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.
In just one day Boston entrepreneur Mike Langone and his childhood friend Matt Gorman reached their $45,000 crowdfunding goal to increase production of their luscious home brewing kits. They've now passed $100,000.
A startup called Quitbit is launching a crowdfunding campaign today for a $150 cigarette lighter — early purchasers can get one for $70 — that can count how many times you've used it today, and relay the data to your smartphone. Quitbit's app lets you set goals for how many cigarettes you'd like to allow yourself, and share how you're doing with a group of friends on Facebook or Twitter. Quitbit hopes to start shipping its product by the end of this year.
Read MoreBugging outWe eat bugs. You should too.
By Rose Wang
My college roommate, Laura D’Asaro, has been off and on vegetarian her whole life, because she has had environmental and moral qualms about eating meat. So when she went to Tanzania one summer and ate a fried caterpillar, it was love at first taste. Not only was the caterpillar delicious, but she also discovered a new way to eat meat that was much more sustainable and moral. Read More
Gamers galore will flock to PAX East 2014 today through Sunday; tens of thousands according to the PAX website. The event requires 100,000 square feet and three days to pull off. Who could ask for a better venue to promote a Kickstarter campaign? At least, that’s how Scott Hyman, chief executive of Protobird Games, figures it.
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