Two Boston Startups Team Up to Help 93 Companies Crowdfund Their Way to 600 Potential New Jobs

As we continue to try and pick ourselves up from this staggering economy, nothing sounds better than the promise of 600 new jobs—made possible due to a partnership between Boston-based consulting firm Find Boomer and crowdfunding platformLauncht. Together, they have developed VoltCrowd, a crowdfunding challenge turned startup accelerator.

November 30, 2012 ·



Navigating The Sea Of Crowdfunding: How To Pick The Right Platform For Your Brand

Choosing the right crowdfunding platform for your business or project can be an overwhelming process. At face value, many of the popular sites can look identical, and the numerous factors involved can turn this into a complicated decision. The first step in choosing a crowdfunding platform is to ensure that you have a solid idea that will appeal to the crowdfunding model.

November 15, 2012 ·



Featured Project: Robotic Hand Rehabilitation Device with 2 DOF

The HERRI hand rehabilitation system, developed at the Biomedical Mechatronics lab at Northeastern University, is composed of a 2-DoF robotic interface, virtual environment, practitioner’s graphical user interface (GUI), and the auxiliary control hardware/software. The patient manipulates the robotic hand interface just like a joystick to navigate in a virtual environment (i.e. maze game) while the robot applies force fields to the patient’s hand. The device is intended to aid motor recovery in post-stroke patients through repetitive and coordinated motions for task specific exercises.

August 23, 2012 ·



iAMscientist launches site to fund research

A startup aimed at supporting early-stage research, iAMscientist launched its website Tuesday aiming to offer not only a source of donations for scientists, but a community of peers to provide advice and career development.

August 1, 2012 ·



A Nation of Tinkerers: Crowd-Funding Turns Amateurs Into Inventors

I have a lovely artifact of dead media in my house: a radio jukebox from 1946, invented by a friend’s grandfather in his spare time. Radios were expensive, and this handsome metal receiver could be placed in a booth of a diner so that, for a dime, patrons could enjoy a few minutes of AM entertainment. My friend’s grandfather paid to have them built, but—as this story so often goes—by the time they reached the mass market, advances in electronics had rendered them passé.

July 24, 2012 ·


A Nation of Tinkerers

Crowd Funding Your Next Project

Entrepreneur and author, Seth Godin, has recently raised about $237,000 through Kickstarter to fund his latest book ideas, including the title, “The Icarus Deception.” According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, Godin presented several projects to crowd investors to gauge public interest in them. Is this the future of publishing, and perhaps product development as well? Sure, crowd funding is a boon for small companies, which tend to bring in higher returns than larger ones over time , but are we approaching an age when the general, micro-investing public – empowered by the 2012 Crowdfund Act – must sign off on a new idea before it goes to development and eventual launch? For good or ill, entrepreneurs are taking advantage of small-sum investors.

July 1, 2012 ·



How the little biotech guys beat big odds

This one is different. Chances are you’ve never heard of Semprus Biosciences of Cambridge or the bigger company that bought it Monday for relatively modest money. The medical technology, though important, is no miracle.

June 26, 2012 ·