Other Music was an iconic record store in Greenwich Village in NYC. It closed last year.
This project is a documentary about an amazing place that no longer exists.
I backed it this morning.
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.
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:
Internet teamwork makes the dream work! 😊
— Tiffani Ashley Bell (@tiffani) June 11, 2017
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.
We are in the midst of a monthly match campaign for The Human Utility which used to be called Detroit Water Project.
The founder of this effort, Tiffani Bell, explains the story of how this project came to be in this eight minute video;
If you want to participate in our match campaign after watching the video you can do so here.
And we are back with this month’s matching campaign to support a good cause.
We are moving away from the big well known causes to some lesser known but important efforts to help people who need our help.
We are going to start with helping people in need pay their water bills and keep clean water flowing to their homes.
The Human Utility helps almost 1000 families in Detroit and Baltimore pay their water bills and avoid a water shutoff.
We are going to match the first $20k of donations that anyone makes to The Human Utility between now and Sunday night (midnight PST). If we fully utilize this match, we will raise $40k which might get another 100 families their water back. That would be awesome.
To donate and have your contribution matched, go here and hit the big blue Donate button and make sure to tweet out your donation so we can match it.
Let’s get some water flowing again.
Some interesting developments that we have been working on came public yesterday.
While all of these are interesting developments, particularly the architecture and roadmap that Protocol Labs laid out, I thought I would talk a bit about Coinlist given that it is “Funding Friday.”
Token Offerings have been going on for quite a while now. There are over 800 tokens listed on Coin Market Cap.
But US domiciled companies have not had a good way to raise money in token pre-sales and comply with existing securities laws. This forced a number of promising blockchain projects to domicile outside of the US, often in Switzerland, and organize as Foundations for tax reasons. A US domiciled company can wait until the token is live and functioning and sell it then, because at that point it is not a security, it is a token. But if you want to raise funds in a pre-sale for a US domiciled company, there has not been a good way to do that.
Enter Juan Benet, founder of Protocol Labs, and Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList. They collaborated on CoinList and, with the help of a number of venture law firms and their investors, including USV, came up with the SAFT structure.
Naval put it like this in a Forbes piece yesterday on all of this:
ICOs are obviously a new and interesting form of funding for blockchain-based protocols. But it’s not clear that all of them comply with U.S. securities laws or that all of them are companies that have good native use cases for new coins. So, we wanted to use a high-quality coin and team to trailblaze a legal and compliant ICO.
If you are an accredited investor and want to participate in token pre-sales, check out Coinlist.
Some good friends of ours are making a film called Big Bad Wolves.
It is about a group of girls who turn into a vigilante gang because of a sexual assault on one of them.
So it is a serious topic, but it also a fun film about young people growing up in NYC.
The team is starting with a short film that kicks off the story and will use that short film to introduce the four young women who are at the heart of this story and to build support and audience for the larger feature they plan to make over the next year or two.
When our friends approached us about helping them make this short film, we both said “Do A Kickstarter!” and so that is what they did.
Here’s the Kickstarter “trailer” for it:
If you would like to join us in supporting this film, you can back it on Kickstarter.
I woke up this morning to find this tweet in my feed:
— awaldstein (@awaldstein) April 28, 2017
And I immediately knew what I was gonna do. Back the project and feature it on Funding Friday.
I love Arnold, wines from the French Alps, and Kickstarter. Nothing more to say.
Watch the video and back the project.