My teenager has a great summer job. I'm super-thankful to the manager who hired him. I googled to see what there was to see about this nice guy and saw that he has a creative business on the side for which he is currently running a Kickstarter. Would it be creepy or manipulative if I were to kick in a little bit? He's looking for an amount in the low thousands and I would give $50. I've never met him, but he would probably figure out I'm this employee's parent.
This is a question for Metafilter users who have run Kickstarter campaigns (successful or unsuccessful) in the past. What worked for you? What didn't? I'm looking to learn as much as I can. [more inside]
I have an idea to review and compare a category of product that is not currently widely reviewed. Reviews exist, but they are spotty and only cover a few items, not nearly all of them. I'd like to do a comprehensive review site. This would involve some sort of crowd funding, as I can't afford to simply go buy one of everything in this category. [more inside]
My business partners and I just closed a Kickstarter for around 150k! Awesome! But, for the first time, we have real money and now we need real advice. [more inside]
I'm putting on a webinar for a bunch of Kickstarter backers (around 2000), which content-wise will include a 2 hour lecture and some Q&A. While I have a lot of presentation experience (I've given this particular lecture ~ 6 times as a part of a workshop series I run), I've never done anything online like this before and could use suggestions on how to do this well. I'm particularly interested in recommendations for webinar services that can handle that kind of bandwidth, whether it'd be a good idea to hire staff on that day for video/moderating questions, that kind of thing. [more inside]
I donated a lot of money to a small retail store for a Kickstarter campaign they ran. There were a lot of rewards offered, and I said I didn't want "all of them". But so far I've gotten none. I want to followup, because I'd like to continue to patronize this business. [more inside]
I ran a Kickstarter last month to develop a language learning app. It ended up getting a lot of media attention and doing really well. I'm a few days into setting up the business side of things, as I prepare to actually *receive* the Kickstarter funds, and I'm wondering whether I have any protections from a bigger company coming in, using my ideas and making their own competitor products. [more inside]
I began a Kickstarter last week and it exploded, reaching its funding goals in 2 days, 6 hours. I've started adding stretch goals like mad, but I'd like to use the overwhelming response to get some media attention. How do I do that? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for pen bodies for Jetstream Ballpoint Pen refills. [more inside]
I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, and I have around 1500 people to email. How do I do this simply? I'd like the emails to come from my personal gmail address (and not DONOTREPLY@Mail1000.com or something), and if possible, I'd like to customize the emails such that they refer to each person by name (I have everyone in an excel file at the moment). If relevant for potential software/plugin solutions, I have a Mac and a Wordpress site on a good server.
I'm working on an iPad app (in the mental health/wellness space) and am self funding much of the design, but want to look into a Kickstarter or similar for the development phase. I did all the UI myself. I've mostly seen Kickstarters to fund physical design projects like pens, picture frames, etc, or albums, webseries, stuff like that. The technology section seems very hardware focused too. [more inside]
Kickstarter's arbitrary categories (staff picks, recently funded, etc) seem not to let me look at what I want to look at. I just want to be able to do what the link at the front says: 'See all 318 Games projects'. Except I just want tabletop games, and I want to be able to sort them how I want: oldest, newest, most pledges, about to end, whatever. Is there something online that does this? An app, perhaps? Or am I missing something completely about the existing interface? (To be clear, I am not looking for an alternative to Kickstarter. I just want to look at Kickstarter differently.)
I am an academic who studies, among other things, crowdfunding. I am trying to see whether backers on crowdfunding sites are overly drawn to projects that draw upon popular elements of internet culture, regardless of whether these things actually improve the chances of the project succeeding. For example, do crowdfunding pitches that include cat videos or 4chan memes or mentions of Teddy Roosevelt do better than those that don't do these things? I need help thinking of some of these signifiers of "internet cool." What would be most helpful are key words or phrases ("ceiling cat," "planking," etc.) that might appear in the description/pitch of a Kickstarter project that would indicate pandering to the internet culture. The data ends in mid-2012, so it would have to be before that period. Social science needs your help!
