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Zach Braff Can’t Legally Share His Multimillion Dollar Movie Deal With Kickstarter Donors

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Poor Zach Braff. He’s catching so much guff, when all he really wants to do is strike the perfect balance between quirky and relatable.

He crowdfunded his latest film, Wish I Was Here, which we gather is like a male version of Raising Helen with some slight tweaks. It also stars Kate Hudson. It sounds nice enough.

But everyone’s pissed about the movie’s Kickstarter campaign. Mr. Braff is a big star, his detractors have argued. What’s he doing asking strangers for money when he’s got the connections to get big studios to invest in his movie?  Read More

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After Glowing Plant Project, Kickstarter Bans Offering Genetically Modified Organisms as Rewards

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Futurists on Reddit are up in arms about a recent update to Kickstarter’s project guidelines that states that creators can’t offer “genetically modified organisms” to backers as a reward for donating to the project.

The rule change, instituted on July 31st, comes on the heels of the uber-successful funding of the Glowing Plants project in June, which uses “synthetic biology and Genome Compiler’s software” to create “sustainable natural lighting.” Creator Anthony Evans and team are currently offering glowing plant seeds as a reward to backers who pony up $40 or more. Read More

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Kickstarter Admits It Was ‘Wrong’ to Host Redditor’s Creepy Dating Book, Bans ‘Seduction Guides’

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In a post published to the Kickstarter blog today, the New York-based crowdfunding platform wrote that it was “wrong” to allow a controversial dating book published by a Redditor to collect funded on Kickstarter. The book, which many have called a “rape manual,” included several passages that suggested men make unwanted advances on women, though its creator insists the quotes were taken out of context.

The book, to be published by Redditor Ken Hoinsky, raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter. Despite calling it “abhorrent,” Kickstarter initially declined to remove it, stating that “the material on Reddit did not warrant the irreversible action of canceling the project.” Read More

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Kickstarter Thinks Redditor’s Creepy Dating Book Is ‘Abhorrent,’ But Declines to Remove It

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In a statement provided to Betabeat, the powers that be at Kickstarter announced that they will not be taking down the project for Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book, which contains unsettling suggestions for how to treat women, including “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” The book, called Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, far surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal and promises to compile much of the dating advice the prolific Mr. Hoinsky has published to Reddit over the years. Read More

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No One’s Giving Money to Zosia Mamet’s Hipster Folk Band Kickstarter

Zosia and Clara Mamet looking totes alternative with a super cool banjo

Zosia Mamet made a Kickstarter campaign to fund a pretentious folksy music video, and so far, nobody’s giving her any money.

Outside of Girls, Ms. Mamet performs with her sister, Clara, in a folk duo called “The Cabin Sisters.” Apparently, the band produces a “unique brand of folk via body percussion, banjo and harmonies.” (Maybe they could team up with Allison Williams on a banjo version of a Kanye album?) Read More

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Thrillist Has Hired Jannic Nielssen​, That Kid With the Kickstarter-Like Resume

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Here’s a lesson for all the soon-to-be college graduates out there looking for work: get off your ass and create some ~viral content~. It just might work! Take Jannic Nielssen, a rather lively young professional who launched a Kickstarter-esque campaign, fit with an elevator pitch promoting his skills, that he created to get him a job.

Mr. Nielssen was looking to get his foot in the door in either social media or advertising (who isn’t?), but needed an employment offer letter by May 1, or else the half-Jamaican, half-Norwegian citizen faced deportation due to his visa expiring. Read More

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Zach Braff Wants $2M From You to Make a Garden State Followup Film

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Whether you really related to it as a tween or couldn’t get over the fact that you find Zach Braff annoying as hell, Garden State, the 2004 indie about feeling lost and listless in your 20s, is one of those films from the early aughts that is hard to forget (for better or worse). Its writer and director, Scrubs star and Reddit fav Zach Braff, hasn’t made another film since then, primarily, he claims, due to financing issues. Read More

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Attention, Ladies: This Purse Provides All Day Wireless Charging On-the-Go

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Everyone–including techie fashionistas and ladies who launch–tends to encounter the same problem when it comes to smartphones: most have a battery life that lasts only slightly longer than a coat of longwear lipstick. But here comes Kickstarter to the rescue! Introducing the Everpurse, a cute little clutch that will charge your phone on-the-go so that you’ll never run out of battery mid-Instagram scroll. Also, it’s super cute.

Dreamed up by a Chicago-based entrepreneur named Elizabeth Day Ormesher Salcedo, the Everpurse includes a special-charging pocket that “guides your phone smoothly onto a dock connector at the bottom.” According to the product’s Kickstarter, it can charge your phone from 0 to 100 percent approximately twice a day. It’s currently only available for the iPhone 4, 4s and 5, though an Android version is said to be on the way. Read More

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The New York City Council Now Using Kickstarter For Community Development

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Is there anyone who isn’t on Kickstarter these days? The latest bandwagon-jumpers: The New York City Council, which has partnered with the artsy crowdfunding platform to create a landing page that highlights New York City-based projects.

The move is positioned as a way to help business owners in low-income neighborhoods get access to hard-to-find capital, a persistent problem.

Remember when microlending was going to solve everything? Now it’s crowdfunding. Wonder what it’ll be in five years?  Read More

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Kickstarter Getting Pretty Comical

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Kickstarter is the third-largest publisher of comic books in the U.S., by some counts–or at least the third-largest funding source. Off-beat comics artists with small but loyal followings are successfully self-publishing titles like Cursed Pirate Girl, Inferno 2010 and Moriarty: The Dark Chamber, a story based around Sherlock Holmes’s arch-nemesis, as well as other, weirder things. The site has become such a force in the comics world that noted comic Johanna Carlson wrote a post declaring she wouldn’t be giving to any more Kickstarters. “I’m already tired of getting ‘press releases’ that are thinly disguised pleas for funds. I want to buy a book when I know when it’s available and what it looks like,” she wrote. A week later she walked it back with a post titled “More on Kickstarter: I Was Wrong.” Read More