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An Honest Kickstarter Video

Kickstarter, let me count the ways I love and loathe you, but first, this brilliant, honest video that expresses how everyone feels. It’s made by comedians Alyssa Onofreo and Kyle Vorbach, otherwise known as No Idea, Random Person and Unimportant, Second Person, respectively.

Watch this video if you’ve ever donated to a product that’s never delivered on its promises, been harassed by friends to donate to projects you don’t actually like, or if you have made your own Kickstarter projects asking others for money, because we all know it’s really hard to do so.
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Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

LifePrint: A Photo Printer as Mobile and Connected as Instagram

Mobile photography is a great tool to stay connected – to your family, friends, or even your favorite brands. However, they are as quick to disappear from our memory as any cat video. Even at one photo a day, a low average, in my opinion, you’re going to end up with over 300 a year. If you want to cherish these images as more than a series of 1′s and 0′s  – you’ll want to print them, hold them, tape them up to your fridge, and maybe even give them away.
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Kickstarter Celebrates $1 Billion in Pledges

kickstarter303Social crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, reached $1 Billion in pledges today. To celebrate, the company made a website to share its incredible statistics.

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

Researchers Discover Phrases That Predict Success on Kickstarter

phrasesNot 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

3 Million Users Helped Kickstarter Projects Earn $480 Million in 2013

kickstarterWere 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

Romo: A Robot Friend With One Half iPhone Body

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.
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Pressy Lets You Control Your Android Phone With One Simple Button

How many clicks does it take to turn on your flashlight? As many as you want if you have Pressy, the app and button lets you program tasks for your phone using one button. It’s like Morse code.

This little impressive button is getting a ton of attention on Kickstarter, it got fully funded in one day. In fact, Pressy is so successful, it’s already gotten six times its original funding goal – enough to develop Pressy for iPhone.

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Kickstarter Film Festival in Brooklyn This Weekend

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 IxEmily 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.

Lernstift Digital Pen’s Gentle Vibration Helps Children Learn Through Writing

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.

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Kickstarter Removes ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Sequel For Copyright Infringement

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