Tagged: rewards

Oculus Didn’t Respect The Process And It May Cost Them Their Early Adopters: Three Lessons

So did you hear that Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion? It’s the story that the entire tech world was talking about, and for good reason. Oculus is a clear leader in the world of virtual reality hardware. It’s one of the poster children… Read More

Watch: TED, Skype Host Epic Roundtable On Creative Crowdfunding & Kickstarter

Meet Frank Bell. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter is trying to blaze a path to success, and for artists like Bell that path increasingly includes crowdfunding. As part of a joint effort between TED and Skype, Bell recently had the chance to ask questions of a panel… Read More

Australian Job Board CareerOne To Offer Crowdfunding Via Partnership

Australian employment website CareerOne has announced their intention to launch a crowdfunding platform sometime this year, but they won’t go it alone. CareerOne CEO Karen Lawson told Business Insider Australia that the platform is looking to team with an existing rewards-based crowdfunding site. Her comments allude… Read More

Star Citizen Hits Milestone, Backer Total Creeping Up On The Population Of A US State

Wow. $40,000,000+ in crowdfunding cash from 400,000+ backers for Star Citizen. To put that in perspective, the 2010 census placed the population of Wyoming – the smallest state by population – at somewhere around 560,000 people. At what point should Star Citizen get a couple of Senators and… Read More

Crowdfunding Site Vision Launch Teams With CrowdfundBuzz For Campaign PR

We first reported on the impending launch of crowdfunding platform Vision Launch in February. The company is planning a launch for sometime this month. Now Vision Launch has announced a partnership with crowdfunding campaign PR service CrowdfundBuzz that will pair newbie crowdfunders with the CrowdfundBuzz… Read More

Soap Home Automation Router’s Kickstarter Campaign Met With Scam Allegations

The above comment sums up the general tenor surrounding a currently-running Kickstarter campaign for the Soap home automation router. The device’s campaign promises to deliver an Android-based home automation unit that allows the user to control all of his or her at-home digital devices. The… Read More

Not Enough Demand For Ouya Hardware Despite Their Huge Crowdfunding Campaign

  Ouya has announced plans to drop their hardware-focused approach to become a software-only platform for Android games. Prognosticators once bullish on the subject of indie gaming consoles are suddenly cooling off. Although I don’t agree with the sudden change of heart, there are lessons… Read More

Kickstarter Campaign Results In Embezzlement Allegations, Backers To Be Refunded

In late September of 2013 a group of gaming enthusiasts launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring a gaming and comic book convention to the South Bend, Indiana area. It was to be called River-Con. The group was able to raise $4,000 on a goal of… Read More

Kickstarter Success Leads To $2M Seed Round For Innovative Water Heater From Heatworks

The Heatworks Model 1 just closed a successful Kickstarter round less than a week ago, raising over $400,000 and over three times their stated goal. Before the company can even finish celebrating, news has broken that they’ll have even more capital to complete delivery fulfillment… 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

On Indiegogo: Laforge Crowdfunding For The Icis, A Prescription Google Glass Competitor

Various campaigns for wearable smart glasses have been launched via crowdfunding efforts. The latest comes from Boston-based Laforge Optical, who is seeking to crowdfund a pair of smart glasses for the optically challenged set. It’s called the Icis, and it’s a pair of smart glasses… Read More

Inside Crowdfunding Ep. 3 Preview: The Biggest Kickstarter Campaign Of 2014

It isn’t every day you get to interview a crowdfunding campaign creator that is currently sitting on top of a $2 million raise with over a month to go, but that is what Alon Goren and myself will be doing Monday, February 24th at 2:00… Read More

Indiegogo Alum iQi Wireless Phone Charger Goes Retail

After raising over $160,000 on Indiegogo, the iQi wireless charging device is now available online through fonesalesman.com. The device was reviewed on TechCrunch yesterday and was hit with some hard criticism about the reliability of the device, although it seems uncertain as to whether shortcomings should… Read More

On Indiegogo: Smart Marketing Stunt Seeks $50,000 To Put Wikipedia In Print

Could you imagine being able to visualize the sheer size of Wikipedia’s English articles? The free online encyclopedia has been in the works for well over a decade now, and – according to itself, ironically – it now nets 500 million unique visitors and 18… Read More

Retrospective: Kickstarter’s March To An Incredible Milestone

It’s one of the top 1,000 web sites in the world. It’s been used to fund small, personal pet projects and it’s been used to spur enormous companies. It creates jobs. It’s a platform, an idea, and now even a verb. Do you start a… Read More

Kickstarter Wins “Best Overall Startup” Crunchie For 2013, Oculus & CrowdTilt Also Honored

TechCrunch has an awards series every year called the Crunchies, and Kickstarter just won the biggest Crunchie of them all. Kickstarter is TechCrunch’s “Best Overall Startup” for 2013. Kickstarter wasn’t the only winner from the wonderful world of crowdfunding in 2013. Oculus VR took home… Read More

Quora Roundup: Tips On Big Rewards, Glowing Plant Dangers, Github Crowdfunding & Rule 506 Strategy

There are a bunch of interesting crowdfunding topics on Quora, so we wanted to round up a few of the best recent answers and share them here. First, how can crowdfunders use expensive rewards to find success? Some thoughts… Read Quote of Kevin Flint’s answer… Read More

Beddit Backers Take To Indiegogo Over Litany Of Problems

International shipping issues. Functionality problems. Cross-compatibility problems. Taken at face value, comments on the Indiegogo campaign for the Beddit bed monitor don’t paint a very kind picture of the device. The following is an excerpt from a recent update posted by Beddit’s Lasse Leppäkorpi… We are… Read More

@Livestock Posts Open Letter To Kickstarter Backers (Satire)

On Something Awful, comedian Josh “Livestock” Boruff (@Livestock) posted a satirical open letter to his Kickstarter backers mocking those ubiquitous “final backer updates” in the rewards-based crowdfunding world, the kind that often contain deep personal introspection and tales of personal strife. It seems that –… Read More

By The Numbers: 2014 A Huge Year For Video Games In Crowdfunding

Kickstarter was dominant in 2013. Looking back to 2012, Kickstarter ended the year with over $320 million pledged to campaigns on the platform. After taking a look at the most recent Kickstarter statistics, they almost doubled it in 2013. We recently reported on some stats… Read More

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