Enjoy Your $500 T-Shirt: Kickstarter Backers Get Nada in Oculus Sale

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Venture capital firms Spark Capital and Matrix Partners made a 2,000 percent return on their early investments in Oculus VR, the virtual reality company acquired yesterday by Facebook. It’s a potent reminder of how profitable a timely bet on a startup can be. Nine thousand, five hundred, and twenty-two people who backed the venture even earlier than that, though, on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, are getting a multiple of exactly zero for their prescience.

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