Amazon Adds Kickstarter Products To Launchpad Store

Amazon Adds Kickstarter Products To Launchpad Store

A year after wading into the world of startups by partnering with more than 25 crowd-funding platforms and venture capital firms to offer up-and-coming sellers a place to showcase their unique products, Amazon announced today that it has finally partnered with the most prominent name in the crowd-funding arena, Kickstarter, to bring more than 300 products to the masses.  [More]

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Reddit, Yelp, Kickstarter, 55 Other Internet Businesses And Activists Ask FCC To Investigate Zero-Rating

That thing where an ISP — like your wireless or cable company — can exempt certain services from counting against your data cap is called zero-rating, and it exists in a weird regulatory space. There are no rules against it, but there are also no rules explicitly permitting it. The businesses that do it, of course, say it is “innovative” and “competitive.” The FCC hasn’t openly decided whether or not it agrees. So a whole huge group of consumer advocates, business advocates, and businesses have gotten together to ask the FCC officially, and publicly, make up its mind. [More]

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9 Things We Learned About How Few Americans Are Regularly Taking Part In The “Sharing Economy”

Though it might feel like you can turn a corner without seeing an ad for this ride-hailing app or that on-demand delivery service, Pew Research Center’s first-ever survey of how American adults interact with the new digital economy shows there’s a big difference between how many people have ever tried one of these services and the people who use them on a regular basis. [More]

Coolest Offers Opportunity For Backers To Pay $97 And Jump The Line, Another Revolt Ensues

Coolest Offers Opportunity For Backers To Pay $97 And Jump The Line, Another Revolt Ensues

Back in 2014, the Coolest, a cooler with built-in speakers and a blender, crushed the record for the most-funded Kickstarter project along with lots of ice for frozen margaritas. The problem, though, was that the cooler’s creator charged early backers $165 for something that would eventually retail for $400, and running out of cash made some production snags even worse. Now they have a new proposal for backers: pay an extra $97 to jump the line and get their coolers next. [More]

Kickstarter Buys Music Community Service Drip

Kickstarter Buys Music Community Service Drip

After years of providing a platform for people to help fund everything from homemade hot sauces to feature films, Kickstarter itself has made its first big investment, acquiring streaming service Drip.
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Coolest Tells Kickstarter Backers That Coolers Are Further Delayed

Coolest Tells Kickstarter Backers That Coolers Are Further Delayed

The Coolest hit Kickstarter in 2014, raising over $13 million and promising backers “a party disguised as a cooler.” That party may be winding down or at least significantly delayed, as the project’s creator says that they’re looking for an investor to help keep cranking out coolers. [More]

Kickstarter Hires Investigative Reporter To Figure Out Where Mini-Drone Campaign Went Wrong

Kickstarter Hires Investigative Reporter To Figure Out Where Mini-Drone Campaign Went Wrong

A company based in Wales showed up on Kickstarter with what looked like a working prototype of a really impressive consumer drone small enough to land on a saucer. Yet the promised drones never shipped. What happened? Kickstarter decided to find out, taking an unusual tactic: the company hired a local investigative reporter to, well, investigate. This week, the report came out. [More]

Founder Of Jelly Belly Looking For Re-Entry Into Candy Industry With Caffeinated Jelly Beans

Founder Of Jelly Belly Looking For Re-Entry Into Candy Industry With Caffeinated Jelly Beans

We’ve already seen caffeinated Cracker Jacks, chewing gum, and peanut butter (some of which are already off the market), and now the founder of Jelly Belly is hoping to give a jolt to the candy market with caffeinated jelly beans.  [More]

Kickstarter-Funded LinkWallet Misses Promised Deadline For Refunds

Kickstarter-Funded LinkWallet Misses Promised Deadline For Refunds

Last year, we shared the frustrations of people who backed a product called PingWallet, (later LinkWallet) on Kickstarter. The wallets were supposed to ship at the end of 2013, then were delayed to the end of 2014. When that deadline passed, the founders declared that they would issue refunds to backers by December 22, 2015. That would be a satisfactory result if those refunds had ever been sent. [More]

Does The Laser Razor Yanked From Kickstarter Actually Work? Well, Sort Of

Does The Laser Razor Yanked From Kickstarter Actually Work? Well, Sort Of

The prospect of shaving oneself with a laser is, in theory, unfathomably cool. That’s what made the Skarp razor an incredibly successful project on Kickstarter before the platform canceled the campaign due to the apparent lack of a working prototype. Was that really true? How well would the razor work for an unbiased observer? CNET sent a reporter and his arm hair to find out. [More]

