The New York-based site lets artists, designers, and entrepreneurs set a fundraising goal and essentially run an online telethon; backers at various levels get different kinds of payouts, from a digital download of an album to a limited edition iPad case.
I'd missed the fact that last year, two Berklee College of Music students used the site to raise $7,200; the money went toward recording and making a video for "The Boston Song," a pop anthem for the city.
And just yesterday, Tufts student Brett Andler e-mailed about his Kickstarter project: trying to raise $10,000 for a game called Whozit. It's a version of the guessing game "Guess Who" that taps into your collection of Facebook friends.
I've written here about how the MIT spin-out Supermechanical used Kickstarter to raise $550,000 to design a new kind of wireless sensor, and also talked about the larger crowdfunding trend in my Boston Globe column.
And later this month, the folks at the Venture Café in Cambridge have put together an interesting panel that I'm moderating: "Killing It On Kickstarter: Running successful campaigns for new products and creative projects." It features four entrepreneurs and artists who've used the site to raise money for everything from a new brand of microwave popcorn to a documentary about the heyday of radio station WBCN ($114,000!). It's free, and it happens on April 19th from 6 to 7 PM. Hope to see you there...
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
May 16 & 17: Convergence Forum on Life Sciences
Speakers from Bristol-Myers, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Biogen Idec talk about the next ten years of the biopharma business. Plus, journalist David Ewing Duncan on radical life extension. (I'm hosting.)
May 22: MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Chief information officers from Guess, Haemonetics, Intel and other companies talk discuss "architecting the enterprise of the future."
June 25: TEDxBoston
The oldest and biggest of the locally-organized TED events is back, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are free, but tough to get. Also streams on the web and airs on WBUR.