Kickstarter Pulls Controversial “Seduction Guide,” But Only After It’s Been Funded

Kickstarter Pulls Controversial “Seduction Guide,” But Only After It’s Been Funded

Crowd-funding site Kickstarter is doing the apology dance today, admitting that it shouldn’t have allowed the author of a self-help “guide on getting awesome with women” to post his project on the site, as some claim the book encourages men to be overly aggressive toward women. But the apology came too late to stop the project from receiving the $16,000 in funding it managed to raise by the deadline. [More]

The red paw and the other three illustrations originally posted on this Kickstarter project came from a Google Image search.

Using Other People’s Images To Market Your Skill As An Artist Is Probably Not A Good Idea

A couple weeks back we suggested that a bit of Google Image research can help prevent consumers from investing in a Kickstarter project that isn’t legitimate. But one project creator thought it would be okay to use results of a Google Image search to promote her ability as an artist. [More]

A product quite similar to the project was for sale on Amazon.

Why Would I Fund A “New” Kickstarter Product If I Can Find It Cheaper Elsewhere?

That headline is a big fat rhetorical. No one would (or should) pledge to back a Kickstarter product if it’s already for sale — meaning the creator may not have come up with it in the first place — and is cheaper elsewhere on the Internets. In a recent case of a project gone awry, the creator behind a “three-in-one” USB cable that can charge a mobile device, transfer data and read cards found themselves in hot water when a few of the 464 backers noticed the exact same thing on sites like Kickstarter suspended the project yesterday. [More]

These watches were being sold for $100 on Kickstarter, but you could buy one online for $15.

Do A Bit Of Research On Kickstarter Projects Before You Hand Over $100 For A $15 Watch

The projects looking for crowd-sourced funds on Kickstarter range from the absurd to the brilliant, but a few of them are just plain scams. One very questionable project is currently suspended over such concerns, but not until after it scored donations of more than $9,000. [More]


Amazon Payments Locks Me Out Of Form For Not Filling Out Form

Rey had a really great idea for a Kickstarter project. We don’t know what it is: he didn’t tell us. The world may never have the chance to know what his amazing idea was, because he didn’t even get to the point of setting up his page and posting a slick video. Instead, Amazon stood in his way. Amazon? Why Amazon? Well, you have to accept Amazon Payments to use Kickstarter. Amazon needed information that Rey had already provided long ago and was still valid. In fact, they had just sent him some money. They asked him for it again anyway, and then things got ridiculous and confusing.  [More]

Them's the rules, folks.

Kickstarter Puts The Kibosh On Crowdfunding Hardware That Doesn’t Exist Yet

We’ve written before about critics of Kickstarter who feel the crowdfunding site should do more to make sure that the proposed projects that get funded actually come to fruition. Kickstarter’s earlier stance had been to have a mostly hands-off approach, but in a new set of policies it seems the company is tightening the reins. From now on, inventors can’t use computer simulations of promised hardware or boast of “future capabilities.” [More]

If A Project Funded By Online Backers Never Takes Off, Should Everyone Get A Refund?

If A Project Funded By Online Backers Never Takes Off, Should Everyone Get A Refund?

As is the case with many emerging Internet trends, we’re all learning as we go with online funding sites like Kickstarter. Kickstarter allows small business owners with big dreams, artists without the cash to create and other entrepreneurs to raise money by pitching to the Internet community. But what happens if the project never becomes realized — should backers get a refund or chalk it up to an unfortunate outcome? [More]

Invested In A Scam Project? That’s Not Kickstarter’s Problem

Invested In A Scam Project? That’s Not Kickstarter’s Problem

Kickstarter is a platform that lets artists and inventors go straight to consumers with their ideas, and let the marketplace decide which ones are worthy of becoming reality. Supporters pledge money, and if the project reaches its goal, the project is funded, and the creator receives the pledged money–minus Kickstarter’s 5% cut–to go off and create. But what happens when you’ve invested in a project that never comes to fruition? Jack squat, experts say. And Kickstarter’s own terms of use agree. [More]

Magic Metal Beans Keep Your Coffee Hot For Hours

Magic Metal Beans Keep Your Coffee Hot For Hours

I would trade a cow for these magic beans. Seriously. “Coffee Joulies” are a new invention that are stainless steel “beans” that keep your coffee at the perfect temperature for several hours. Hours. [More]