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Crowd Supply: Your product, from proposals to purchases

Posted by Melissa Massello  April 25, 2013 11:00 AM

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crowd-supply-homepage.jpg When it comes to crowdfunding, there's no shortage of online options these days. But Crowd Supply, started by MIT alums, is about more than just raising capital. From proposal to purchase, this platform takes makers through the process and delivers them real customers.

Unlike Kickstarter, which is not a store, Crowd Supply actually is. There are the crowdfunding campaigns, not unlike Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where a maker requests funds to create their product and by donating, you get sponsorship gifts. But what sets Crowd Supply apart is that it actually sells the products it helps fund.

Once a project is funded, it's not the end. Crowd Supply offers pre-orders and purchase of in-stock items from past campaigns. Not limiting themselves, Crowd Supply is supporting products across categories, including pet collars with built-in leashes, hand-crank phone chargers, dinnerware, guitars, apparel, and plush toys.

For the maker who doesn't have an existing sales platform, this built-in shop and fulfillment option makes the process seamless.

~Tara


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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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