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Intergalactic Kickstarter War Escalates With X-Wing Squadron Project

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Fear not, sons and daughters of the rebellion! A new Kickstarter project promises to raise enough money to build a squadron of “proton torpedo armed X-Wing fighters” to ward off the impending construction of a crowdfunded Deathstar! At the $10,000 backer level, you’ll even get training by Yoda himself—a steal. Like most of you, I thought it was funny when folks first hijacked the White House’s petition program to ask for a functioning planet killer. I then reveled in the PR acumen displayed by Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, who shrewdly used…

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Leaders in technology industry discuss crowdfunding

Leaders of the Champaign-Urbana technology industry discussed new investment opportunities Wednesday at the iHotel and Conference Center for the quarterly CU CEO Tech Roundtable. The purpose of these roundtables, sponsored by Research Park, is to bring together presidents, CEOs and founders of tech companies so they can learn from each other, share success stories and address specific subject matter, said Laura Frerichs, director of Research Park. “The businesses certainly like the opportunity to learn from each other,” Frerichs said. “It is a difficult path to be a startup entrepreneur. Being able to have this peer group to be able to call upon and to be…

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With $7.7M raised via crowdfunding, Chris Roberts makes his sci-fi game in the public eye

Chris Roberts is under a lot of pressure to get Star Citizen right. The new massively multiplayer online sci-fi title from the creator of the legendary Wing Commander sci-fi spaceship combat games raised $7.7 million via crowdfunding on the promise of bringing back the glory days of science fiction combat simulations in a persistent online universe. Roberts scored the money via Kickstarter and his own web site, Roberts Space Industries, for his new company Cloud Imperium Games, where he is chief creative officer. In an interview with GamesBeat at the DICE Summit game conference, Roberts said he is now working in the public eye. And…

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Jonny Craig Starts Crowdfunding Campaign For New EP

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Oh, the places Jonny Craig will go. Former Dance Gavin Dance vocalist and drug addict/awkward criminal Jonny Craig recently released three interesting cover songs (including a song originally by Justin Timberlake) and announced a solo headlining tour. Today, he has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new EP on Indiegogo that you can find here. Jonny is without a label now, so the crowdfunding could make or break him. In his own words, “I want to get some new music out to all of you, MY FANS, but in order to do so it’s going to cost some money. As I no longer have a…

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How To Fund Commercialization of University Research? Crowdfunding, of Course!

Crowdfunding is an ideal alternative to help accelerate successful commercialization of academic research.

Perhaps it was just a matter of time – but here’s a new development in the funding of academic research and technology commercialization. The University of Utah’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO)—#1 in the country for startups launched by research organizations for three of the last five years—has spun off more than 150 companies in the past seven years. Recently the U’s TCO has launched a program to help build even more value in the startups they spin out. The office has entered an exclusive agreement with crowdfunding platform RocketHub of New York. Their plan is to bring crowdfunding forward for the funding of university technologies…

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New Edward Burns Hedge Fund Movie Embraces Crowdfunding

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Several months ago we spotlighted a soon-to-launch crowdfunding company that sought to bring crowdfunding to independent film. That company – Seed & Spark – has launched and now boasts an upcoming film starring Edward Burns among its list of financing projects. Largely financed by Atlantic Pictures, the film’s working title called Oliver’s Deal and stars Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Sidewalks of New York) as a hedge fund jock working to redeem a $1 billion debt from Peru‘s government. The film also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (Newlyweds, It’s Complicated) and will be directed by Barney Elliot (True Colours). The decision by the filmmakers to use a…

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Dark Snow Project’s Crowdfunded Climate Science Experiment

Jason Box at a weather station on Greenland's dark snow. Photo: Hughie Balfour Paul

By: Mary Catherine O’Connor Everything is connected; a catastrophic weather event in one hemisphere can have ripple effects on the other side of the globe. That is no news to climate scientists. But last summer, as the United States was in the throes of one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, climate scientist Jason Box, who studies Greenland’s ice sheet, wondered about a direct link between those fires and the frightening speed at which the ice sheet was melting. Among the fires last summer were large tundra blazes in Alaska and Canada. Box used weather analysis and computer models to show that smoke from…

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Impact of Crowdfunding as Alternative Way to Raise Capital for Smaller Projects

For the architect, who is often the primary catalyst for new projects and construction, the crowdfunding concept holds special promise.

