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This Is the Teeny-Tiny Phone That Wants You to Leave Your Real Phone Behind
Smartphones

This Is the Teeny-Tiny Phone That Wants You to Leave Your Real Phone Behind

The Light Phone is a credit-card sized phone that does basically nothing.
Catherine Clifford
6 Crazy Awesome Tech Products on Kickstarter Right Now
Kickstarter

6 Crazy Awesome Tech Products on Kickstarter Right Now

From a $9 computer to a ridiculously smart trash can, here are the coolest projects on the crowdfunding platform right now.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
5 Tough Choices You'll Face as an Entrepreneur
Starting a Business

5 Tough Choices You'll Face as an Entrepreneur

As a business owner, you are singularly responsible for making all the decisions.
Jayson DeMers
These High-School Students Found a Way to Make Any Headphones Wireless
Kickstarter

These High-School Students Found a Way to Make Any Headphones Wireless

Wireless headphones have been around for awhile, but the Spiro X1 allows people to turn any old pair into a wireless set.
Carly Okyle
Forget Glitter Bombs: Here's a New Passive-Aggressive Way to Shame Your Bad Neighbors
Kickstarter

Forget Glitter Bombs: Here's a New Passive-Aggressive Way to Shame Your Bad Neighbors

Go on. Stick it to your naughty neighbors like the coward you are.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
This Tiny $9 Computer Blazed Past the Million-Dollar Mark on Kickstarter
Kickstarter

This Tiny $9 Computer Blazed Past the Million-Dollar Mark on Kickstarter

C.H.I.P. is a credit card-sized computing powerhouse that does quite a lot for so little.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Reading Rainbow's New Website Launched Today (And It's Totally Adorable)
Crowdfunding

Reading Rainbow's New Website Launched Today (And It's Totally Adorable)

LeVar Burton raised $6.4 million in a Kickstarter campaign and set a record for the most number of campaign backers to create a new, digital version of the beloved children's brand.
Catherine Clifford
Before You Launch Your Kickstarter Campaign Do These 6 Things
Kickstarter

Before You Launch Your Kickstarter Campaign Do These 6 Things

To not fall flat on your face, make sure all your ducks are in a row before you hit that launch button.
Drew Hendricks
An Insider Look at RocketHub, the AlleyNYC Company That Sold for $15 Million
Alleynyc

An Insider Look at RocketHub, the AlleyNYC Company That Sold for $15 Million

Rockethub, incubated at AlleyNYC, sold for $15 million. Coworking was a big part of its success.
Jason Saltzman
What's to Prevent Someone From Ripping Off Your Crowdfunding Campaign? Not Much.
Crowdfunding

What's to Prevent Someone From Ripping Off Your Crowdfunding Campaign? Not Much.

Dawn Sole launched a campaign for her beauty invention on Indiegogo. A scammer copied and pasted her campaign, nearly verbatim, and launched it on Kickstarter.
Catherine Clifford
U.S. Entrepreneurs, AlleyNYC Rally to Send Aid to Nepal
Leadership

U.S. Entrepreneurs, AlleyNYC Rally to Send Aid to Nepal

Entrepreneurs from around the world have become leading fundraisers for aid to help the survivors in the massive earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday.
Ray Hennessey
Regulation A+ Is Not the Savior of Cash-Seeking Startups
Funding

Regulation A+ Is Not the Savior of Cash-Seeking Startups

A company really needs to be ready -- preferably venture backed and generating substantive revenue -- before considering this option.
Sally Outlaw
2 Key Lessons From Disney That Help on Kickstarter and in Business
Customer Service

2 Key Lessons From Disney That Help on Kickstarter and in Business

Walt Disney's vision and ability to deliver mind-blowing experiences can be applied in almost any setting.
John Brubaker
Crowdfunding Platform RocketHub Acquired for $15 Million
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Platform RocketHub Acquired for $15 Million

EFactor, a resource site for entrepreneurs, bought the New York City-based alternative finance platform.
Catherine Clifford

Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. The fundraising window is usually finite -- 90 days, for instance -- and the fees and rules vary across platforms.

How to: Crowdfunding is typically done through an online platform that allows the fundraiser to set up a public campaign for accepting donations. The campaign will advertise details such as the nature of the project or venture, the amount of money the company is hoping to raise and the campaign’s fundraising deadline. People can donate a specified amount through the fundraising campaign’s website and often receive some sort of acknowledgement or reward in return for their donation.         

Applications of crowdfunding: This can range from charitable and educational projects to creative projects -- like funding films -- as well as supporting scalable businesses. Crowdfunding platforms each tend to cater to specific categories, such as Kickstarter which focuses on creative projects or Crowdfunder, an equity-based platform which is used for businesses looking to raise investment capital.    

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