Crowdfunding

Architects Seek $2.9 Billion to Build 'Lord of the Rings' City
Indiegogo

Architects Seek $2.9 Billion to Build 'Lord of the Rings' City

Funds are being raised for the Minas Tirith replica on Indiegogo.
Kids' Car Seat Gets the Upgrade You Never Knew It Needed
Radicals & Visionaries

Kids' Car Seat Gets the Upgrade You Never Knew It Needed

This innovative approach to the booster seat is just downright impressive, even to someone who doesn't have children.
Carly Okyle
It's Every Entrepreneur's Responsibility to Invest in Other Startups
Crowdfunding

It's Every Entrepreneur's Responsibility to Invest in Other Startups

Four reasons why crowdfunding others' projects helps you too.
Sohin Shah
There's Something Strangely Soothing About This Silly Key Ring on Kickstarter
Kickstarter

There's Something Strangely Soothing About This Silly Key Ring on Kickstarter

Irked by the sound of keys clinking together? So is California entrepreneur Vince Ho.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
120,000 Miles Later, Dinner Lab Lands a Fresh Round of Funding
Dinner Lab

120,000 Miles Later, Dinner Lab Lands a Fresh Round of Funding

As the New Orleans-based startup grows, it's founder is learning that being headquartered in the Big Easy can be a big challenge.
Catherine Clifford
Rocket Hub and Ovation Team Up to Bring Crowdfunding to TV
Marketing Bootcamp

Rocket Hub and Ovation Team Up to Bring Crowdfunding to TV

The special will showcase the work of artists who are raising money to fund their creative projects.
Catherine Clifford
Business Optimization

Crowdfunding or a Small-Business Loan: What's Best for Your Company?

Your needs and markets will help determine the best route for outside funding.
Cindy Yang
The Smithsonian and Kickstarter Partner Up to Preserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit
Kickstarter

The Smithsonian and Kickstarter Partner Up to Preserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit

More than 7,000 campaign backers have already contributed $550,000 to the preservation project.
Catherine Clifford
Tech Entrepreneur Sought in Son's Disappearance Arrested In New York
Crime

Tech Entrepreneur Sought in Son's Disappearance Arrested In New York

Michael Streko was caught after reportedly asking children for drugs. His son was found unharmed.
Ray Hennessey
How This Couple Created the All-In-One Travel Jacket That Is Nearing $2 Million on Kickstarter
Radicals & Visionaries

How This Couple Created the All-In-One Travel Jacket That Is Nearing $2 Million on Kickstarter

Hiral Sanghavi and his wife created a jacket that has 15 features including a built-in inflatable neck pillow and koozie drink pocket.
Catherine Clifford
Tech Entrepreneur Sought in Connection With N.J. Kidnapping Case
Radicals & Visionaries

Tech Entrepreneur Sought in Connection With N.J. Kidnapping Case

Michael Streko had launched a Kickstarter campaign to travel the country interviewing entrepreneurs.
Ray Hennessey
This All-in-One Travel Jacket Is Approaching $1 Million on Kickstarter
Kickstarter

This All-in-One Travel Jacket Is Approaching $1 Million on Kickstarter

Available as a sweatshirt, blazer, windbreaker or bomber, BauBax has everything from a built-in neck pillow and gloves to earphone holders and a drink pocket.
Catherine Clifford
4 Tips to Set You Up for Crowdfunding Success
Crowdfunding

4 Tips to Set You Up for Crowdfunding Success

For small-business owners considering alternative funding options, here are a few basic things to know about crowdfunding.
John Swanciger
Considering Crowdfunding? Why You Need a Strong Business Plan First.
Ready To Launch

Considering Crowdfunding? Why You Need a Strong Business Plan First.

Without one, you'll become one of the vast majority of hopeful entrepreneurs who find themselves without enough capital to keep moving.
Jayson DeMers

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.