Kickstarter Fundraising & Funding

I just want to say something about Kickstarter, a website that allows individuals and groups to post projects they’re working on that need funding. I LOVE KICKSTARTER. I think it’s an amazing platform and I really want to talk about why I love it. I’ll be dispersing projects I’ve backed throughout the post too.

Here’s the deal:

  1. You have a great idea or a new album you want to record or you’ve invented something to make your life easier and need the money to get it off the ground.
  2. You make a video about your awesome idea. (Optional, but most do and it really helps me see you and your ideas!)
  3. You post the idea and video to kickstarter.com and you give yourself a goal amount and a number of days to reach the goal.
  4. You set rewards for people who back you. This is the incentive to fund for most people. From simple thank yous to movie production credits. It could be anything.
  5. You let everyone you know in the world about the Kickstarter.

And that’s how it gets to me. You get your idea out there and through Twitter, Reddit, Facebook etc people like me find out about Your Awesome Thing. And then we agree to fund it if others do.

Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraiser. So, if you set a goal of $3000 in 45 days, and your time runs out with only having raised $2995 you do not get any funding. You have to meet your goal in the timeline chosen to get anything.

From the funding side Kickstarter uses Amazon Payments. The funding process is like so:

  1. Find a project that is awesome and deserves to see the light of day (sorry folk singers whose albums I always ignore!)
  2. Look at what kind of money the project wants and what incentives they’re giving away.
  3. Input an amount you’re willing to pledge and if you choose, what reward in that range you would like to receive.
  4. You’ll be sent to Amazon after selecting to authorize the payment.

This is the part where I tell you that Bank of America shut down my account when a payment went through for Kickstarter once. I have no idea if other banks do it, and BoA hasn’t done it again, but it did happen once and I had to call and automated system to reactivate my account.

If you decide to back a project then you should get regular updates about the projects from its creators. All the projects I’ve back have included lots and lots of communication and transparency into how my money was going to help and after funding how it was being used.

As you can see from above I’ve backed 4 successful projects at this point, and I agreed to fund some more that never raised enough money to be finalized. Last year I used a Seattle Toursaver book that I got as my reward from the Global Citizen Project to get deals around town. I’ve got mathematician dice in my purse. Last night Jason and I played a hilarious game of Creatures before bed. And here’s a picture of Flux I took with my Pinwide pinhole cap:

Pinwide Pinhole Flux

People are out there making enjoyable, neat things at a ridiculously fast rate. I love that I get to help out in some way, and I enjoy all the rewards I’ve chosen. With the Anthony Ryan Auld project I’m trying something new. I’m backing for a single dollar. Lots of projects only slightly interest me, but most of them have a $1 to $3 dollar level with no physical reward. If it was interesting enough to get me to look and read through everything, then I feel they deserve that little bit. Every dollar helps toward a goal.

Now, go find something interesting on Kickstarter and give them a dollar (or more).

Another Week – June 13th

This last week was spent attending a wedding, trying to find a dress for said wedding and spending a long Wednesday evening with the Seattle Travel Happy Hour crew at Black Bottle in Belltown. Black Bottle is a fantastic spot for a midweek happy hour with some decent beer choices and interesting plates with portions bigger than their price suggests.

But now for the fun stuff

And then a go pro on a hula hoop and 2 celloists doing "Welcome to the Jungle"

Rolling a Reliant Robin

I love cars and snark and British TV so naturally I'm a big Top Gear fan. I love how Audi owners are cocks and that James May gets no respect and it is hands down the funniest show I've ever seen when it's being funny and the sexiest show I've seen when it's time for a Lamborghini to hit the track.

I've found myself laughing to tears on multiple occasions when they drift away from the super cars into the novelty bits, with the tops being Jeremy Clarkson driving a Reliant Robin. A Robin was a 3 wheeled car built like a trike that was popular in North England in the 1970s. Classified as a motorbike with a less restrictive license it never became big beyond with the people who needed transportation without a car.

Driving a car with only one wheel in the front in an area full of slight hills and roundabouts? Pure comedy. I've watched this clip dozens of times without losing an ounce of enjoyment.

Put up with the advertisement, but if 8 minutes is too long for you skip ahead to 3:07 for "To try and understand why the Robin was so popular up north I pulled over to chat to some enthusiasts."

Now if you'll excuse me Netflix has 116 episodes of Top Gear available for streaming so I've got some more cars to leer at.

Another Week – June 5th

I spent the weekend hungover so I didn’t get to experience any Seattle wonderfulness, so I enjoyed this stuff instead.

This video is everything great about electronic music, Amon Tobin’s amazing new visual set for his Isam tour:

And everything that is sexy is Sasha Grey, via V Magazine:

Little Victories/Failures

The Seattle photo tumblelog I started over a year ago, ourseattle.tumblr.com has passed 1,000 followers on Tumblr.

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I originally started the site as a place to post pictures of Seattle with Jason, that we had taken on our phones, and a place to reblog the pictures of the few Seattle area people I followed on Tumblr. I picked up a couple dozen followers, and then a couple more. I posted infrequently and the growth that I genuinely didn't care about plateaued.

Then I decided to ask if anyone would want to contribute and help post items. 5 people responded and they were all added. One guy in particular took to posting items by storm, reblogging from items tagged Seattle.

The problem with reblogging, and Tumblr, and Flickr and the entire internet is that a vast majority of the content that gets posted to this site is reposted from other Tumblr sites that post the images from a Flickr page marked All Rights Reserved, if there's a link back anywhere at all. I know by ignoring it, and ignoring posting items to the site I'm silently approving of all this unattributed use (and the especially talented art is the most popular) but I'm not sure what else to do but just shut it straight down and lose it all.

This is what keeps me up at night. And that picture up there is Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons, by the way.