Stompy: The Giant, Rideable Walking Robot
-Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock Prints
-Mile… Mile & a Half: a feature documentary about hiking the John Muir Trail
-Bigger Bang Galaxy: a science fiction comic by David Michelinie and Weilin Yang
Hometown plans to hire veterans to work on their movies from this day forward. Their first order of business is to fund the movie. They intend to try this new and revolutionary way of film financing.Read More →
When an elderly Greece, N.Y., school-bus monitor recently became famous for being taunted by children, with the incident shown on a Web video that went viral, a campaign via Kickstarter rival Indiegogo raised more than $700,000 to allow the woman to retire. Indiegogo differs from Kickstarter in that campaign creators get whatever amount is pledged. St. Paul chiropractor Susan Clarke had raised less than $3,000 on Indiegogo as of last week to self-publish her book, “Clarke’s Dictionary of Transactional Analysis.”Read More →