I think this is a great resource. Check out Kickstarter. If you have an interesting project, product or start-up, you can get funding for it by simply offering rewards to contributors.
There are many successful examples where project submissions only requested a few thousand dollars and the pledges that were received far exceeded the project goal.
Here is an example where an industrial designer has a $15,000 goal and his product is so interesting, it winds up receiving $941k in pledges. Yes - this may not be ordinary but there are many other projects in there as well.
By the way - I have no affiliation with Kickstarter. I just think this is an awesome idea.
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