Start-ups for Start-ups

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Upstart is a new crowdfunding platform in Silicon Valley that invests in individuals, giving them money to pursue learning new skills, support themselves while getting a business off the ground, or retire debt. Through the platform, backers invest capital in “upstarts," who in return share a tiny slice of their personal income for 10 years. Repayment is based on future success, enabling upstarts to repay investors as they can.