Kickstarter

Protect Ya Neck: The Real Price Of Crowdfunding

Mike Sholars | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business
Mike Sholars

2014-02-12-its_all_geek_to_me.png I love crowdfunding, because it's like watching money have a wrestling match with ideas. It's capitalism in microcosm. It's important to not lose sight of the lesson here: Crowdfunding websites are not responsible for anything that happens once you've contributed. You are leaving your money on the table, walking away, and hoping for the best.

What I Learned This Week: De Dirt on Debates

Andy Nulman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Given that Quebeckers are facing yet another pivotal election on April 7, over the past couple of weeks, I paid close attention to the two political "debates" held between the leaders of the province's four main parties. I bracket the word "debates" with quotation marks, as these two two-hour sessions were debates in name only.

New Board Game Tries To Succeed In World Of Angry Birds, Candy Crush

John F. Gray | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

In a city where "game" is most often prefaced with the word "video," Vancouver's Giant Monster Games is going retro. They're rolling the dice on a Kickstarter campaign to bring Kingdom Bots to board game fans.

LOOK: 12 Coolest, Craziest Canadian Kickstarter Projects

The Huffington Post Canada | Mike Sholars | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website that has served as a platform for thousands of projects to date, just celebrated three months of operation in Ca...

Teen Dropout Gets $200,000 In Crowdfunding For This Invention

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

A 19-year-old entrepreneur from Montreal is taking on tech juggernauts Samsung and Sony by trying to launch his own smart watch.Like many startup comp...

World's Cheapest 3-D Printer Gets Record Crowdsourcing

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

A Saskatchewan man who has developed an affordable 3-D printer has attracted worldwide attention and more than $700,000 in crowdsourced funding. Ry...

Web Series Takes On Vancouver's Dating Scene

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Ah, Vancouver. A city famous for its beauty, and infamous for its hard-to-crack dating scene. Last summer, The Vancouver sun asked why it's so har...

World's Largest Crowdfunding Platform Now In Canada

CP | Ethan Lou, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canadian entrepreneurs seeking financial support got a boost Monday as the world's largest online crowdfunding platform officially moved nor...

Why Canadians Are Turning To Crowdfunding

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Impact

Crippled by mounting financial debt, father and son duo David and Brian Best had few options left to save the potato farm their family has operated in...

B.C. Singer Films Doc About Mom Dying Of ALS

The Huffington Post B.C. | Fiona Morrow | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada Music

Kathryn Calder's first reaction when she was asked to be the subject of a documentary film was panic. "I was totally terrified to take on this pro...

Seven Reasons to Visit Calgary After the Flood

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

As we observe the historic flood and the damage it has done to this marvellous city and its neighbours, I wanted to list the great many things to celebrate about Calgary and southern Alberta. It's a reminder of why you should visit, once the water has receded and the restoration has begun.

We Were Wrong

Kickstarter | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada
Kickstarter

On Wednesday morning Kickstarter was sent a blog post quoting disturbing material found online. The offensive material was part of a draft for a "seduction guide" that someone was using Kickstarter to publish. The posts offended a lot of people -- us included -- and many asked us to cancel the creator's project. We didn't. We were wrong.

The Campaign Kickstarter Shouldn't Be Funding

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Impact
L. Jim Thomas

There is less than a day to go before the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com hands hundreds of thousands of dollars to a controversial project for the widespread and unregulated distribution of over half a million extreme-bioengineered seeds. In my view Kickstarter could still do the right thing and refuse to fund this risky release.

You Have to Be on Crack to Donate to the Rob Ford Video Fund

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

This is how the entire situation boils down: You are giving your money to a website so they can give your money to a member of a gang which wreaks violence on your city so that they, the website, can make money for themselves. Does this make any sense to you whatsoever? If you don't like Rob Ford, fine, don't vote for him. Smear him all you want. Insult him at every party. Call him a fascist Michelin Man. Frankly, I don't give a damn. But for the love of God, please don't give money to drug dealers.

Biohackers Are Kickstarting Some Unregulated Experiments

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Business
L. Jim Thomas

Three biohackers from California have hijacked the Kickstarter machinery -- they have made Kickstarter the conduit for a nationwide release of untested, unregulated and unmonitored bioengineered organisms.

The Next Big Thing in Funding Innovation

Steven Uster | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

While it took a few years after the financial crisis for financial services start-ups to get their business models refined to the point where they can come to market they are here now, and these alternative financial services technology companies are becoming viable and increasingly common sources of financing for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Warner Bros. Should Fund the "Veronica Mars" Film, Not Fans

Aviva Cohen | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada TV
Aviva Cohen

Veronica Mars television series creator Rob Thomas and series star Kristen Bell began a Kickstarter fundraising campaign that would guarantee production and distribution of a movie if at least $2 million is collected from the public by April 12. Why should fans be asked to fund this specific project when Warner Bros. likely has money in the bank to produce the film themselves?

Toronto Graduates Invent Most Efficient LED Lightbulb

CBC | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Impact

An eye-catching invention that produces as much light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb using just an eighth of the power has become a crowdfunding star...

What's the Point of Thinking Fast if Ideas Are Half Baked?

Tikva Hecht | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Living
Tikva Hecht

If there is one area which has undergone intense innovation in the last 20 years, it's communication. The problem, of course, with a pervasive promise of change is that it sends the cart before the horse. We've branded our generation as innovators but is this image itself really the best thing we've come up with? Are we so hungry for new ideas, we're willing to eat them half-baked?

Yoda Had One Thing Wrong: It's OK to Try

Tamara Levitt | Posted 01.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Tamara Levitt

So I know Yoda is a Jedi Master and all that, but he's got something wrong. One of his most favourite claims -- "Do, or do not. There is no 'try,'" -- has a big hole in it. He's suggesting that if you make enough of an effort to achieve a goal, you should be able to reach that goal. And that if you fail, your effort or conviction was lacking. That certainly hasn't been my reality.

Do We Need Charities When Fundraising Is So Easy?

Josh Bowman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

Charities today are actively looking for innovative ways to connect people to their causes. What is interesting is how much innovation is coming from outside the traditional charitable sector. We are learning that if a cause or a project matters to people, they want to be a part of it even if it is not connected to a known charity.

If You Think the Music Industry is Dying, You're Not Paying Attention

Brian Buchanan | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Music
Brian Buchanan

Is there any hope for music? Can the industry adapt to meet the pressures and challenges of a rapidly evolving digital frontier? My band, Enter the Haggis, decided to fund our forthcoming record through Kickstarter and we more than doubled our goal in under 10 days. From where I'm sitting, it's hard to understand the argument that the music industry is dying. I'm currently on tour, playing songs I wrote for people who are willing to pay to see me, and they're funding my career directly. From my perspective, the music business is thriving.

Is Your Business All About the Product? Or the People?

Mitch Joel | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

There is a major shift in business focus that is under way. Digital media has forced businesses to change. Dramatically. This is nothing new. What's interesting is that we're seeing two, distinct, breeds of business being born: product-focused businesses, and customer-focused businesses. Which one do you work for?

Pebble Watch For iPhone And Android: Coming To A Wrist Near You (PHOTOS)

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Style

TORONTO - The Canadian developer behind the Pebble e-paper watch has decided it's almost time to stop taking orders.The Pebble, which was launched on ...

Canadian's Idea For Smartphone Watch Dominates Startup World

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Of the more than 50,000 ideas that have been pitched on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, seeking financial support for a new product, n...