'Capital C' Documentary on crowdfunding: The Crowd vs the Shark Tank
I just watched and recommend the documentary 'Capital C', which explores a handful of crowdfunded projects of various sizes, producing a variety of products. I'm a fan of balancing 'problem' documentaries like 'The Internet's Own Boy' (about Aaron Shwartz) with 'solutions' documentaries, and this is certainly one of those. Although I don't know if any of the projects followed in the doco released their work under a libre license (I don't think they did), the film does demostrate that fan-funding can work. Not just for already-famous people like Amanda Palmer - only one of the creators featured had any public profile when they launched their first crowfunder - and not just for small hobby projects - one project featured was a video game company that raised about US$3 million for their first independent project, and over US$4 million for their second. To what degree has crowdfunding changed the landscape of concentrating capital to bootstrap projects, and to what degree have the new 'equity crowdfunding' laws built on or recuperated this?