Posts from crowdfunding

Mexico City

Mexico City is an amazing place. The Gotham Gal and I were there around this time last year.

The people, the culture, the energy are all great in Mexico City. It feels like a place on the move where good things are happening.

So I was upset to hear about the devastating earthquake last night.

We have had so many natural disasters in the last month and I understand that we may all be fatigued from giving to all of these needy causes.

But I took some time this morning to give and thought I’d share with all of you where I sent some funds in case you want to do the same.

  1. Salma Hayek’s Crowdrise Campaign to UNICEF’s on the ground relief efforts: I donated $1000.
  2. Bitso’s (Mexico’s largest crypto exchange) Campaign to benefit Red Cross and Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlaltelolco A.C.: I donated 2 ETH.

It feels good to send some funds to organizations on the ground that are actually helping people in a difficult time.

Kickstarter Japan

Yesterday was a big day for our portfolio company Kickstarter.

They launched in Japan, a market that has been dying for Kickstarter to come to for years.

Here’s a couple photos from the launch event in Tokyo yesterday:

I backed a couple Japanese projects today, and I suspect I will be backing a lot of them in the future.

MARUHI Cup & Saucer: A cup & saucer with a secret spot for a sweet surprise.

革新的な電子本「全巻一冊 北斗の拳」”Fist of the North Star” eBook

Japan represents the creativity, imagination, and innovation that Kickstarter is home to as well as any country in the world and I am so happy that they are now on Kickstarter.

Funding Friday: Kickstarter Gold

Our portfolio company Kickstarter launched something cool a couple weeks ago. It is called Kickstarter Gold:

From June 20 through July 31, we’re spotlighting new projects by exciting artists and makers who use Kickstarter to sustain their creative independence.

Why? Because repeat creators are an integral part of the Kickstarter ecosystem. In fact, a third of all pledges to successful projects —over $1 billion since 2009 — go toward projects by creators who have run two, three, four, or even 100+ projects.

We selected Kickstarter Gold creators for their creativity, ingenuity, and success using the platform. They’ll be making new works inspired by their past projects, so backers can discover extra-amazing ideas, plus special rewards that aren’t available anywhere else.

Here are the projects. I just backed a bunch of them. It’s Funding Friday so maybe you might want to do the same.

Monthly Match Wrap-Up

I woke up Sunday morning in Europe to the news that our monthly match campaign for The Human Utility had crossed the $20k mark and thus our $20k match was fully funded. That was great news but then I saw this tweet from Tiffani, the founder of The Human Utility:

So that means that Jessica Livingston matched our campaign again. Which is incredibly generous but not the least bit surprising if you know Jessica.

So we raised over $60k from 171 different people to help people get the water turned back on in their homes this weekend. It feels great. I appreciate all of the donations from the AVC community that helped us make this happen.