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Kickstarter propels local entrepreneurs

Singer who raised $1.2m is one of many who use crowdfunding site to fund myriad projects

Joseph Schlesinger of Somerville needed $13,000 to develop what he thought was a pretty cool product: do-it-yourself kits for gadget enthusiasts to assemble and program their own spider-like robot, called Hexy the Hexapod.

So he turned to Kickstarter.com, the online resource for raising money from the general public — or “crowdfunding” — for all sorts of creative projects, from independent films to iPhone accessories to oddball art projects.

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