Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Fundable and Indiegogo are responsible for some of the coolest projects coming out right now. The sky’s the limit when it comes to these projects. Everything from a music label deal to food companies, there is something for everyone.
PayPal has gotten itself some bad press over crowdfunding, in particular for withholding funds certain companies need to develop their projects. Now, the payments site reveals that it has put changes in place to address those problems.
As more and more startups like Airbnb, Etsy and Kickstarter crowd into the space of the collaborative economy, big brands are starting to get in on the action, too. Staples sells products developed on Quirky; Avis has acquired Zipcar; Walgreens has partnered with TaskRabbit for delivery.
After a failed crowdfunding campaign last year, Ubuntu parent company Canonical is taking a more traditional approach with its first mobile devices.
Canonical announced today that it’s partnering with China-based Meizu and Spain-based Bq to build the first Ubuntu Mobile devices, which will run the “latest hardware” and will be available by the end of the year.