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Could equity based crowdfunding pay for your retirement (and save the world)?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… funds promise the world, but seem to specialize more in hidden fees than delivering returns.

Crowdfunding a new era

As you will have guessed by now, the alternative we are coming to is crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is a big deal: globally the 450 or so crowdfunding platforms raised $1.5bn last year. This figure that is expected to double in 2012.

So far most of this funding has been in return for rewards (like merchandise) or simply donations. Crowdfunding platforms, for the most …

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… rather than inspired innovation.

As recent fundraising for gaming company Double Fine has shown, crowdfunding site Kickstarter is now changing these rules.

Traditional publishers vs the crowd

Funding is a big issue for game developers because making good games costs money. A lot of money. Developing a decent downloadable game can cost up to $2M, while a high class retail product can easily blow out the budget to $40-50M. That’s not the kind of money you can ask the crowd for, right? …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… an elephant ), before vanishing into madness and obscurity.

If you’re interested in crowdfunding, you’ll probably know all about Operation: Let’s build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, which has become one of crowdfunding’s most high-profile success stories to date. So far, over $1m has been raised to preserve the Wardenclyffe facility, the site of a particularly fascinating (and ultimately tragic) period in Tesla’s life. But as well as being an inspiring example of grass-roots …

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… at all, from “Accidents & Personal Crisis” to “Travel & Adventure”. Could crowdfunding be the answer to my lofty ambitions? Does this sort of crowdfunding have the potential to really take off?

Below I present to you what I see as the pros and cons of the concept. I’ve tried to be as impartial as possible. (If, after reading it, you’re in favor of the site, we can talk about how much you want to donate to my “Get Tommaso Out of This World” fund.)

Pro: The …

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Trillion Fund: where normal people can invest (and save the world)

Posted on by Matt-Kennedy Good

… US to use online crowds to raise funding. We noted the huge potential this has for not just the crowdfunding industry and startups, but the investment world as a whole.

One platform that is planning to take advantage of these new laws (the UK is set to follow the US later this year) is Trillion Fund. Trillion Fund’s modest goal is to eventually raise a trillion dollars for sustainable energy projects. Just as ambitious is the fund’s goal of raising it in small increments from people …

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