Crowdfunding

This 'Exploding Kittens' Card Game Is Blowing Up on Kickstarter
Games

This 'Exploding Kittens' Card Game Is Blowing Up on Kickstarter

The makers of a new card game were aiming to raise $10,000 in 30 days. They hit that goal in less than 30 minutes, and have gone on to raise more than $2.5 million.
Carly Okyle
Jibo, the Personal Robot Startup, Lands $25 Million in Funding
Robotics

Jibo, the Personal Robot Startup, Lands $25 Million in Funding

The Cambridge, Mass., Indiegogo darling is another major money step closer to making its 'friendly' family robot a reality.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
The Creator Behind a Robotic Bartender Spills the Secrets on How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
Kickstarter

The Creator Behind a Robotic Bartender Spills the Secrets on How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Dylan Purcell-Lowe, one of Somabar's creators, walks us through the entire Kickstarter process.
Laura Entis
Why Venture Capitalists Are Turning to Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Why Venture Capitalists Are Turning to Crowdfunding

These platforms let potential investors screen startups and do their due-diligence check in a convenient, standardized fashion.
Judd Hollas
For This Cat Cafe, Crowdfunding With Kickstarter 'Was Never About the Money'
Crowdfunding

For This Cat Cafe, Crowdfunding With Kickstarter 'Was Never About the Money'

The co-founders of Meow Parlour raised three times as much cash as they set out to raise with a Kickstarter campaign. But that wasn't the best part of their crowdfunding success.
Catherine Clifford
Create Side-Hustle Income by Teaching What You Already Know
Education

Create Side-Hustle Income by Teaching What You Already Know

Do you aspire to earn more than your current salary? It can be easier than you think. Share your wisdom in a course.
Meiko Patton
Ecommerce Giant Amazon Wants to Woo the Inventor Entrepreneurs
Amazon

Ecommerce Giant Amazon Wants to Woo the Inventor Entrepreneurs

The Seattle-based tech company is hiring to build an 'end-to-end platform for startups.'
Catherine Clifford
Top 4 Crowdfunding Developments and Predictions for Asia in 2015
Asia

Top 4 Crowdfunding Developments and Predictions for Asia in 2015

The new year has arrived and for those looking to get into Asia's crowdfunding market, here are our predictions.
David Drake
Indiegogo Launches Commerce Option for Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Owners
Crowdfunding

Indiegogo Launches Commerce Option for Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Owners

The InDemand 'forever funding' program gives entrepreneurs a way to grow their business from their crowdfunding campaign website.
Catherine Clifford
The Year in Startup Funding (Infographic)
Startup Funding

The Year in Startup Funding (Infographic)

A snapshot of how entrepreneurs found funding for their companies in 2014 and which industries attracted the most dollars.
Carly Okyle
6 Potato Salad-Tested Crowdfunding Tricks That Work
Crowdfunding

6 Potato Salad-Tested Crowdfunding Tricks That Work

You may think it's silly that people gave money to someone to create a side dish, but there are reasons for that.
Hellen Barbara
Forget Cat Cafes, It's Time for a Coffee Joint for Dogs
Dogs

Forget Cat Cafes, It's Time for a Coffee Joint for Dogs

A new Indiegogo campaign is attempting to open America's first dog café in Los Angeles.
Kate Taylor
Meet Dash and Dot, Robot Toys That Teach Kids How to Code
Robots

Meet Dash and Dot, Robot Toys That Teach Kids How to Code

A crowdfunding success story, Wonder Workshop makes robots that teach coding lessons through music, mazes, paths and puzzles.
Nina Zipkin
How Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Can Be Mutually Beneficial
Money

How Venture Capital and Crowdfunding Can Be Mutually Beneficial

V.C. and crowdfunding each have a place in the entrepreneurial landscape.

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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