| Oct 20, 2014
| 8:32 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 Saturday, Oct. 25, at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall.
"We're really psyched,"...
| 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 29, 2014
| 8:38 AM
Reddit launched a crowdfunding tool Wednesday that gives users of the popular online forum a tailor-made alternative to Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Called Redditmade, the platform is initially optimized to help Reddit users sell T-shirts to their peers...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Reddit has moved into crowdfunding with Redditmade, providing the tools for users to raise funds to bring their campaigns to fruition.
"Redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 3:22 PM
The do-gooders of Chicago spend a lot of time thinking about how to fix education and work-readiness programs, often seen as the only stairways to upward mobility.
For 14 years, Jeff McCarter has run one called Free Spirit Media. It has taken that...
| 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...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 4:38 PM
About a mile off Chicago’s shore, a local businessman wants to create a floating city complete with sundecks, restaurants, a swimming pool and plenty of room for boats to dock.
But before the first bottle of champagne can be uncorked on Breakwater...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Every summer a handful of plucky indie movies jump into the mainstream, thanks to filmgoers who want more nutritional value than that offered by the season's popcorn pics. This year's notable breakouts include Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel,"...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:42 AM
Butterfly in the sky, LeVar Burton can go twice as high -- and then some.
On Wednesday, the actor and former host of "Reading Rainbow" launched a Kickstarter campaign to revive the long-running educational children's program, a beloved mainstay on...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:15 PM
A new program manager is taking the reins at Orlando accelerator program Starter Studio.
Stephen Bowles, who runs a startup himself, is stepping in as Brian Wilson moves to Iowa.
Starter Studio currently has its second, three-month class at the GAI...