The BeatBuddy Pedal Lets You Build Beats With Your Feet

Posted December 23, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 12.21.49 PMThis is something I never knew I wanted: it’s called BeatBuddy and it’s basically a crowdfunded guitar stomp box that allows you to cue up and play drumbeats through your amplifier. That means you can run this in line with your guitar effects and add some undistorted, funky fresh breakbeatery, making yourself into a formidable and frightening Voltron-like all-electronic band. And who doesn’t want that? Continue reading

Crowdfunding: Figure Out What Success Looks Like And Plan Backwards From There

Posted December 19, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

blueshft-lifestyle_project-bodyThis is what happened during my first crowdfunding project, which is currently sitting at 97% of its goal with two days left on the clock. Our campaign’s goal was to cover the launch cost of our first product, a supercapacitor-powered portable speaker which would cost about $8000 in compliance & overhead costs. The next time I do something like this, I’m going to make a giant poster of that baseline number – $8000 or whatever it is – and hang it right in front of my face. The biggest mistake I made during this campaign was forgetting that number. Continue reading

South America Can Now Crowdfund With Bitcoins

Posted December 18, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

BitcoinWhile the rest of us are messing around with our PayPals and Amazon Payments, some folks in Argentina have created the first crowd funding platform in America to take Bitcoin.

The platform, called Idea.me focuses primarily on artistic, musical, and retail projects although, as evidenced by the project photos, many campaigns have a philanthropic bent. The platform was “born in Argentina” wrote Pia Giudice and is now in seven countries in Latin America. It is the area’s only regional crowdfunding platform. The platform has seen $750,000 in funding and should be raising $2.4 million in March 2014 in a Series A. Continue reading

Crowdfunded Iron Man Suit Project Seeking 5K Pre-Orders For Production Run

Posted December 17, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

helmet2Speaking as someone who’s considered spending nearly $1,000 on a full Stormtrooper costume multiple times, I’m very interested in a new crowdfunding project designed to build and mass produce a complete Iron Man suit with electronic features like an automatic sliding faceplate. The Iron Man Mark III project from Iron Man Factory, which must violate at least 80 licensing agreements, also just looks so damn cool that I’m going to hope beyond hope it somehow gets made. Continue reading

My Long Road To Self-Publishing

Posted December 16, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

Image (1) ababooks.jpg for post 120150After blindly supporting it for a number of years, I’ve decided to crowdfund my own project, a novel that I wrote for my son, and then write about the experience for you guys. Today I’d like to talk about my own experiences in publishing and why I think crowdfunding is, at the very least, a viable alternative to the traditional models. Be warned: this is a little introspective and I’m writing it from the perspective of a crowdfunding – but not a publishing – newbie. Continue reading

Prefundia, A Platform For Crowdfunding Projects To Gain Backers Ahead Of Launch, Exits Beta

Posted November 10, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

Prefundia_LogoPrefundia wants to help crowdfunding projects get backers before they launch their campaign. The startup, for startup it is — launching out of U.S. accelerator Boomstartup this summer — has been operating in beta for the past three months, and has just released some early performance data as it opens its doors to the public. Continue reading

Crowdtilt Goes Mobile With First App, Will Soon Let Anyone Launch A Crowdfunding Campaign On The Go

Posted September 11, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News, Startups.

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 4.45.21 PMAs we’ve discussed before, thanks to a handful of names, including Kickstarter and Indiegogo and the gaggle of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding is on the “Big screen.” Yet, the team behind Crowdtilt — also known as the Y Combinator-backed startup building a “group fundraising” platform for projects that don’t work on Kickstarter — believe that this is just the beginning. Continue reading

The Dextrus Robotic Hand Wants To Make Advanced Prosthetics 100X Cheaper Via 3D Printing

Posted September 5, 2013 & filed under Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

Dextrus-BannerThe Dextrus hand is the working prototype resulting from Joel Gibbard’s Open Hand Project, an open source hardware initiative that aims to lower the cost of robotic prosthetics dramatically. Dextrus is a fully-functional robotic hand, with features and capabilities similar to leading advanced prosthetics, but at a small fraction of the cost. Continue reading