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Breaking news: Kickstarter performance data finally revealed!
You have probably been wondering how well crowdfunding works for startups like the rest of us. Well, now you have data from the leading site in the space.
A look at 45,815 projects revealed the following performance data.
Is a Big Bully Trying to Strong-arm a Tiny Startup into Surrendering its Business?
It certainly looks that way at first blush. Apparently venture capital firm Lightbank and one of its portfolio companies, WhosHere, are resorting to legal intimidation to pressure a tiny startup, Who’s Near Me, into surrendering its domain names, Facebook page, Twitter account, as well as pay over $5,100 in legal fees.
Take a moment to compare the two domains:
– http://myrete.com/ (We are not going to link to this site for two reasons. One is principle and the other is that their site doesn’t load. ) http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/http://myrete.com/ confirmed that was down at the time of this writing. Maybe somebody over there forgot to pay the hosting bill?)
However, the real thorn in Lightbody’s side appears to be the name more so than the domain. The company has issued an ultimate:
This just came in from Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the IPO disaster:
Dear Facebook User,
Hi, it’s Mark.
As you may have heard, our IPO last week didn’t go quite as well as expected. How badly did it go, exactly? If you live in a major city, you’ve probably seen homeless guys huddled around bonfires of Facebook stock. More ominously, I just received a call from my attorney telling me that I probably didn’t need a prenup after all.