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Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Super Awesome Sylvia, along with Windell and Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist, are teaming up to bring a watercolor painting robot to Kickstarter. With two motors driving cables to move the head in the x and y directions, the WaterColorBot uses standard watercolor paint and paper to create 9″ x 12″ works of art. This Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run of the bots and hopefully give the project worldwide exposure. The robot is already fully developed and has been shown off at Maker Faire.  It also won a silver medal at Robo Games 2013 and starred in the announcement video for the 2013 White House Science Fair. WaterColorBot comes…

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Universal Music Reviving Vinyls With Crowdfunding Service

Universal Music Reviving Vinyls With Crowdfunding Service

Forget digital music files or streaming services: Vinyl is back. Well, it’s re-emerging at least for fans of Universal Music’s catalog of albums. UVinyl — Universal Music’s vinyl branch — is developing a “crowd-funded vinyl service” that will release limited-edition records of old “deleted” albums if there’s enough demand. “The Vinyl Project” will re-press deleted and rare records into vinyl, and release them with digital downloads and personalized art prints. This service is reportedly going to work with Kickstarter-style crowdfunding. Complete Music Update reports that among the records being considered for release already include The Jackson 5’s “ABC,” Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and Sonic Youth’s “Goo.” Ah, vinyls: Their sweet, classic sound can grace our living…

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Crowdfunding Film Festival’s ICFFF – The First Footage From The Veronica Mars Movie

An overwhelming response to the Kickstarter campaign preceded the start of production by just a few months — and with the principal photography wrapping Monday, much of the cast joined the defunct TV series’ creator and champion Rob Thomas for their first taste of celebration (and new footage) at Comic-Con. Kristen Bell was joined by Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino and Chris Lowell — but before the cast hit the stage, moderatorJeff Jenson introduced a loving tribute video to the fans and what basically amounted to the movie’s first trailer. “I can tell you that it sort of has a Godfather III theme to it,” Thomas said…

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Making the Movie Was Easy, Crowdfunding Is Hard

Making the Movie Was Easy, Crowdfunding Is Hard

Making the movie was easy, crowdfunding is hard. Ok, that’s a ridiculous oversimplification, but not completely untrue. I’m currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise post-production funds for my first feature film, Sidewalk Traffic (a comedy/drama about a struggling filmmaker and new father in post-Great Recession NYC), which I wrote, co-produced and directed this past winter. Realizing the lifelong ambition of directing my first feature film meant making a substantial financial investment (though well short of what an MFA at an elite film school costs), informing my wife and two young daughters that I would be for all intents and purposes gone for the better…

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James Franco Crowdfunding Initiative Seeks $500,000 For New Movies

James Franco Crowdfunding Initiative Seeks $500,000 For New Movies

NEW YORK -- Following crowd-funding....

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Video game maker successfully crowdfunds over $10 million for project

Video game maker successfully crowdfunds over $10 million for project

Chris Roberts is feeling good. He has persuaded over 150,000 people to kick-in $10 million for a product that doesn’t exist and won’t be completed until the end of 2014. But it’s not the pile of cash that’s lighting him up, not even the opportunity to roll out the game’s full feature-set way earlier than previously budgeted, it’s the vindication this public investment represents. If there’s one thing the world has learned from the various successes and failures of video game crowdfunding — from Roberts’ Star Citizen and Tim Schafer’s Broken Age and Brian Fargo’s Wasteland 2, to any number of aborted Kickstarter’s such as Denis Dyack’s Shadow Of The Eternals —…

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Crowdfunding Journalism: A New Financing Model for Freelancers?

from journalism student Sarah Petz’s Indiegogo campaign to report in Uganda

Toronto-based freelance reporter Naheed Mustafa always paid her own way when she reported from abroad. But that meant that about 70 percent to 80 percent of what she earned went straight toward paying for the costs of traveling. Most news organizations don’t reimburse freelancers for travel costs, and the ones that do don’t offer a lot. Mustafa was looking for a more cost-effective solution, so she turned to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to raise $15,000 to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan for in-depth reporting on how its citizens are affected by conflict and war. After two months, she successfully reached her goal and will head abroad…

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Crowdfunding Goes Mainstream: Why Donald Trump and Google Are Supporting Grassroots Financing

