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Crowdfunders´ Losing Deal
American Magazine, by Adam Gomolin

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 4/4/2014 10:05:58 AM

Oculus Rift, a startup making virtual-reality headsets, sold to Facebook last week for $2 billion. Less than two years ago, the company got its start by raising nearly $2.5 million on Kickstarter, the five-year-old crowdfunding site that recently reached $1 billion in total funds raised. Raising $2 million in financing and quickly selling a company for $2 billion is an unusual success. Why, then, are those who initially backed Oculus Rift on Kickstarter so up in arms?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 4/4/2014 12:02:50 PM     (No. 9797597)

Crowdfunded projects will lose money 90% of the time and is perfectly engineered for fraud. Should you get "shares" for your contributions? I dunno. As soon as the shares are *worth* something you´re neck-deep in lawsuits and stuff.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steph_gray, 4/4/2014 12:53:46 PM     (No. 9797664)

This is a perfect example of over regulation strangling the market.

We will never become America again if we don´t demand the government get out of people´s way.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: crimea river, 4/4/2014 2:12:29 PM     (No. 9797776)

I agree with both #1 and #2. Having owned stock in several startups (most of which are now worth peanuts), the big players know how to grab most of the pie when the company is purchased or goes public. I´d like to see fewer regulations, but if you´re going to play the game, you´d better be educated, armed and prepared to fight.
Crowdfunders get a decent deal. Relatively quick payback of tangible goods without legal bills.

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