In September 2012, a curious invention appeared on Kickstarter
The Ostrich Pillow looked like a squishy gray pumpkin with two openings at the top. It was designed to slip comfortably over the wearer’s head, offering a cozy “micro environment” for power naps. Thanks to a sophisticated Kickstarter campaign, a whimsical design and plenty of media coverage, the Ostrich Pillow was a hit, raising nearly $200,000 in pledges
One year later, Ali Ganjavian and Key Portilla-Kawamura, the minds behind the Ostrich Pillow, launched a second Kickstarter campaign for the Ostrich Pillow Light. The more portable, slightly less outlandish creation can be worn around the neck and pulled over the eyes for a discrete nap while in transit. Like its predecessor, the Ostrich Pillow Light is soft and pleasantly malleable, designed to give time-starved workaholics a portable tool for catnapping Read more…Read More →
The video above is a parody, but the product featured is real. Special thanks to celeb chef and star of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern, for making a cameo in our video. Check out the show and follow Andrew on social media.
It’s not an April Fool’s Day joke. It’s not a celebrity diet. It’s not a marketing hoax related to the 1973 dystopian sci-fi film Soylent Green (spoiler)
Soylent is a real product that raised $1 million in a crowdfunding campaign and is now funded by well-known VCs, including Andreessen Horowitz and Lerer Ventures. It was created by Rob Rhinehart, who studied computer science and electrical engineering before leaving college to participate in Y Combinator with a previous startup Read more…Read More →
Charles Roberts, 32, carried a 9mm handgun, bolt-action rifle and 12-gauge shotgun when he walked into the school
It was early morning of Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Penn., a small settlement about 60 miles west of Philadelphia. The 30 or so Amish students in the one-room schoolhouse had just begun their lessons for the day.
Charles barricaded the windows with wooden planks and ordered the teachers and male students to leave. He grabbed the 10 remaining girls, aged 6 through 13, and lined them next to the chalkboard. He shot them, point-blank, killing five and severely wounding the others. Then he killed himself. Read more…Read More →
Anyone who has managed a crowdfunding campaign knows that a solid campaign video is key. It’s also not easy to do on a budget
That’s why filmmaker Ben Godar got creative. He sent in a proposal for a Kickstarter project, seeking funds for — wait for it — his Kickstarter campaign video
Godar made a parody video asking others to donate money so he could make a really good video for his actual Kickstarter project. He submitted his campaign request to Kickstarter without any luck — it was rejected. But the video is funny nonetheless, and Godar uploaded it to YouTube instead Read more…Read More →
This is the same man that the full force of the U.S. government and all the attention of one of the most viral videos in Internet history couldn’t turn up. He’s still out there, the target of international military operations. Entire teams of U.S. Special Forces are dedicated to finding and killing him. But fear no more: This Canadian vigilante will free you from tyranny.
Robert Young Pelton has set modest goal of $500,000 for his Indiegogo campaign, of which he’s raised $7,300 so far. The campaign includes various rewards for different donation levels; for a mere $25,000, you can accompany Pelton on “Expedition Kony” and traipse though the jungle on the hunt for the warlord with a machine gun and machete Read more…Read More →
The idea for the hyperloop has been floating around since 2012, back when Telsa and SpaceX founder Elon Musk first came up with the next-gen transportation concept. Now the group that announced its intentions to develop the idea back in September has stepped forward with an official name: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
First revealed as a developmental project launched by the JumpStartFund, the name of the company was actually the result of a voting process conducted on the project’s website. Some of the other, more science fiction-inspired names tossed around on the website included Tube X, MagTube, The Loop, Terra Tran, Loopola, Warp T and ScramTram Read more…Read More →
In an era where bands from the 1990s can ride a wave of nostalgia to a successful run as a touring band, Toad the Wet Sprocket is going its own way
After disbanding in 1998, the California quartet reunited throughout the 2000s for one-off shows and short tours. But Toad recently returned to the studio as a full-time band — rather than resting complacently on 20-year-old hits — after launching a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter in June to make it happen
Setting out to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter, the band brought in more than $264,000 in 60 days. Toad has been on the road for several months this year, and the album is now available to stream and buyMashable spoke to lead singer Glen Phillips about the Kickstarter campaign and Toad’s place in music today, 27 years after forming. Read more…Read More →
It’s been a big year for Kickstarter. At the end of 2012, the crowdfunding site announced it had seen a 50% increase in new campaign launches over a six-month period. And the record-setting success of projects like the Veronica Mars movie earlier this year helped push the site further into the mainstream
But these glowing headlines conceal the fact that most Kickstarter campaigns — 56%, by the site’s own admission — never reach their goals. Kickstarter is no surefire path to success. And for those who try and fail, the whole process can end up seeming like a big waste of time.
That’s why researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne decided to look at the numbers and see if there was a better way for Kickstarter campaign creators to predict the likelihood of their success earlier on in the process Read more…Read More →
Since the first unveiling of Google Glass, there’s been no shortage of promised alternatives. The vast majority are being touted by indie manufacturers, who have turned to crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to raise the funds to bring their prototypes to market.
The latest contenders to enter the space are a group of engineers from Elche, Spain, who have developed a stylish range of prescription lens-compatible frames that are able to communicate with a wearer’s iOS and Android devices.
Called Ion Glasses, they function much like a smart watch or any other Bluetooth-enabled smartphone companion, allowing users to communicate with their smartphone or tablet without having to take them out of a handbag or pocket. For example, wearers can see notifications for incoming calls, texts, emails and calendar appointments. They can also control some functions of their devices remotely, such as turning a smartphone’s music on or off while it sits in a speaker dock, or having it take a picture from several feet away. Read more…Read More →