Tech Dirty to Me
If the idea of a mob of Internet people getting together to fight crime and find the answers to unsolved murder mysteries makes you nervous, you’re going to want to take a seat for what’s coming next.
CrowdSolve is a new Indiegogo campaign to build an app for online crowds of citizen investigators. Inspired by the podcast Serial, the platform would allow users to collect public documents and crack the case where real investigators have allegedly botched the job.
Last June, the Autoblow 2 took the Internet by storm when it raised $280,247 on Indiegogo — more than six times its original $45,000 goal. Now, the maker of the legendary electronic blow job machine is out to do it again — this time with a sex toy for women.
Beef in the Crowdfunding Game
Thanksgiving is all about remembering the things in life you’re grateful for, and also about eating an ungodly amount of food. But besides all the turkey, stuffing, and sentimental speeches about how much you love your dear, wonderful family, you know what Thanksgiving is also about? Some really weird Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, apparently.
For your entertainment — and perhaps your confusion and disgust, depending on the project — here are some fascinating Thanksgiving-themed crowdfunding campaigns.
Last month, a little device on Kickstarter called Anonabox captured the imagination of every major tech publication and thousands of backers, promising a tiny device to plug into your router and anonymize all of your Internet browsing. When backers threw shade at Anonabox and pointed out that it was probably a knockoff of a Read More
Do Something For Charity
Kickstarter and Indiegogo — which were invented to help launch interesting and revolutionary ideas — have lead a countless number of products to great success. A cooler equipped with everything you could possibly need recently raked in more than $13 million to break Kickstarter’s record, and a campaign on Indiegogo even caused a blowjob machine to go viral.
Recently though, sprinkled in between legitimate crowdfunding attempts are more and more joke projects and flat out ridiculous campaigns.
Good guy Will Ferrell can now add philanthropist and crowdfunding commander to his resume.
The actor and comedian launched the SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge on Indiegogo to raise money for cancer charity yesterday.
The tech world is full of its rivalries: Lyft and Uber. iOS and Android. Snapchat and whoever is trying to copy them this week. It’s rare, however, that we get a truly comprehensive look at how two companies line up side by side.
Shopify published an enormous data survey last week of over 400,000 available Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, and the results are less-than-flattering for Indiegogo. Shopify scraped public campaign pages to build their dataset, and the crowdfunding firm that did the scraping for them has published a guide to how they gathered the data.
Kickstart or Kill
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are always held up against each other as rivals — people ask which is more secure, which is more indie, and which one is the better place to raise money. But this weekend, they both get to be winners, to an extent.
The Coolest Cooler broke Kickstarter’s record for highest funds raised by a campaign ever, coming in around $13 million, and Stone Brewing Company broke Indiegogo’s at $2.5 million.
At Betabeat, we consider ourselves connoisseurs of the Kickstarter horror story. Usually, the strange videos we’ve come across have been poorly made home videos — honest attempts by clueless civilians. Sometimes though, you find that perfect marriage of high production value and complete WTFness.
The crowdfunding video for a productivity app called Wimble looks like Barney Stinton’s video resume meets The Room. In it, a Finnish man wearing all black errthang is chased through an urban dystopia by a swarm of flying clocks before discovering the almighty Wimble.
When backers of the Kreyos smartwatch Indiegogo campaign were promised a cutting edge wearable and received an inferior, junk product, they were upset and confused. When they saw pictures of Kreyos founder Steve Tan with a Ferrari, they felt totally cheated.
After seeing our reporting on the Kreyos disaster and similar dubious campaigns, Indiegogo reached out to Kreyos and encouraged the company speak out. This morning, Mr. Tan himself went to the official Kreyos Facebook page to issue his response.