This Week in Crowdfunding: April 2

Check out the articles Crowdtilt has recently been featured in!


Our April Fools’ Day joke was a hit this year! A group of incredibly ambitious entrepreneurs and architects launched a $25MM crowdfunding campaign to build “Silicon Island”: a modern live/work space 65 miles off the coast of California in international waters. Perks included food dropped in by drones, hourly Uber ferries, and more…check out the site we created We were witty enough to be included in TIME’s The Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2014 as well as round ups in CBS NewsTechCrunch, Engadget and NBC News.

Fast Company released The World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2014, their annual guide to the businesses that matter most. Crowdtilt is honored to be included on The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Crowdfunding list for enabling crowdfunding between friends!

Crowdtilt was also featured in VentureBeat’s The 5 Coolest Startup Jobs of the Week. Our viral content marketing manager position was highlighted as one of the “first jobs of it’s kind.” We’re growing incredibly fast and looking to continue our build out of smart, humble, curious, inspired people to join our family. If that’s you, apply here:

Crowdtilt and Crowdtilt Open campaigns also saw the love this past week. KitTea, San Francisco’s first cat tea house tilted at $50,000 and was featured in Jezebel. The tea house plans to open summer 2014 and you can purchase your advanced tickets hereLainie’s Way, a toy and game shop in Port Jefferson, New York, was very close to shutting their doors for good after 10 years but was able to raise over $90,000 from their community to stay afloat. Check out the full story: Through Crowdtilt, Lainie’s Finds a Way.

We love to see photos of the experiences you have, causes you support and events you plan so send them to us at and we’ll try and feature them on the blog!


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Crowdtilt is Launching NYC

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Our NYC History

Since our launch in February 2012 we’ve powered thousands of groups in NYC, from city tours and sports leagues, to epic cronut deliveries and nonprofit fundraisers. Whether it’s just getting friends together for a casual brunch or planning a weekend trip to the Hamptons, we’ve loved helping you tilt the big apply. We’ve fallen deeply in love with NYC’s delicious, philanthropic, and pioneering spirit…

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August 2013: 50 friends tilt a historical delivery of 100 cronuts!

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April 2013: Yet another boozy brunch in NYC!

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Dec 2013: LIFE Camp raises $131,000 to save lives in Queens!


Feb 2012 – now: The Manhattan Women’s Club has tilted 84 group tours, Broadway shows, and more!

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June 2013: “Nametag Day” put nametags on 20,000 New Yorkers!

The NYC Splash

Over 10,000 NYC groups have tilted — and we think it’s about time we brought the party to you. As we move into 2014, one of our goals is to empower more groups in your awesome city to do amazing things.

What does this mean for you? We might not be opening a full office (yet!) but we’re going to start by supercharging the city with:

1. Special deals to spread the tilted love! Here’s the first one: all Crowdtilt fees are waived in NYC, and 1 in every 10 campaigns will get $35 worth of free Momofuku! Use promo code NYC when creating a campaign to enter for a tasty treat.

2. Giant “launch” events. We’re planning some seriously fun stuff. Think on the level of this record-breaking $108k SF Halloween yacht, or this posh, $65k SF -> Vegas NYE party. And some good-ol’ small-scale happy hours to get to know your fellow tilted community. You guys are our VIPs. Sign up here to be added to invite lists.

3. Meetups with our team and fellow tilters: Starting with our private Tilted Speakeasy tonight at 7 PM in Projective Space! We’re super excited to stay in close touch :) Sign up here to join future meetups!

4. Sponsorships for parties and events in the city: We’d love to get involved with the awesome things going on. Shoot us an email at if you have an event you’re hosting — or even a casual birthday party for a friend! We’d love to chip in $100 to make it extra special and shoot some swag and even a photographer your way!

Help us spread the word as we make our launch in your city as big as can be! Tell your friends to Crowdtilt their rent, bar tabs, birthday gifts, and anything where people and money need to come together. Got questions? Reach out to us at, we’re all ears. We’d love to make your experiences bigger + better, make your planning process much easier, and just get to know you.

Finally, if you have fun ideas about what to tilt in the NYC, we’d love your help connecting with your friends or groups in the city. Just shoot us an intro email at to invite us to your parties, meetups or more! (Yes, we really do want to come, if you’ll have us!) We’re excited to grow our amazing network of tilters, friends and supporters!

Can’t wait to see y’all soon,

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P.S. Check out our breakfast for the NYC nonprofits and read about Crowdtilt’s ties to the NYC nonprofit community here!