CROWDFUNDING CASE STUDIES
The Oatmeal’s crowdfunding campaign to build a museum celebrating scientist Nikola Tesla ended over the weekend, having raised a total of $1.37 million. This makes it the most successfully funded campaign on Indiegogo, nearly doubling the $702,000 record set by a campaign to send bullied bus monitor Karen Klein on vacation. The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, who previously raised over $220,000 on IndieGoGo for charity, launched the campaign and asked his readers to pitch in whatever they could. Tesla is a cult-like figure among the internet-savvy, and the museum will honor his life’s work, which Inman documented in one of his famous comics . The funding will allow a non-profit associated with the campaign to purchase property that once belonged to Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, New York. The non-profit will also receive a matching $850,000 grant from New York State, meaning it will now have around $2.2 million to buy the property (listed at $1.6 million) and transform it into a museum.
We are Laurence Gill and Joanne Mac Mahon from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and we are currently researching an innovative water disinfection system, which uses sunlight to disinfect water. The solar disinfection unit is a low-cost, low-maintenance system, which requires no energy to run, and uses one of the most abundant resources in the developing world, sunshine. The Civil Engineering Department implemented a successful pilot project in the remote village of Ndulyani, Kenya, in 2008, serving over 600 people. We visited the project site in July 2011, however, and discovered that the widely publicised drought in the region had caused the village water source (a dammed river) to dry up. The system had worked successfully for over one year but the lack of water supply means that the solar disinfection unit can no longer be used and the villagers must make a 14km round trip on foot to collect water.
The following is an excerpt from Scott Steinberg’s new book, The Crowdfunding Bible . The book is free to download at www.CrowdFundingGuides.com , or in e-book form on Apple, Nook and Sony Reader devices. Crowdfunding, hailed by many as a better approach to venture capital and angel investment, hasn’t been lacking for attention lately. Thanks to the multimillion-dollar success of campaigns like the Pebble E-Paper Watch, Double Fine Adventure and Shadowrun Returns, millions of startups and entrepreneurs are now contemplating turning to the Internet to raise money online. Just one problem for both them and the many small businesses and services hoping to capitalize on the practice’s newfound success in the wake of the JOBS Act’s newer, more open-ended investment regulations. As today’s most accomplished creators will tell you, turning to the Internet and everyday end-users for backing and donations isn’t a cakewalk, and nine out of ten projects get their proverbial ass handed to them.
my dear comrades, this is a long blog, but i have something important i’d love for you to read first. save it for later if you have to, but READ IT. (a lot of you, especially the music-biz types, probably already have.) it’s a now-famous piece of writing from the early 90’s by producer steve albini, entitled “The Problem With Music.” in it, he basically explains why a famous touring band on a label is still fundamentally FUCKED once you do the math. click HERE to read it.
Comedian Louis CK raised some eyebrows earlier this year when he sold downloads of a live show through his website and pulled in more than $1 million in about a week, despite the fact that fans could easily download the content for free. Now, he has done it again: instead of a traditional tour, he decided to sell tickets through his website, and sold $4.5-million worth in under 48 hours . Content creators of all kinds — authors, musicians and others — would do well to learn from his example, and that of others like Amanda Palmer, who recently financed a new album and tour through Kickstarter. The main lesson? Building a community is more important than ever.
Record broken: Culture Project "Looking Iran" is the largest German Crowd Funding Project | Arts and culture onlineMit über 50.000 Euro unterstützt die Crowd auf der Plattform Startnext das Kulturprojekt Das Kulturprojekt “Ein Blick Iran” zeigt, dass sich das Mitmach-Internet zunehmend als Finanzierungswerkzeug durchsetzt. Dem Projektinitiator von “Ein Blick Iran” ist es gelungen, knapp 52.000 Euro von der Crowd und Sponsoren einzusammeln – damit ist es das größte Projekt, das über eine deutsche Crowdfunding-Plattform bisher finanziert wurde. Mit dieser Summe kann der Initiator Benedikt Fuhrmann jetzt die Idee realisieren, von der er schon lange träumt: Er möchte eine vierwöchige multimediale Ausstellung über das Land Iran und seine Menschen in der Münchner Kirche St.
