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Traditionally, crowdfunding has been a method used by small companies or startups when they want to take a product from conception to commercial reality.
Almost anyone can come up with a pitch for their project and take it to sites such as Kickstarter, where millions of members of the public can take a look and, if they think it's worthwhile, pledge a few bucks for one of the first off the assembly line.
Although there have been some spectacular failures, a huge number of crowdfunded projects have become runaway success stories and the concept has quickly gained momentum.
What few people expected however, was that "big name" companies would use crowdfunding as a way of developing new products and pre-selling them.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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