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Brief: Kickstarter’s FreeWavz Dubbed SXSW 2015 Interactive Innovation Award for Wearable Tech Winner

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FreeWavz received the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for the Wearable Tech category at the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards ceremony, presented by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and supporting sponsors Cloud typography and IBM. Founder of Freewavz, Dr. Eric Hensen, stated: “It is a great honor to be selected as a winner of SXSW’s prestigious award. Creating a fitness solution that allows… Read More

Austin’s 121Giving Launches Product Charity Marketplace & Crowdfunding Platform at SXSW 2015

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For donors and consumer givers who want to know that the money they donate to charity is making a tangible impact and serving real needs, Austin-based startup 121Giving today launched a new product marketplace and crowdfunding platform that enables donors to know where their giving is going every time they support a nonprofit through the… Read More

Brief: The Hollywood Reporter Announces 1 in 3 Films at SXSW Were Funded By Kickstarter


With SXSW fest 2015 in full swing, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that 1 in 3 films at the big event were funded by crowdfunding giant, Kickstarter. According to the media outlet, 28 films that are playing at SXSW were funded by successful Kickstarter campaigns. Each film included four of the ten narrative features in competition and… Read More

Mayday PAC Resurfaces at SXSW as Lawrence Lessig Reveals “Next Steps”

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Lawrence Lessig’s movement to crowdfund political change via his Mayday PAC has been quiet since the last political cycle revealed minimal success in his organization’s attempt to support candidates that back his vision of fundamental political change.  The first attempt is being described as “experimental”. Now Lessig is coming up for air at SXSW and in a… Read More


The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide… Read More

Kinoma, Part of Marvell, Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign


A team of people within publicly traded company Marvell, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.  The Kinoma Create campaign, a “javascript internet of things project”, immediately surpassed their $10,00o goal and stands just shy of $20,000 today.  The group organizing the project on Indiegogo are self-described as passionate product people at the semiconductor giant… Read More

Neil Young’s PonoMusic to Launch on Kickstarter This Week

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Perpetual rock musician Neil Young recently announced his new music device and service Pono.  He is presenting tonight at SXSW to share his vision for the future of high fidelity streaming music.  Young has been vocal about current streaming music services and their inferior audio quality. Young has decided that instead of just moaning about… Read More

Vimeo Expands Crowdfunding Program

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As part of Vimeo’s celebration of their one year anniversary announcing Vimeo On Demand, the company is announcing a $10 million investment fund for creators selling their work directly online. The funds will be used to provide creators of all levels and genres direct financial support and access to online marketing services—including website development and translation services—in… Read More

PR Lead For Instacube Kickstarter To Detail Campaign’s Challenges At SXSW


Design To Matter’s crowdfunding campaign for the Instacube stands as a cautionary tale for would-be crowdfunding backers. After a successful $620,000+ raise on Kickstarter, the campaign has been mired with turnover, internal strife, delivery issues and refund requests. I also proposed that D2M’s involvement in another crowdfunding campaign shortly thereafter raised some ethical questions for crowdfunding…. Read More

Indiegogo Preps for SXSW in Austin

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Global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo is gearing up to head to Austin, Texas next week as part of the global SXSW 2014 blitz.  They will be hosting multiple “Happiness Hours” and are asking friends and fans to swing by for a visit at the Indiegogo Tech Cafe where they will have free WiFI, food and of… Read More

Indiegogo Seeks Votes for Selection at SXSW

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SXSW has an interesting approach to putting together the panels for their annual gathering.  They have a Panel Picker application on their site where visitors may vote to nominate the auditioning presenters they would like to see.  So in effect – crowdsourced feedback.  Mega crowdfunding site Indiegogo is like the rest of us and have… Read More

Mosaic Asks for Support for SXSW Panel Proposal

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Energy crowdfunding platform Mosaic ask for help with their panel idea for SXSW.  From a post on their crowdfunding platform: Familiar with South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco? It’s an event that challenges professionals to create actionable and profitable solutions that address issues in areas such as energy, water, and conservation. The event includes panels, exhibitions,… Read More

Crowdfunding: Poised to Take the Step from Contributor to Investor


For some time now, Boise Weekly has been following the story of The JOBS Act, a bill Congress passed to overhaul Securities and Exchange Commission regulations put in place after the Great Depression to help curb corruption in the investment industry. A key component of the bill eases restrictions on small investments to companies, the… Read More

An Interview With Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin On The Wild Rise Of Crowdfunding

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When you think of crowdsourcing, you usually imagine something like the Pebble smart watch or the Misfit Shine – gadgets that are hard to build in mainstream ways but take off by sparking a groundswell of support. But what about a crowdfunded Tesla museum? Or how about a grocery store that uses no packaging? Those… Read More

Advice on crowdfunding from Indiegogo founder Rubin

Slava Rubin CEO at Indiegogo

I attended an interesting presentation at SXSW Interactive by Slava Rubin, CEO and cofounder of Indiegogo, a popular crowd-funding campaign. He basically hammered the point that crowd funding is not some kind of lottery. Instead, through careful planning and deliberate effort, Indiegogo can serve as a platform for anyone, anywhere, to raise money for any… Read More

Crowdfunding Star Ouya’s keynote conversation polarizes SXSW


The annual SXSWconference here prides itself on being a place for “disruption,” but the only real disruption during a fairly pedestrian conversation between the founder of crowdfunded Ouya and the editor-in-chief of The Verge today were angry tweets followed by empty seats. Ouya founder Julie Uhrman got on stage with The Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky… Read More

Crowdfunding Platform Razoo and SXSW Announce Partnership


Razoo, a  crowdfunding platform for causes, and SXSW Interactive Festival announced today a partnership to raise money online for two charitable causes March 8-12, 2013.  The partnership reflects a commitment to furthering the community-oriented culture of SXSW by offering more opportunities to support forward-thinking causes. The two charities highlighted at SXSW 2013 are Architecture for Humanity… Read More

Health and Human Services Has Internal Crowdfunding


Bryan Sivak, CTO and entrepreneur in residence at the Department of Health and Human Services has shared some insight into the operations of this significant bureau.  They use crowdfunding internally to solicit support from the more entrepreneurial minded civil servants.  Dubbed “HHSFairTrade” this information was released during a presentation at SXSW by Sivak and reported… Read More