Product-driven entrepreneurs and crowdfunding

Lin Hu, Zhenhua Wu, Bin Gu

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Abstract

Advancements in information technology is known for enabling new business models and new market mechanisms. Online crowdfunding is one such new mechanism through which entrepreneurs can advertise their potential products and attract investors from the mass. In this study, we advance the existing theory on online crowdfunding markets by recognizing that online crowdfunding provides not only a venue of fundraising to entrepreneurs but also a venue for them to obtain demand information before production and to signal their intention. We formulate a spatial competition model between profit-driven entrepreneurs and product-driven entrepreneurs. We find that, while, on average, profit-driven entrepreneurs earn higher profits than product-driven ones, their advantage is constrained by the mechanism of the crowdfunding campaign, and product-driven entrepreneurs earn a significant fraction of the market. We also discuss model implications on consumer satisfaction and crowdfunding platform design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2019
Event23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Secure ICT Platform for the 4th Industrial Revolution, PACIS 2019 - Xi'an, China
Duration: Jul 8 2019Jul 12 2019

Conference

Conference23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Secure ICT Platform for the 4th Industrial Revolution, PACIS 2019
CountryChina
CityXi'an
Period7/8/197/12/19

Keywords

  • Crowdfunding
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Signaling
  • Spatial Competition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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