Across the region, a growing number of dreamers, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs know the anxiety that's keeping him restless and online. They're sharing their projects and passions on websites that offer a new kind of investment strategy, called crowdfunding, and hoping for manna from heaven.
Crowdfunding emerged a few years ago in the arts community, appealing to independent filmmakers and garage bands with a song to record, before catching fire in the mainstream. Today, more than 400 crowdfunding websites serve every conceivable industry and niche. They go by names like Indiegogo, Wefunder, SoMoLend, FansNextDoor and Crowdtilt.