Topic:

Kickstart It

Kickstart It

The New York City Council Now Using Kickstarter For Community Development

Discover NYC.

Is there anyone who isn’t on Kickstarter these days? The latest bandwagon-jumpers: The New York City Council, which has partnered with the artsy crowdfunding platform to create a landing page that highlights New York City-based projects.

The move is positioned as a way to help business owners in low-income neighborhoods get access to hard-to-find capital, a persistent problem.

Remember when microlending was going to solve everything? Now it’s crowdfunding. Wonder what it’ll be in five years?  Read More

Kickstart It

Kickstarter Getting Pretty Comical

photo-full

Kickstarter is the third-largest publisher of comic books in the U.S., by some counts–or at least the third-largest funding source. Off-beat comics artists with small but loyal followings are successfully self-publishing titles like Cursed Pirate Girl, Inferno 2010 and Moriarty: The Dark Chamber, a story based around Sherlock Holmes’s arch-nemesis, as well as other, weirder things. The site has become such a force in the comics world that noted comic Johanna Carlson wrote a post declaring she wouldn’t be giving to any more Kickstarters. “I’m already tired of getting ‘press releases’ that are thinly disguised pleas for funds. I want to buy a book when I know when it’s available and what it looks like,” she wrote. A week later she walked it back with a post titled “More on Kickstarter: I Was Wrong.” Read More

Kickstart It

Kickstarter for a Twitter Scandal: Weinergate Documentary Fundraising Now

weinergate doc

Weinergate: The Impotence of Liberal Journalism will feature interviews with the bloggers and Twitter users who excavated the evidence of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s mis-fired dick pic tweet last week by digging through metadata in the file, analyzing the tweets before and after the incident, uncovering an odd loophole in the yfrog photo uploading service and generally being weird and obsessive. You can help better preserve this watershed moment in citizen journalism by joining the 12 backers who have contributed $965 so far to the campaign, which has 9 days to go.  Read More

Kickstart It

iPod Nano Watches–Kickstarter’s Most Successful Project–Coming to Apple Stores This Week

ipod watch

Chicago-based designer Scott Wilson put his design for two iPod Nano watches–one where the iPod is removable and one not–on Kickstarter after reading about it in articles and from a friend. He and his design team hoped to raise $15,000 in 30 days; they ended up raising $941,718.

And this week Apple retail stores in North America will start stocking the watches, Fast Company reports. Read More

Kickstart It

Calls for Kickstarter Project to Save Search for Aliens

alien

Mountain View’s SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute–responsible for crowdsourcing its work to citizens’ computers via a screensaver–needs money after losing government funding, the San Jose Mercury News reported today. “Honestly, if everybody contributed just .03 extra cents on their 1040 tax forms, we could find out if we have cosmic company,” one SETI scientist said. But another alternative has been repeatedly proposed on Twitter: Kickstarter! Read More