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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the key to unlocking the potential of the misunderstood geniuses of the world?

Igor! Check the KickStarter page!

One of the best things about crowdfunding is it gives inventors and innovators access to millions of new investors. Crowdfunding gives even the maddest scientists the chance to fund their zeppelin-mounted death-rays without having to pander to the impatient scrutiny of large, experienced investors. Hopefully this will mean the world will benefit from more inspired innovation …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Already, platforms like Fundable have sprung up to take advantage of the law change, using the Kickstarter model, but offering equity as well as rewards (or at least it will, when it gets SEC approval and the SEC sets the regulatory rules for the space). This could make a huge difference for startups looking for cash (as well as exposure and a support base).

But the potential for more broadly revolutionizing the way we invest is huge. There will be teething problems and no doubt some …

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Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Tower will be blown up. Essentially what I’m talking about is a cross between crowdfunding site Kickstarter and those absurd guilt-trip chain emails saying kids will die if you don’t forward the message.

Like the Joker, in my example, the criminal puts the onus on the community to meet his demands – or at the very least places a psychological burden on everyone who reads his message – gaining critical mass via social media. While I’m no expert cyber-fraudster (my bank balance can …

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… 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? Wrong. Apparently …

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Crowd funding: a monumental achievement

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Station launched a Detroit Needs A Statue of Robocop campaign on the crowd funding site Kickstarter. That was February 9th. By February 17th the project had reached its target of $50,000. Over 2000 people have donated money. When the campaign officially closes on March 30th, Imagination Station will probably be able to fill a police station with Robocop statues.

Clearly, we can learn a lot from this story. First, real-life solutions are no match for Hollywood sensation (as if …

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