Spectacular Crowdfunding Failures

What do mini-drones, gills for people, coolers with speakers, shoes with magnets and a home 3D printer have in common?

All were notorious crowdfunding failures.

Reasons for the failures included embezzlement, disappearance (with all the money it raised), delivery delays/failures,technological impossibility and non-functionality.

Most “donors” lost their money, although Indiegogo did require the gill company to return funds.

Since the web portals typically don’t enforce either their terms of service or a company’s promises, it will be up to the funders to litigate fraudulent crowdfunding entities.


About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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