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Start.ac

START.ac is The Complete CrowdFunding Community™. START.ac expands CrowdFunding to make a home for startup businesses and technology products. Projects can be anywhere in the world. It introduces a new type of funding to an expanded audience.

Case study:

Challenge

START.ac wanted to enhance the current CrowdFunding model by adding worldwide scope, by making the process more enjoyable and engaging for Supporters. A key aspect was to make it easier for Supporters to find the projects they love.

Solution

State of the art CrowdFunding platform, with many unique innovations. Here are a few: InsideTrack™, CrowdAudition™, Mentor Program™, CrowdAccelerator™, STARTBusinessRewards™, NOWReward™, NOWAlert™, PromptPayProgram™ and CrowdAltruism™

 

Benefits

Blisstering’s approach enabled the client to launch the complex, high traffic solution faster than was projected by other approaches. START.ac is designed to scale on multiple platforms, emerging app marketplaces (e.g. iTunes, Android and Facebook); assisting them with overall app products and marketing strategy, services and support for interactive digital content across multiple channels.

Key Features

  • Ability to help entrepreneurs to START their idea; a social portal in itself, where the community can help and fund each other.
  • Support for Disaster Fund Projects.
  • PromptPayProgram™ to allow Project Drivers to claim their funds if a project reaches funding before deadline.
  • Crowdfunding Payment Gateway Integration
  • Rewards and returns for Funders -- tied with other components like Payment, Users, Profiles
  • Project Dashboard for Project Drivers, to know the status of their Projects with one glance.
  • Social media integration to find your friends on START.ac, follow them.

Core Technology Used

  • Web/CMS: Drupal 7
  • Stack: LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
  • QA/PM: Selenium, Jira Confluence
  • Search: Apache/Solr
  • Hosting: Acquia