To date, Kickstarter’s $1 Billion mark has brought in 5.7 million users from 224 countries on all seven continents, most of which was in the last 12 months alone. Not surprisingly, a large percentage of those donations came from the US, followed by the UK – $663 Million to $54 Million, respectively. Kickstarter also recognized some of its more prolific and prominent users like Neil Gaiman, a celebrity figure who continues to share and support hundreds of projects to Hope Leman, the site’s very first project backer. Read more
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Not all Kickstarter projects are created equal – at least, when it comes to their language of persuasion. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, phrases and words can have a positive impact on the likelihood of success on Kickstarter.
In their study, the linguists crawled through 45,000 Kickstarter projects, 9 million phrases, and 59 variables which led them to this: We ﬁnd that among 59 control variables and 20,391 phrases, the top 100 predictors of funded and not funded are solely comprised of phrases. Read more
Were you one of the 3 million people who donated to Kickstarter last year? If so, then you helped to fund 19,911 crowd-sourced projects, up from 18,109 projects from the previous year.
On average, Kickstarter projects were able to garner $1,315,520 in pledges every day in 2013, or $913 every minute. Overall, the company racked in $480 million from 3 million users from 214 countries and all 7 continents. Yes, even Antarctica! Read more
Robots are incredible manifestations of science fiction, and unless you’re in Japan, they’re hardly a part of everyday existence. Enters Romo, powered by iPhones and iPads it’s a Roomba sized pet with personality and brains the likes of your smartphone.
As you can see in the promo video below, the Romo is a body accessory that gets its brain power from an attached iPhone and app.
Kickstarter is hosting its third annual film festival in Brooklyn this weekend. At the event, the crowd funding site will screen a number of films including features, documentaries, shorts, animations, and works-in-progress all of which were funded through Kickstarter.
The program of films includes: Everybody Street a documentary on New York street photography by Cheryl Dunn; a snippet from Academy Award-nominated cartoonist and animator Bill Plympton‘s animation Cheatin’; Mr. Grillo: The Thereminist, a documentary by Danilo Parra about a man who has dedicated his life to the instrument; and The Adventures of Ledo and Ix, Emily Carmichael‘s web series about two characters from an old-school video game, among others.
The free all ages event will take place on Saturday August 3rd at Havemeyer Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 7-12pm. Follow this link for more details.
As younger generations get accustomed to using tablets and iPhones, handwriting may get lost in the gestures. Enter the Lernstift, a Linux powered pen that gives a subtle vibration when you make an error. The pen’s orthography and calligraphy modes are perfect for children learning to write and you won’t even need an app or computer to power the artificial intelligence behind the tiny computer.
Kickstarter has removed “Back to the Wild,” a proposed sequel to Maurice Sendak‘s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, concerned that the project would violate copyright restrictions.
Harper Collins requested that Kickstarter remove the project. Here is what they submitted to the crowd sourcing site:
The infringing material is a proposal to create a “sequel” to WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, entitled “Back to the Wild,” using the characters, scenes and copyrightable elements of the original work. Any such unauthorized “sequel” would clearly violate the Estate’s right to create derivative works. Read more
Kickstarter posted a long blog post criticizing a controversial seduction guide project by Ken Hoinsky that raised $16,300 on the site. Many readers had complained about violent content the author had posted on Reddit.
UPDATE: Hoinsky has issued a statement about the controversy.
Kickstarter has decided to ban seduction guides “or anything similar” on the site. They also donated $25,000 to RAINN, an anti-sexual violence charity. Here’s more from the post:
First, there is no taking back money from the project or canceling funding after the fact. When the project was funded the backers’ money went directly from them to the creator. We missed the window. Second, the project page has been removed from Kickstarter. The project has no place on our site. For transparency’s sake, a record of the page is cached here. Third, we are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior and is inconsistent with our mission of funding creative works. These things do not belong on Kickstarter.
Not many iPhone Accessories have the stamp of approval from Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak, but this is what he had to say about this iPhone Pocket Tripod:
Great project. Never would have come about without a great deal of creativity and desire to do something different…it’s perfect for me. You can count me in. I never had thought that something like that could be done.
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