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Kickstarter boosts funding — and angst

When Gary Sohmers launched his 30-day Kickstarter campaign, he was optimistic about raising the $22,000 needed to fund his creation: video technology that lets a fan witness a celebrity sign a personalized autograph. But in late March, with 41 hours left and only $830 raised, he was in a different mood.

“You hope all those people you’ve done favors for will think, ‘Gary’s never asked for anything, and now he’s asking for just a dollar, or $10,’ ” said Sohmers, a Hudson-based antiques and collectibles dealer who has appeared as an appraiser on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.” “That’s the emotional part. It’s not the money — it’s the support you hope to get from friends.”

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