So, it looks like we can stop talking about crowdfunding being the end of venture capital.
Based on our data, crowdfunding is proving to be a blessing for VC dealflow. And with the Oculus and SmartThings acquisitions (both Kickstarter funded), VCs who aren’t upto their eyeballs in “proprietary dealflow” should probably be paying attention to crowdfunding platforms.
Here’s some other perspectives on VC and crowdfunding based on our recent crowdfunding report which may be worth a look:
- NY Times – Crowdfunding and Venture Funding: More Alike Than You Think
- BusinessWeek – How Kickstarter turned into a VC’s best friend
- Bloomberg – How VCs use Kickstart to kick the tires on hardware startups
- The Verge – After auditioning on Kickstarter, hardware startups raise hundreds of millions of dollars
- LA Times – Rufus Cuff smartwatch is one of 443 crowd-funded hardware projects
- Inc – Kickstarter draws more funding than Indiegogo
- GigaOm – Want to raise venture capital for your hardware startup? Start with Kickstarter
- PE Hub – Crowdfunded hardware startups raise $312 million from VCs
- Silicon Valley Business Journal – When VCs join the crowd: 10 local hardware startups that raised the most cash
- Bostinno – Boston hardware heroes are leveraging crowdfunding
- Betabeat – Projects on Kickstarter 4x More Likely to Get VC Funding than Indiegogo