Aurora Dream Enhancing Headband Hits Goal, Sets $300K Stretch on Kickstarter

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Crowdfunding on Kickstarter now is the Aurora Dream Enhancing headband which received a nice Christmas gift of surpassing their $90,000 funding goal.  The lucid dreaming tech device announced their achievement in a backer update the day after Christmas. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Christmas came a day late for iWinks this year. Better late… Read More

“Transforming Finance” & the UK Banking System (Video)

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The Finance Innovation Lab is believes in the need to innovate across the whole financial system at once for change to happen.  Supported by a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Finance Lab has produced a video about what is broken with today’s banking system in the UK and what needs to change to… Read More

Finding the Next Edison

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Everyday people are responsible for a striking number of inventions and innovations. How can business enlist more of them? The inspiration for Rafael Hwang’s million-dollar idea came, as inspiration sometimes does, from Jay Leno. It was January 25, 2013, and Hwang, then a 22-year-old Arizona State senior, was watching The Tonight Show at his apartment… Read More

FINAL HOURS: Light Harmonic Over $1 Million For “Geek Pulse” Desktop DAC On Indiegogo

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We brought you the story of Light Harmonic’s newest crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo back in November. The campaign aimed to raise $38,000 to bring the Geek Pulse to market. It was the second crowdfunding campaign for Light Harmonic. The company raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter for the Geek Out, which was a USB-powered digital-to-analog converter… Read More

Nancy Fallon-Houle: Will Crowdfunding Suffer “Death By Expense?”

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Here on Crowdfund Insider Samuel Guzik, Kendall Almerico and Kim Wales all shared similar thoughts regarding the legal costs associated with crowdfunding in the United States under what is to be Section 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act. In the world of equity crowdfunding, the associated legal and accounting fees for small issuers may prove to be high… Read More

ShareIn: Technology & Health Focused Equity Crowdfunding Site Launches Beta

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ShareIn, a technology and health focused equity crowdfunding platform, when beta earlier this December as they want to be the “best of breed” crowdfunding sites.  The UK platform promises that every share purchased in a listed company will include pre-emption, voting and drag along & tag along rights for the shareholder.  During the site’s beta… Read More

On Kickstarter: Transparent Tablet “Grippity” Lets Users Type With All Ten Fingers

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A group of makers from Israel have invented a device that they say solves the ten finger touch UI problem. The Grippity is a tablet with a transparent screen allowing the user to type through the back of the device, and it is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. You can see a demo of the device… Read More

Snooperscope Closes Almost 2X Over Goal on Kickstarter

Snooperscope on iPhone and iPad

Night vision device for you smartphone “Snooperscope” had a Merry Christmas yesterday closing at £79,686 crowdfunded on Kickstarter on a goal of £40,000.  Crowdfund Insider originally covered Snooperscope earlier this month as they neared their funding objective. London based PSY Corporation had also launched a crowdfunding campaign on hardware platform HWTrek where they had not… Read More

Kickstarter and early access games are ruining PC gaming

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As Steam, Humble Bundle — and soon, Valve hopes, the Steam Machine — continue to bring PC gaming to the forefront of in-home entertainment, the indie gaming scene is as popular as it has ever been. Still, though, indie developers need funding, and both Kickstarter and early access games have risen to prominence as the… Read More

Texas Family Crowdfunding Appeal To Stop Keystone XL Pipeline On Their Farm

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TransCanada and its American subsidiary, Keystone, are in the midst of seeking approval for a new pipeline to run from Alberta’s tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Called the Keystone XL pipeline, it is a highly controversial project that has its passionate supporters and vehement critics. Julia Trigg Crawford has been at the… Read More

2013 In Review: The Year Crowdfunding Became A Battleground

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Before 2013, the most funded film or video project on Kickstarter was a film adaptation of zombie graphic novel The Goon that raised over $440,000. By the end of the year, ten other projects have surpassed that figure, with several crowdfunded budgets stretching into the millions and raising the question of who Kickstarter is for, one of the year’s most contentious topics…. Read More

WATCH: Lending Club Chief People Officer Angela Loeffler Shares Hiring Advice

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MTVu recently posted a short video interview with Lending Club Chief People Officer Angela Loeffler in which she shares some tips on hiring. She also gives some insight into the company culture at Lending Club, including the story of her interview in which Chief Financial Officer Carrie Dolan showed up to the interview wearing a… Read More

Mariah Carey Raises Funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Prizeo, Offers Private Concert

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Well known charity St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital is getting some help from donation crowdfunding site Prizeo this Holiday season.  Mariah Carey is using the platform to help raise $250,000 and one lucky donor will receive a private concert at her home in New York City on Valentine’s Day in 2014. The campaign was launched… Read More

WATCH: Kickstarter-Funded Rubber Band Machine Gun Can Destroy 672 Schoolyard Enemies

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A project on Kickstarter has currently raised over $50,000 on a goal of just $5,000 with over three weeks left to go. I’m left wondering where this was during my childhood. It’s a rubber band machine gun and it looks awesome. Project creator Alex Shpetniy posted the following video demoing the device. He unloads 672 rubber… Read More

BrewDog Sells Out #EquityForPunks Shares, Raises £4.25M Total

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Like furbies and turtles toys before them, our #EquityForPunks shares sold out the week before Christmas. To all our new punks – welcome! — BrewDog (@brewdog) December 21, 2013 Our own JD Alois wasn’t kidding when he said last call. Less than 48 hours later BrewDog reported that all remaining shares in their #EquityForPunks campaign… Read More

“Small Can Be Big” Sees All Campaigns Funded with Twitter Help

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Small Can Be Big local crowdfunding site is set up to help “local families in crisis” with 100% of the funds raised going to these families in need.   The site has raised over $640,000 since their launch aiding 484 families.  They do everything from making a utility payment to helping a spouse escape domestic… Read More

Largest Crowdfunding Campaigns of 2013: Indiegogo & Kickstarter

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Bigger does not always mean better but we all find high profile, big money crowdfunding campaigns interesting and of note.  They may act as a barometer for new products, or services, and can distill future industry trends. The top rewards campaign for 2013, the Veronica Mars film, was a wake up call for the entire… Read More

Mosaic President Billy Parish On Solar: “These Are Good Investments”

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Mosaic President Billy Parish appeared on Bloomberg West to talk about Mosaic’s business model and their unique approach to funding solar projects. To date, Mosaic has facilitated $5.6 million in solar projects with zero defaults and 100% on-time payments. Pretty incredible for an investment that earns between 4.5% and 7%. Your CD can’t do that…. Read More

Rumored: Lending Club, Google Discussing Low-Interest Loans For Employees

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According to a recent article in AllThingsD, Lending Club and Google are rumored to be in discussions about making use of Google’s cash reserves to offer low-interest loans to Google Employees. Lending Club would facilitate the loans. The idea is that the ability to refinance high-interest debt could be a powerful recruiting tool, and not… Read More