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Kickstarter and Indiegogo Close Record-Breaking Campaigns On the Same Day

Ryan Grepper, the man behind the Coolest Cooler. Which by default makes him "The Coolest Guy." We're sure he planned that. (Screengrab via Kickstarter)

Kickstarter and Indiegogo are always held up against each other as rivals — people ask which is more secure, which is more indie, and which one is the better place to raise money. But this weekend, they both get to be winners, to an extent.

The Coolest Cooler broke Kickstarter’s record for highest funds raised by a campaign ever, coming in around $13 million, and Stone Brewing Company broke Indiegogo’s at $2.5 million. Read More

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Accused Indiegogo Scammer: ‘I Do Not Own a Ferrari’

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When backers of the Kreyos smartwatch Indiegogo campaign were promised a cutting edge wearable and received an inferior, junk product, they were upset and confused. When they saw pictures of Kreyos founder Steve Tan with a Ferrari, they felt totally cheated.

After seeing our reporting on the Kreyos disaster and similar dubious campaigns, Indiegogo reached out to Kreyos and encouraged the company speak out. This morning, Mr. Tan himself went to the official Kreyos Facebook page to issue his response. Read More

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Addictive App ‘Pyne’ Lets You Ask Thousands of People Whatever You Want

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We all have questions, and these days, it’s the masses on the Internet that we go to for answers. Crowd-sourced Wikipedia is allegedly replacing our need to remember anything and social networks are many kids’ first destination for feedback. And after all, the most visited site of all time is really just a giant question answering engine.

Pyne is a new app that sends your pressing questions right to the thousands of other anonymous Pyne users, who are a sample of all different ages, locations and backgrounds. It’s a sleek new contender — and likely the most addictive — among a number of new apps that ask the crowd to weigh in on our pressing issues or odd opinions. Read More

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Solar Roadways Reaches Full Funding To Transform America Into ‘Tron’

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The dream of solar roadways — whole roads, driveways and parking lots replaced by light-up solar panels — has been talked about for years as just a pipe-dream for utopian futurists. That is until yesterday, when the quixotic Solar Roadways Indiegogo campaign reached its goal of $1 million in funding.

The company already has working prototypes, but the project will help them manufacture tons of panels and start testing them out on a wider scale. The proposed hexagonal panels stay slightly heated to melt snow and eliminate the need for salting and plowing, and light up with guidelines to eliminate the need for repainting. The working prototypes are made of largely recycled glass and generate enough energy to pay for themselves over a period of many years. Read More

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Wal-Mart’s Foolproof New Way to Beat Amazon Prime Is to Just Have You Deliver Stuff for It

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Between Amazon Prime, Google Shopping Express and eBay Now, the next-day delivery wars are heating up, leading big box store Wal-Mart to unleash a chorus of “me too’s!” But in order to become a legitimate competitor, Wal-Mart has to devise a creative scheme to make it stand out. That scheme? Just having its customers do the deliveries and calling it “crowd sourcing.” Read More

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Indiegogo Bends Its Own Rules, Lowers Fundraising Goal for Hills Star Whitney Port

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A few weeks ago, Betabeat wrote about an Indiegogo campaign started by Whitney Port, star of The Hills and The City. Ms. Port began the campaign to raise $50,000 so that she could show her fashion line, Whitney Eve, at New York Fashion Week Spring 2013.

But today, when we went to check up on the campaign’s progress, the funding goal had mysteriously dropped by $40,000. Now, Ms. Port is only soliciting $10,000.

Betabeat has learned that Indiegogo agreed to change the fundraising goal for Ms. Port’s campaign. She is an Indiegogo partner, which is why both parties agreed to lower the goal. Read More

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The Kickback Machine Surfaces the Failed Projects Kickstarter Doesn’t Want You to See

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A healthy chunk of criticism has been lobbed at crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for using a search algorithm which “hides” failed projects. If you want to learn from projects that didn’t quite meet their funding goal, you’d be hard-pressed to do so on Kickstarter itself–failed projects are only available directly through a creator’s profile.

“This isn’t to ‘hide failure’…it’s because it would be a poor user experience (there’s no action that anyone could take) and it would expose the creators of unsuccessfully funded projects to unnecessary criticism from the web,” Kickstarter’s cofounder Yancey Strickler told TechCrunch back in May. Read More

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Indiegogo Now the Official Fundraising Home For People Publicly Shat Upon

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Yesterday, a video surfaced on Reddit that showed a man ordering a free water at a Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, then verbally bullying the employee who happily served it to him. His rage was rooted in Chick-Fil-A’s discriminatory and widely panned policies surrounding homosexuality and religion, but his behavior towards an innocent fast food employee–who exercises no power over corporate decisions–came across as petty and meanspirited. Read More

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The Hills’ Whitney Port is Raising $50,000 on Indiegogo

A worthy charity cause. (Photo: Indiegogo)

If two TV shows, a book and a clothing line aren’t enough to line your pockets with the cashmoney you so deserve, what’s a glamour gal to do? Judging from Whitney Port, leggy star of The Hills and The City, the answer is start a$50,000 Indiegogo campaign.

Launching a gaudy charity for yourself? What on earth will Olivia Palermo say?

Ms. Port is raising money to help fund her Whitney Eve show at New York Fashion Week Spring 2013. Shhh, nobody say anything about the fact that she decided against using the vast amounts of cash she must have collected from her celebrity status, or her father’s apparel fortune, and instead chose to solicit it from her no doubt less wealthy fans. An Indiegogo campaign is an artistic endeavor.

And for your kindhearted philanthropic donation, you will get one of many swagalicious prizes, including a Whitney Eve gift card, an autographed photo–even a personalized tweet! Read More