One of the great obstacles to inventors everywhere is the lack of capital. Money is, as we all know, the life blood of any business, so finding new sources of investment is a must. That’s why I was very pleased to learn about the website Kickstarter in an article by Steven Johnson on the Intelligent Community Forum. The piece, entitled “Innovation, It Isn’t a Matter of Left and Right,” describes Kickstart as
… a fund raising site that allows individuals to fund creative projects, like movies, art installations, albums and so on. Donors may get special gifts in return for their contributions — signed copies of the final CD or an invitation to the opening — but they don’t own the creations they help support. In just two years of existence, Kickstarter has raised more than $20 million for thousands of projects, taking a small cut of each transaction….People are “investing” in others not for the promise of financial reward, but for the social rewards of supporting important work. The artists, on the other hand, are relying on a decentralized network of support, not government grants.
I visited the website and was disappointed that they do not include toys in their portfolio but was pleased to see that they do include games. So, to get an idea of what a fund raising initiative on Kickstart looks like you may want to check out this Kickstarter page for “Cards Against Humanity.”
So, whether you have a great idea or want to find a place to invest a few dollars, check out Kickstarter.