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Selfstarter Creator Lockitron Delivers Device to Backers

About 2 years ago a startup called Apigy was rejected by Kickstarter for their Lockitron project.  Their concept was pretty basic:  a connected door lock device that could be integrated with existing household hardware. Once installed the user could control their front door via an… Read More

Was Kickstarter Right To Turn Down Apigy & Lockitron?

Y Combinator-backed Apigy created Lockitron just as the connected home movement was really taking off. The company promised some pretty slick features. The device integrated with your home’s deadbolt and promised to allow things like remote unlocking from a smartphone. It was even said to have… Read More

As The Lockitron Nears Shipping, Apigy Partners With Schlage And Details Building Gadgets On IOUs

Almost nine months after its crowdfunding success, the Lockitron is scheduled to ship on July 15th. As I learned through a chat with Apigy’s founder, it’s been a long road to this point as the young company overcame several obstacles including building $2.3 million in pre-orders without… Read More

Goji Smart Lock Fully Funded On Indiegogo, Picks Up Where Lockitron Leaves Off

Crowdfunding has already helped to bring the “Internet of Things” to our doorsteps. Remember the Lockitron? The wifi-enabled smart lock for the home raised over $2 million. The Goji Smart Lock‘s featureset suggests it is the spiritual (and technological) successor to the Lockitron. The campaign… Read More

Lockitron inventors sidestep Kickstarter’s funding limits

PARIS — The Internet’s global reach means it’s a golden age for inventors trying to bring a new product to market — at least until Kickstarter gives you the boot. Kickstarter is a “crowdfunding” site that lets ordinary people back inventors, creators, and others with… Read More

Lockitron: The app that unlocked crowd-funding success

For a few days, Lockitron looked like the little app that would, and should, but then couldn’t. Lockitron, which enables doors to be unlocked through a smart phone, was rejected by Kickstarter in October. It was turned away for being a home improvement product, which… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: GI FlyBike – an Electric Bike that Folds, Hudway Heads Up Display & Monkey Keyless Entry

The technology available to create electric bikes that are compact in design and provide sufficient power for a good ride has become ubiquitous.  Folding bikes have been around for a really long time.  Gi FlyBike is perhaps the first product to combine the two and… Read More

Goji Smart Lock Stumbles. Only Delivers Refunds to Early Supporters.

Goji jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon back in 2013.  Raising over $300,000 on Indiegogo for the Goji smart-lock, the company become an early entry into the internet connected door lock space – one that has now seen many entrants as the Internet of Things (IoT)… Read More

Celery Debuts Launch Platform: ‘Host A Crowdfunding Or Pre-Order Campaign On Your Own Website With Two Lines Of Code’

  Every field has its familiar terms, and crowdfunding is no different. Words and phrases such as “innovate,” “disrupt” and “raise $___ to transform the ___ industry” are often standard in campaigns and product descriptions, usually for good reason. That said, one of the newest launch videos from pre-order platform Celery… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Woodies Micro-Manufactures Fitted Shirts, Ola Fingerprint Lock & Bartesian, the Nespresso of Cocktails

With the implementation of Title IV of the JOBS Act, otherwise called Regulation A+, we have entered a new step in the leveling the playing field for investors gaining access to early stage companies and companies ability to raise capital in a “mini-IPO” type structure. Previously… Read More

Tile Gets $3 Million from Khosla Ventures. Tops 2 Million Finder Devices Sold

Crowdfunding success Tile has received a capital infusion from Khosla Ventures in the amount of $3 million. The “Series A extension” comes at a time when the young company reports it has shipped over 2 million devices as it closes in on its 2nd anniversary…. Read More

Already on iOS, Tile “Worlds Largest Lost & Found” Finally Comes to Android

Tile, a small finder device that uses a crowdsourced network of users to help find lost items, has announced the availability of an App for Android devices.  Tile, one of the most successful self crowdfunding campaigns of all time, quickly launched on iOS but has… Read More

Tile Raises $13 Million in Funding from GGV Capital and Tencent

Described as the worlds largest lost and found, Tile – an item finder device, has received significant funding from two big name investors.  In a public statement, Tile indicated they have closed on $13 million in funding, including $9.5 million Series A from GGV Capital… Read More

Tile “Worlds Largest Lost & Found” Prepares to Ship

One of the largest self-crowdfunding campaigns ever – Tile – has announced they are preparing to ship their finder devices to early backers. The pretail crowdfunding campaign launched back in 2013 and blew past their initial $20,000 goal within minutes of launching.  The campaign closed at over $2.6 million…. Read More

Wareness: The Masters of Hardware Crowdfunding

Wareness.io is a studio division of VSC, a global PR firm based in San Francisco.  Wareness came about as a type of epiphany on the power of crowdfunding in creating a successful hardware product. Founded by Vijay Chattha, VSC (or Visibility, Strategy, Creativity) is one… Read More

Indiegogo Alum Goji Smart Lock Delays Shipping For Second Time

The Goji Smart Lock was fully-funded on Indiegogo in August of 2013, having raised over $313,000 on a $120,000 goal. Now the campaign is experiencing delays in shipping and some backers are not happy. According to the campaign page, Goji smart locks were originally slated… Read More

#Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 14, 2013

Entrepreneur | Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter Entrepreneur’s Michelle Goodman interviews Cameron Robertson, co-founder of Lockitron and one of the men behind the decision to open-source Selfstarter for other companies looking to crowdfund. He explains some of the benefits of using Selfstarter over other rewards-based crowdfunding solutions…. Read More

On Crowdhoster: DaDa Offers Luxury Undies Made By Happy Workers

Dada Quarterly Underwear Club is currently seeking 100 early backers on dadaunderwear.com to grow their underwear subscription service. Every three months backers can expect to get some luxury underwear in the mail without any hassle. They are able to self-host their campaign on their own… Read More

Tile Item Finder Gets Funding from Bessemer After Successful Self Crowdfunding

The Tile item finder, which put a new spin on finding lost items, raised over $2.6 Million doing a Self-Starter crowdfunding campaign becoming the most successful Self-Starter campaign ever.  The company was founded by Nick Evans and Mike Farley in 2012.  Evans had previously worked… Read More

From Crowdfunding Success, To Project Demise, Lumawake Bids Farewell

Lumawake has a fascinating crowdfunding history.  We originally discovered this product in 2012. The concept was the brainchild of Greg Laugle who came up with the idea way back in 1997.  He was working through college and he barely got any sleep. He loathed the… Read More

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