Want your watch to tell you when your next bus is leaving? Maybe you're jonesing to see your compile status or recent github commits.. Think push notifications, directly to your watch using the data connection on your phone.
hi folks, it's AFP. this is my first BIG, LEGIT studio album undertaking since breaking from a major label. i've spent four years writing the songs for this record, and more recently, putting together the perfect band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, comprised of genius musicians/arrangers/programmers MICHAEL MCQUILKEN, CHAD RAINES, and JHEREK BISCHOFF. in march, we locked ourselves up in a studio in Australia and, with the help of producer/engineer John Congleton (who's worked with a zillion amazing people including St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, and Xiu Xiu), we made what I believe is my best fucking album to date. it sounds...BEYOND EPIC. we laid down "The Bed Song", "Massachusetts Avenue", "The Killing Type", "Trout Heart Replica" and a slew of other tracks...some solo piano, but many featuring HORNS (locally sourced in Melbourne, Australia!)
I've been self-publishing my comedy-fantasy-adventure webcomic The Order of the Stick in paper format since 2005, but one of the hardest parts about doing it all on my own is keeping the older books available. This project is designed to get at least one of those books back into print. The Order of the Stick: War and XPs was the third compilation of the color webcomic, covering a bunch of cool battle scenes like this and this and even this . Look, here's the cover now: Problem is, we ran out of copies sometime in 2010.
On February 7, a project called Double Fine Adventure launched, and along with it a record-setting 24 hours . Things haven't really slowed down since. A third project reached $1 million , another revived an all-time great series , and 33 Kickstarter-funded films made it into SXSW. It's been a memorable month. On Tuesday that month was bookended by Double Fine's big finish, commemorated with a live stream of the project's champagne-soaked countdown .
Jim, Adam, and Kent: Revolights My walkaway impression after my interview with the Revolights team was of pure warmth and authenticity. This is a team that replied to every single email sent to them , over 4000 messages during their active Kickstarter campaign.
With record labels tanking and internet piracy showing no signs of abating, many artists are looking to crowdfunding websites likes Kickstarter, PledgeMusic and IndieGoGo to help them raise money from fans in exchange for a variety of rewards. Here are five memorable crowdfunding campaigns that reached their goal. Black Tambourine When these long-lost indie pop legends sought $5,000 to record and release a double-seven-inch of Ramones covers, they raced past their goal in under 24 hours. As of press time, the reunited fuzz band is nearing $9,000 raised. Who doesn't like exclusive goodies like coloured vinyl and hand-sewn tote bags?
L5 is a slick, dark and compelling new Sci-Fi series that premieres free-to-share today on VODO in partnership with BitTorrent Inc. The crowdfunded production raised its pilot budget through the generosity of donors from sites such as kickstarter and indiegogo , and will use direct support from viewers to realise each new episode. The show follows the unfolding drama of the crew aboard the spaceship Argo as they awake from hypersleep into a nightmare. Having spent the last twenty years searching for a new home to salvage humanity from a dying earth they return to find something has gone terribly wrong.
by Yaroslav Baronov Feb 13, 2012 A San Francisco start-up game studio is revolutionizing crowdsourcing . As a concept, crowdsourcing is emerging as a means to achieving various ends, from funding to product ideas and product development. But Double Fine, a San Francisco based game studio, has set the record for crowd funding, raising a whopping US$700,000 in 24 hours. And backers are still coming, the fund still increasing! Creative fund raising
Code Hero's ultimate and most challenging feature to create is multiplayer. For this to be achievable, this Kickstarter cannot rest till the countdown strikes zero! Spreading the word to new backers and telling your backer friends you're upping your pledge level if you want awesomer rewards are both good ways to encourage growth! READ MORE ABOUT ADDING MULTIPLAYER AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPREADING THE WORD TODAY When you pledge, you get immediate access to create your account and download the Code Hero game beta.