this entry is mostly about tech projects ........
#1 Do not support the project unless they promise to Open Source ( FLOSS ) the hardware and software design. Crowdfunding is best when it opens new possibilities.... and the most possibilities are presented when the design of a breakout product is free to be expanded upon by others. I have loved Apple products but Apple is the opposite of what crowdfunding seems to be about. Apple is secretive and creates locked-down products. As you might guess , I am not supportive of projects that make patents and copyrights part of their scheme.
#2 Use critical thinking when analyzing the project you want to invest in.
Does the project seen straight forward ?
Is there lots of glossy marketing hype and no real details about how the project will progress ?
Do the founders communicate openly and accurately ?