Instead of forking over a fiver for a red Solo cup at the next house party, hosts might soon take to a crowdfunding site designed to help pay for the next soiree.
The founder of Tixelated says he has one goal for the site: To help people "party harder." Like the Kickstarter does for inventors, artists, and musicians, Tixelated will accept donations for people trying to throw crazy parties.
"People don't feel comfortable asking others to buy tickets for their parties, it's become like a dirty word," says Philippe Chetrit, a Washington, D.C.-based DJ and founder of the site. "This is two things: It's Kickstarter for parties, or it's a way for people to accept donations for their parties."
Donations are set up for parties that are going to happen regardless of a funding goal—others will be funded only if a set goal is reached. Individual donors act as both the guest list and a way to help pay for booze, food, a band, and whatever else a host wants, Chetrit says.
"An event can be five guys and beer hanging out at home, or you can go all out and raise $5,000 to hire bands to play your living room," he says.
So far, about 800 people have helped fund 60 parties through the site. Like Kickstarter, Tixelated takes a cut of each donation—in this case, 5 percent from both the host and the donor. Chetrit says the site has helped throw private house parties as well as events at bars that are open to the public.
"Our root is really in the friend-of-a-friend party level, and then we've extended out to events at bars," he says. Ultimately, the site plans to compete with sites like Facebook and Evite—once someone donates to a party, their Facebook photo shows up on the event page.
Launched in September, the site has begun reaching out to college students to be "ambassadors" on campuses in the Washington, D.C. area.
"We call it the 'trifecta of cool'—there's college kids, DJs and bands, and event promoters that really help define what's cool," Chetrit says.
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