The Kickstarter Economy

How crowdfunding is changing the way new businesses get their start

Ryan Pfluger for TIME

Kickstarter co-founders Charles Adler, Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler.

"As many of you know, the entertainment industry is filled with incredible scripts written by incredible talent that have not or will never get made. Or worse, they'll get changed into something that is nowhere close to what the original creator envisioned."

The speaker is a suave, bearded gent in a striped bow tie and burgundy cable-knit sweater. He's seeking financing for Anomalisa, a film written by Charlie Kaufman, the author of the screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He gives a sales talk that's convincing--inspiring, even.

He also happens to be an animated...

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