Indiegogo launched a standalone service Monday that lets users raise money for anything from medical expenses and tuition payments to vacations and parties — without charging them a fee
The Indiegogo Life platform caters to personal causes that directly impact the life of the individuals involved and waives the site’s usual transaction fees — which traditionally go up to 14%, depending on the funding plan and method of payment. The new service also claims to offer a more simple set-up process, and one-on-one support for users.Read More →
When it comes to rooting for an NFL team, 50-year-old Niagara Falls, New York, native Frank Croisdale never really had a choice
“In my family, if you weren’t a Bills fan you weren’t going to have a seat at the dinner table,” he says today. “I was born into it.”
Croisdale’s been a hardcore Bills supporter ever since. He had his heart broken, like so many others, when the team reached — and lost — four straight Super Bowls from 1990 through 1993. But despite the crushing defeats, those years were the Bills’ heyday, and linebacker Darryl Talley was a critical part of the team’s successes Read more…Read More →
Earlier this week, we reported that Sony might soon launch its own e-ink smartwatch and now we know what the company really had up its sleeves: the FES Watch
Sony’s e-ink-powered FES Watch (Fashion Entertainments Watch) has been hiding in plain sight for months on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake, where the device blew past its original funding goal of around $8,500 and eventually managed to raise a little more than $20,000
In a departure from Sony’s normally conservative product launch approach, the company cleverly put the project into play under the name of Fashion Entertainments on the crowdfunding site in September to, presumably, test the market’s interest. So far, it looks like Sony’s gamble is paying off Read more…Read More →
LONDON — The team behind a smartphone-based portable eye examination kit have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for new innovation.
Peek comprises a smartphone app and low-cost adaptor that enables professional eye examinations anywhere in the world. Developed by a team of eye care specialists, software developers and product designers, it aims to increase access to high-quality eye care worldwide.
The tools have been developed through a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Strathclyde and the NHS Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research. Read more…Read More →
After five months of traveling, veterinary work and crowdfunding, Leo the paraplegic dog is finally settled in Canada and ready to live the life of a happy pup.
While vacationing in Thailand, Meagan Penman found the dog dragging its hind legs on a beach. After posting a video of the wounded dog on the r/WTF subreddit, Penman reached out to local shelters in the area, who would not take Leo in. Believing Leo had a “better shot at life in Canada,” she created a Gofundme page on June 21 to raise funds for medical and travel expenses.Read More →
SANTA FE — A fully grown Arctic wolf saunters around guests near the concession stand of author George R.R. Martin’s movie theater. As the wolf revels in the attention from strangers at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, Martin himself makes small talk in a corner, his peculiarly jolly laugh easily distinguished above the noise of the room
It’s a scene you’d imagine would take place in an artsy, futuristic Winterfell, set long after the events of Game of Thrones‘ upcoming fifth season. But it’s real life, happening in 2014
Martin and his team are hosting a small group of town members and charity organizers at the theater to present the local recipients of his recent Prizeo charity crowdfunding drive with their $172,485.53 checks. The beneficiaries of that campaign — in which Martin famously auctioned off three in-book deaths for donators who pledged $20,000 — are The Food Depot of New Mexico and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. This, it is explained to me, is why Flurry, the aforementioned large Arctic wolf, is in the house. Read more…Read More →
There’s a good chance that a cat cafe is coming to a city near you.
In cities all over the United States, cat-loving entrepreneurs are frantically pushing crowdfunding campaigns, locking down deals with adoption centers and coffee vendors and coaxing anxious landlords and health inspectors with hopes of capitalizing on a new craze by opening a feline-friendly restaurant of their own.
Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California is the first and only permanent space of its kind in the United States right now — but it just barely launched in time to claim the distinction. Similar businesses are set to open soon in San Francisco (KitTea), Portland (Purringtons), Los Angeles (Catfe), Denver, (Catco) San Diego and Seattle (Meowtropolitan). A quick Indiegogo search reveals that many more are in the works, and several pop-up cat cafes have been hugely successful. Read more…Read More →
A campaign to crowdfund the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on” reached its goal of $50,000 in two hours and one minute on Indiegogo Monday.
Bluesmart luggage connects to a mobile app that allows travelers to track the bag’s proximity, digitally lock and unlock it, check the bag’s weight, show travel data and track routes. The creators are not the first to propose GPS-tracked bags, but they have added features that make the concept appealing.
“We came up with the idea for Bluesmart after suffering a couple of bad experiences with our luggage, when airlines forced us to check bags only to have them mishandled or lost,” said Tomi Pierucci, the cofounder of Bluesmart. “We realized that with all the amazing technology available today, we could do betterSuitcases haven’t seen much innovation in decades, so we decided to design a suitcase for this century.” Read more…Read More →