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Are there any crowd funding options for tech start-ups not tied to just supporting projects?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has very strict rules about who can raise investment funds for privately held businesses, and how they are allowed to go about doing it.  At the moment, this is primarily limited to raising money from very rich people who qualify as Accredited Investors, and with whom you already have a pre-existing relationship.

What are the differences between startups/tech companies founded in Silicon Valley and those founded in New York?

While there are differences in the startup communities on the two coasts, and while there are definite differences in the investment communities, I’ve found much less of a difference in the types of companies being started.