This certainly isn’t the first or only Web site where one can describe a project and ask for donations, but if word of mouth is anything to go by, the new Kickstarter.com is the hip place to get funding these days.
I first heard about it on Twitter when one of my heroes Jesse Thorn linked to his project for people who want to learn to dress better, one might say “more sartorially”, if one were in the habit of speaking like a character in a PBS murder mystery series. Jesse described his project, tweeted about it once or twice, and the project is now over-funded and, one assumes, in production.
About 60% of the projects have been successfully funded, and they range from “help me produce my next album” to “experimental three-wheeled human-powered vehicle”. The trend seems to be that donors get a little something back for their effort, whether it be an autographed CD or credit in a Web series, etc.
I think I’m personally a little too old-fashioned and/or proud to ask for free money from strangers. If I have an idea for a new project (and I have them about once a month, most of them never launch), and I think it’s worth pursuing, and all I’m missing is the financing… isn’t that why people get things like loans and business partners?
Anyway, if you’ve used a service like this successfully, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Got a dream but no cash? The Internet can help, Matthew Goldstein, Reuters, Sep 4, 2009