Kendra Scott and Pat Kiernan on 'Crowd Rules'- Image credit: CNBC Prime

A mélange of high-profile brands and personalities are trying to ride the coattails of the recent explosion in the popularity of crowdfunding. A few short years ago, crowdfunding, or raising large sums of money by soliciting many small donations, was an off-the-beaten-path grassroots movement largely relegated to artists. Not anymore. Crowdfunding has captured the attention of cable TV producers at CNBC and A&E, real-estate mogul Donald Trump and tech behemoth Google. Here’s a look at some of their recently announced high-profile projects: • New CNBC prime-time reality TV show Crowd Rules, where small-business owners compete for $50,000 and the audience votes on which owner to…

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CNBC Gets Into Crowd-Funding Business With ‘Crowd Rules’

Crowd Rules

The New York-based series is the latest unscripted effort, debuting at 9 p.m. May 14, for the financial news network under the “CNBC Prime” umbrella. In each episode, three small businesses compete in front of an audience of 100 who vote to decide who wins the $50,000 grand prize. Jewelry designer Kendra Scott and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, along with an expert provide advice and help the studio audience — made up of MBA students, consumers and business owners — vote on which company takes home the money. “This idea is an intersection of two things that were going on in the last year. ……

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Crowdfunding Could Be New Model for PBS

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Public Broadcasting (PBS) may have hit on a new way to fund programming by using crowdfunding. To fund an episode on climate change, the film-makers are turning to crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. If that’s successful, it could become a new model for PBS funding. Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner are raising funds to support the episode, Extreme Realities, in their continuing PBS series, Journey to Planet Earth. Matt Damon is hosting and narrating the one-hour documentary that investigates the delicate relationship between climate change, extreme weather events and threats to our national security. It will also recommend bi-partisan options to ease climate-induced pressures affecting…

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Crowdfund InsiderRecommendations Provided to EU to Boost Crowdfunding in Renewable EnergyCrowdfund InsiderA group of 14 different partners worked on the project that saw the participation of the European Crowdfunding Network and four different crowdfunding platforms in the renewable e [...]

Jamaica GleanerPointers to Publishing | Consider crowdfunding to finance your bookJamaica GleanerYou have great ideas but do not have the funds, or you do not want to take the risk of taking a loan or asking for financial support from family. Crowdfunding might be your best bet, and t [...]

FortuneCrowdfunding: Women Better at Raising Money Than Men Are ...FortuneA new study has found that women are generally better than men at crowdfunding.Women are better at crowdfunding than men, shows study | The ...The IndependentWhy women join the crowd: Gender gap in bank lending, [...]

The VergeDonald Trump's terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political careerThe VergeAnd from the beginning, the site had Trump's populist edge. Zanker boasted that “the reign of Kickstarter's Brooklyn hipsters is over,” referring to Kickstarter's New [...]

ForbesWhy Crowdfunding Is Still Booming, Especially For Chinese Tech CompaniesForbesBased on recent media reports, it looks like crowdfunding is now in the "disillusionment" phase of the famous Gartner hype cycle, after peaking a few years back. I will argue that crowdfundin [...]

Social media, crowdfunding skirmishes encapsulate Endy debateThe Herald JournalAfter that, a campaign with the same goals and the same organizer appeared on a separate crowdfunding site, FundRazr.com. This campaign also drew negative attention on social media, and after a few hours th [...]

How Women Trounce Men When Raising Seed Crowdfunding CapitalForbesMale entrepreneurs may account for the majority of business owners raising finance on crowdfunding platforms in the UK, but their female counterparts are far more likely to get the support they seek, new research shows. [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: ORII allows for making calls using your fingerAndroid Authority (blog)Did you ever watch those movies where special agents communicate with each other by putting an index finger up to the ear? I wasn't always able to see a [...]

Wired.co.ukAfter budget cuts, museums are crowdfunding to preserve historyWired.co.ukIn 2015, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. launched its very first crowdfunding campaign to 'Reboot the Suit'. The idea was to raise much-need funds to conser [...]

Awesome tech you can't buy yet: Sun-defying tents, bee monitors, dream masksDigital TrendsAt any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find no shortage [...]

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