Exploring Kickstarter

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The assignment for this week asked us to explore Kickstarter and find projects that might interest us.  This was actually not my first time visiting Kickstarter and I love it when some of their project get national news coverage.  There is a lot of power in crowdsourcing and some major ideas have come as a result of this platform.  Recently, Kickstarter reached quite a milestone as well when they announced that one billion dollars had been used to support various projects on the platform.

My favorite Kickstarter project is the Pebble watch.  The watch is considered one of the greatest success stories to come out of Kickstarter and shares the company of intriguing products such as Oculus Rift.  I personally own a Pebble watch (bought at Best Buy as I was too late to the party) and have been following the project for quite some time.  I can tell you that in my opinion, the Pebble watch is still the best smart watch in the market and the company has been able to achieve great things as a result of getting their “kick start” on Kickstarter. 

Other projects that currently intrigue me on Kickstarter include various home automation and electronics including a neat looking night light outlet plate and a phone stabilizer for taking photos.  I like that the projects were even available based on location and projects near me were displayed on the home page.  I do not really have any projects that I would like to get funded though I really would like to see a Seinfeld app that is constantly playing random episodes invented.  I don’t think Kickstarter is realy the place for this idea though however because there are copyright issues in play that I do not want to get involved in. 

Overall, I am really happy with Kickstarter and the social and cultural implications that it has going forward.  The platform is an excellent example of the power of the masses and the way that it inspires you to freely express your creativity should not be over looked.  I also like the way the platform allows the “cream to rise to the top” in the sense that if an idea is really good, it has the chance to “go viral” on the platform same as anything else.  Finally, the way that the platform connects consumers with the products around them is great in the sense that one can really feel like a part of an upcoming product and can share in the joy of triumphs while fearing the failure that could happen.  

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4 thoughts on “Exploring Kickstarter

  1. I had no idea that the Pebble watch was a Kickstarter funded invention. Very cool! I was really blown away with the innovation on Kickstarter and the amount of really great ideas and projects (mixed in with some pretty hilarious ones as well). I think the opportunity to rally support from strangers is what social media should really be all about. Kickstarter is the perfect use of networking with friends and strangers to achieve a goal.

  2. I’m not even sure if I had ever heard specifically of the Pebble smart watch. I was aware of companies working on watches but did not know any had actually been released. It’s the big hits like the Pebble that can help propel sites into the public eye, which is a huge benefit for a site like Kickstarter. The more people that know what they are and what they do, the better.

  3. I had heard of Pebble Smartwatches before, but I don’t think I know anyone who has one — until now! I’m assuming you have one of the originals? I just visited the website, and now I NEED a Pebble Steel. I love chunky watches anyway, but a chunky SMART watch? Get outta town.

    I didn’t realize this was a Kickstarter project either, but I see it now, right there on the Pebble homepage. I also noticed the nightlight outlet cover, and I thought that was super cool! They should also make one with an air freshener insert (that doesn’t take up a plug)… Nightlights and air fresheners take up entirely too much valuable outlet space. I really got a kick out of exploring all these projects, and now my wheels are turning trying to come up with something that I could crowdfund. I have lots of ideas of things I want, but unfortunately, I have no idea where to start on building most of my crazy ideas.

    Great post!

  4. I am curious how companies like the one that created the Pebble smart watch maintain their ownership of the idea. It would be effective if Kickstarter offered a “before you get kicking” guide as to protecting intellectual property through the process of funding via crowdsourcing.
    I think you are spot on with the statement that Kickstarter can really help to support those creative ideas that sometimes are overlooked by traditional funding sources.

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