A startup is crowdfunding cross-country flights to help single men and women in San Francisco and New York find love. Or, at least, dates for a weekend.
The Dating Ring, a New York-based matchmaking startup, has launched two campaigns to help fly single men to New York City and single women to San Francisco.
Lauren Kay, Dating Ring’s CEO, says the idea came from trying to solve the logistical problems singles in the two cities face in their respective dating scenes. Simply put, she explains on Crowdtilt, there are not enough single men in New York and not enough single women in San Francisco. Read more…Read More →
Kickstarter passed $1 billion in pledges on Monday, more than half of which was pledged within the past year alone.
More than 5.7 million people have backed creative projects on the crowdfunding site, from 224 countries and territories on all seven continents. Kickstarter backers in the U.S. take the cake for most money pledged — a grand total of $663.32 million. The UK takes the next spot with $54.43 million, followed by Canada with $44.91 million.Read More →
Crowfunding is among the most successful internet-native industries, but that does not preclude it from classic marketing tools.
A recent study from researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology found that the language used in Kickstarter campaigns affected the likelihood of a project meeting its funding goal. The study analyzed more than 45,000 Kickstarter efforts and found that certain phrases were often linked with successful campaigns
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But it wasn’t just the funded projects that had words in common; failed campaigns also yielded keywords and phrases that were harbingers for failure. Read more…Read More →
Tim Jahnigen isn’t an engineer and he doesn’t have a fancy business degree — but that hasn’t stopped him from bringing an invention to market that’s changing the lives of millions of children around the globe
The OneWorld Futbol, the soccer ball he invented, is playing a fundamental part of the solution to long-term social development in struggling regions — because it lasts.
More than just a means to recreate or a route to college, sport is an essential part of human development that teaches indispensable lessons about teamwork, conflict resolution and tolerance, and helps heal unthinkable traumas. Read more…Read More →
Amazon Prime netted exclusive rights to stream teen drama Veronica Mars, so all die-hard Marshmallows and new fans can catch up on the series before the Kickstarter-funded movie’s debut in March.
Veronica Mars — a cult hit on the WB in the early 2000s — roared back after an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign by show creator Rob Thomas for a long-requested film raised $5.7 million. The campaign currently holds the crowdfunding service record for fastest to reach a $1 million.
With all the renewed interest in the show, which stars Kristen Bell as a teen detective constantly finding herself in trouble, it’s no surprise Amazon snatched up exclusive streaming rights. It previously appeared on both Netflix and Vudu. Read more…Read More →
After the holiday leftovers have disguised themselves in countless sandwich renditions, it’ll be time to put 2013 behind us and look to a new year.
Along with 2014 comes a new year for innovation, and where else to look for smart design than the budding projects on Kickstarter?
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We browsed some techie Kickstarter projects and picked our favorites that are nearing funding or were just recently funded. Most will begin delivery in early 2014, but many of these projects are slated to deliver later in December as well. So, if you still have names to cross off on your gift list, take a look at some of these gadgets for your tech-oriented friends. Read more…Read More →
‘Tis the season of giving, but let’s face it: Christmas gifts aren’t always a home run. It may be the thought that counts, but there’s nothing worse than unwrapping a present from your Aunt Ethel only to find a horrendous reindeer sweater — complete with light-up red nose.
WishBooklet aims to solve that problem by enabling users to crowdfund gifts. Simply sign up, create a virtual wish list, and share it with friends and family
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People can contribute money for big-ticket items, or just get a better idea of what you’d actually like to see under the tree this year — or really, any time of the year. Users can crowdfund birthday presents and anniversary gifts on WishBooklet, and the site also works as a baby-shower registry Read more…Read More →
In September 2012, a curious invention appeared on Kickstarter
The Ostrich Pillow looked like a squishy gray pumpkin with two openings at the top. It was designed to slip comfortably over the wearer’s head, offering a cozy “micro environment” for power naps. Thanks to a sophisticated Kickstarter campaign, a whimsical design and plenty of media coverage, the Ostrich Pillow was a hit, raising nearly $200,000 in pledges
One year later, Ali Ganjavian and Key Portilla-Kawamura, the minds behind the Ostrich Pillow, launched a second Kickstarter campaign for the Ostrich Pillow Light. The more portable, slightly less outlandish creation can be worn around the neck and pulled over the eyes for a discrete nap while in transit. Like its predecessor, the Ostrich Pillow Light is soft and pleasantly malleable, designed to give time-starved workaholics a portable tool for catnapping Read more…Read More →