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Crowdfunding: New way to raise money for health needs

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — People faced with soaring healthcare costs have looked for help before. Now they’ve found another possible solution online. Thousands are sharing their stories on websites in what is known as crowdfunding. It’s the latest online evolution connecting individuals who are in need, with people who want to do good. In the past, you might have just donated to an organization. But now, you can find the actual person you want to help, like little Madden. Madden was born with a rare genetic disorder. He needs surgeries to stay alive, and the costs are overwhelming. “ER visits, medication, he’s on a special formula,”…

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Art Beat: Bethel soap sisters hope Native art draws crowd-funding donors

ArXotica, the Bethel-based bath and beauty company that uses materials gathered from the tundra, is trying to boost marketing of its soap outside the region with a crowd-funding quest at a site called Rock the Post. So far that’s a business story; the Daily News has covered the company in the past. What caught our eye were some of the gifts that go to donors at certain levels — like a doll by Francisca Brown of Eek, a grass basket by Agnes Dock, miniature kayaks by Andrew Abyo, men’s dance fans (which for some reason are harder to find than women’s fans), a woman’s headdress…

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9Lenses Announces a New Approach to Business Optimization: Crowd Sourcing Apps

9Lenses new cloud apps tap the social side of business strategy. (PRWEB) January 31, 2013 9Lenses announced the release of 21 business optimization applications that enable any company to connect insights across their entire business. Best-of-breed companies spend millions of dollars annually attempting to optimize their assets, processes, and structures. 9Lenses’ applications allow anyone in the company to study, analyze, and connect optimization initiatives in one platform. “Every company invests in optimization to drive performance,” says CEO and Founder of 9Lenes, Edwin Miller. “Leaders that really make a difference know how to facilitate positive outcomes. The way we do that in business is by asking great questions and…

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GoFundMe, Facebook help people raise cash for wants, needs

GoFundMe, Facebook help people raise cash for wants, needs

Brenda Lynn plays with her two-and-a-half year old son, Kaleo… (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda,…) February 1, 2013|By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel Brenda Lynn says her autistic 3-year-old son, Kaleo, hardly speaks, and his inability to express himself frustrates him — except when using his speech therapist’s iPad. “The iPad really controlled the tantrums and helped him communicate. I tried to get him one, but I couldn’t afford it on my own,” said the unemployed 39-year-old Orlando mom. “I applied for grants, but I wasn’t lucky enough.” So she turned to Facebook and GoFundMe.com, a so-called crowdfunding website that allows people to solicit cash for personal causes.…

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Hall alone in vote against rape kit crowdfundingRockwall County Herald Banner“Rape kit testing is far too important to rely on an undependable funding source like crowdfunding. This is a core function of government and as such it should be funded by government. Victims deserve to know [...]

Virginia Tech launches its own crowdfunding site to reach new generation of donorsRoanoke TimesOne of the first four pilot projects that went live on Jump, Tech's crowdfunding website, lets users pay for as little as one local child to attend educational programming by the Moss A [...]

Daily MailNick Clegg crowdfunding former Deputy PM appeals donationsDaily MailOn his website, there is a section which appeals for 'crowdfunding' to help bankroll the publication of thousands of Lib Dem leaflets. He's appealing for £25 donations. Yet Clegg, who has take [...]

Devon LiveCrowdfunding page set up for family of boy who died after drug use ...Devon LiveA fundraising page has been set up in memory of a 15-year-old boy who died on Friday night after taking a recreational drug at a youth disco. Yesterday Devon ...and more » [...]

New York MagazineFacebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding to EveryoneNew York MagazineDepending on your perspective, the rise in popularity of crowdfunding is either a fantastic new way that the internet lets strangers help each other out, or emblematic of the decay of institutional safeguards [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: BIKI is an underwater drone that looks like a fishAndroid Authority (blog)We are back with another 'Crowdfunding project of the week', where we highlight some of the hottest tech coming from websites like Kickstarter [...]

The HinduCrowdfunding healthcare costs: Where there's a bill, there's a ...The HinduDoctors are turning to crowdfunding to ensure treatment for needy patients.and more » [...]

Business InsiderCrowdfunding campaign to support the families of Manchester attack victims passes £1 million markBusiness InsiderA crowdfunding campaign to raise money to provide support for the families of those injured and killed in the Manchester terrorist attack has now raised mor [...]

TIMECrowdfunding Campaign Raises $55000 for Homeless Man who Helped Manchester Terror Attack VictimsTIMEA series of crowdfunding campaigns have raised more than £42,400 ($54,800) in support of a homeless man who said he rushed to the aid of people wounded in Monday night's suicid [...]

CurbedNew real estate crowdfunding site focuses on community developmentCurbedCrowdfunding has existed for years, and other firms, such as FundRise and Realty Mogul, have focused on property development, but the Small Change model offers a new spin for the real estate space. For years [...]

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