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Directing the wisdom of the crowd: the importance of social interaction among founders and the crowd during crowdfunding campaigns

Thomas Clauss, Robert J. Breitenecker, Sascha Kraus, Alexander Brem () and Chris Richter

Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2018, vol. 27, issue 8, 709-729

Abstract: Crowdfunding plays an important role as an alternative funding source for technology ventures. No earlier studies particularly investigated the importance of social interactions during such crowdfunding campaigns. Hence, we particularly take the interaction between the project owner and the community as well as among community members into account. We empirically investigated potential success factors for crowdfunding projects of entrepreneurs on the base of 430 projects from the German crowdfunding platform Visionbakery. Our results show that social interaction during a crowdfunding campaign indeed increases the likelihood of its success. As comments from crowd members on particular projects might be positive or negative and can also provide additional argumentation or raise questions, comments can cause a dialog among crowd members. This shows that herding might not only be related to the number of contributors but also to their shared attributes and perceptions. Our discussion of theoretical and managerial implications closes with recommendations for future research on this evolving topic.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2018.1396660

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