Why I Love Kickstarter
The first Kickstarter I contributed to was about two years ago. It was a project that sounded pretty cool and I wanted to help make it happen. I was so excited when it fully funded that I did little cartwheels in my living room. They were very little due to my lack of skill, not my lack of enthusiasm. It was exhilarating to see someone put an idea out there and then have enough people see the beauty of it to hand over their money. It’s so much better than buying stuff in a store.
Say you’ve invented a widget-wadget. This is better than a mere widget which is why you’ve called it a widget-wadget. It’s an entirely new concept that you know everyone is going to love and that would surely make any investor savvy enough to see your vision a very rich person. Sadly, you have no sugar daddy waiting to write the big check. You could try for years and years and years to find one, but it may never happen.
Instead, you decide to crowdfund your widget-wadget. You already know what it will cost to produce and you think you know how many you can sell and you absolutely know that the world will want this more than they want bacon. Crowdfunding gives you a platform to showcase your widget-wadget that is more wonderful than bacon, and you are sure it will be a success. One of two things will happen.
Your baconish widget-wadget will fund in no time. You will get all the money you need to make it happen, maybe more, and you will be doing full-on backflips in your living room. It will be a happy, happy day. You will then take that money and make the widget-wadget a reality. It may do so well that you’re able to sell your idea to someone who knows bacon when he smells it and you’ll be even happier. You are a crowdfunding success and your idea and determination have been validated.
Your feedback from the masses and their firmly closed wallets tells you that you’re slightly off the mark. Maybe you need to make a few tweaks to your project. Maybe you need to pitch it and move on to the next even baconier idea. You may not have succeeded in funding, but you’ve succeeded in getting feedback that might otherwise take years to uncover. Fund or not, it’s still a valuable part of the the creative process.
If you’ve never checked out the stuff on sites like kickstarter or indiegogo, give them a look sometime. You’d be amazed at the incredibly talented people and ideas that you’ll find. A good place to start is either of these two projects, which I currently love.
Marian Call European Adventure
Marian Call is a geek musician extraordinaire and she wants to tour Europe. Her kickstarter actually lets you go on a quest with virtual coins and decide where she’ll play on her tour. If you haven’t seen her live and you’re in Europe, go, contribute, get her to your town!
This is a little key fob that works with an app for your iPhone and searches out the keys you didn’t put where you think you put them. This will save me untold hours of frustration.
There are hundreds of cool (and not so cool) projects looking for your support. Go, find the goods ones and help make stuff happen!