If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, Kickstarter is the Father!

By Michelle McCormick,




  1. 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!


imgres-3 (1)

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!





This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news [...]

NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise ...NPRThe popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans. Last week, the site announced it woul [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

EntrepreneurWhy Some Small Business Owners Are Turning to Crowdfunding to Save Their CompanyEntrepreneurMany owners of beloved local businesses, especially in pricier cities, have been forced to swallow their pride and appeal to their customers in times of crisis -- a process streamli [...]

CoinDeskKickstarter ICO? Don't Count On It Says Crowdfunding Leader ...CoinDeskThe company most widely associated with crowdfunding, Brooklyn-based Kickstarter, has no plans to get into the initial coin offering (ICO) business. Coming in response to the news yesterday that compet [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

CryptoCoinsNewsCrowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Looks to Make ICOs MainstreamCryptoCoinsNewsCrowdfunding platform Indiegogo has a plan to help initial coin offerings (ICOs) break into the mainstream, even as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is ramping up its oversight of [...]

BBC NewsWu Yongning: Who is to blame for a daredevil's death? - BBC NewsBBC NewsLast month, Wu Yongning went out to do what he loved best - scale a skyscraper without safety equipment and film himself dangling off its roof by his fingertips. What happened next almost seems inevit [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

NPRCrowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you [...]

CFB Finance


  • Crowdfunding
  • Crowdfund
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • FinTech
  • Reg A+
  • Reg CF
  • Crowdfunding USA

Press Release

Live Crowdfunding .tv

What's Next Step in Regulation A+ JOBS ACTS Title IIII :L Interview : Steve Cinelli with Brian Korn Securities and Crowdfunding/Peer-to-Peer Lending Lawyer, Watch more video library | Conference | Interview | Campaign Showcase | Research | Education |