Cooler Raises $13.3M On Kickstarter, Tries To Sell More On Amazon Before Shipping To All Backers

Cooler Raises $13.3M On Kickstarter, Tries To Sell More On Amazon Before Shipping To All Backers

Last August, one of the most financially successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time concluded. It was a cooler called the Coolest, which was pricey but promised to contain most of what you need for a beach party. $300 backers were supposed to receive the Coolest, which would retail for $500. Then backers noticed that the product was available on Amazon’s crowdfunded products section… even though original backers from over a year ago hadn’t received theirs yet. [More]

You Don’t Need To Wait Until February To Get Your Cute Kitty Egg Mold

You Don’t Need To Wait Until February To Get Your Cute Kitty Egg Mold

A few weeks ago, a news story circulated about a cute and successful Kickstarter funding campaign. The story behind the product was simple: a woman who likes to cook eggs traveled through Asia, where adorable food molds are popular. She came home and designed a cat-shaped mold for cooking fried eggs, and the Internet threw money at her: more than $72,000 as of this writing. The end? No, not quite. [More]

Laser Razor Raises $4 Million, Gets Kicked Off Kickstarter For Maybe Not Existing

Laser Razor Raises $4 Million, Gets Kicked Off Kickstarter For Maybe Not Existing

Hey, remember how a few years ago, Kickstarter changed their rules to require that all hardware projects funded through the platform actually exist in a working form? Late last night, Kickstarter enforced that policy on a campaign that had already raised $4 million. Kickstarter administrators apparently didn’t believe that the product, which promises a “shaving revolution,” exists yet as promised. [More]

Failed Kickstarter Project Ships Cards 3 Years Late After State Of Washington Sues

Failed Kickstarter Project Ships Cards 3 Years Late After State Of Washington Sues

You may remember that last month, we reported that the first legal action against a crowdfunded project ended with the state of Washington imposing $54,851 in restitution, civil penalties, and the attorney general’s costs and fees on the company, based on the number of backers who lived in Washington state at the time of the Kickstarter campaign. Now there’s a complication: the company is actually starting to ship stuff. [More]

WA State Attorney General Orders Non-Delivering Kickstarter Campaign To Pay Up

WA State Attorney General Orders Non-Delivering Kickstarter Campaign To Pay Up

Last year, the Washington state attorney general tried something that no government had ever tried before: it sued the people behind a Kickstarter campaign that never shipped the merchandise that it promised. Justice moves slowly, but that case has finally been settled, with the company that failed to send Asylum horror-themed playing cards being ordered to pay a total of $54,851 in restitution, civil penalties, and the attorney general’s costs and fees. [More]

FTC Announces First-Ever Settlement Over A Failed Crowdfunded Project

FTC Announces First-Ever Settlement Over A Failed Crowdfunded Project

Today is an important date in the histories of both consumer protection and crowdfunding: For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission took legal action against someone who used Kickstarter to fund a project that they didn’t produce. That’s the good news. The bad news is that since the man behind the scheme has no money to distribute to backers, the settlement doesn’t actually do anything for people who backed The Doom That Came To Atlantic City. [More]

Watch Company Collects $1 Million On Kickstarter, Spends It All, Then Hides

Watch Company Collects $1 Million On Kickstarter, Spends It All, Then Hides

Kickstarter is not, and never has been, a store. Yet companies that use the platform to fund the production of a new product are eventually supposed to, um, make that product. Backers who contributed more than a million dollars to produce thin e-ink watches want answers from the company that promised these watches, and they aren’t satisfied with “we’re broke” as an answer. [More]

Pebble Promises They’ll Ship Kickstarter Watches Before Stocking Best Buy This Time

Pebble Promises They’ll Ship Kickstarter Watches Before Stocking Best Buy This Time

The original Pebble smartwatch campaign in 2012 was a fabulous success, collecting $10.3 million dollars in Kickstarter pledges. It produced a real product that shipped, but not after some backers were disappointed when the company stocked Best Buy’s shelves before sending out watches to Kickstarter backers that had been paid for up to a year earlier. In its new campaign to launch a color watch, Pebble promises: that will not happen again. [More]