Crowdfunding

This Crowdfunding Competition Produced an Al-Dente Kitchen, Cost-Effective Bikes and an Online Personal Shopping Cart
Startups

This Crowdfunding Competition Produced an Al-Dente Kitchen, Cost-Effective Bikes and an Online Personal Shopping Cart

Venture for America is bringing out the best of what millennial entrepreneurs can build.
Andrew Yang
Kickstarter Makes First Acquisition, Saves Independent Music Community Drip From Closing
Kickstarter

Kickstarter Makes First Acquisition, Saves Independent Music Community Drip From Closing

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but it was a lifesaver for Drip, which just a few weeks back announced it had to shut its doors.
Catherine Clifford
When Kickstarter Hit Its Tipping Point
Kickstarter

When Kickstarter Hit Its Tipping Point

Co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler can pinpoint, to the day, exactly when things blew up for the company.
Catherine Clifford
Kickstarter Wants to Be More Than a Crowdfunding Platform
Kickstarter

Kickstarter Wants to Be More Than a Crowdfunding Platform

'Our mission statement does not contain the word crowdfunding,' says Yancey Strickler, a co-founder and CEO of the company.
Catherine Clifford
Only 1 in 3 Americans Have Heard of Equity Crowdfunding
Equity Crowdfunding

Only 1 in 3 Americans Have Heard of Equity Crowdfunding

But nearly three-quarters of Americans would consider making an investment in equity crowdfunding, according to a new survey.
Catherine Clifford
Crowdfunding Isn't Just for Cool Tech Gadgets. Just Ask Bernie Sanders. (Infographic)
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Isn't Just for Cool Tech Gadgets. Just Ask Bernie Sanders. (Infographic)

Love him or hate him, the senator from Vermont has almost entirely powered his bid for president much the same way the Pebble smartwatch was funded on Kickstarter.
Catherine Clifford
Get Your Burning Crowdfunding Questions Answered on Kickstarter's Version of Reddit
Kickstarter

Get Your Burning Crowdfunding Questions Answered on Kickstarter's Version of Reddit

Called Campus, the online forum gives crowdfunders a place to get support and feedback about how to launch and run a campaign.
Catherine Clifford
How Elio Motors Went From Startup to Publicly Traded Company in Months
Ready To Launch

How Elio Motors Went From Startup to Publicly Traded Company in Months

Elio Motors was the first startup to become a publicly traded company using the updated Regulation A+ crowdfunding rules.
Sally Outlaw
$2 Billion Has Been Raised on GoFundMe
Crowdfunding

$2 Billion Has Been Raised on GoFundMe

It took the personal crowdfunding site five years go get to the first billion-dollar mark and only nine months to hit that second billion.
Catherine Clifford
A Startup That Promised Cash to Engaged Couples Breaks Hearts With an Abrupt Pivot
Pivots

A Startup That Promised Cash to Engaged Couples Breaks Hearts With an Abrupt Pivot

After originally offering $10,000 to couples who remained married, SwanLuv changed its model to a crowdfunding platform.
Carly Okyle
7 Lessons They Don't Teach You In Crowdfunding School
Marketing Bootcamp

7 Lessons They Don't Teach You In Crowdfunding School

Crowdfunding? What is that? Learn it in seven techniques.
Martin Zwilling
10 Ways to Fund Your Small Business
Funding

10 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

Equity? Debt? Which one is right for you? (Hint: think carefully before taking loans from friends and family).
Doug and Polly White
The First 100,000 Successful Kickstarter Campaigns, in 10 Numbers
Kickstarter

The First 100,000 Successful Kickstarter Campaigns, in 10 Numbers

The crowdfunding platform released a mountain of data to celebrate its latest milestone. We pulled out a handful of the most interesting bits.
Catherine Clifford
Women Raise More Money With Crowdfunding, Research Shows
Crowdfunding

Women Raise More Money With Crowdfunding, Research Shows

The difference comes down to the words female founders use, according to a UC Berkeley study.
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.