As promised, crowdfunding site Kickstarter has opened up to projects based in the UK, with several hundred going live on the website yesterday. Co-founder Yancey Strickler says the UK will be an important testbed for further global expansion. “The request to expand internationally has long been one of our most requested features,” he tells the BBC. “We certainly are interested. We’re going to see how the UK launch goes and figure out the next moves from there. There’s a lot of places that will be interesting.” A number of British musicians are already trying to raise money on the site, as are technology startups and app developers. On the music side, Kickstarter faces established competition in the UK from the likes of Pledge Music and IndieGoGo.

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