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Rewards, Equity, and a Crowd in Between

“Let’s be clear… Reward- and investment-based crowdfunding are VERY different funding models. The underlying economics are simply too different to ignore, and we have to keep that in mind and be clear on what model we talk about when we discuss CROWDFUNDING.” A little while… Read More

17th Annual MIT Venture Capital & Innovation Conference

This year’s conference format has been revamped to feature TED Talks-style keynotes and dynamic panels. The conference also features the highest ratio of female speakers in its seventeen-year history and the highest among any student-run investment conference. Slated keynote speakers include: Dave McClure, Founder & Partner,… Read More

Empatica Hits Indiegogo to Raise Funds For New Medical-Quality Wearable Device

On Tuesday (November 18th), Empatica, Inc., an affective computing startup focused on human data analytics,  launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to develop its first ever consumer offering, The Embrace. The device is an all-in-one watch and medical-quality wearable device, is designed for people seeking to improve… Read More

DreamFunded’s Co-Founder Manny Fernandez: Catching Up with SF’s Guardian Angel

DreamFunded: A Crowdfunding Platform “Built by Angels for Angels” Manny Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of equity crowdfunding platform DreamFunded and SF Angels Group founder, has enjoyed quite a summer:  Fernandez recently was awarded “SF Angel Investor of the Year” by Startups Showcase and his recently… Read More

3D Printing Startup NVBOTS Launches $150,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Fundable

Boston-based NVBOTS, a 3D printing startup founded by MIT students, is seeking to raise $150,000 with a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable. The funds from this new campaign, which launched today (July 23rd), will be added to an $850,000 seed funding round that the company has raised… Read More

Robot Jibo Now Over $400,000 on Indiegogo

Meet Jibo  the world’s first family robot. He will be many things for people — most importantly, an interactive companion that knows you and brings intelligence, helpfulness and personality to experiences for every member of your household. Available for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo,… Read More

“Time Capsule to Mars” Launches $25 Million Crowdfunding Campaign

Student-led interplanetary mission Time Capsule to Mars has officially announced the launch of a self crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to raise $25 million for their Mars mission. The team, consisting of Duke, MIT, Stanford, University of Connecticut students/faculty, is setting out to send 4-inch-wide probes to the… Read More

MIT Panel Discussion: Can Crowdfunding Democratize Access to Capital?

Event Details The MIT Innovation Initiative and the MIT Sloan School of Management will convene a roundtable and panel on: “Challenges of the Innovation Economy Roundtable and Panel: Can Crowdfunding Change Innovation?”. The objective of the forum is to solicit feedback from entrepreneurs, academics, angel… Read More

Neighbor.ly Sees What Could Be The Largest Civic Crowdfunding Project Ever For Kansas City Bike Stations

Ten crowdfunding campaigns. $1,420,000 in funding sought. Six weeks to go. One nonprofit with one goal: to put bike share stations all over Kansas City, Missouri. Civic crowdfunding platform Neighbor.ly is currently hosting ten crowdfunding campaigns that represent ten possible future locations for bike sharing… Read More

MIT Alum Raises Over $250K In A Week For Kickstarter Watch For The Blind

Eone Timepieces has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking $40,000 in funding for a tactile watch designed for (and with the help of) the blind. Just about a week into the campaign, funding for “The Bradley” timepiece has already crossed $250,000. Eone Timepieces was founded by Hyungsoo… Read More

Kickstarter Project Funding Coffee-infused Dress Socks

In crowdfunding you learn something new every day. For example, did you know that spent coffee grounds can be used to absorb smells? So well, in fact, that scientists at the City College of New York have explored the use of spent, carbonized coffee in… Read More

Is This “Kickstarter for People” a Good Idea?

In my years reporting on startups, I’ve often encountered stories of venture capitalists who’ve invested in a person, rather than a person’s idea. Hustle, an entrepreneurial spirit, a solid education, resolve, sheer likeability–often, these are qualities that seem to matter as much to investors as… Read More

What Technologies Will Crowdfunding Create?

It’s becoming a common story. A project listed on Kickstarter, the Internet crowdfunding website, ends up wildly exceeding its financial goals. Suddenly, someone is in business. That’s what happened to inventor Jay Silver, creator of MaKey MaKey, an “invention kit” consisting of a processor board… Read More

Upstart funds promising student startups — and not just in tech

Former Google exec David Girouard’s Upstart wants to match promising, not-necessarily-techie college entrepreneurs with backers and mentors. The goal is to fuel the creation of a new generation of startups that would otherwise never see the light of day.

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