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Crowdfunding

  1. Anonabox heads to Scampaign Central (aka Indiegogo) after being booted off Kickstarter

    Indiegogo will basically allow anyone with a bank account to use its crowdfunding platform. That's the only explanation for the site to allow Anonabox, the Internet router that promises to anonymize any activities made via its connection, to seek funding there after it was banned from Kickstarter.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Anonabox passes Kickstarter goal with promises of easy online security -- but it's not perfect

    There's no denying the need for security tools that are easier to install, more convenient to use, and portable enough to be used whenever an Internet connection is needed. Often,. it's easier for hackers to gather information than it is for consumers to protect it, and if there's any hope of preventing those attackers (or the government, for that matter) from gathering that information, it's going to come from hardware and software tools that meet all the criteria above.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  3. It's time to admit that bad journalism is enabling crowdfunding scampaigns

    Yesterday, from Indiegogo's weekly email, I came across the campaign for Pavlok, a wearable wristband that shocks you every time you do something naughty, to help you break bad habits. In three days now, it has been featured on NPR, Fox News, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Business Insider, Engadget, ABC News, Fortune, the Huffington Post, among many, many others. Not all of this coverage was serious -- the Pavlok is one of those gimmicky, ridiculous tech ideas that just makes for good reading (or watching) -- but all of it is displayed like a badge of honor on the company's campaign page.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Gumroad releases an ambitious mobile app to help even more of the "artist middle class" get paid

    Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia calls them "The SMBs (small- or medium-sized businesses) of creative content."

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  5. "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.

    By James Robinson , written on

    From the News desk

  6. 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

  7. GoFundMe removes campaign for accused rapist, while letting Ferguson shooter raise $235k

    Despite all the social ills and medical crises in the world today, there sure are a lot of people who want to give their hard-earned cash to cops accused of murder and rape.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Target rolls out an "As Seen on Shark Tank" section, juicing the hit show's already impressive reach

    Shark Tank already holds the crown as the capital source that also offers the widest distribution to Main Street Americans. As we’ve discussed previously, if an entrepreneur wishes to get a product or service in front of tens of millions of consumers, the prime time and syndicated TV show is easily among the best possible options.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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