Kickstarter

  • Apps Have Got Your Back

    Apps Have Got Your Back

    Who needs governments? The ongoing trend toward mobile, social and crowdsourcing apps has led to a wealth of new community-based resources that support or supplant traditional civic and government services. Think Kickstarter instead of the NEA or Canada Council. Or consider the new Circle of 6 app, which is intended to help prevent violence before it happens, by letting users reach out to… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Help Fund A Film On The Story Of Social Media

    Kickstarter: Help Fund A Film On The Story Of Social Media

    SoMe is a film about the rise (and fall?) of social media. Produced by web rabble-rouser and satirist, Loren Feldman, the film will feature Feldman’s signature puppet act (it will be cool, I promise) and interviews with and segments about web luminaries like: Julia Allison, Michael Arrington, Steve Ballmer, Henry Blodget, Chris Brogan, Robert Bruce, Paul Carr, Pete Cashmore, Brian Clark… Read More

  • Funding Circle, a Kickstarter for SMBs, Picks Up $16M From Index, Union Square Ventures

    Funding Circle, a Kickstarter for SMBs, Picks Up $16M From Index, Union Square Ventures

    Some great news for small business owners, and perhaps a sign of more crowdsourced funding coming to the U.S. soon: the UK startup Funding Circle — a Kickstarter for small businesses — has just announced that it has raised a $16 million round of funding to further build up its business of enabling non-bank lending to small businesses. The investment included participation from… Read More

  • Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    February was a big month for Kickstarter. Not only did they have a number of record-breaking projects, but they were shoved into the mainstream consciousness with a flood of traditional news coverage. But there was always the question of whether these thousands of pledges would have any lasting effect on the site. Could such a rush of attention actually have negative effects, increasing… Read More

  • Mogul iPad Stand Makes Square An Elegant Option At Point-Of-Sale

    Mogul iPad Stand Makes Square An Elegant Option At Point-Of-Sale

    I usually trash any email that comes my way pitching an iPad case and/or stand. Sorry, but there are just so many of them that they really need to stand out. The Mogul, a Kickstarter project, certainly stands out and just so happens to solve a bit of a pain point, too. See, the Mogul isn’t your average iPad stand. It’s actually meant to be used as a point-of-sale module in… Read More

  • Sonastand Is A Stunning Aluminum iPhone 4 Amplifier Dock You’ll Actually Want

    Sonastand Is A Stunning Aluminum iPhone 4 Amplifier Dock You’ll Actually Want

    Kickstarter is seemingly a place where people go to make iDevice accessories. Some are hits, most are not. The Sonastand is clearly the former. Apple’s Johnny Ives would probably even approve of this one. The story goes that the Sonastand’s creators are, as one of them puts it on Reddit, two normal nerdy dudes trying to do their thing. To be honest their creation is not very novel… Read More

  • And Now There’s A Kickstarter For Porn

    And Now There’s A Kickstarter For Porn

    Well, Kickstarter, it looks like you’ve finally arrived. And I don’t just mean that you launched 27K projects, saw $99 million pledged, or attracted 30 million+ visitors last year — which equalled a sizable increase in activity on your Internets compared to the year prior. No, no, no, I mean that your winning crowdfunding model has been adopted by the adult industry. Clearly. Read More

  • Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project

    Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project

    Most Kickstarter projects are some permutation of the words iPad,iPhone,case,stand,shell, and stylus. But this project is a permutation of the words long-form, journalism, and website. The project, called #MATTER, is the brainchild of Jim Giles and Bobbie Johnson and hopes to bring thoughtful, long-form journalism to the tabletweb. Read More

  • Tabber Adds An LED Light Show To Any Guitar

    Tabber Adds An LED Light Show To Any Guitar

    Tabber is an upcoming Kickstarter project that essentially adds an LED light show to your guitar and, more importantly, allows you to learn to play chords and solos by following the lights on the fretboard. The idea is definitely not new. The Fretlight guitar beat these guys to the punch and I wonder what patent issues they will have to deal with. However, as an idea, it’s pretty ingenious. Read More

  • Kickstarter: A Bike Headlight To End All Bike Headlights

    Kickstarter: A Bike Headlight To End All Bike Headlights

    Last year I locked up my bike over on Pike street for an evening out with my friends. When I came back a few hours later, both my headlight and taillight had been stolen. What a crackhead was going to do with my budget headlight I don’t know, but the real problem was that I had to ride home in the middle of the night with no lights. Brad Geswein and Slava Menn had a friend in a… Read More