Betabeat Approves A Thing
In the past 10 years, digital tools, economic devastation and common sense have pressured companies of all sizes to cut down on the number of employees who are assigned to take care of the office. Unfortunately, jobs like cleaning the kitchen and buying more grinds for the shitty coffee maker are being offloaded onto people that have nothing to do with stocking the supply closet — like social media managers or operations staff.
Managed by Q (or “Q” from here on out, for the sake of decency), is a NYC-based service that turns all of those concerns into, of course, an app.
I grew up in what some might call a meat-and-potatoes home. This in no way resembles my current diet, but during my childhood, steak made its way onto the dinner table once or twice a week. With this being said, I have never actually prepared a steak myself and couldn’t even begin to tell you how to reach a pink, juicy center. So when I heard about a frying pan that makes cooking the perfect steak effortless, I had to give it a try.
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
You know those Magnet Poetry sets — those white word magnets that you probably haven’t seen since you found them arranged into ridiculous sexual innuendos on your college refrigerator? They’re about to get a tech reboot.
“Silicon Valley Magnets” are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. If funded, the set will feature more than 120 techy buzzwords so you can can name your startup while you cook.
Terrified by the prospect of having kids? You won’t be after watching this insanely cute Kickstarter video for Edwin, supposedly the world’s first interactive rubber duck.
Created by pi lab, Edwin is a high-tech, app-enhanced rubber duck with a variety of uses for parents and young kids — everything from playing lullabies and reading stories to detecting when the bath water has reached the right temperature. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking to raise $85,000 before Dec. 2.
Amazon has spent the better part of two decades wreaking havoc on the publishing industry, which has been decimated by digital innovation. Today’s announcement is the next in a long line of plays — from the massive sales of discount books to the pioneering of ebook sales — to develop a world where traditional Read More
The Internet was abuzz yesterday with news of the Kickstarter campaign to create a bizarre “air umbrella,” a gadget that promises to ward raindrops away from your face by powerfully blowing out air in all directions.
While the prospects of the futuristic umbrella reaching its $10,000 funding goal weren’t looking so hot yesterday, a glance at the campaign page this afternoon revealed the product has now plowed through its original goal; it’s currently raised $16,825, with nine days still remaining in the fundraising period.
For The Cool Kids
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.
There’s a new VIP club in town, and no, you won’t have to wait on any lines or have a swank connection to get in.
Backer Cub is a private community for Kickstarter’s most active and influential backers. Membership is limited and the admittance criteria is high, but if you’ve backed 50 or more projects, you just might be welcome.