Charles Luzar

On Kickstarter: A Sequel Documentary From The Creators Of “Restrepo”

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Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington co-directed an acclaimed film called Restrepo, which followed Second Platoon for a year in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. It was a sobering look at the things American soldiers faced while on deployment. Junger and Hetherington would shoot about 150 hours of footage over that year, and based on their experiences they produced two… Read More

Kickstarter Continues To Get Flak For “Censoring” Pro-Life Projects, But Is It Warranted?

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Kickstarter made headlines recently for what boils down to a disagreement between Kickstarter’s in-house curators and filmmakers producing a documentary about Dr. Kermit Gosnell. For those seeking more details, we broke down the situation in an earlier article. Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler has since rebutted the claims, explaining that the film wasn’t rejected. Now a… Read More

“Pantheon: Rise Of The Fallen” Development Stalls As Team Seeks Further Funding

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Game developer Brad McQuaid and his team raised over $160,000 to develop Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, an MMORPG. The game raised significant money on Kickstarter, but not enough to eclipse a rather lofty $800,000 goal. They raised just over half that. So the team pivoted and launched a crowdfunding campaign hosted on their own domain,… Read More

The Dart Laptop Charger Met A $200,000 Goal In 12 Hours On Kickstarter

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The Dart is a laptop charger that aims to save some serious space and weight for those of us that have to haul around enormous charging equipment, and the product is already fully-funded on Kickstarter. The Dart is the world’s smallest, lightest laptop adapter. At a powerful 65W it is a perfect complement to today’s… Read More

On Crowdhoster: Crowdfunding To Bring The Foo Fighters Back To Richmond, Virginia

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There are two types of people, generally… those who like the Foo Fighters and those that are no fun. The band is led by frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. They’ve released numerous #1 hits, toured the world and are said to put on an incredible live show. (Come to Cleveland soon, please!) Having… Read More

Nix Sensor Turns To Indiegogo For More Crowdfunding Cash After Kickstarter Success

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The Nix Sensor is described as a sort of Photoshop dropper tool for the real world. See a color you like in the world around you? Place the Nix sensor on top of it and it now becomes easily replicable in a digital environment. It was a product tailor-made for crowdfunding… a new spin on… Read More

SEC: Intrastate Crowdfunders Need To Be Careful When Advertising Via Social Media, Web

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Intrastate crowdfunding exemptions are on the rise as legislators continue to exhibit interest in allowing small businesses to raise money online. However, several questions remain regarding how to effectively advertise these offerings without running afoul of securities regulations. According to an article in the National Law Review, the SEC has now clarified how small businesses… Read More

Brief: “Shroud Of The Avatar” Raised Big Money A Year Removed From Kickstarter

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Shroud of the Avatar raised almost $2 million on Kickstarter in a campaign that ended in April of 2013, but that didn’t mark the end of the crowdfunding process. The game’s creators took the same approach that Star Citizen has taken, using Kickstarter as a launchpad for an ongoing crowdfunding effort. What has that done for… Read More

“Bills And Brews” Funded On Kickstarter, Will Interview American Politicians Over A Beer

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Bills and Brews is a new web series that aims to humanize American politicians by interviewing them in an interesting scenario, that being over a glass of beer from American craft breweries. It’s been widely-publicized that the craft brewing industry is taking off here in the US, so what better way to get politicians off… Read More

Lending Club CEO: “Our Goal Is To Transform The Banking System”

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Lending Club CEO Renaud Laplanche spoke with The Street recently about Lending Club’s growth and long-term goals as a platform. He didn’t shy away from the platform’s ultimate goal, which is to disrupt and bring increased efficiency to the banking sector. He also spoke briefly on the possibility of an eventual IPO for Lending Club…. Read More

Brief: Securities Regulators In India Set To Release Crowdfunding Guidelines

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Crowdfunding may be coming to India according to recent statements made by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman U. K. Sinha. We are coming out with guidelines on crowd-funding soon, because we want to encourage young entrepreneurs to raise capital. Our aim is to help young people raise capital very smoothly.U. K…. Read More

Ten Backers Just Dropped $6,000 A Pop For The “World’s First Atomic Watch” On Kickstarter

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Bathys is a company based in Hawaii that specializes in making watches, but their latest creation is a completely different spin on the watch. It’s been hinted for a long time (See this TechCrunch piece for example) and it’s finally here. Well, it’s sort of here in that it came and went already. Ten backers willing to… Read More

Watch: Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey On The “Why” Of The Facebook Acquisition

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Reviewed.com caught up with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey to talk about his company’s recent acquisition. When Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion, it ignited a firestorm that left many backers of the famed Oculus VR headset Kickstarter campaign crying foul. Luckey doesn’t see it that way at all, and he says that the response to… Read More

SeedInvest Crowdfunding $1 Million On Their Own Platform For Series A

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When you’re a prominent equity crowdfunding platform, how do you raise a Series A? You get a bunch of venture capital firms to hop into the round and open a portion of the raise to the crowd, which is precisely what SeedInvest has done. Better yet, they’re crowdfunding on their own platform. SeedInvest is calling… Read More

How To Create A Great Crowdfunding Pitch Video: Tips From Seedrs

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UK-based equity crowdfunding stalwart Seedrs has released a blog post on how to create a great crowdfunding pitch video. The post is a must-read for anyone looking to raise money via crowdfunding no matter what the model – equity, rewards or via donations. At Seedrs, we review hundreds of campaigns every month and have a… Read More

Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin Responds To Healbe Criticism

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Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin has issued a blog post tackling some of the concerns raised in the examination of the Healbe campaign. Some – including PandoDaily staff writer James Robinson – have accused the campaign of being a scam. According to Rubin, the revelations surrounding the campaign have resulted in an opportunity for Indiegogo to garner… Read More

Brief: Loomio At 80% Of Crowdfunding Goal With 5 Days Left

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We first reported on the crowdfunding campaign for Loomio in March. The forthcoming application aims to provide a social voting and implementation mechanism for ideas. The campaign is currently live on Crowdtilt Open and has raised over $80,000 on a $100,000 goal. The Loomio team has five days left to close the gap, but they’ll… Read More

Watch: The Trailer For Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-Funded Film Is Here & It Looks Amazing

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I’m no authority on films by any means, but I’d like to think I can spot a winner. If this trailer for Zach Braff’s upcoming film Wish I Was Here is any indication, I have some pretty high expectations for the effort. It looks awesome. Braff famously raised over $3 million on Kickstarter for the film,… Read More

Bill Introduced To Cement Crowdfunding Individuals & Higher Ed Via Income Share Agreements

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Yesterday Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) introduced a piece of legislation that stands to redefine the options on the table for students seeking to fund and finance higher education. The bill, entitled the Investing in Student Success Act, has some serious ramifications for crowdfunding platforms – such as Pave and Upstart –… Read More

Indie Game Magazine Partners With Teespring On Crowdfunding Initiative

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Indie Game Magazine (IGM) has announced a rather unorthodox partnership with Teespring, a popular crowdfunding platform for t-shirt concepts. A bit of explaining from IGM clarifies why the partnership actually makes a lot of sense… We receive dozens of emails every day from developers specifically asking for tips about how to go about promoting their… Read More