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Crowdfunding in China could be $50 billion business by 2025

Crowdfunding in China could be $50 billion business by 2025

By Vickie Elmer – Nov. 18, 2013 – The biggest crowdfunded project in China has drawn 5,533 donors and raised more than $200,000 to support an online cartoon series called “A Hundred Thousand Bad Jokes” on China’s first crowdfunding site, DemoHour. This is paltry sum compared to crowdfunding projects in the US, which have reached upwards of $10 million—but that is about to change. By 2025, crowdfunding in China could explode to $46 -$50 billion—about half the amount expected to…

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Sir David Attenborough launches first crowdfunding campaign to save mountain gorilla

Sir David Attenborough launches first crowdfunding campaign to save mountain gorilla

By Miranda Prynne, Sir David Attenborough has launched his first ever crowdfunding charity campaign to help save the mountain gorilla. The wildlife expert aims to raise £110,000 by December 11 to supportFauna & Flora International’s work in protecting the critically endangered species. Launching the fundraising drive, he said: “If we are to ensure the survival of mountain gorillas, it is vital that the global community supports our efforts.” Conservation charity Fauna & Flora work closely with local communities in African countries…

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Star Citizen hits $25 million on CrowdFunding

Star Citizen hits $25 million on CrowdFunding

Story by Brenna Hillier, Just last weekend, Star Citizen hit $23 million and announced its latest stretch goal, so it made $2 million in just about one week. In a new Letter from the Chairman, creator Chris Roberts said October is the space sim’s “single biggest month for crowd funding yet”. By hitting $25 million, fans have ensured that Cloud Imperium Games can run a much larger alpha test than initially projected, which should result in a stronger finished game;…

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Play-i looks to crowdfunding to teach kids to code

Play-i looks to crowdfunding to teach kids to code

by Don Reisinger,  October 28, 2013 8:33 AM PDA startup has surfaced that wants to raise cash to teach your children how to code. Play-i, a California-based company founded by a group of Google, Apple, and Frog Design engineers, has launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising $250,000. If the goal is met, the company will be able to mass-produce its Play-i Robots for kids aged 5 and up. The idea behind Play-i is simple: Teach kids how to string together code…

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Radio CrowdFund with Paul Schomer

Radio CrowdFund with Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer. I was born and raised in the Washington, DC, metro area and I’ve been a rock music junkie and musician for much of my rather lengthy life. I wrote a few music stories for Reuters in the early 1990s, produced a independent new music television show in DC in the mid-1990s and then did a brief spell as a segment producer for VH-1. I hosted a weekly songwriters showcase in DC during the late 1990s. https://soundcloud.com/thesuburbs/turn-the-radio-on From 2000…

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‘Happy Days’ is here again as a musical with CrowdFunding

‘Happy Days’ is here again as a musical with CrowdFunding

By James Quinn,  It may not have graced prime-time British TV for decades, but the iconic American sitcom that made household names of “The Fonz” and Richie Cunningham is to return courtesy of an innovative form of financing. Happy Days – A New Musical is the first major theatrical production to use equity crowd-funding to raise the money it needs to tour the UK. The show’s producers are hoping to raise £250,000 via the Seedrs crowd-funding platform. Investors – who are…

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Crowdfunding the arts in South Africa

Crowdfunding the arts in South Africa

Money for a Monteverdi melody, and Bach for their buck. The Cape Consort is a Cape Town-based ensemble in search of investment to help them put on a concert.     By Leonie Erasmus, As with many struggling artists, they are in need of funding. After all, “musicians need to pay rent and eat just like everybody else,” says Hans Huyssen, cellist with the group. The Cape Consort has turned to crowdfunding, an online collective fundraising approach. They achieved their…

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Crowd Funding Kickstarts the Long Dark Production Cycle

Crowd Funding Kickstarts the Long Dark Production Cycle

Digital screenshots acted as teaser to the game, and then YouTube video helped share actual game play footage among a dedicated and growing fan base.  Over the weekend, a crowd sourced fundraising project in support of The Long Dark reached its $200,000 goal, with three days left in its campaign! Created by B.C.-based video game developer Hinterland Games, The Long Dark is survival simulation video game, set in the northern wilderness in the aftermath of a global disaster. It presents a post-digital world in which technology…

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