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Will Open-source Crowdfunding Help Sustain the Hardware Startup Boom?

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Jarred Sumner is just 16 years old, and he has launched two products this month: Lockitron, a gadget that lets users open doors with mobile phones, and Selfstarter, an open source alternative to Kickstarter. Kickstarter, which actively curates fundraising projects, declined to host Lockitron’s pre-orders. So Sumner and his colleagues wrote their own code. On Thursday, they open-sourced it on Github. By Monday, it had been forked, or modified, 150 times, and 500 users were following the project.

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