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James Robinson

  1. Indiegogo's PR person doesn't want me to tell you that he's telling you nothing about Indiegogo

    "We strategically manage reputations based on our proven understanding of how and why some stories have impact, while others fade away." - Goldin Solutions Throughout Pando's reporting on Indiegogo scampaigning in 2014 the company has been comically tightlipped. Of 16 requests for comment I've made to the company dating back to the end of March -- on everything from a currently running campaign for the Ritot smartwatch that has banked $1.3 million despite being proven to be complete bullshit, through to Moscow-based Healbe pretending to be from San Francisco -- they've returned just three. (And two of those have been no comments.)

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  2. "What has to scale is trust.” Tilt's crowdfunding platform is in it for the long haul

    Having watched as Indiegogo failed to take action on crowdfunding sham after crowdfunding sham this year, seeing Tilt in early September take down the campaign for the Scribble Pen, which had raised $227,000 -- over twice its target -- was refreshing. In a blog post on the company website, co-founder and CEO James Beshara noted that the video for the miraculous pen that could write in any color was misleading and there were discrepancies in the basic information Scribble had provided Tilt. When you consider Healbe pretending to be from San Francisco on Indiegogo, or TellSpec shooting a video with a mock up of its device and pretending that it was a finished, perfected product, Beshara and Tilt were taking a proactive stance to protect integrity in crowdfunding that others have refused to.

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    From the News desk

  3. What's In A Name?: Meet the name doctor of HAXLR8R

    As the founder of HAXLR8R, a Shenzhen based accelerator for hardware startups, Cyril Ebersweiler often finds himself in the trenches with young founders working with them to fix a horrible product name, or find a name that better fits a particular product.

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  4. Greenwald in New Zealand: Grandstanding doesn’t get more condescending or counter-productive

    As an expat-New Zealander anticipating a coming election Friday US time, I was a little caught off my guard to see Glenn Greenwald parachute into the middle of our little campaign promising massive new revelations.

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  5. What's In A Name?: 2014 was not a good year for your mobile payments service to be named "ISIS"

    [Editor's note: This is the first in a new Pando series called "What's In A Name?" in which we look at the stories behind how some of tech's biggest companies got their names. The series is sponsored by Braintree, so you'll only see their ads around "What's In A Name?" pieces. But the series was conceived, commissioned and edited entirely by Pando. Braintree had no input whatsoever in the editorial. For more on our policy towards single sponsor series like this one, see here.]

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  6. The Apple Watch could be worth all of the hyperbole and still fail terribly

    We’ve all become very used to seeing usually sane, independent reporters churn out hyperbolic ad copy at each new Apple product announcement. Today was no different. But as we wait out the next four or so months between the Apple Watch’s unveiling and its on sale date, tongues panting in anticipation, there’s a good chance that through the love in a simple truth gets ignored.

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  7. Healbe announces "new" investment, "independent" testing, and "shipping" "date"

    After six months in the journalistic trenches with Healbe, the Indiegogo crowdfunders who put the scam into scampaigning, I returned from vacation last week to see they’d a) closed a $2.6 million investment round, b) published independent tests and c) announced that they would begin shipping out their “miracle”, calorie-counting wristbands on September 22.

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    From the News desk

  8. As backers fume over yet another scampaign, Indiegogo's year from hell keeps getting worse

    2014 seems intent on being the year that breaks Indiegogo, leaving us all shaking our heads that anyone ever thought handing over millions of dollars on an unaccountable platform, for totally unproven hardware was ever a good idea.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

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