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  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +44 +1

    Kickstarter hires investigative journalist to look into Zano's failed drone project

    The Zano nano drone was one of the top 20 most-funded Kickstarter campaigns in history, pulling in over $3.5 million in pledges from more than 12,000 backers. If you read the Kickstarter story I wrote late last month, you already know that Zano is one of two high-profile campaigns that have fallen on hard times. In the case of Zano, the project has folded completely after shipping just 600 of the 15,000 nano drones promised to backers.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +21 +1

    With $100M In Crowdfunding, 'Star Citizen' May Not Be A Scam, But It Feels Like A Cult

    Star Citizen, the upcoming space sim from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts, has hit a milestone that seems almost too ridiculous to be believed. It just passed $100M in funding. Not just funding, but crowdfunding, as supporters of the game have taken the budget into the stratosphere not just through traditional support through avenues like Kickstarter, but by pre-purchasing ships and founders packages which range from a few dollars to seemingly ludicrous $15,000 bundles. But they’re selling.

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +33 +1

    Introducing... Inbetwienerschnitzel

    Hi, Kickstarter.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by ppp
    +36 +1

    How my Kickstarter blew up my life

    In October 2014, I raised nearly $150,000 on my first crowdfunding campaign. Three months later, when I was in my final year of college and 21 years old, I wished I’d never heard of Kickstarter. I’d committed the cardinal sin of crowdfunding by shipping a shit product to over 2,500 people who’d backed my campaign. It’s now March 2016, and my backers are back to being huge supporters. I’ve built a thriving business and somehow...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by Petrox
    +4 +1

    Crowdfunded Game Console Is Made Out of Tape, Cardboard, and Fake Circuits

    We’re only three months into 2016, but it’s been a pretty bad year so far for people’s lofty ideas about launching new game consoles. First there was the Dreamcast 2 hullaballoo, which turned out to be a lot of hot air. Now we’ve got the Coleco Chameleon—an ironic name, given that the console’s creators are accused of having something to hide. But let’s go back a bit, to September of last year. Mike Kennedy, proprietor...

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +20 +1

    Why people are crowdfunding their funerals

    With the costs soaring and government aid falling short, people are turning to crowdfunding to bury their loved ones. By Joe Smith.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by timex
    +37 +1

    Kickstarter’s Biggest Shitshow Somehow Got Even Messier

    A decidedly not chill development for 36,000 Kickstarter backers of the “Coolest Cooler”: Coolest is now considering asking people who haven’t yet received their coolers to pay an additional $97 for “expedited delivery” of the long-past-due all-in-one disaster, a prospect that has allegedly led some backers to threaten Coolest employees. If you’re not familiar, at the time it launched, the Coolest Cooler was the most popular Kickstarter of all time...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +15 +1

    The Darkest Day: The Mysterious Drama of Dark Day Interactive

    It was a warm summer day late in 2013, typical for the upside down Australia. Halfway across the globe, far to the north, it was an equally typical nippy day in jolly England. Two men, Mark Hann from Australia, and Matt Venner from Britain came together and found Inactive Pixel Studios. From these humble beginnings are planted the seeds of lies, drama, Kickstarter scams, asset flips, and allegations of fraud .

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by wildcard
    +18 +1

    PayPal stops protecting you when crowdfunding goes bust (updated)

    PayPal won't be so crowdfunding-friendly in the future. The payment giant is dropping Purchase Protection for crowdfunding projects as of a user agreement change coming June 25th. From then on, you back efforts at your own risk -- if a campaign goes bust or otherwise doesn't deliver what you were promised, you can't dispute the PayPal charge to get your cash back. You might not want to take a chance on that too-cool-to-be-true gadget, then.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by Benjii699
    -4 +1

    The Funded Life: Crowdfund Anything

    Introducing Funded Life. The simplest, most flexible, fundraise for anything and everything crowdfunding platform.

  • Deal
    2 years ago
    by Benjii699
    -1 +1

    Crowdfund Your House

    Think Airbnb + Kickstarter

  • Deal
    2 years ago
    by Benjii699
    0 +1

    Funded Life

    Funded Life is a multi-functional platform to make home ownership easier.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +31 +1

    New Zealand beach bought by crowdfunding is given to public

    A pristine beach in New Zealand bought through a crowdfunding campaign has been handed to its new owners - the public. Nearly 40,000 people donated almost NZ$2.3m (£1.3m, $1.7m) to buy the Awaroa beach in the Abel Tasman National Park, on the South Island. Campaigners snubbed a businessman who offered them money in exchange for private access to part of the beach. The seven-hectare site will now be run by a national park. The previous owner, businessman Michael Spackman, agreed to sell the beach after the online crowdfunding campaign reached its target in a little more than three weeks.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by capoti
    +24 +1