I recently completed a short film/indie Tv pilot entirely at my own expense and would like to know if I anyone thinks it would be possible to utilize crowdfunding to recoup all or part of what I have put in to it up until this point. [more inside]
I've been considering using Kickstarter to fund a book project, but I'm confused by the model, which seems to fund production of the end product but not investment in its creation. [more inside]
I just heard a radio interview with Zach Braff about his Kickstarter film project. It was mentioned that it is illegal for him to share the film's profits with his Kickstarter backers. Why is that?
The kickstarter I launched for the documentary I've been shooting over the last 18 months got funded in 15 days. We've got 20 days left to go on the campaign. It's a big project but kickstarter is only part of our fundraising plan so the goal was rather modest. I would certainly like to secure more pledges. What techniques can I use to make the most of this time? The project got funded quickly because of the efforts of the tight-knit community in which I live and the subject matter I'd like to think. How can I bring in more funds having already met the goal? Metafilter is curating the project. Almost all of our marketing has been through Facebook. Any ideas? Google searches lead to plenty of blog articles on launching but not much information specific to this situation. We're funding post-production and film festival entries.
I'm a poet. A pretty good one, occasionally. I've always been a coward when it comes to going for publication, and with April being National Poetry Month it seems an appropriate time to take submitting seriously. What makes more sense these days--trying to get a manuscript published by a publisher, or trying to make a book for a specific audience with a kickstarter/indigogo?
Groupon and Dropbox used to have great 2 minute animated videos on their sites explaining how their products worked, the problem they solved, and why you should get it. (On Groupon I am talking about the Groupon Works site where they try to get businesses to sign up.) I went to go look at these today-- I am trying to write a script for a short video explaining a product I am building-- Uggg, these cool videos have been replaced by a sales page with no video. What does it all mean?? [more inside]
I would like Facebook Connect to connect to the professional Facebook page I administer, not my personal Facebook page. Is this possible? [more inside]
What would you want to see in a crowdfunding campaign from a pro-democracy activity in a dictatorship? [more inside]
I need to get in on this Kickstarter - but the availability date has passed. What can I do? [more inside]
Kickstarter advice: Have you done a successful Kickstarter? An unsuccessful one? What do you wish you had known in advance? And does my Kickstarter sound likely to succeed? [more inside]
So...under its guidelines, Kickstarter says it cannot be used for funding pornographic material... [more inside]
Kickstarter rewards. Is there any system in place to guarantee you will get one if you fund the project (and the funding is successful)? Do creators ever flake out and not send out the rewards? [more inside]
What are some specific ways that I can promote a soon-to-expire Kickstarter project? I've heard that projects sometimes gain momentum from that "act now!" boost, but how do I tap into that segment of the funding crowd? [more inside]
How do Kickstarter iOS projects that offer pre-ordered copies of the app deliver them? [more inside]
What are the most successful Kickstarter projects, but success defined by the project goals, and not fundraising? [more inside]
What grants and other financing options exist for very independent narrative films? [more inside]
Kickstarter is out: I'm not an American, and don't know any that can front my project. What's the best alternative? [more inside]
I am working on a card game, and eventually want to put it up on kickstarter. I have a few questions regarding this... [more inside]
So, the Kickstarter for my short horror-comedy film is live! Yay! How/where should I promote it? [more inside]
Give me more websites with the same concept as Art House Coop, The Present Group, or The Thing Quarterly. [more inside]
I am starting a new Kickstarter fund to record an album. Need input for ideas on where to perform. [more inside]
I need ideas to kickstart my Kickstarter project. [more inside]
Illustrator trying to relocate from Phoenix to Portland, having yet another hare-brained idea of how to raise funds for such a venture. Lots inside. Help! [more inside]
So I, along with two other people are starting a magazine based out of Canada. We're planning to raise funding for it via Kickstarter.com but are worried that we're signing up for a nightmare of tax trouble. [more inside]