Congratulations to our Director of Enterprise Business, Andrew Erlick, who was named one of Dealerscope’s 40 under 40! Check this out to learn a little more about him, like the fact that his favorite movie is Tommy Boy.
We know well that women too often end up in supporting roles that are neither particularly inspiring nor particularly complex. I know, I know, Wonder Woman is certainly an exception and don’t worry, I will see it. We see tons of movies about the tribulations of male musicians, but where are the ladies? A new scripted show called Venus Flytrap is about a group of female punk rockers. It boasts an impressive cast (ahem, Margaret Cho) that partake in mayhem and music-making.
Even though there is 24-hour-a-day everything in the USA, it’s not surprising that the only 24-hour bookstore is not in the USA. In fact, there is a bookstore in Jordan that is not only open 24 hours a day, but is constantly evolving depending on the weather, the clientele, and the color of the wind (JK I made that up). Jordan’s first lending library started as a treasury in Jerusalem, and got a little rebrand from Hamzeh AlMaaytah when the fourth-generation bookseller broke off from the treasury business. It’s full of of books and ancient manuscripts with no pricetags, because he wants to make reading accessible to everyone. Unfortunately his distinct lack of interest in the business part led to financial trouble and almost had to close the “cave of books”, but with an Indiegogo campaign managed to stay afloat. The money will be used for other things too, like taking books to prisons and remote communities to spread literacy even further.
Where are they now?
I hear that in Copenhagen people don’t lock up their bikes, and even sometimes leave babies in strollers unattended because it’s so darn safe there. Unfortunately, most places are not like that. If you put down your bag for even a second to tie your shoe, give your kid a snack, or abruptly adjust the skirt you realize you’ve elegantly tucked into your underwear, it will likely get swiped. But if you have a Stilla, which is about the same size as a Misfit, in your steal-able item, an alarm will sound and notify you. What’s even cooler about this product is that the founder gave herself a 100 day deadline to create it completely from scratch while she still had a day job – and had a working prototype by the end of that time. The team reached their campaign goal in just 10 hours, and began shipping Stillas last week.
Indiegogo launched a number of exciting initiatives in 2021 to help entrepreneurs and creators deliver on their promises to backers and create campaigns that our community will love. While Indiegogo has always aimed to support campaigners in hitting their goals and helping backers, 2021 is the year we really kicked it up a notch. That’s why we’re dubbing 2021 The Year of the Backer – because when entrepreneurs and creators are supported, it helps the entire Indiegogo community have a better experience on our platform.
How did 2021 affect crowdfunding? 2021 left us seeking ways to settle into being perpetually unsettled. Backers around the globe navigated returns to offices, classrooms, and social lives, and for many, those aspects of their lives are permanently changed. So how did that affect crowdfunding this year? What happened on the Indiegogo platform in 2021? What did backers come together to fund and what did their behavior collectively indicate? We dug into the data to find out how backers engaged with campaigns and some clear trends emerged.
What does 2022 have in store for crowdfunding? To find out, we looked at the data and tapped our fellow Indiegogo team members to see what trends had gained momentum in the second half of 2021 and were likely to continue growing.