Crowdfunding

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A tale of two crowdfunding ventures
A Weston startup ran a “crowdfunding” campaign this summer to raise money to begin production of a tabletop robot, Jibo, that interacts with people, helping to manage schedules or initiate videoconferences.
In the middle of July, two local entrepreneurs launched “crowdfunding” campaigns two days apart. They were seeking enough preorders from customers to help them start making new products. One was a sleek aluminum iPad stand called the SlingAmp, priced at about $35. The other was Jibo, a $600 robot that will be able to do things like coordinate family schedules and read bedtime stories. Read More
Tech for Language
Talkitt hopes to bridge the chasm of language disability
Voiceitt, a company founded in Israel currently taking part in MassChallenge, has developed a voice recognition platform that could give a voice to the millions of people living with speech disabilities. On Monday, the company is launching an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for TalkItt, the company's technology that translates unintelligible language into understandable speech. Read More
Best Funding Fit?
Crowdfunding vs. VC seed rounds: Which makes sense?
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This is a guest post by Lee Hower of Boston venture capital firm NextView Ventures. The rise of crowdfunding in the last three to five years as a source of capital has been remarkable. Tech startups and potential investors have had greater access to one another than ever before, and beyond the startup world, a broad array of projects have been able to successfully seek capital via crowdfunding. Read More
Fashion statement
Can a Harwich startup turn wooden shades into a summer classic?
Cape Codder glasses are assembled in Harwich, from components made in the U.S. and China.
The three founders of Cape Codder Sunglasses had a pretty good summer in 2013. A single retailer ordered 400 pairs — basically, the startup's entire stock at the time — and by the time the trio went back to college in the fall, they'd sold about 1200 pairs of the wood-framed shades, which sell for $90 and up. This year, having just graduated from Boston College and Yale, they're testing the waters of crowdfunding. Read More