| Nov 2, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Joan Didion isn't just a literary lion. She's also a crowdfunding star.
A new documentary about "The Year of Magical Thinking" author has more than doubled its $80,000 goal on Kickstarter -- a result that co-director Griffin Dunne says is a testament...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A group of Northwestern University graduate students have found a solution to a problem of the digital age: what to do when your cell phone is dying while you’re out, and there’s no outlet or charger in sight.
Enter AMPY, a portable device...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 6:09 AM
After a bumpy six years, $175,000 and plenty of blood, sweat and tears, Eric Bugbee is ready to take a victory lap as his BMX film "Heroes of Dirt" has its world premiere Oct. 25 at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall.
"We're really psyched," says Bugbee,...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Baltimore was among dozens of disappointed cities when Google announced it had picked Kansas City, Mo., for a high-speed fiber-optic data network in 2011, but officials vowed to continue fighting for fiber nonetheless.
Nearly four years later, some...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Downtown residents group makes election endorsements
The Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Assn. says it is endorsing Planning Commissioner Mark Bixby and incumbents Joe Shaw and Connie Boardman in the Nov. 4 City Council election.
The group also...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 8:12 AM
Forget the rise and fall of hemlines as a measure of the economy's health. Chicagoans need only follow the fortunes of one of their most famous and indefatigable fashion designers, Maria Pinto.
Pinto launched her first fashion line in 1991, landing...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Up in Wisconsin, they're doing something creative with craft beer besides brewing it. They're turning microbreweries — and other small businesses — into investment opportunities for individuals.
It's an idea worth importing to Illinois, if...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 11:29 AM
Karl Werne, one of the best and most popular singer-songwriters in Hampton Roads, has launched an online fundraising campaign to complete a new CD.
Werne is currently recording a set of songs to be released as an album titled "This Little Notebook."...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Few things in the world of beer taste as sweet as a pint on the house, and cask-focused brewery MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is offering membership in their 54-degrees Founders Club that means you’ll never pay for a pint of ale at their bar again....
| Aug 27, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Customizable smartwatch Pebble was the most crowdfunded campaign on Kickstarter.com going into Tuesday, but there is a new king of Kickstarter -- a cooler.
The Coolest Cooler passed Pebble Tuesday night after raising more than $10.3 million, making...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 7:14 AM
Would you pay $60,000 for potato salad? Many people around the country and the world would, apparently.
A Kickstarter campaign that started as a spoof on the popular fundraising website has raised nearly $60,000 in one man's attempt to make his first...