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Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Mega Man Creator Says Crowdfunding Changes the Industry

Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 took Kickstarter by storm, giving him more control over his game and helping him connect to fans. The spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9 will be on Kickstarter accepting donations for seven more days. With an initial goal of $900,000, the project recently passed its $2.2 million stretch goal and will be released on current-gen consoles. The project has reached about $2.45 million today. The success of Mighty No. 9‘s Kickstarter campaign has prompted Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and Mighty No.…

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Betaworks embraces crowdfunding with syndicate seed investment

Betaworks embraces crowdfunding with syndicate seed investment

Today, the U.S. government quietly lifted the general solicitation ban to make good on a provision of the JOBS Act. Now, it is legal to gain startup money from “crowdfunding” techniques — and Betaworks has announced in a blog post that it will seize the opportunity to make syndicate seed investments available for its Openbeta initiative. Openbeta initially opened as a transparency platform — enabling users to test out new products, leave feedback, and learn about the companies that Betaworks is building even before launch. Now, Openbeta users will also…

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Ottawa company’s home security system an overnight success on crowdfunding website

Ottawa company’s home security system an overnight success on crowdfunding website

In just one month, Ottawa’s Blacksumac has gone from wallflower to belle of the ball. The firm’s new Piper home security monitoring system has become a smash success on crowdfunding website Indiegogo, raising more than $260,000. More than that, it took the company’s relatively unknown device and exposed it to a world of eager consumers with deep pockets. The company, which employs nine people locally, has gone from begging to draw attention to Piper, to answering calls from some of the largest retailers in North America. “We’ve sold a quarter-million-dollars…

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Winnipeg company hopes to take advantage of Kickstarter launch

Winnipeg company hopes to take advantage of Kickstarter launch

One of the biggest crowdfunding platforms in the world launched in Canada last week. One company in Winnipeg hopes to cash in on its potential. Lumo is an interactive video projector created in Winnipeg. It allows users to play games like soccer or board games on any surface. “What it does is project on to your child’s floor different games and effects they can play with,” said Jocelyn Laeleannec of software development company Po-Motion. Winnipeg company Po-Motion is looking for funding to market its interactive projector, Lumo, which allows users…

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iCellPRO introduces Aria, a service empowering Canadian to take over their cell phone bill

iCellPRO introduces Aria, a service empowering Canadian to take over their cell phone bill

iCellPRO announces today the launch of Aria, a service that provides individual Canadians with protection from invoice errors and a real solution to reduce monthly fees. Aria empowers Canadians in three ways: 1) Aria analyzes historical cell phone usage to detect any possible errors on a bill; 2) The service then determines adjustments that can add value to an existing plan; and, 3) With up to four new plans launched daily in Canada, Aria automates the comparison and ranks new plans/options offered by ALL providers. This marketplace audit is summarized…

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