Using Crowdfunding gives entrepreneurs another avenue to raise money via the internet very much the same way OpenIDEO uses the crowd to "people design better, together for social good". Imagine people investing together for the better...
article and kickstarter.com triggered this inspiration for me.
You have great idea you have been working on and you know that your product will sell, but you don't have the money to manufacture this. Lets call this product Dream One. You get feedback from your marketing research that there is indeed a big market for this and you could make millions. :-)
However you don't have the capital needed to make this product and get it into the market place. :-(
But wait new government policies and new crowdfunding is now available to help you raise money easily over the internet. People pool their money together to help found your project and you are able to get to market.
Video about "Crowdfunding Bill Passes U.S. Senate": http://www.wggb.com/2012/03/22/crowdfunding-bill-passes-u-s-senate/
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