#Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 12, 2013

ar-wearThe Guardian | The problem with anti-rape underwear

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.

Forbes | Kickstarter And The Shipping Problem

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.

whartonInc. | 3 Ways to Make Equity Crowdfunding Safer

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].

Crowdfunding Promotion | Crowdfunding Potential 2014 and Beyond

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.

Global Times | Power of many

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.

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