The Houston Better Business Bureau has put out guidance for consumers about crowdfunding and has even accredited two in their area.
“BBB has determined that NextSeed TX, LLC meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.” NextSeed has had no complaints over the last 12 months and is “A” rated.
The BBB has also issued tips for consumers about crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding Consumer Tips: http://www.click2houston.com/consumer/where-money-goes-when-donating-to-crowdfunding-campaign