Author: Grant Stimmel

Crowdfunding in 2018, What’s next? (5 Bold Predictions)

When it comes to modern crowdfunding, it’s safe to say we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. From a niche outlet for creatives to a multi-billion dollar industry, crowdfunding has gone through significant changes over the past decade. Here are five bold predictions about the future of crowdfunding that could prove to be surprisingly accurate – or completely wrong. 1. The “Big 2” becomes the “Big 3” Image: NBA.com No, not that Big 3. But at some point in the next five years, a powerful challenger will emerge to compete against Kickstarter and Indiegogo for crowdfunding dominance. Crowdfunding is a...

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Crowdfunding Initial Coin Offerings: A Flash or The Future?

The Rise of Cryptocurrency It’s a Friday evening in July 2010, and you’ve just had a romantic dinner with your wife. On your way back to the car, you pass a man who asks for some spare change. Feeling generous, you toss him a flash drive loaded with 10 Bitcoins. “Hold onto that,” you say, “could be worth a lot one day.” Excited, the man heads to the library to check out the value of the life-changing gift you’ve just given him. His jaw drops as he sees what his Bitcoins are worth. A whopping $0.80. “Dirty cheapskate,” the...

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The 10 Most Funded Kickstarter Projects of 2017

Since Kickstarter’s launch in 2009, crowdfunding’s biggest name has helped creators raise a whopping $3.5 billion dollars. That’s a lot of fidget spinners. Without further ado, here are the 10 most funded Kickstarter tech and design projects of 2017. 10. eVscope Funds raised: $2,209,270 Number of backers: 2,144 Why it’s cool: 100 times more powerful than a regular telescope. If aliens do exist, you’ll be the first to know. Here’s where you can buy the eVscope now.   9. BioLite FirePit Funds raised: $2,534,107 Number of backers: 10,238 Why it’s cool: All the heat with none of the smoke....

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Vessi Waterproof Shoes (100% Better Than Rain Boots)

RAIN BOOTS. ARE. BACK. That’s what my niece says, anyway. The grade-school fashion staple is apparently back in vogue. But for the guys, and ladies, who aren’t quite cutting edge enough to pull off such a vintage look, Vessi Footwear offers a 100% waterproof alternative. What is Vessi Footwear? Vessi combines the lightweight comfort of a traditional knit shoe like Allbirds with 100% waterproof technology. So you get the relaxed fit of standard tennis shoes with the protection of a rain boot. They’re kind of like Crocs, except these actually look cool. How much do Vessi shoes cost? Vessi currently offers...

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CarWink: Communicate With Other Drivers (No Fingers Necessary)

64% of Americans judge themselves to be, “Excellent” or “Very good” drivers. And if you consider eating chicken nuggets with your earphones in while driving with your knees, “very good,” then that’s an accurate assessment. If not, and your commute is shared with dozens of distracted morons, you should probably check out CarWink. How does CarWink work? We all know and love the classic middle finger salute, but CarWink offers a more subtle way to communicate with drivers around you. Let’s say you roll up to a crosswalk and a pedestrian’s about to cross. You tell them to go ahead,...

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