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Crowdfunding in the Blender community - lessons we learned


The Crowd Render team shares their insights into crowdfunding after their recent campaign didn't catch on.

Jamesy writes:

If you've ever pondered using crowdfunding as a means to make your project a reality, be it software, a short film or indie game, I highly recommend learning from our experience! This article details what we learned trying to crowdfund a beta release for our addon.

Though we weren't ultimately successful in hitting our target, we learned a lot about the reasons for this and we want to share them with you. Click the link below!

About Author


I'm a software engineer, I've worked on numerous technologies over the past 10 years. I started out working on full motion flight simulators and then worked with embedded systems. I now work on building an add-on to support rendering using multiple computers over internet/local networks. I started using blender in 2009 and have done small projects with it since then, however, crowd render, our network rendering add-on is by far the biggest adventure with Blender to date.


  1. Firman ryan lim on

    I think the marketing of crowdrender must be increase it and some day crowdrender will be no.1 like sheepit renderfarm.
    1. Crowdrender + addon can be use for 3d software like blender3d, 3dmax, maya, cinema4d, lightwave, etc.
    Collect database, promotion it and make donation in :
    2. Add people interest of 3D (blender3d, 3dmax, maya, cinema4d, etc), in =
    - Social media: facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, youtube, etc
    - People Hobby in Animation, Anime Japan, Movie Production
    - University / School Animation
    - Websites community = blendernation, blenderartist, blenderguru, etc.
    - Email
    3. In Crowdrender Websites =
    Donation link credit card, Donation paypal - payoneer, etc.
    Service must good, customer service must good too, video mp4 or youtube + sample files + addon + guide how to use crowdrender in network or two pc/laptop.
    Feature Chat.
    Forum (sub websites).

    I hope that information will help you.

  2. Firman ryan lim on

    You can use google translate or software language translator for promotion and make donation to other country who can not speak english.
    Maybe the websites have that features too.
    Thank you.

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