Category: Success Stories

How the Crowd Helped Two Women Launch & Fund a D.C. Distillery

It all started when Pia Carusone was about 2 years old and Rachel Gardner was just a baby. Their families were close, so they grew up celebrating holidays together and traveling together. As adults, Pia pursued a career in politics in Washington D.C. and Rachel found herself in Seattle working on sustainable and natural resource … read more

The Key to Success for Smart Cube? Unlocking Valuable Partnerships

All entrepreneurs need inspiration to innovate, and for Ira Hayes, co-founder and COO of Smart Armor Tech, that inspiration came from the need to save a life. After a friend suffered serious complications from forgetting to take his heart medication, Hayes, wanted to make sure it would never happen again. He went to work, creating … read more

Celebrating Two Months of Equity Crowdfunding from Sundance

It’s hard to believe that’s it’s only been a little over two months since we teamed up with MicroVentures to launch equity crowdfunding on Indiegogo through our portal First Democracy VC, and the last two months were even better than we expected.  Our first batch of five offering companies reached their targets by collectively raising … read more

A look back at 2016’s innovative projects

Together, our backers accomplished so much this year. You helped hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs launch their ideas. New innovations, fueled by over 2 million backers, were created around the world. Let’s look back at all that you’ve accomplished in 2016: We couldn’t have done it without our passionate community of backers. Solutions you’ve supported … read more

$1.2M in 30 days, what Roccbox learned from this success

In March, we wrote about how our community was going bananas over the Roccbox portable pizza oven. In the first 72 hours of their campaign, they raised more than $400k, averaging about $100 per minute. Their campaign wrapped up 30 days later, bringing in over $1.2M in funds. This week, we sat down with one … read more