Kickstarter: Support Grassroots Endeavors
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by cyberacoustics
Every day, I visit some of my favorite sites to find out what’s new and exciting in the technology world. You know the ones: Mashable, Engadget, Mac Rumors, etc. Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more mentions of a startup company asking for funding to launch their idea. Recently, Pebble, a customizable watch for iPhone and Android, was seeking $100K in funding and received over $5 million. This may seem like an anomaly, but think about it. If you have an idea, wouldn’t it be great to be able to pitch it to the world? Who knows—you may even hit the jackpot.
This is the idea that launched Kickstarter back in 2009. At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. Here’s how it works: an inventor or team explains their ideas (often providing a video explanation), ask for funding, and sit back and see if their friends, families, or the public believes in their project enough to fund it. It’s the ultimate test of a good idea.
Each project creator is in charge of setting his or her funding goal and deadline. If the project gets all of its funding before the deadline runs out, all of the supporters get their credit card charged. If the project doesn’t receive the entire funding amount, no one is charged. Since Kickstarter’s inception, more than 20,000 projects have been funded. Here are some of the more interesting ones that are seeking funding right now:
The Galileo is a super-cool robotic iPhone platform that lets you rotate your iPhone or iPod. With just a swipe of your finger, you can orient your iPhone any way you’d like, making it perfect for meetings, conference calls, or even baby monitoring!
The SlingShot is a smartphone stabilizer that was invented by a design engineer in Portland, Oregon that opens up endless possibilities for your phone. You can shoot video one-handed, it turns into a tripod, and best of all, it works with any phone—iPhone or Android! You can even charge it during use.
Skallops are an ingenious little toy that are made of birch plywood that let you build almost anything you want using playing cards. Big structures, small structures, round structures…whatever you want.
Kickstarter is not limited to just inventions—lots of bands, artists, and fashion designers have chosen to put their projects up as well. So if you’ve got 15 minutes to kill, check out Kickstarter and see if you are ready to kick start an entrepreneur.
-Steve Murphy, CA CFO