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Houstonians Are Using Crowdfunding to Launch Businesses and Ideas

The Internet has become a valuable tool for many people, including plenty here in Houston, to raise funds for everything from schools to business ideas. So-called crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow users to tap into potential capital from around the world to launch a new product or funds to complete an art project. […]

The Internet has become a valuable tool for many people, including plenty here in Houston, to raise funds for everything from schools to business ideas. So-called crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow users to tap into potential capital from around the world to launch a new product or funds to complete an art project.

We hear from two Houstonians who did just that and a Houston company that’s launched a crowdfunding site specifically for school fundraisers.

Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi is the owner of 2040 Design Studio, company based in Humble that makes things like docks and charging stations for smart phones and tablets. He’s used crowdfunding to launch his products.

Libbie Masterson is a Houston artist who raised funds for an art installation called the WaterLilly Project in Hermann Park.

And  Andy Saberioon is the co-founder of PledgeCents.com, a website that specializes in raising funds for schools.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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