Diaspora—a possible Facebook alternative (that just raised a grip of cash)
Not many startups would be so bold as to call themselves a Facebook alternative, but Diaspora, a project started by four NYU students, is doing just that. And, amazingly, they just raised $200K in contributions from 6,500 different backers through the Kickstart site (their original goal was $10K). Facebook backlash indeed. As MG Siegler at TechCrunch notes, it will be interesting to see what they do with the money. But if boldness is a crucial component to entrepreneurial success, these guys just might hit it big.