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Meet Consano, The Crowdfunding Platform That Wants To Help Cure Cancer

Meet Consano, The Crowdfunding Platform That Wants To Help Cure Cancer

Crowdfunding has been a godsend for getting lots of projects off the ground that otherwise may not have attracted dollars from traditional powers-that-be in retail manufacturing, music, movies, and the like. So at a time when the federal dollars that typically fund medical research are under more constraint than ever, doesn’t it make sense to bring that same model that has worked so well for wristwatches and rock albums to work for curing breast cancer and new methods for lung transplants? That’s what Molly Lindquist believes, so she founded a…

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Crowdfunding Culture: Namaste, and Welcome to the Smithsonian

Crowdfunding Culture: Namaste, and Welcome to the Smithsonian

This Monday, the Smithsonian was scheduled to wrap up the biggest crowdfunding campaign ever undertaken by an American museum. The subject of the exhibition in question? Yoga. At the time of this writing, the Freer Sackler Galleries have decided to extend their month-long campaign another week, and have already surpassed their $125,000 goal by over $4,000. Clearly, this is one show the population of D.C. will pay to see. As a spokeswoman said, “There are between 20 and 40 million yoga practitioners in the United States, and an ethos of…

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Is SmoothGroove the Most Unusal Product to Attract Crowd Funding?

Is SmoothGroove the Most Unusal Product to Attract Crowd Funding?

Newcastle upon Tyne, North East (PRWEB UK) 1 July 2013 It may be unusual, but it is real, and it’s creating a storm worldwide. Launched online, and now attracting crowd funding for a retail packaging project, demand for this product is increasing every day according to the founder and CEO. Susan Laurie from North East England (founder & CEO of SmoothGroove) always preferred to wear figure-hugging clothes that showed her shape off to the full. However, her passion for wearing her desired outfits was regularly blighted by the coarsely named…

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Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Healthcare startup looks to IndieGoGo

Health Tech Hatch, a site launched last fall as a crowdfunding site specifically for health startups, is joining forces with one of the biggest crowdfunding platforms on the web, Indiegogo. From the beginning, the company planned to help health startups both crowdfund and beta test their products with patients and physicians. But now, founder and CEO Patricia Salber said Health Tech Hatch plans to focus more closely on the beta testing side, while working on the crowdfunding piece through Indiegogo. “We quickly learned that it’s really, really hard to raise much…

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Fitness ideas get financial muscle

Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post -  Ryon Lane wanted to run to yoga class, but a rolled-up mat flopping around for three miles wasn’t what he pictured, so he developed the YogoMat, which folds up to fit in a backpack.

Ryon Lane wanted to run to yoga class. There was just one problem with that plan: his mat. A three-mile jog from Capitol Hill to Dupont Circle with a rolled-up piece of rubber resting on his shoulder wasn’t particularly appealing. So the lawyer hopped online to shop for a mat he could fold up and stash in a backpack. Lane couldn’t find one, which is why people searching for a similar product today are stumbling across his Kickstarter campaign for the YogoMat. The lightweight design — with attached straps that…

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