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What is your experience with FundersClub, SeedUps, or a similar crowdfunding platforms?

I'm interested in hearing about experiences, and learning any dos/don'ts.

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Jake Carlson Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I am lead developer for MicroVenturesin Austin/SF. The website (new version just released) pretty much hits on all the basic information, but I'd be happy to answer any specific questions.
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Jake Carlson Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I should also mention as well that prior to working at MicroVentures, a client of mine applied but was denied. We are very selective and go only for startups with decent traction etc. But I don't make those decisions. ;)
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Maria Yuan Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Yes - what did you want to know about them?
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Stephen Karlsgodt Entrepreneur
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How far along do companies have to be to get investments with these types of funding vehicles? I'm at the working prototype stage, but I have no customers or 'traction' yet. My product is hardware based so I can't just put a beta version up on a website and get feedback. (Also, the prototypes are expensive and rough around the edges, so making a bunch of those for beta testing is not desirable.)

I'm just looking for some feedback and thoughts on how these crowd funding site might view my company at this point. I want to do whatever I can to make my opportunity attractive to them.

Thanks!
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Based on my experience, it will be difficult to get picked up with these crowdfunding sites until you have proven the product and/or gained at least some traction. Of course, if there is credible evidence that the product will sell, it's worth a try.
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