Crowdtilt has released a new product called CrowdHoster that makes it easy to build a custom crowdfunding site without having to write any code. This popular Y Combinator startup provides an online place for friends to pool their money together for a specific purpose, like a wine tour or a wedding gift. Unlike Kickstarter and and Indiegogo which mostly feature creative and business projects, Crowdtilt focuses on enabling group experiences or shared causes.
CrowdHoster is based on the SelfStarter open source project. After presenting the Crowdtilt API in December for developer use, many people without programming expertise expressed interest as well. The team partnered with fellow YC alum Lockitron to build out the SelfStarter codebase, integrating the API and adding in other features.
Conceived as the “WordPress for crowdfunding,” CrowdHoster enables businesses with limited resources to implement a crowd funding campaign directly on their site, rather than through a third party like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. The technology is available for free on CrowdHoster.com. It includes a project page with a funding progress bar, sharing links, and customizable content areas; checkout capabilities with the payment processor of your choice, including Balanced, Stripe, Braintree, or Amazon Payments; project administration and contributor management.
Right now, CrowdHoster is by invitation only. Crowdtilt, which was founded in 2012, has raised $2.1 million to date. Some of its more noteworthy campaigns include a Halloween party on a mega-yacht, a chartered jet for New Years Eve partying in Vegas, and rallying for Twinkies to come back. Also, some good causes like raising money for hurricane victims.
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