    From virtual communities to real-life enterprises … How Kickstarter generated more than $5bn

    The Fed Ex guy is always delivering intriguing parcels to Mini Museum’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, but he’s never allowed to see what’s inside. On Wednesday, it was something very cool from Norway, co-founder Jamie Grove explains – though he can’t say any more. But Mini Museum has the fascinating, rare and bizarre delivered every day; it’s a unique startup that collects scientific and historic artefacts from around the universe, meticulously divides them and presents them encased in clear acrylic as a “mini museum”.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +9 +1

    Crowdfunding the future

    Like all new technologies and movements, blockchain crowdfunding is prone to hype as it gathers momentum and establishes itself as the de facto means of raising the cash for cutting-edge new cryptocurrency projects. This is a technology for the grassroots — blockchain promises disintermediation of finance and much else besides — and so perhaps its to be expected that the money and development also comes from the grassroots. Big corporations are developing their own distributed ledger technology, but the real innovation is happening in pockets of activity scattered across the web.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +15 +1

    These super-smart headphones promise to help you focus

    Plenty of top-flight headphones have noise-cancelling features to help listeners tune out the rest of the world. Now, a new set of brain-hacking headphones, Mindset, is taking everything a step further and adding distraction-canceling tech to keep you in the zone. Mindset, which just launched as a Kickstarter project, promises to include all the bells and whistles you'd expect from premium over-ear headphones — they're wireless with noise-cancelling capabilities, and the sound comes from Onkyo...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +18 +1

    This tiny device can record everything you say and transcribe it for you

    Senstone may be one of the world's smallest wearables — and perhaps one of the most useful. The tiny device has one function: to help you keep track of your ideas, to-do lists, and notes while you're on the go. Senstone records voice memos, uploads them to an app, and transcribes them for you. The device is launching on Kickstarter Tuesday with the goal of raising $50,000, but I got an early version of the Senstone to try out for myself.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +1

    Video Game Raised $148 Million From Fans. Now It’s Raising Concerns.

    Mark Kearns, 38, a web designer and gamer from Chicago, stumbled upon a new video game called Star Citizen while online in late 2013. The game, which was in development, promised to revive the spaceflight simulation genre with a sprawling universe for players to explore. Intrigued, Mr. Kearns decided to pledge money to see the game come to fruition. In total, he donated $175, which gained him access to Star Citizen’s alpha version — a playable version of the game in its early stages — plus a virtual ship to use in the game.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by kxh
    +26 +1

    How Amanda Palmer gave the music industry the finger with crowdfunding

    I spent my whole life in this music industry trying to figure out how to sell what I’m making. But I don’t “sell” anymore — this isn't about selling music. It's about making music. I got so used to those two being inseparable that it took a lot of psychological work to divorce the processes.

  • Deal
    1 year ago
    by kxh
    +20 +1

    NSFW Arlan Robotics Service Droid 1.0

    Arlan Robotics is developing a robot just for adults, and yes, you know what that means.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +26 +1

    Consumer scepticism drives Kickstarter decline

    You know what everyone forgets about the story of the boy who cried wolf? In the end, there actually was a wolf - a ravenous, man-eating wolf. It's as much a parable about the dangers of ignoring credible threats just because the present situation is rosy, as it is about the social ills of sending bored teenage boys up lonely hillsides in the era before they could stream high-definition porn over LTE.

  • Deal
    1 year ago
    by freewifi
    0 +1

    Bitcoin Watch: Die erste Bitcoin-Uhr kommt aus dem St. Galler Rheintal! - Bitcoin News Schweiz

    „Bitcoin Watch“ heisst die neue Uhr aus der Schweiz. Die junge Uhrenfirma Bernecker Uhren Werke, eine Tochter der BridgeWard AG aus Rüthi im St. Galler ...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by everlost
    +8 +1

    Exzore: The Rising

    An open world Action RPG game set in a medieval world - featuring mechanical medieval gadgets, factions, modular crafting and much more. We are currently in PRE-ALPHA stage of development. Any in-game footage you see is subjected to improve greatly as the game matures; as we hit the polishing stage. Please keep an eye out for updates.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by kong88
    +11 +1

    Alleged Kickstarter Scam Confederate Express Has Returned

    Back in 2013, 2386 backers pledged a total of $39,739 via Kickstarter to a company called Kilobite to create a dystopian tactical RPG called Confederate Express. The game boasted a unique method of post-processing powered by tech known as the “False2D” API, which could “[simulate] 3D conditions in 2D environments.” A tech demo showing off this technology was made available alongside the Kickstarter campaign.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +22 +1

    It's not ok for billion-dollar companies to crowdfund

    Crowdfunding has traditionally been a platform where the little guys go to get a leg up. Creators get the chance to share their ideas, and we’re able to do something positive if we like what we see. We chip in, take a little leap of faith, and maybe see something realised that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible. But, what about when a large corporation steps in to get a slice?

