Entrepreneur James Beshara has built two crowdfunding websites since graduating Wake Forest University in 2008. It’s his second one, Crowdtilt, that has caught the attention of Silicon Valley’s biggest players, including Napster’s Sean Parker and the venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz.
While the crowdfunding space has entrenched players like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Beshara thinks there’s a void in pooling money for personal events.
“Whether it’s for the ski vacation rental in Tahoe with your group, the tailgate coming up, block party, or a school fundraiser, collecting money from a lot of people is a nightmare,” said the co-founder.
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