Kickstarting Your Creativity

     Have you ever been lounging around, casually stuffing your face with some nameless artificially flavored snack, when an infomercial blasts on about a product you, your cheese puff eating self, could have created? If only you had the funding for your own inventions and ideas, you could surely top the contribution that the genius wonder that is the Snuggie (a backwards robe) brings to society. Well, back up Shamwow, your creative project can now have a chance at coming to actuality too.
     Through the Kickstarter program you can potentially obtain funding for your personal creative projects, whether it be a modern picture book of what makes a baby, an art installation of the brain storming process, or even 3D android based playing cards. Whatever your entrepreneurial endeavor may be, Kickstarter is there to help secure your funding. Their slogan is “A new way to fund and follow creativity,” they showcase a project of the day on their homepage and show the percentage of funding the project has already received and how much they still need. Now there are some rules that come along with this free marketing to patrons. The first and most stressed is that no money will exchange hands until the previously stated funding goal has been reached, you can exceed the monetary goal but you must obtain the full amount of estimated project costs. This rule protects both the contributor as well as the project mastermind because the creator will not have to begin making progress on their idea until all of the money is accounted for. There is also a deadline the project creator must set for themselves when they first post their idea on the site. Kickstarter nor the patrons will be allowed to claim ownership over the intellectual property and the money put forth is strictly a donation, not an investment. You also must be 18 or over, sorry mini Wunderkinds.
     Kickstarter is an interactive platform to display one’s most artistic and ambitious enterprising efforts. This site allows one to broadcast a call for funding of your own great ingenuity. No longer do you have to be a passive bystander on the couch, watching other people’s inventions and ideas succeed, now all you have to do is add a new tab and click away from your Facebook or Twitter long enough to post your brilliant idea on Kickstarter.com. No matter how simple, how complex, how much it costs, or how random it is, Kickstarter will put the word out about your new innovative venture.
-Alexis Kapczynski, Kacy Cox, Sara Kaloudis, and Josh Bowman
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8 thoughts on “Kickstarting Your Creativity

  1. I think this is an awesome idea! I am definitely one of those people who has thought, if only I had invented that! People with the simplist ideas become millionaries when their product catches on. This program will allow those with ideas to see if they can be a reality. Before this, to my knowledge, marketing your ideas and turning them into products and patents was a long, dwelling job with not much guarenteed success. I hope those that work with this program become successful and that Kickstarter achieves what it hopes to through this program.

  2. I find this new trend of “innovation-funding” to be very interesting. I would hazard to guess that the origin of this phenomenon is based in efforts to revive the national economy. However, it does seem to be catching. While Kick-Starter may set their cutoff at 18, there are opportunities for people of all ages to potentially cash-in on one of these programs. Will. I. Am. is currently working on the “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” program that specifically targets school-aged children and encourages them to share their ideas for a chance to see their dreams come to fruition. Even Dominos is cashing in on the opportunity to expand their field of perception by reaching out to the public and encouraging them to share ideas in the “think oven” -featured on both their Facebook and web pages. If nothing else, I hope that we see some cool (useful!) ideas coming around. This may be just what America needs to get our manufacturing numbers back up? Then again, maybe not.

  3. I really like this concept of innovation funding for want to be entrepreneurs. There have been so many times where I think of a product and never act on creating any sort of patent for it because of how difficult I’ve heard the process to be. The fact that they have created a way to share ideas and offer a sort of funding will make patenting a project much easier for those who dream of inventing a product. I have in mind of a product that I am not sure has been invented yet but I think it would be really cool to attempt to invent it and maybe even use the Kickstarter platform.

  4. What a cool idea! This website is so innovative in itself, and works well for people who have innovative ideas. I’ve always wondered how certain ideas got started… and then wondered “why didn’t I think of that?” It seems like everyone seems to have the next billion dollar idea, so hopefully this website can get a lot of users and actually produce something that will be successful. Over the years I’ve had my own share of ideas that I have dreamed of being “the next big thing,” but clearly I have had no ambition to actually get some ideas started. This website will be really useful to a lot of my go-getter friends who are always thinking up products/ideas as new inventions. I can’t wait to show them Kickstarter!

  5. This is really awesome. I wonder why there hasn’t been any advertisements for this site on TV yet? Maybe there is and I haven’t seen it on broadcast cable. If commercials for this are playing on higher cable channels, they need to play on broadcast cable too because those of us with it are too broke for real cable and would really want to know about this! I am so impressed by this website too, and the high quality of the videos. I am just so shocked it’s so developed and I am just now hearing about it. Looking around the website it’s like networking on another level.

  6. Yep, I am definitely one of those people who wishes she had come up with the idea of the infamous Snuggie. I enjoyed reading your blog post and watching the video attached. However, I really hope that Kickstarter only funds what they feel are the best, most reasonable and creative projects. As cool as the spinKiX look, I can imagine them being quite dangerous. Plus, people should probably not be that lazy anyway. On another note, I just checked out the Kickstarter website and read about some of their most recent projects, it’s pretty interesting.

  7. Wow, it’s about time a company started doing this. For too long people have been reliant on the banking industry to approve loans for a company to start up. With kickstart this is no longer a problem. It is an interesting idea that one can take out a loan basically with out a great deal of risk; my only question is how does this company (kickstart) make money if they don’t charge interest or take a stake in the new company.

  8. Kickstarter has really boomed in the student film arena. Currently, several of the FST Sr. Seminars are utilizing this website to reach heir goals (budget and otherwise). I know some Kickstarter success stories and am glad to see the site getting recognition. Even if your not able to donate (like myself), Kickstarter is a great way to keep tabs on the market for your product (mine being student films).

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