One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fund (a project or venture) by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet.‘he's launched a campaign to crowdfund the first album he'll record under his own name’‘a crowdfunded movie’
- ‘"I'd love to see someone 'crowdfund' an Avatar-sized film by begging for donations on YouTube, but we both know that's not going to happen."’
- ‘She was one of the first researchers in Australia to successfully run a campaign to crowdfund their research.’
- ‘Critics argue that crowdfunded companies won't be as carefully vetted or transparently documented as traditional ones.’
- ‘Now he's looking to crowdfund his next research project, on the neuronal effects of amphetamines.’
- ‘As experiments go, I'd really like to crowdfund a book.’
- ‘But, like the overwhelming majority of crowdfunded ventures, Kamm experienced severe delays in manufacturing his products.’
- ‘Would I help crowdfund open source?’
- ‘Fortunately, says Burtch, nearly all crowdfunded ventures - more than 95 percent - do deliver promised goods to their backers eventually.’
- ‘The firm launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund $30,000 towards the pen's development programme, a target that was passed in a few hours.’
Early 21st century: from crowd + fund, on the pattern of crowdsource.
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