i saw this post on Capsule Computers - Virtual Second Life Company Attempts Crowd-funding - and agree that it is a strange crowdsource funding project
basically, Nintai Brokerage Corporation wants to keep their presence in Second Life and is looking for $5,000 and claims that they teach people how to play the stock market (ah, that explains the world markets of late!) =p
i have pondered that for our Enclave Harbour (sounds dumb though) and also for a 3D avatar printing service (post sitting in draft mode getting dusty). Maria at Hypergrid Business has talked about crowd funding a WebGL viewer (that seems like a great idea) =)
thanks Caleb Langkamp for reporting on this!