AR Wear’s crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has certainly sparked a lot of controversy. Here The Guardian‘s Women’s Blog likens these anti-rape garments to a “modern-day chastity belt.” The piece goes a long way toward describing some of the vitriol that has met this campaign.
If an international backer of a Kickstarter campaign pledges $50 and $25 of that money is tied up in shipping, $50 still goes toward the crowdfunding goal. In some respects that is an interesting problem. This article in Forbes explores this Kickstarter conundrum.
Will Yacowicz pens this piece for Inc. in which he explores three ways to make crowdfunding safer for the “unsophisticated” masses. A couple of his suggestions include grouping offerings into funds and requiring VC participation in deals. These ideas come largely from a recent post on [email protected].
This blog post explores the growth of sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the context of a similar market and phenomenon, comparing these sites to Groupon and LivingSocial, the leader and second-in-command of the formerly red-hot group buy coupon space.
This article in China’s Global Times is a nice primer on crowdfunding and includes some information on the current status of crowdfunding in China.