Kickstarter

  • Kickstarter Responds To Hidden “Failed Project” Claims

    Kickstarter Responds To Hidden “Failed Project” Claims

    Yancey Strickler, co-founder of Kickstarter, dropped us a line about the systems in place to “hide” failed projects. He told us that Kickstarter does indeed hide many projects from search robots, but it’s for a good cause. “The original poster was correct in noting that we don’t have a browse area for projects whose funding was unsuccessful,” he wrote. Read More

  • Cookoo: Move Over, Pebble, There’s A New E-Watch In Town

    Cookoo: Move Over, Pebble, There’s A New E-Watch In Town

    Although I seriously doubt these things will take off into the stratosphere like the Pebble, the Cookoo watch on Kickstarter has already hit $120,000 on a $150,000 target, placing it up with the big boys in the crowdsourcing race. The Cookoo is essentially an e-ink watch with a few wireless tricks up its sleeve – namely Bluetooth connectivity that will notify you when you have messages, etc. Read More

  • The Authors Of Space Quest Are Back With Another Adventure

    The Authors Of Space Quest Are Back With Another Adventure

    If you’re an older gamer, you will remember the holy trinity of Sierra RPGs – King’s Quest, Space Quest, and Police Quest. All three of these games used something called “imagination” and “storytelling” to immerse early gamers in an Ad Lib sound card-induced gaming coma. Now you can relive those heady days with a new game by the makers of Space… Read More

  • Failure Is Not An Option: Why Kickstarter Hides Failed Projects

    Failure Is Not An Option: Why Kickstarter Hides Failed Projects

    Dan Misener, in a fit of inspired data mining, scraped half of Kickstarter to find failed projects. He could not, it seems, find a single one. Why? Because Kickstarter hides them behind a non-searchable wall. They exist, sure, but you won’t find them with google and they never, ever show them in their “Discover” browsing system. And good for them. In a general sense… Read More

  • Incident’s gTar Tops $120,000 On Kickstarter (That’s $110K In Less Than 24 Hours)

    Incident’s gTar Tops $120,000 On Kickstarter (That’s $110K In Less Than 24 Hours)

    Kickstarter is a great place to launch a product. Remember the Pebble smart watch, which saw over $1 million in funding in its first 28 hours on the site, and surpassing $3 million well over a month before their stated goal? Disrupt, which just so happens to be underway as I type these very words, is also an excellent place to launch your product. We’ve seen countless companies rise… Read More

  • New Project, Roominate, Offers A Fully-Wired Dollhouse For Kids

    New Project, Roominate, Offers A Fully-Wired Dollhouse For Kids

    Teaching kids – especially little girls – about electronics is a hard job. First, there’s the electricity. Then there’s the sense that soldering, wiring, and lining up LEDs is considerably less fun than watching Tangled. This project, called Roominate, aims to change the way girls think about electricity. The kit consists of a set of tiny furniture with built-in wires… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Meet CordLite, The Light-Up iPhone Cable For Night Owls

    Kickstarter: Meet CordLite, The Light-Up iPhone Cable For Night Owls

    My set ritual before going to bed each night is as follows — turn out the lights, plug in my iPhone, take off my glasses and attempt vainly to nod off. Step two in that process can be a bit of a crapshoot in the dark, but the folks at Scrap Pile Labs have recently kicked off a new Kickstarter campaign for a product called the CordLite that just may come in handy. As the name sort of… Read More

  • TC/Gadgets Webcast: The Avengers, Nerf and Kickstarter Tips

    TC/Gadgets Webcast: The Avengers, Nerf, And Kickstarter Tips

    Is The Avengers worth your money? Do the disc-blasting Nerf guns leave a welt? How do you pull a Pebble and rein in $3 million on Kickstarter? In this week’s TC/Gadgets webcast, we answer all this and more. Read More

  • The Bowden And Sheffield iPad Cases Are By Designers, For Designers

    The Bowden And Sheffield iPad Cases Are By Designers, For Designers

    There are about a million case vendors out there ready to hook up your iThing with the utmost in protection and style, but very few differentiate in a cool way. This Kickstarter project, however, has really caught my eye with a minimalist design and smart functionality. A company called FineGrain has recently posted their Bowden and Sheffield cases to Kickstarter with a goal of raising $20,000… Read More

  • Kickstarter Exposes 70,000 Unlaunched Projects

    Kickstarter Exposes 70,000 Unlaunched Projects

    According to the Kickstarter API blog, a bug caused 70,000 unlaunched projects to be publicly visible over the weekend, allowing folks to see goals, funding plans, and descriptions on projects that haven’t yet appeared on the site. Of the 70,000, visitors only viewed 48. The bug exposed no financial information. Read More

  • CapsulePen Is A Pen-Shaped Pill Case That May Resurrect The Pocket Protector

    CapsulePen Is A Pen-Shaped Pill Case That May Resurrect The Pocket Protector

    This is clever. A new Kickstarter project aims to disrupt the pill case market. True, it’s not the sexiest industry in the world, but it’s ripe for some disruption, since there just so happens to be a huge market for it and there’s very little, if any, differentiation between current competitors. So what is it? Well, in a few words, it’s a pill case that’s… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Turn Your iPad Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Kickstarter: Turn Your iPad Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Looking to relive your childhood or turn your iPad into a hackneyed political pun? You’d best get over to Ari Krupnik’s Kickstarter project. For $60 you get a red or blue case that simulates the actual Etch-A-Sketch knobs, allowing you to perform all of the deft maneuvers to which you’re accustomed. Stair steps? Easy. Long curve? Go for it. Horrible script writing? Read More

  • Kickstarter: These Nerdy Glasses Will Record Your Life

    While the use case for these glasses can quickly become quite dubious, the YouGen.tv glasses by Vergence Lab are pretty cool. Not only do they instantly change from sunglasses to clear Buddy-Holly-style specs they also record your life as it happens. Created by Jon Rodriguez and Erick Miller, the glasses will go for a $199 pledge (they’ll retail for $299) and the creators expect these… Read More

  • Cyberpunks Rejoice: Kickstarter Project Aims To Resurrect Shadowrun

    Cyberpunks Rejoice: Kickstarter Project Aims To Resurrect Shadowrun

    If you spent any time in high school thinking about ley lines and bio-implants, you were probably a Shadowrun player. The game, which petered out after a disastrous run as a PC/Xbox game in 2007, brought the high-tech of William Gibson to the magical realms of Mr. Gygax. It was, in short, pretty cool. A Kickstarter project aims to bring back all that fun in video game form, adding lots of what… Read More

  • 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