I was first introduced to Kickstarter when I read "The Crowdfunding Revolution: Social Networking Meets Venture Financing." Kickstarter is a website where people with big ideas can post their idea, what their funding goal is, and a deadline to receive donations. Then they set out to try to raise the funds they need to launch the project. It's mainly arts, literature, video, and music projects.
I've been fascinated ever since by this whole idea of reaching out to the crowd to fund a business or project idea. It feels like it will truly change venture funding forever. As a 'funder' you get to participate in helping a project launch with only a small donation. So you don't have to have deep pockets to participate in venture financing. On Kickstarter, they don't take your pledge unless the project is funded completely. So it's not as if you are throwing money away on a possibility.
About a week or so ago I saw a Facebook post by a friend of mine regarding a project on Kickstarter - Murder City Shakedown. Murder City Shakedown is a memoir of the cold case investigation by J. Reuben Appelman into the serial murders of four children in the neighborhoods surrounding his childhood home.
It just so happens that I too lived through that horrible time. A friend of mine's brother was the last child killed by the Oakland County Childkiller.
So, when I saw the post I just knew I wanted to be a part of it. Off I went and pledged. But that wasn't enough. I really wanted to see this project launch so I did my part to spread the word throughout my networks. Amazingly enough, just when we thought it was doomed, he raised $10,000 in the last 3 days!! I am thrilled to say the project is a go.
And I am a kickstarter! It feels good to be a part of the revolution, and a part of this important project.
Go check out Kickstarter for yourself. Who knows, you might just find a project that speaks to you.