Tilt for Snoop: Bring The Doggfather To Your Campus!

tiltforsnoop_800x320Snoop Dogg is everywhere these days. He’s investing in tech companies (including reddit); he’s on the sidelines cheering on his son at football games; he’s collaborating with Pharrell; and soon, he could be appearing at a concert at your school!

Yep, Snoop—who’s a friend and user of the Tilt—will be coming to the college campus that accumulates the most Tilt Points through our Tilt for Snoop Competition.

The rules are easy. Schools can earn Tilt Points through:

  • Each Tilt app download = 10 points
  • Each individual contributor = 20 points
  • Each successful Tilt = 50 points

The school with the most points by Dec. 31 will get a visit from The Doggfather for a DJ set before the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Winners will be announced on or about January 20, 2015. (See our official rules and regulations.)

To keep track of how each school is doing, we have set up a dynamic leaderboard that displays the total points accumulated by each school. To be eligible for the leaderboard and included in the display, each school must have at least 100 contributors from their campus.

If your school has a Tilt ambassador on campus, they will be giving out “Scratcher Cards” with promo codes specific to your school.

For more info, check out our landing page’s FAQ.


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Deckstarter Uses Crowdfunding to Debut Surreal Wonderland Cards

contentWith the near ubiquity of smartphones and mobile game apps, you’d think that board games and physical card sets would have become entertainment fossils by now. In reality, the opposite is true. Sales of tabletop games have actually risen by 15 to 20% in U.S. hobby stores in each of the last three years, according to the trade publication ICv2, and parents are increasingly pushing their kids toward low-tech gaming options (even Steve Jobs limited his kids’ gadget exposure.)

This movement of low-tech games has largely been driven by the power of crowdfunding. If a big game maker doesn’t want to mass-produce a niche board game, the designer can now turn to platforms like Tilt/Open to sell limited editions of games, and gauge if the product has enough commercial appeal before deciding to manufacture more.

One company that’s using crowdfunding to power sales of its speciality games is Deckstarter. The country’s only dedicated funding platform for custom-designed playing cards, Deckstarter makes it easy for customers to get their own, customer-designed decks into the hands of playing card enthusiasts around the world.

Deckstarter’s debut set is a limited edition two-deck set of playing cards inspired by the magical and surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Designed by Turnstyle Studio‘s Steven Watson, the cards combine lavish Art Nouveau and Art Deco ornamentation and feature iconic quotes from Carroll’s novel. Additionally, both the cards and the tuck boxes are meticulously printed on premium stock with sophisticated black, white, and metallic gold color inks, together with embossing, foil stamping and varnish techniques where possible.

These cards are only available for five more days, so claim your set now!

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Top Tilts Tuesday: Welcome to October Edition

Top Tilts Tuesday
Can you believe it’s almost October already? Crazy how time flies—especially, as the proverb has it, when you’re having fun… and our college tilters are definitely having fun. Check out some of our favorite tilts from the past week. What are you planning to tilt this month?

ZBT Get on the Ball
Alex Herzog‘s heart is in the right place. The Ohio State University student has set up a tilt to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network via Get on the Ball 2014. Minimum donations are $1.00—a small price to pay to help support research and training, purchase equipment, pay for uncompensated care and generally improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Get on the Ball Cover Photo

Bowling Team Dues
Nearly 50 people have ponied up for mandatory fall 2014 bowling dues at Northwestern University, thanks to Rohan Mehta‘s tilt. Dues were split into $100 for active bowlers, $50 for casual bowlers.

Chain Gang Homecoming Tent
Happy 100th homecoming! University of Arizona student Kevin Yi and his friends are pooling funds to have a Chain Gang tent on the mall. They’re at $400 and counting, with the extras going toward food and drinks.


Inflatable For Arrowspike
Nathan Cordes
knows how to do an Arrowspike final tournament right. He’s tilting for a fat inflatable with his fellow University of Southern California students.

Fall Rush Tanks
Feel as if Sigma Pi’s fall rush tees are covering up your bulging biceps? Opt for the black tank version instead, as these 40+ UC Santa Barbara students chose to do via Wyatt Licht‘s Tilt.

Rush Tanks


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Capturing the Networked Society: Tilt and the Jamaican Bobsled Team

A winter sport played in a tropical climate may seem farfetched, but that didn’t stop the Jamaican Bobsled Team. In January 2014, they qualified for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, the team lacked the funding to get them to Russia. Winston Watts, the team driver, was determined to find a way to get to Sochi. He created a campaign on crowdfunding platform Tilt (formerly Crowdtilt), and the rest is history.

The story of their qualification and lack of funding spread like wildfire across global media. Within 72 hours, a grand total of 2,855 individuals from 52 different countries raised enough money to put the team on a plane to Sochi.

Crowdfunding not only creates a new way for people to support causes and innovations they are interested in, it also provides a lens through which to track what’s important to people. The compelling dream the Jamaican bobsled team shared with the world was just one example of an initiative people are willing to put their money behind.

Read more at Ericsson’s Networked Society site.

