The phenomena that is Kickstarter – www.kickstarter.com - has been the launchpad for thousands of budding business oppurtunities – see top 10 below – this novel approach to funding has raised from the hundreds of dollars to just under 1 million, for projects from gadgetry to short films. Kickstarter was founded in April 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The Miami New Times jokingly proclaimed “Kickstarter.com is one of the smartest ideas for a website since Al Gore invented the Internet.” For those who don’t know, Kickstarter is an online threshold pledge system for funding creative projects. Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of endeavors, ranging from indie film and music to journalism, solar energy technology. Since it’s inception, Kickstarter has raised $75 million dollars for over 10,000 projects. The project success rate is 44% Check the wiki below.
The latest project out of Kickstarter is of the gadget variety, it’s clever, inexpensive and very now. MobileMount: Project instigator JR Sanchez, set a goal to raise $US20,000 to get his gadget of the ground, at time of publication, the project had raised $US43,000. MobileMount is a universal mount/kickstand for virtually any hand held device – tablet pc, phone, smartphone – with a flat surface. Comprised of two twist-to-lock suction cups and one ball joint, this device’s unique design allows for superior suction and durability. The “Patent Pending“ Twist-to-Lock suction cups can hold devices for weeks at a time rather than simply a few hours like other competing mounts. Additionally, the universal design allows for users to mount their phone without removing the case.
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