Can Crowdfunding Close The New Technology Funding Gap?
Let's start by accepting there are many scientists and technologists who have truly promising offerings with a strong and sound foundation. Further that these deserving technologies could benefit greatly from additional development funds. These monies could enable development completion or even to achieve commercialization stage readiness.
Besides maxing out one's credit cards or being forced to tap the venture capital market (and their short-term payback orientation) do creative means exist to help underwrite new technology creation and development pursuits?
Could some form of crowd-funding be viable for new technology development?
Some other people have apparently recognized this issue and raised this question. Some have even begun to address it by launching technology oriented crowd funding platforms, such as TechMoola, #SciFundChallenge, and FundaGeek. From TechMoola's website, according to one of its founders: "Unlike Kickstarter and other sites which feature "technology" but actually host design projects/products that mainly are additions/accessories to existing Apple products, we focus exclusively on novel, innovative, homegrown, American technologies." While Kickstarter's product-centric projects are more diverse than this description might suggest, their point is taken. Here's a further description from The Daily Crowdsource: http://dailycrowdsource.com/crowdsourcing/company-reviews/828-techmoola-crowdfunding-for-technological-innovation .
In visiting the TechMoola site, it appears that they feature products as well as technologies. Whether due to the relative "unsexiness" of technologies and products that are not consumer-focused, or the lack of broad site exposure, it appears from casual inspection that TechMoover investor participation rates are still fairly low. Still, TechMoola seems like a step in the right direction. Do any readers have any familiarity and or experience with TechMoola, or others such sites, including how successful they are?
Looking Ahead to 2013
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