crowdfunding http://kplu.org en Victim Happy That Washington State Filed Crowdfunding Lawsuit http://kplu.org/post/victim-happy-washington-state-filed-crowdfunding-lawsuit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148713141&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>One of the victims of an alleged crowdfunding scam says he’s not counting on getting his money back. But he’s glad Washington’s attorney general has filed a consumer protection lawsuit. It’s believed to be the first state action against a crowdfunding project sponsor.</p><p>Brad Lansford only lost $9, but he still feels burned. In 2012, he backed a Kickstarter project called Asylum Playing Cards.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:17:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16468 at http://kplu.org Victim Happy That Washington State Filed Crowdfunding Lawsuit Seattle Scientists Look To Make Drug Research More Like Fantasy Football http://kplu.org/post/seattle-scientists-look-make-drug-research-more-fantasy-football <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series. Learn how scorpion vemon led local researchers to the brink of discovery of a new class of drugs in <a href="http://kplu.org/post/how-scorpions-sting-led-seattle-scientists-brink-discovery">Part 1</a>.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consider the chemical elegance of a potato. Or a petunia. Or a horseshoe crab.</span></p><p>Somewhere in each of those organisms is a special little protein uniquely equipped to do what medicines do: barge in on biological processes and mess with them. With a little tweaking, it’s possible they could be trained to, say, keep cancer cells from spreading.</p><p>A few years ago, Dr. Jim Olson and his team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center had figured out how to make those proteins by the thousands, but they hadn’t yet figured out how to pay for it.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11819 at http://kplu.org Seattle Scientists Look To Make Drug Research More Like Fantasy Football Should the state OK equity crowdfunding? http://kplu.org/post/should-state-ok-equity-crowdfunding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crowdfunding websites have grown rapidly as a way to raise money for creative ventures—everything from movies to scientific research, to clever inventions. You might have heard of </span>Kickstarter<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Indiegogo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span>Rockethub<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It would be just a small leap to use those same platforms to sell shares in a startup. That's illegal right now, but maybe not for long.</span></p><p> Sun, 19 May 2013 18:32:44 +0000 Tom Banse 8827 at http://kplu.org Should the state OK equity crowdfunding?