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And the ATX Bucket List Challenge Winner is…

Remember how we teamed up with our friends at 365 Things Austin for an epic ATX Bucket List Challenge contest, highlighting the top 20 things to do before the end of summer? Well, all summer long, we’ve loved watching Texan Tilters cross a bevy of items off the list—while simultaneously earning an entry toward the grand prize. Now that summer has ended, we’re excited to celebrate the contest’s official winner: Amanda Louie!


A resident of Austin for nearly two decades, Amanda definitely knows how to have fun around town. When she and her core group of friends aren’t hosting game nights or grabbing drinks at The Liberty, they love attending the city’s best festivals and celebrating each other’s accomplishments—which has recently involved a bunch of house warming parties. First introduced to Tilt at a SXSW event, Amanda told us that she fell in love with the platform because it’s so “mindblowingly simple” to use—for everything!

We’re sure that Amanda, a marketing director with a passion for policy and travel, will make the most of her new $250 credit to Airbnb. After checking so many items off the ATX to-do list this summer, we hope it will ensure a fantastic fall getaway.

Congrats again, Amanda. We can’t wait to see what you tilt next!

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Tilt CEO James Beshara on His Biggest Startup Lesson

James Beshara Horizontal CropYou know crowdfunding is approaching the mainstream when the practice gets skewered in the latest season premiere of “South Park,” Tilt CEO and Co-Founder James Beshara joked to a roomful of budding entrepreneurs Wednesday night at a San Francisco Changemakers Under 30 event.

In a wide-ranging talk hosted by General Assembly and moderated by San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kristen V. Brown, Beshara shared the story of his startup journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way. He also provided a deep dive into the crowdfunding space and shared several of Tilt’s newest developments.

Beshara started the evening by explaining the non-profit origins of Tilt, and how crowdfunding is only on the cusp of its overall potential. Only 9 million people have contributed to crowdfunding campaigns and 400,000 people had started their own campaigns, he noted—a mere rain drop in the world’s ocean of people.


6 Tips for Running a Successful Nonprofit Fundraiser

Dr. Dan Kelly speaks at fundraising event to help tilt his campaign to combat the ebola crisis.
Dr. Dan Kelly speaks at fundraising event to help tilt his campaign to combat the ebola crisis.

Congratulations! You, empathetic reader, are a kind person who cares deeply about a specific foundation or cause, and you’ve decided to hold a fundraiser to reach your financial goal.

Making your fundraiser a success, however, is harder than it seems. While it is technically easy to create an online fundraiser (just two swipes on the Tilt app, for one) and hope that millions will come pouring in overnight, the reality is that fundraisers take serious effort. They require dedication to the cause and active maintenance.

But getting your campaigns to tilt, or reach their stated goals, can be a snap if you follow these simple tips.

1. Set a reasonable goal. While bigger may seem better, the truth is that a super high goal may seem intimidating to potential donors. If they feel as if you’re unlikely to hit your goal, they’ll be less likely to donate, and vice versa. Instead, set an attainable—yet still aspirational—goal to help build momentum.

2. Write a good description. Let your donors know exactly what their money will go towards. Write a clear description of what you are fundraising for and where the money will go. The better your storytelling, the more people will feel compelled to help you.

3. Tap your social networks. Unless your nonprofit is affiliated with an A-list star, top-tier media is unlikely to write about your campaign. The way way to drum up attention is to start with your friends, family and colleagues. Get them to promote your campaign on all of their social channels, like Illuminate the Arts did for their “Save the Bay Lights” campaign, and encourage their friends to do the same. If you want to get really organized, create a catchy hashtag for your supporters to use, so you can measure how far your message is being spread.

4. Keep your donors updated. To keep your campaign top-of-mind, always remembers to send your followers updates about how the campaign is progressing: how close you are, if you receive any particularly big donations, if you’re received any media mentions.

5. Host an event. Another way to keep your campaign relevant and timely for potential donors is to throw an event. You can use the occasion to further teach the uninitiated about your cause and to nudge those that have already donated to give more, if they are able to. Tilter Ariella Laeffer, who started a campaign to raise funds to help combat the ebola crisis, held a cocktail party and talk in her final stretch, and quickly reached her goal.

6. Have fun! In between your tactical promotions and hard work, don’t forget that you’re doing helping a good cause and running a campaign can also be an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. You’ll get to meet new friends and connect with like-minded people, all while supporting something you genuinely care about. Plus: positive emotions become contagious and will make people want to contribute.

Effectively nurturing a nonprofit fundraiser from start to finish can be challenging, but the rewards are worth the effort!

Tilters, what tips do you have for running a successful nonprofit campaign? Let us know in the comments.

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Top Tilts Tuesday: College FOMO Edition

blItzS0kdtBenbHYI5u4YAJxukjN6qHqVWPpdXUkBLAWhat are your plans for the weekend? Probably way less exciting that what our college tilters have planned. They’re been busy setting up fraternity rushes, luaus and tailgates, and generally having an awesome time—in between attending classes and studying, of course.

