Robert Knapp, CyberGhost: “So called Digital Crime does not really exist!”

After Edward Snowden blew the whistle on NSA’s mass-surveillance program last year, so called ‘Privacy as a Service’ became a real attractive business and companies like HideMyAss, Hotspot Shield, CyberGhost VPN or ZenMate, which offer anonymous browsing and VPN-like connectivity on the web, got a lot of attraction and customers.

And money, too. ZenMate just raised $3.2 million from a group of Venture Capital funds at the beginning of October.

But Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO of CyberGhost VPN says he turned down such offers because he doesn’t want a VC on his back, unless he finds one who understands what it means not to treat people like products. Instead, he went on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform asking people to finance his product.

Equity crowdfunding – a new way of financing early-stage startups

Crowdfunding websites raised last year no less than $5.1 billion and this newborn industry is expected to grow by more than 92% in 2014. No wonder that it exerts both attention and attraction and we couldn’t miss to address the matter at How to Web Conference 2014.

In the last five years we witnessed the ‘democratization of investments’ through platforms such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo and crowdfunding became quickly a convenient alternative to raise money for financing early-stage product development.

How to Web Conference 2014: How hard is the hardware business?

It’s the late ‘70’s all over again… and to be in the hardware business is cool once more. But now we’re not talking (just) about personal computers but personal smart objects that almost anyone can build, thanks to open source hardware solutions like Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

The Internet of Things concept – smart objects automatically interconnected through Internet that can interact with one another – opened a virtually unlimited world of opportunities for hardware startups.

Cisco estimates that more than 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020 and no wonder that even big names like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft jumped into the game, usually by acquiring smaller players.

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