| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:34 AM
In November, a pair of technology journalists issued the latest in what seems to be a constant stream of announcements proclaiming the start of a book publishing revolution. First, co-authors Jason Hiner and Lyndsey Gilpin said they would crowdfund...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The for-profit business world was losing its luster, and Roger Sosa was looking for work that would make him feel good about himself again. He got into the world of chambers of commerce.
Sosa is now the executive director of the Buffalo Grove...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 2:44 PM
At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 1:33 PM
Sure, TLC sang "What About Your Friends" back in the day, but members needn't worry about anyone turning their backs on them.
Less than three days after the group asked fans to fund its final album via a Kickstarter campaign, TLC has surpassed its...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 2:06 PM
Sixteen years after TLC printed thousands of fan names in the liner notes of its Grammy-winning album “FanMail,” the group has again turned to its supporters to steer a project -- but for a price.
The groundbreaking R&B/hip-hop group plans...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 9:56 PM
It beats mailing out another membership solicitation, apparently. Two Chicago cultural institutions are turning to web culture to try to raise money, innovative responses to the eternal challenge such not-for-profit institutions face.
| Jan 13, 2015
| 2:40 PM
Erin and Dave Emmons joke that their food truck was "held together with bubble gum and bale wire" in its first year. In the summer of 2011, the married couple bought the former newspaper delivery vehicle and transformed it into Lucky Taco, quickly gaining...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 11:58 AM
Nick Carabetta isn't sure about the first movie that played at the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach. The theater opened in 1947, so a few educated guesses are possible: the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street," maybe, or the Oscar-winner "Gentleman's...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 7:25 AM
A British space venture is giving ordinary citizens the chance to leave their mark on the moon in a decade's time while helping scientists scout a possible location for a permanent base there.
Lunar Mission One launched a crowdfunding drive on Wednesday...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 5:41 PM
It’s called the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, but there’s more than just kids’ stuff at the annual two-day spectacle—held last weekend at the Navy Pier.
Many creators and publishers of adult-friendly board and card games come to...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:25 PM
Young researchers at Pennsylvania's top universities are turning to the public to fund science experiments.
Using a crowdfunding platform called experiment.com, four researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have raised nearly $12,000, and three...