1. No One Makes a Living on Crowdfunding Website Patreonvom 211.17 Punkte Brent Knepper, writing for The Outline (condensed): Patreon is basically a payments processor designed like a social network. Every creator sets up a profile where they fill out a prompt about what they're making: "Oliver Babish is creating cooking videos,"
3. Patreon Hits Donors With New Fees, Angering Creatorsvom 125.37 Punkte Patreon's changing their fee structure to make donors cover payment-processing fees (standardized to 2.9%) -- plus an additional 35 cents for every pledge. Long-time Slashdot reader NewtonsLaw reports that Patreon's users are furious:
5. Does Online Crowdfunding Actually Reward Innovation?vom 106.64 Punkte Slashdot reader Anirban Mukherjee is an assistant marketing professor at Singapore Management University who led a team analyzing every Kickstarter project ever launched in nine product-oriented categories. An anonymous reader summarizes their results:
9. Hiding in Plain Sight: The YouTubers' Crowdfunding Piracyvom 85.8 Punkte Some YouTube channels are publishing full-length episodes of TV shows, rights of which they obviously do not own, and on top of this, they are trying to crowdfund their piracy efforts by asking viewers to donate some cash. From a report: YouTube creators
10. Patreon Scraps New Service Fee, Apologizes To Usersvom 78.36 Punkte Patreon has decided to halt its plans to add a service fee to patrons' pledges, a proposed update that angered many users. "We're going to press pause," CEO Jack Conte tells The Verge. "Folks have been adamant about the problems with the new system, and
11. 'Unpatent' Begins Crowdfunding Challenges To Bad Patentsvom 58.17 Punkte "Unpatent is a crowdfunding platform that eliminates bad patents," reads their web site. "We do that by crowdsourcing the prior art -- that is all the evidence that makes clear that a patent was not novel -- and filing reexamination requests to the patent
12. Can Crowdfunding Bring Back The Netbook?vom 58.17 Punkte "The mini-laptop's market niche got swamped by the iPad and the phablet," writes Salon, since the stripped-down hardware of tablets made them cheaper to produce. But now netbooks could be making a grassroots-fueled comeback, "thanks to the lower costs