Kickstarter

  • Another Crowdfunding Player Enters The Fray: Apps Genius Launches GetFunded.com

    Another Crowdfunding Player Enters The Fray: Apps Genius Launches GetFunded.com

    This may not have been the U.S. government’s exact intention when when it passed the crowdfunding-friendly JOBS Act, but you have to wonder if it has also jumpstarted the number of crowdfunding sites out there competing for entrepreneurs’ and consumers’ attention. The latest comes from the social and mobile games developer Apps Genius — (in)famous for its scatological… Read More

  • New Crowdsourcing Launch: AskYourUsers.com Uses LinkedIn To Help You Find People For Microconsulting Projects

    New Crowdsourcing Launch: AskYourUsers.com Uses LinkedIn To Help You Find People For Microconsulting Projects

    Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding have been two of the biggest trends to affect how businesses — especially small businesses and sole traders — raise money, with sites like Kickstarter.com and in the UK Funding Circle attracting a attention for being a great way of getting backing for projects or business ideas bypassing the traditional and expensive world of bank loans in the process. Read More

  • Blinksteady: The Bike Light Apple Would Make If Apple Made Bike Lights

    Blinksteady: The Bike Light Apple Would Make If Apple Made Bike Lights

    When’s the last time you really splurged on something for your bike? The old girl gets you around town, puts up with your ridiculous maintenance regimens, and shifts and rattles in just the right way to get you up and down the hills of your hometown. Why not show her you love her and, thanks to Blinksteady, put a ring on it. The Blinksteady is the world’s smartest bike light… Read More

  • 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

  • Draw Your Way To Salvation In The Kinect-Powered Doodle Defense Game

    Draw Your Way To Salvation In The Kinect-Powered Doodle Defense Game

    I’ve played through my share of tower defense games in my day — and have gotten hopelessly addicted to a few of them — but none really approach Andy Wallace’s Doodle Defense when it comes to execution. You see, instead of dragging and dropping pre-made parts onto a field, players must defend against invaders by drawing their own towers and obstacles on a whiteboard. Read More

  • Kickstarter’s Big Day: $1.6M Pledged In 24 Hours

    Kickstarter’s Big Day: $1.6M Pledged In 24 Hours

    They say when it rains, it pours. That’s not usually a good thing, but when it’s raining money, things are a little different. That was the case at Kickstarter yesterday, where they had their biggest day of funding ever, beating the record set… the day before yesterday. It was also the day that marked the first Kickstarter project to break $1,000,000 in funding. And the day… Read More

  • New Kickstarter Record Set As Double Fine Game Hits $400K In 8 Hours, $1M In A Day

    New Kickstarter Record Set As Double Fine Game Hits $400K In 8 Hours, $1M In A Day

    If you played PC games in the 90s, chances are you played some of Tim Schafer’s work. He worked on the Monkey Island Series and Day of the Tentacle, later going on to create such classics as Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. He recently took to Kickstarter to try and score some funding for a new point-and-click adventure game, as most publishers would consider the genre more or less… Read More

  • The Zen Table Practices Mindfulness So You Don’t Have To

    Remember those little Zen rock gardens they used to sell for desks? So you could take a minute of your busy day to contemplate the void? Thanks to the magic of Kickstarter, you can build your own automatic, desktop-based Zen garden that will rake itself into endless patterns. Read More

  • Kickstarter: Cassette, A Documentary About, You Guessed It, Cassettes

    Kickstarter: Cassette, A Documentary About, You Guessed It, Cassettes

    Those of our readers old enough to remember the 90s will almost certainly recall cassette tapes fondly. The clacky little tapes and their creaky cases have more or less disappeared from the world, and no surprise: they were fragile, limited, and sounded pretty bad. But they were also hugely empowering, and helped produce in an age of comparative consumer powerlessness the same feeling we take… Read More

  • Kickstarter: eye3, An Affordable Aerial Photography Drone

    Kickstarter: eye3, An Affordable Aerial Photography Drone

    A couple years back, I got to take part in the production of a music video being shot locally on a RED and filmed partially on board a custom helicopter build. It was interesting watching the operator and director work using the rig, but I was struck by how very specialized the copter was. Built from scratch by AerialPan Imaging, it was far from a personalized or affordable solution. A new… Read More

  • Marketing Genius: Two Twins Giggling As They Sell You Designer 3D Glasses

    If you thought Apple’s marketing squad was genius, just wait until you watch this Kickstarter video from Ingri:Dahl. If you aren’t already familiar with the “company,” which you shouldn’t be, it’s basically two sisters named Kine and Einy, and they want to sell you a 3D clip-on for your glasses. It’s actually rather clever. The girls market fashionable… Read More