OUYA, the wildly successful $99 indie gaming console, has just finished its month-long Kickstarter journey with a jaw-dropping $8,580,359 raised. Starting out with only a video, a couple of CAD mockups and the promise of Yves Behar’s design talents, the masses (some 61,000 backers) fell in love with the idea: “cracking open the last closed platform: the TV.”Read More →
As an innovative place for children to discover, experience and participate in the performing arts, Whidbey Children’s Theater decided to also try a new and creative means of fundraising by trying a “crowdfunding” campaign on the Internet.
The problem is, it’s not working as well as WCT staff hoped.
“It’s not moving as quickly as I think we thought it would,” said WCT Artistic Director Rose Woods.Read More →
This was Sally Miller Outlaw’s reply:
“The best assurance is that we, as the founders of the crowdfunding platform—are the ones actually running the campaign. In the two years we have been operating peerbackers—with full access to the capital that comes through our site—we have yet to run off with anyone’s funds Also – I’m married to a guy who has a high level position with The Department of Homeland Security so I’m sort of in the law enforcement family!”Read More →
With Upstart, a student creates a profile that includes achievements and goals. The student then chooses the funding amount, and Upstart calculates the percent of income the student will have to share during repayment. There is no repayment in years when income is less than $30,000. Backers can commit funds in increments of $1,000. Mentoring and support are also provideRead More →
“Dispatch will give users the ability to connect to multiple networks at the same time, for the combined throughput of all connections,” said Alex Gizis, founder and CEO of Connectify. “For the first time, any number of Wi-Fi, 3G/4G mobile broadband, and wired connections can be used simultaneously, with Dispatch leveraging up to 90% of their combined speed.”
While Connectify has the core technology for Dispatch working, the company has decided to use the popular crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, to prove that there is widespread demand for a fully-featured Connectify Dispatch consumer product.Read More →
The campaign, which cracked six figures in its first 48 hours, now has $112,466 from 1,218 donors.
“The whole thing is a tribute to good people and social networks,” Pujji says, downplaying Singh and his role in the campaign.
“We anticipate that the Milwaukee Sikh community will require substantial financial support as they heal from this senseless tragedy, and therefore graciously seek donations to offer support to the victims of the shooting, the injured police officer, and their families,” the campaign page reads.Read More →
“The spirit of radically revolutionizing the way human aspiration and creativity is funded was embedded in our company’s DNA from day one,” said Dave Harvilicz, co-founder and CEO. “Whether those aspirations are creative, economic, or humanitarian, we champion bringing the power of capital to all people, and applaud progressive advances, like the JOBS Act, which promote the democratizing power of crowdsourcing.”
“It’s one of the first features we’re rolling out that will dramatically expand the tools people have to reach their fundraising goals. Some people have called it ‘Crowdfunding meets eBay,’” said Andy Martinez, CTO of When You Wish.Read More →
Companies looking to strike it rich give away anything they can think of to raise a buck. One California foodie app startup called DishClips is taking things to a new extreme with their “Food Porn” IndieGoGo campaign. Mixing double entendre with attractive food perks, they’re giving away anything from edible undies and x-rated fortune cookies, to a monster sized supply of lobster and filet mignon to get the support of food fanatics everywhere. Their biggest perk at a whopping $7000 even offers to have you be the host of your own No-Reservations-style foodie show a la Anthony Bourdain.Read More →
Stoughton Steel debuts The Baking Steel, Neapolitan Pizza at Home, with Crowdfunding Giant, Kickstarter
In line with kickstarter.com guidelines, each project has a set number of days to raise funds or the company receives nothing. “We hit our initial goal of $3000, in less than 24 hours,” stated project creator, Andris Lagsdin. “We are so overwhelmed by all the remarkable support we’ve received on Kickstarter. I am so excited that our many backers will be receiving what I believe is the next best thing for the home-cook industry. We would love to take this effort to the next level, so we can bring the Baking Steel into even more homes.”Read More →
According to the company, the main purpose of the campaign is to raise 10,000 USD to record Evilot’soriginal soundtrack, which will be performed live by the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra. If it reaches this initial goal, it will use additional funds to improve the game.
Beyond its original design, one of the most interesting things about Evilot is its country of origin, Lemaitre says:
“This is a special game for many reasons. Evilot is the first Chilean game to launch on Kickstarter, and it is very important for my country to enter the indie gaming market market.”Read More →