Crowdfunding ideas, campaigns and businessesPosted: November 5, 2011
Lots of great platforms out there for funding ideas, campaigns and businesses. I like this movement toward “democratizing funding” – provides lots of opportunities for both entrepreneurs and funders themselves.
The funding models of course vary significantly – with kickstarter you are simply donating funds, with Kiva you can get involved with microfinance and loans in third world countries, Angel List allows for equity investments in start-ups, Loud Sauce focuses on funding media campaigns, etc. Many of these operate on a “threshold” funding system.
- Kickstarter – contribute to ideas (my sister successfully raised funds through Kickstarter to produce a CD). Go to the site – it’s sort of addicting to look through all the projects.
- Angel list – angel investing on the web.
- Loud sauce – help fund media campaigns (currently raising money for the Occupy TV campaign).
- Kiva – peer to peer microfinance.
- Prosper – peer to peer banking.