The Elevation Dock was one of Kickstarter’s first million-dollar projects and is now one of the first products on new crowdfunding marketplace Outgrow.me.
Y Combinator, the premier startup launchpad, held its latest demo day this week, with crowdfunding as one of the big themes with this batch of startups. New sites were launched for specific verticals: Microryza is crowdfunding scientific research grants, Teespring is creating a Threadless alternative, and Watsi is bringing the crowdfunding model to the developing world.
Other demoing startups had no desire to compete with Kickstarter, but rather, complement it. BackerKitis trying to make the experience of running a project easier, while Swish makes searching for projects more fun. Kickstarter has recently announced some new tools to help make projects easier to manage, but a market is developing around them.
Kickstarter is still the biggest thing in crowdfunding, but crowdfunding is much bigger than Kickstarter. These 12 tools will help your campaign succeed, and maybe even make big bucks.