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Give InKind’s smarter giving platform brings in surprise $1.5 million in pre-seed funding

Give InKind’s smarter giving platform brings in surprise .5 million in pre-seed funding Helping out a friend in need online can be surprisingly difficult. While giving cash is easy enough, that’s often not what people need most — so Give InKind aims to be the platform where you can do a lot […]

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The FrankOne is a simple and portable coffee brewing gadget

The FrankOne is a simple and portable coffee brewing gadget The FrankOne coffee maker, fresh off a successful crowdfunding campaign, is now available for purchase, and I got a chance to test out one of the first run of these funky little gadgets. While it won’t replace my normal pourover or a […]

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Cute Little Fuckers gets Kickstarter’s seal of approval for sex toy project

Cute Little Fuckers gets Kickstarter’s seal of approval for sex toy project Running a sex tech company is hard, so it’s worth calling out when companies overcome the many barriers to running one. Cute Little Fuckers, a gender-inclusive sex toy company, just launched a $13,500 campaign on Kickstarter. “This is the first […]

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Loog launches a trio of new educational guitars

Loog launches a trio of new educational guitars Educational guitar maker Loog returned to Kickstarter this week, some eight years after it first hitting the crowdfunding site. This fourth campaign from the company features a trio of instruments aimed at helping accelerating the learning process. There are three models, each aimed at […]

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Bankrupt Maker Faire revives, reduced to Make Community

Bankrupt Maker Faire revives, reduced to Make Community Maker Faire and Maker Media are getting a second chance after suddenly going bankrupt, but they’ll return in a weakened capacity. Sadly, their flagship crafting festivals remain in jeopardy, and it’s unclear how long the reformed company can survive. Maker Media suddenly laid off […]

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HyperSciences raises an untraditional $9.6M for its hypersonic drilling vision

HyperSciences raises an untraditional .6M for its hypersonic drilling vision We profiled HyperSciences in February, when the team had just successfully completed a launch milestone for a small business grant with NASA. The last time we checked in, the hypersonic drilling company had raised about $5 million as part of an untraditional […]

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WTF are ISAs? (and can they transform education and spark a startup wave?)

WTF are ISAs? (and can they transform education and spark a startup wave?) Soaring college tuition prices have left Americans drowning in debt without a correspondingly enhanced set of professional skills to show for it. In the past 11 years, US student debt has increased by 157% and 1 in 10 borrowers […]

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Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen steps down

Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen steps down Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen issued an open letter on the site’s blog today, noting that he will be stepping down from his role. The executive served as one of three co-founders for the service, launching the site in 2009, with Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. He […]

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UK military veteran launches crowd-funding for Pixie app to revive local stores

UK military veteran launches crowd-funding for Pixie app to revive local stores What if, instead of sitting on your phone on the sofa ordering stuff from Amazon, you could buy the same things locally from local stores that ultimately enliven and enrich your local neighborhood? What if by doing that, you wouldn’t […]

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Crowdfunded developer of space sim Star Citizen takes on $46M in funding at nearly $500M valuation

Crowdfunded developer of space sim Star Citizen takes on M in funding at nearly 0M valuation The story of the game Star Citizen and Cloud Imperium, the company developing it, is almost too ludicrous to believe: a crowdfunding effort to create a space sim of unparalleled size and realism, raising hundreds of […]

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