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +11 +1

    Patreon’s new service fee spurs concern that creators will lose patrons

    Patreon announced a new service fee policy that it says will help creators keep more money, but many are worried because they believe it will instead discourage their patrons from pledging.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by sasky
    +1 +1

    Patreon changes have creators concerned they’ll lose income, supporters

    Patreon is changing the way pledges to creators are handled, with many in the creative community concerned this will lead to smaller incomes and fewer subscribers. Launched in 2013, Patreon is a crowd-supported service that allows people — patrons — to financially support artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, journalists, game developers, models and other entrepreneurs. Patrons are encouraged to pledge either a monthly or per-post subscription that allows them access to new, often times exclusive pieces from the creator they’re supporting.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +2 +1

    Iron Harvest, the RTS about farmers and mechs in the 1920s, is a Kickstarter success

    Iron Harvest is an upcoming RTS set in a 1920s we never actually experienced, with giant, steam-driven war-bots and farmers earning fortunes digging up the "iron harvest" of weapons, ammunition, and shrapnel left behind by the First World War. We got a brief look at it in December when developer King Art Games released a trailer showcasing the game's dynamic, destructible cover and said a 1v1 multiplayer mode would be out in the spring. Now the studio has taken the project to Kickstarter in search of funding to support the creation of single-player campaigns.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +1

    They Did It: Hasbro Is Officially Producing Its Largest Star Wars Toy Ever 

    Star Wars toy collectors have been keeping a close eye on a special crowdfunding project over the past few weeks. It’s by none other than Hasbro and it’s for a giant (two feet long and over a foot high and wide) replica of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge from Return of the Jedi. The hope was that 5,000 people would pledge $500 to make it—and they did.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by spacepopper
    +20 +1

    Someone raised over $100,000 to make a wooden 'thinking egg' on Kickstarter

    A wooden egg… why didn't I think of that? Where I come from, people will willingly fork over $20 for a two-ingredient dish consisting of bread and an avocado — which literally grow on trees around here (Southern California). So it's hard to make fun of a $13 egg handcrafted from wood, brass, or stone that's meant to serve as a reminder to chill the f--k out.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +11 +1

    The rise of Patreon – the website that makes Jordan Peterson $80k a month

    In five years, online membership service Patreon has attracted two million patrons supporting 100,000 ‘creators’ to the tune of $350m – including nearly $1m a year for rightwing psychologist Jordan Peterson. So what’s the secret of its success?

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by geoleo
    +2 +1

    Touch Wallet - Every Crypto At Your Fingerprint

    Touch is a young and motivated collective bent on making a revolutionary wallet backed by eCommerce and Web 3.0. We aim to develop and release the Touch Wallet - Your all in one cryptocurrency wallet that allows real world payments via your smart phones NFC. We have been working hard to secure a huge list of eCommerce & in-store retailers that will leverage the Touch Payment Network and allow any cryptographic token, coin or item to be used as payment.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by jerrycan
    +10 +1

    ‘Star Citizen’ Court Documents Reveal the Messy Reality of Crowdfunding a $200 Million Game

    Back in 2012, developer Roberts Space Industries (RSI) launched a Kickstarter asking for money to fund Star Citizen—an ambitious space game in the mold of Wing Commander. It’s 2018, and while parts of the game are playable in various forms, it's far from achieving what it set out to accomplish. So far, it’s collected more than $200 million in funding from fans eager to play it. Ken Lord was one of those fans, and an early backer of Star Citizen. He’s got a Golden Ticket, a mark on his account that singles him out as an early member of the community.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by ticktack
    +11 +1

    Over 13,000 people chip in to save historic French chateau

    The Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers has had many owners since its construction in the 13th century. Now more so than ever. Over 13,000 strangers have recently banded together to save the fairytale home—which features turrets, towers, and a sizable moat—from decay and destruction. A crowdfunding campaign running on the French site Dartagnans has raised more than €1.1 million ($1.3 million) to date for the structure’s preservation, with every contributor becoming a part owner of the historic home.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +15 +1

    The Titan underwater drone promises to go deeper than its rivals

    The majority of drones are designed for the sky, hence the phrase UAV (read: “unmanned aerial vehicle”) being used as a synonym. However, there are also a growing number of drones created for exploring underwater locations, too. The latest of these is an underwater drone named Titan, which recently splashed down on Kickstarter with the goal of raising funds to go into production.