My partner Nick blogged about this Kickstarter project yesterday and I immediately backed it. Second Chance Studio is a nonprofit digital media company that trains and employs formerly incarcerated individuals. You can back their Kickstarter project here. USV TEAM POSTS:Albert Wenger —...

I wrote about this project to financially support people who were laid off because of the Covid pandemic back in early April. We also participated in the project and supported a family in the NY metro area back then. I saw this tweet yesterday: 1/ So proud of @1kprojectorg reaching...

Atari’s repeatedly delayed VCS console is nearly ready two years after its announcement. The team has revealed that the first 500 (or so) Atari VCS production models should leave the factory by mid-June. That will still leave the majority of...

Atari’s repeatedly delayed VCS console is nearly ready two years after its announcement. The team has revealed that the first 500 (or so) Atari VCS production models should leave the factory by mid-June. That will still leave the majority of...

I am a big fan of pairing solar panels on the roof with a battery system in the garage. The battery allows you to use the solar power at night when there is no sun. It also provides resilience for power outages and the like. So when I saw this Kickstarter project, I backed it immediately. The...

Kickstarter Lights On

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So many of our favorite community anchors have shuttered in the wake of the pandemic. And reopening them won’t be easy. Music venues, movie theaters, art galleries, restaurants, performance spaces, maker spaces, conferences, festivals, and bookshops are the places we hang out in, enjoy each...

Equity crowdfunding (ECF) and peer-to-peer financing (P2P) platforms are new, smart ways to raise funds. Skeptics used to say these platforms are a “flop”, or “exclusive” only for technology companies. They are dead wrong. Based on Securities Commission (SC)’s latest annual report,...

Kickstarter has discussed layoffs as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages its crowdfunding business, and it now looks like those job cuts may be particularly severe. In a message to Gizmodo, the company has confirmed plans to cut a large portion of its...

This proven model may sound like old news, but here are the clear-cut benefits to consider before an upcoming fundraise.   By Tanisha Lele   Peer-to-peer fundraising, also known as social or team fundraising, is a technique used to raise money online for a cause...

Funding Friday: ROAR

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Yesterday, Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef/owner/creator of Prune, a tiny twenty-year-old restaurant in the east village that The Gotham Gal and I and our family have always loved, wrote a piece in the New York Times that really captures the sense of loss we all feel around our favorite local places,...

Leaked images obtained by TechCrunch reveal that Google considered and designed a feature that would let people donate money to websites to help support news publishers, bloggers, and musicians. But Google scrapped the idea and chose not to build out the product, despite these kinds of businesses...

Patreon has laid off 30 employees (or 13 percent) of its workforce due to the “economic uncertainty” brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The subscription content platform told TechCrunch that it has chosen to let employees go, because it’s...

Now that they can reliably navigate your home, avoid trouble, and run for hours, we’re starting to see other innovations introduced for robot vacuums. The HaierTab Tabot not only includes a built-in mop and a removable hand vac, it’s also the first robovac that can cut hair so it’s easier to...

Funding Friday: NYC Covid Fund

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We continue to be concerned about the most vulnerable among us and that is where we want to focus our giving right now. To that end, Give Directly has a NYC Covid Fund that will give funds directly to people. Specifically: GiveDirectly is delivering cash to families enrolled in SNAP (a...

The current state of affairs has brought light to some very harsh realities in full force, and our daily lives are massively altered in dramatic ways, not seen before in our lifetime. It’s been more than three months since COVID-19 emerged and all regular businesses have come to a halt. While we...

Without any further ado we can say that this is  the defining moment in the history of the Smartlands + Smartee ecosystem. And now it gives us great pleasure to announce that Smartlands + Smartee has now launched a private stage of the fundraising round on Seedrs - a leading equity crowdfunding...

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the US, the people who are stepping up the most to meet this challenge are our country’s healthcare workers. We should do everything we can to help make sure they can work safely during this crisis. So today I am highlighting two fundraisers for...