#Crowdfunding News Roundup: December 2, 2013

The Crowd

Polygon | How devs manage the energy of their crowdfunding communities

Managing crowds during crowdfunding campaigns can be tricky business. Polygon explores that reality in this piece by interviewing a dozen game developers who successfully raised money on Kickstarter, focusing specifically on their experiences in trying to manage hundreds or thousands of voices in the virtual room.

Forbes | Why is it so hard for female entrepreneurs to get VC funding? Could crowdfunding be the answer?

It’s a point that has been made time and time again when discussing crowdfunding. Females are vastly underrepresented as leaders of  businesses that go on to garner financing rounds from venture capitalists. Could crowdfunding help to end that trend? Hollie Slade of Forbes seeks to answer that question in this piece.

OnWallStreet | Crowdfunding a New Danger for Clients?

While the proposal is far from finalized, some advisors worry that the new rules could inspire irrational enthusiasm among clients who envision getting in on the ground floor of the next Facebook or Twitter. Investors who like an idea but have no experience working with startups could easily overlook a weak financial statement, a dubious business model or something more nefarious, warns Patricia Powell, founder and CEO of the Powell Financial Group. “I have a lot of concerns,” she says. “You can’t even imagine how many opportunities there might be for fraud with this kind of scenario. Advisors are going to spend a lot of time trying to keep people away from this.”

RocketHubRocketHub Blog | Telling Her Story, Skating to Success

Bridie Farrell is a speedskater with dreams of competing in the Olympics. She is also the public face of a troubling history of abuse within Olympic training circles. Earlier this year, she publicly admitted that she had been a victim of abuse over ten years ago. Her story is a gripping one. She raised over $6,000 on RocketHub this year to fund what is probably her last attempt at making the Women’s Olympic speedskating team for next year’s winter games.

TechRadar | ‘Our dream is to see a Robox in every school, office and home worldwide’

In this article for TechRadar, Kane Fulton interviews CEL founder Chris Elsworthy. Elsworthy is the founder of the company behind the wildly-successful Robox 3D printer, a campaign that we recently profiled in a roundup of fully-funded pretail-powered Kickstarters. The plug and play 3D printer has raised over £115,000 to date.


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