Kickstarter Clone Artspire Teaches Artists Business Skills

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Fundraising website Kickstarter makes it easy for creative types to raise money from strangers for art installations, films, CDs, and myriad other projects. Its simplicity is appealing: You post a description of what you want to do, set a fundraising target and deadline, and then get your Facebook friends and Twitter followers to contribute. In 2011 the site handled about $100 million in pledges.

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