Radically rethinking the way crowdfunding works: the case of JumpStartFund and the Hyperloop
by Nikolaus Lipusch; Dominik Dellermann; Philipp Ebel; Ulrich Bretschneider; Jan Marco Leimeister
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV), Vol. 11, No. 6, 2019

Abstract: In this research, we explore the unique case of JumpStartFund, a new crowdfunding platform that is used to develop the Hyperloop project. To this end, we employ an in-depth single case study to examine the participation architecture of the platform as well as the Hyperloop campaign content, based on which we derive a new crowdfunding model. The derived crowdfunding model differs from existing crowdfunding models in that it allows entrepreneurs to develop their business with the crowdmore actively. Our research has important implications for research and practice. First, we introduce a new crowdfunding model that expands the boundaries of existent models. Second, we explain how our model helps to more efficiently leverage the potential inherent in the crowd thereby redefining entrepreneurial success within crowdfunding. Third, we discuss how our findings contribute to existent research within the context of crowdsourcing.

Online publication date: Tue, 26-Nov-2019

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