Kickstart It

Man Reveals Mystery Product Behind Genius Blind Crowdfunding Campaign

Mr. Bishop. (Facebook)

The week-long anticipation is finally over. Jordan Bishop, the Toronto man behind the Internet’s first blind crowdfunding campaign, has finally revealed his mystery product: greeting cards.

Mr. Bishop launched the crazy — but also genius — Crowdtilt campaign last Wednesday, wherein he proclaimed, “I’m going to do something I’ve never seen done before: I’m going to sell you my product before I tell you what it is.” Read More

NYC Disrupts Disruptors

Hiding In Plain Sight: What Airbnb Doesn’t Want You To Know About Their New Lobbyists

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A few hundred people sat in the summer heat in Central Park last night, waiting for tickets for the Public’s opening night of their production of “King Lear,” when they were approached by a young woman with a clipboard.

“Would you like to sign a petition saying you support Airbnb in New York City?” she asked, going one by one.

“Support what, exactly?” asked the first person she approached.

“Oh, you know, like the service Airbnb provides, and just what we’re doing,” she said, obviously lacking an aggressive, prepared script.

One by one people signed a petition saying they supported “AirbnbNYC,” and why not? The vague, upbeat language — asking for an endorsement without a clear mission statement — seemed entirely unobjectionable. Read More

Kim Jong Ummm

North Korea Debuts Cooking Site Aimed at ‘Housewives’

Behold, an In inexhaustible source of kimchi recipes for North Korean housewives. (http://www.cooks.org.kp/)

If this isn’t a sign that the Real Housewives of Pyongyang is on its way, we don’t know what is.

The DPRK’s Korean Association of Cooks has launched a most supreme cooking website filled with recipes for “housewives’ convenience,” the Guardian reports. The site, creatively named “Korean Dishes”  also offers helpful information on North Korean restaurants, and on the cooking organization itself. Read More