In this week’s edition of Top Tilts Tuesday, we present some of the college activities you wish you were doing.

AXO Flash Tat Packages

Donna Quinlan, who attends Tilt’s top party school the University of Texas at Austin, is trendier than you. That’s why she’s set up a tilt for temporary tattoos that AXO ladies can wear on their arms, legs, foreheads or really, wherever they want.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 12.38.09 PMBid Day

Louisiana State University student William Murdock tilted on behalf of Theta Xi, helping organize the sale of 95 bid day t-shirts in “comfort colors.”

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Mile High Takedown

To help cheer on his fave team, the Seattle Seahawks, this past weekend, UC Berkeley student Ryan Atkinson tilted for a tailgate to watch the Seahawks-Broncos game.

Pi Kapp Salem Redsox Rush Event

Virginia Tech student Luke Schmiegel set up a tilt to get his Pi Kapp Salem brothers to chip in for a Salem Red Sox rush event. 58 contributors helped the event tilted at $880.


Saturday Luau Special 

47 folks chipped in funds for Alex Apostoleris‘s  luau this past Saturday. The Northeastern University student was able to tilt $470 towards tropical-theme grub and ‘ono grinds, and a awesome time was had by all.

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Tilt Hack: How to Impress Your Friends and Rack Up Credit Card Points

Want an all-expenses paid vacation to Aruba? Of course you do!

An easy way to score free vacations is by accumulating reward points on specialty credit cards. And the fastest way to earn points is to tilt lots of tabs with your friends. This way, you’ll be a hero for providing a quick and easy way to split and pay for group bills, while you also get the points for taking care of more than just your portion. It’s a bonafide way of racking up points while providing your friends with a great experience!

Case in point: You’re at a restaurant with 5 friends and you’ve just been presented the bill. One friend owes another money, one only has cash, and the waitstaff has refused to accept more than 2 credit cards. What a headache! With Tilt, you never have to find yourself in this scenario again.

Just tilt your tab in seconds with three easy steps:

  1. Set up a Tilt. Use the Tilt app to create a new campaign with just two button pushes, as you continue to engage in witty conversation with your friends.
  2. Upload a copy of the tab or receipt. Use your smartphone to take a picture of the bill and upload it as the image for your tilt, so everyone can see what they’re paying for. This is particularly helpful for larger groups, or for paying bills for events that took place a while ago. Snap a photo and be on your way!
  3. Send out the link! Friends can easily pay you the correct amount in two clicks, and you’ll have all of the funds within a day.

Props to our Austin Playmakers for sending us this handy tip about how they use Tilt — both to help friends, but also to build towards the things they’re excited about.

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Foo Fighters Play Tilt-Enabled “Rock and Roll Miracle” Show in RVA

Evan Robinson Photography(Robey Martin is a writer and guest blogger for the Tilt blog. She is based in the awesome city of Richmond, Virginia. Instagram @callmerobey Twitter @robeymartin )

“You know, I’ve been a musician a long time. I’ve played a lot of shows. But I have never played a show like this one before,” said one very amped Dave Grohl at the historic Foo Fighters concert in Richmond, Virginia, September 17th.

The unusual journey for Grohl and his bandmates to this stage started with just four Richmond guys and the crowd funding website Tilt.

Now it is being called a “rock and roll miracle.”

The mood was unbelievably upbeat all night, boosted by Grohl’s magnetic stage presence. Two songs in, a sardined audience of 1,500 fans held each other up while they fist-pumped, clapped to sporadic rhythms, and sang unabashedly word for word more than twenty-five of the band’s greatest and newest hits.

In the balcony was Grohl’s mom, to whom he gave a touching shout-out stating that he loves Virginia but when he is singing about it, it is specifically for her.

The opening band Avers—an ensemble of talents with the drummer from the Head and the Heart and a member from FarmVegas—played a solid set of original rockers that surely earned them some new fans in the audience.

But tonight was about the fans—namely the 1400 fans that supported the Tilt that brought the night to fruition. Before the Foo Fighters took the stage, a boisterous Andrew Goldin and his three compatriots took the time to express thanks to the crowd that brought them their dream (raising over $70,000 and enticing the band to make a stop in Richmond not on their tour schedule). The band hadn’t played in Richmond since 1998.

Evan Robinson Photography

Goldin was one of four individuals who initiated the tilt and ultimately raised enough cash to lure the Foo Fighters to perform one of the first ever crowd funded concerts. Citing the power of social media as the catalyst, Goldin raised a beer to the audience.

Who knows if this success story could possibly change the future of concert business? The idea was clearly attractive to the band who played more that two and a half hours with Grohl stopping to pay an endearing tribute to Dave Brockie, the recently deceased member of revered local act, Gwar. Grohl (and company) encored in true Foo Fighter fashion starting with ‘Aurora’ and ending with “Best of You’.

“I hope we can do this again,” Grohl told the ecstatic crowd.

“Ladies and f***ing gentleman, honestly, this is f***ing awesome. We are definitely coming back to this place.”

The Set List:

Foo Fighters Set List

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