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Unlocking Your Crowdfunding Campaign’s True Purpose

Unlocking Your Crowdfunding Campaign’s True Purpose

Guest blog: We as filmmakers must strive to create something more experiential than another movie campaign Everywhere you turn, it’s as though everyone, and I mean everyone – from indie film pioneers to Hollywood’s household names — is raising funds online for a new film or video project. A mere three years ago, crowdfunding was in its infancy and just learning how to walk. Now, it’s on its feet, running and moving faster month after month affording artists, entrepreneurs and conscientious individuals and institutions the ability to more easily fund the things that matter most to them. More easily, but by no means easy, of course. Because of…

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Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Thanks to the JOBS Act and the rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the parade of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding has gone mainstream. However, according to the minds behind Crowdtilt — the Y Combinator-incubated platform that caters to the many types of “group fundraising” that fall outside the purview of Kickstarter — this is just Phase One. The Crowdfunding Era is just beginning. While the Kickstarters and Indiegogos continue to dominate headlines in the crowdfunding space, a growing set of niche platforms have emerged to handle the spillover from projects that don’t fit under the traditional umbrella. And some are bypassing platforms altogether: Star Citizen, a…

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Ubuntu Edge smartphone fails to reach $32m crowdfunding target

Ubuntu Edge smartphone fails to reach $32m crowdfunding target

Project to build a phone running both Android and Ubuntu mobile desktop OS put on hold despite hitting record pledge total A British attempt to raise a record $32m (£20.5m) through crowdfunding to build top-end smartphones has raised a unprecedented $12m, but because it failed to hit its target will now return all the money. The Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding project run by UK software companyCanonical began 30 days ago, aiming to raise more than triple the previous record, which had been set by the Pebble smartwatch. That raised $10.2m last year. But despite hopes by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth of last-minute funding from a handset company to enable him to build 40,000 phones, the scheme…

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TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Video Content Creators

TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Video Content Creators

TubeStart.com Will Help Digital Media Content Creators in the U.S., Canada and Europe to Further Monetize Their Web Video Content SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug 20, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — TubeStart (www.tubestart.com) announced today that its proprietary crowdfunding platform has officially launched and is open to the public, following a tremendous response to their pre-launch period of recruiting YouTube content creators to launch campaigns on their site. TubeStart will provide more than one million YouTube creators from all over the world with the opportunity to run both traditional rewards campaigns as well as create subscription-based crowdfunding campaigns for driving ongoing revenue. TubeStart founder and CEO Josef…

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Duo designs, sells watches nationwide

Duo designs, sells watches nationwide

SIDNEY — Two Champaign County watch buffs have started their own watch company and are selling sport and tactical watches across the country. Jerommie Smith and Ryan Bradley formed Smith & Bradley Ltd. last year. They have two models on the market and a third soon to be released. Their initial product was the Atlantis, an automatic stainless steel dive watch listed on the company’s website at $395. That was followed by The Raid, a sport and tactical watch with chronograph (stopwatch) features. Listed for $150, it has since sold out. Next up will be the Sans-13, a tactical watch with tritium gas vials that illuminate…

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