This week Mike talks about the new De La Soul album, self-promotion and entrepreneurship, the Facebook Trends algorithm, No Man’s Sky, manufactured outrage, and taking time to contemplate things before reacting. Rest in peace, Gene Wilder. Subscribe on iTunes (or listen online)
Step 1: You create a comic of a dog sitting in hell. Step 2: Make sure your comic becomes an Internet meme. In this case, the “This is fine” meme: Step 3: turn your meme into a real, plush doll: Step 4: Put plush doll on Kickstarter and raise over $380,000.
This is great. The theme song to my favorite NES game, Metroid, played by a Mariachi band: They have a Kickstarter project for a second album they’re making, which I’m backing right now.
Kickstarter hires investigative journalist to dig into one of its biggest failures: In November, the company behind Europe’s biggest ever Kickstarter project told its backers it was shutting down. The Torquing Group had raised more than £2.3 million ($3.6 million) to fund its palm-sized Zano drone, but after delivering only around 600 of the 15,363 […]
Nick Statt at the Verge on the Coolest Cooler Kickstarter disaster: Coolest, the company behind a popular Kickstarter-funded cooler, is now selling its product for $499 on Amazon in an effort to raise enough money to continue producing new units. The news may frustrate Kickstarter backers, who were promised the product in February of this […]
A few weeks ago the White House reached out to Kickstarter to help raise money for Syrian refugees. On one hand, this is very commendable (Kickstarter is donating 100% of their fee) and I think it’s great if individuals can donate but I can’t help but think that this request came from the U.S. government. […]
I launched a new Kickstarter project. It’s called The Phoenix Jacket. I created it because I’m tired of having my iPhone 6 Plus jab me in the leg when I sit down. I’m also tired of trying to put my wallet in either my front OR back pocket. Jeans pockets were not designed for our […]
I’m getting very close to launching my next Kickstarter project and signing up for my new newsletter is a great way to stay informed: thecombustionchamber.com/newsletter
John Biggs sees the tipping point for self-publishing coming soon: I’ve gone all in with the Indie publishing movement – I’ve released three books myself and I’ve done relatively well with all of them. But the fact still remains that the entire business of books is stacked against the Indie author. While the tools are […]
After raising $1 million, the super-thin CST-01 watch won’t make it to Kickstarter backers: Nearly two years after “the world’s thinnest watch” was supposed to arrive to Kickstarter backers, the project has announced that it’s pretty much done for. It’s a disappointing update in the long saga of the $1 million campaign for CST-01, what […]
Despite a $20 million Kickstarter campaign, Pebble is in trouble? The company, which recently raised $20 million in a wildly successful Kickstarter, currently has 150 employees and is still hiring. Even with the crowdfunding infusion – which amounts to about $18 million after fees – the company is shopping for VC money in order to […]