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Geekend: A Tiptoe Through Kickstarter
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kstaron
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kstaron,
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7/24/2014 | 1:50:45 PM
Love the keyboard, hate the empty accounts
I now want the querky typewriter keyboard. It's adorable. Always wanted an old typewriter but wondered where i'd put it. Using it as a tablet keyboard would be awesome.

One hint for new kickstarters, especially that cockroach story woman without a penny invested. Take a low level investment and pledge it yourself, get your friends to kick in a few bucks (heck ask that to be your birthday present). Get the seed money in there. It's like a tip jar. no one's going to add the first dollar, but if there's a five in there already the'll add two.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
7/11/2014 | 7:11:59 AM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
I see GoFundMe a little differently than Kickstarter.  The GoFundMe stuff tends to be charity or donations to an individual so they can do what they want to do not an attempt to raise funding for a product launch that offers the participant a tangible object.  I don't mind charity but I do mind when a company is skimming part of the funds from donations.  I don't mind people having dreams but I do get irritated with GoFundMe requests like "Awesome Weekend in Vegas" where they want me to fund their vacation.  Sorry I don't care how you spin it that just doesn't fly with me.  As for more legitimate fund raising using similar sites what bothers me is that it would be just as easy to set up a PayPal account and manage the whole thing yourself and the fees lost would probably be significantly lower.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/10/2014 | 1:27:40 PM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
@Pedro- Please do. Because A) I'd love to see one of our community make tons of money b) I'd liek to then interview you on your secrets and c) If it didn't work, I think it would be fun examining what went wrong.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Author
7/10/2014 | 9:52:08 AM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
I wonder if a backlash against these funding sites is beginning to occur. Sometimes I get a little tired of being hit up by GoFundMe requests to help acquaintances fulfill their personal dreams -- things like attending divinity school (especially coming right after repeated requests for sponsorship in a charity that requires a set amount in order to participate in a walk).
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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7/10/2014 | 7:24:47 AM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
@Alison_Diana, that's how I feel.  If I had a kickstarter project that I had put a significant amount of time into and I thought I had a really great product that I could get off the ground if only I could raise 10K or so I'd be really let down that some guy got 70K to make potato salad.  Can you imagine how excited a small business would be to get 70K in a week? 
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
7/10/2014 | 7:18:15 AM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
Hopefully Kickstarter puts some stops in there soon though.  It's funny to see Reddit mentioned because I do think that's 90% of the problem.  The hivemind is driving the funding and it doesn't stop to think about what it does to legitimate projects.  The Kickstarter model is a tough enough sell in the first place, it doesn't need to become another r/RandomActsOfPizza/.
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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7/9/2014 | 9:39:38 PM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
I wouldn't fund any of the projects.  I mean, they don't sound that useful.  Even the one from MIT,  I'm still waiting for the helmet that would read a pet's thoughts.  That idea would make millions.  I'm sure there are other good projects out there.  May be I should come up with my own silly project, I bet will make money.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
User Rank: Author
7/9/2014 | 5:02:11 PM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
Yes, I think that sums up my attitude too, @Dave! 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
User Rank: Strategist
7/9/2014 | 4:04:57 PM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
@SaneIt- No doubt you are right about that. I fear the "Redditification" of Kickstarter where the funniest post gets the most funding. But if it happens, no doubt Indiegogo or some other copycat will take the "serious business" and the community will move on. 

I'm guessing that crowdfunding sites will be like social networks-- all the cool kids will jump around every few years anyway.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/9/2014 | 4:03:19 PM
Re: Ricky the cockroach
@alison- It annoyed me and amused me at the same time. I was so conflicted I think it showed that i was mostly just jealous. Ultimately, what I decided is that what he was rewarded for was his writing. I don't know if he should get $70,000 (and counting) for the writing. But what he did was entertain us. He spoofed Kickstarter, and people "paid" to read the story.

Basically the way some artists have been putting out their records for free and telling fans to pay what they want for them.
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