By Michelle McCormick,
- the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
Forgive the teacher in me, but when I don’t know what something is, I look it up! I’m new to the phenomenon of crowdfunding, specifically Kickstarter. I first heard the term two years ago when an old high school classmate of mine successfully crowdfunded his movie venture. Now I find myself in the middle of another Kickstarter campaign much closer to home.
What is Kickstarter? If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a really cool site where creative folks can raise money to fund their vision. From comic book creators, to clothing designers, to authors, to inventors…..the sky’s the limit! If you can imagine it, Kickstarter will try to get it funded for you!
So what’s my tie to Kickstarter? Only the coolest commuter tool EVER invented…the ion Smartscooter! In the interest of complete transparency, my husband and his two partners invented this. They put thousands of man hours and their own money into creating an environmentally friendly, lightweight, and affordable scooter that can run up to 17 miles on one charge! The technical specs are really cool, but I’m not a techy person, so check it out here! Theion Smartscooter showcased last week at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. The industry response was fantastic!
But back to Kickstarter. I am fascinated with this site, I’ve personally contributed to four creative ventures that interest me. Granted, the contributions were small (as befits my tight budget), but a lot of small drops can fill up a bucket fast! And is there any better feeling than helping someone make their dream come true?
I wonder how much easier life would have been for Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, or even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs if Kickstarter had been around in their day. Fun to imagine!