Fun Friday: Funding Silicon City

AVC regulars will recall that I blogged about a Kickstarter that the NY Historical Society is doing to bring the Telstar satellite back to NYC for its Silicon City Exhibit.

The project has four days left and is still a few thousand short of its goal. I’d like to have some fun on AVC today and get this project funded.

So here’s how its going to work. If you go to Kickstarter and back this project, please leave a comment letting me know how much you funded and I will then go to Kickstarter and match whatever you backed. If you do $5, I will do $5. If you do $10, I will do $10. And so on and so forth.

Once the project crosses its $10k goal, I’m out. You all can continue to back it. I am sure they would love to raise more than the $10k goal. But I’m matching all funding that is made on Kickstarter and reported on AVC today until the project reaches it’s $10k goal.

UPDATE: At 10am EST, Larry Erlich backed the project for $250 and I matched it and we are now at the $10k goal. Well done AVC community!!!!!!

In other fun matters, here is AVC community member Jeff Carter wearing a Mets t-shirt (1969 vintage!). This was the result of the bet we made on this blog over the Mets Cubs series.



Comments (Archived):

  1. jason wright

    Fun…ding Friday.the guillotine is a good idea. you don’t want to be sticking your neck out too Kickstarter a fiat-only platform?

  2. Mike Zamansky

    Thanks for the reminder. Kicked in $25

    1. fredwilson

      Thanks Mike. I will match now

  3. aminTorres

    I just donated 100.

    1. fredwilson

      Very generous. I will match now

  4. jason wright

    at 10:47 GMT $8,260. this is a bit like watching the bitcoin price surge.

  5. gsilberman

    Good morning .. Great idea .. Pledged $45

    1. fredwilson

      Hi Gail. I will match that now

  6. Carm Hyll

    i will watch now

  7. sdelmont

    I’m in with $30

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. match done.

  8. James Ferguson @kWIQly

    Totally disagree with “NYC where computer history – including Telstar” all started”Hmmm – Napier, Da Vinci, Jacquard, Babbage, Turing,Schickard, PascalHowever – Brilliant project – great initiative and hope it does well

  9. Niko Klansek

    Great project! Just backed $5.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks Niko. i’m matching you.

  10. PradipCloud

    i’m in for $100, looking forward to taking the family to the exhibition.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks Pradip. i’m matching you.

  11. Ram

    Thank you Fred. Donated $15 dollars.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i’m matching now

  12. Dan Storms

    Great stuff Fred! Just donated $5.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i’m matching you.

  13. Alison Chace

    In for $100. ‘Cuz I like anything you like.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks Alison. i’m matching now

  14. Billy Van Jura

    In for $20. Thanks for the value you bring to my life

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will match that now.

  15. Mike

    I donated $60.00.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will match that now

  16. William Mougayar

    Done at $US 60…which is like $200 Canadian 😉

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will match that now

    2. aminTorres

      Hehe, I wish I thought of this, I gave 100 which is like 4,500 Dominican Pesos. 😉

  17. Yedidiah Teitelbaum

    In for $30

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i am going to match that now

  18. TommyCannon

    I’m in for $15. Look forward to adding this to my family trip to NYC

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will match you now

  19. Rob Odell

    $25 from me

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will match

  20. chislett

    $20 pledge. I wonder if they recorded that image of Lady Liberty and still have it?

    1. fredwilson

      thanks i will match

  21. jason wright

    you’ve just about reached the target in less than three hours. throw a pebble in a pond…

  22. Rob Larson

    I gave $20

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i will match that.

      1. Rob Larson

        Glad you did this – great for sense of community / connectedness.Plus next time I take kids to NY I can take them there and say “we played a very small role in bringing this here”. (Not yet teenagers so they still care about things.)

  23. pointsnfigures

    This hurts! I tried to make the hurt go away via a $100 donation to and hope you can donate too. I am hoping we can continue this to Bulls/Knicks, Hawks/Rangers, and with the Cubs again next year. Don’t think there is any hope for a Bears/Jets thing.

    1. fredwilson

      Bulls/Knicks sounds like the place you can get your money and pride back 🙂

      1. Mike O'Horo

        Except that by the time the Knicks make the Finals we’ll all be in assisted living facilities.

    2. William Mougayar

      And don’t underestimate the Raptors and Blue Jays coming back in full force.

      1. pointsnfigures

        Yes, A Cubs/Jays series would have been great…. Who am I kidding? Any Cubs series would have been great.

  24. laurie kalmanson

    backed: $30. this is so cool.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks Laurie. I will match you now

      1. laurie kalmanson

        i so respect that you are driving participation vs. just writing a check

  25. Jess Bachman

    Yeah…. open your wallets people.

  26. LE

    Ok I just did $250.(So now we are done and can move on to discussing politics)

    1. fredwilson

      thanks LE. you are right. we are done. i will modify the post to reflect that. i will match now.

  27. jared zlotnick

    Donated $15; no match needed > the AVC community got this across the finish line!

  28. aminTorres

    Wow, in about 4 hours… the “AVC Bump” at work 😉

  29. AlexHammer

    You’re a good person.

  30. Tomoko Hud

    you are a good person

  31. William Mougayar

    Jeff Carter is a class-act, wearing that t-shirt, donating to CSNY, and losing with such grace. +1 +1 +1

    1. pointsnfigures

      Thanks, as a Cub fan I am used to losing with grace. BTW, My friend Professor Mike Gibbs of Chicago Booth Graduate School of business also donated $100 to CSNYC. He tweeted the bet.

  32. Kurt Stangl

    I pledged 45 bucks to get me that sweet autographed copy of Raiford Guins’s Game After.

    1. Kurt Stangl

      Holy cow this should be easier to share…

  33. awaldstein

    Late to the party today and the nut is already reached.I’ll donate regardless.Have a great weekend all!

  34. CJ

    Still rocking that ‘W’ flag though Jeff. I see you! 😉

  35. Tom Hart

    this is awesome!

  36. Lawrence Brass

    Just pledged to get a signed copy of Peripheral Vision, thanks for the opportunity. I would love attending the exhibition too but we are leaving NY right the day before the opening. Aside of very dull IRS and banking stuff we have been walking Manhattan these days probably 150 blocks so far. Touristic and testing gps behaviour and signal coverage for our apps. During the walks I have been wondering about what would be a perfect tech tour in New York so, to continue having fun this Friday, please help me design “The Perfect NY Tech Tour for Larry”, I will be very thankful.

  37. Ben Mackinnon

    Great idea. I just pledged when I, most likely, wouldn’t have previously.GO METS

  38. Jason Pang

    Great idea Fred. $30 done so I can get my Telstar t-shirt!

  39. mikenolan99

    Done… Man, us folks in Minnesota have to get out of bed before noon to read this blog. Jeez…..

  40. Tom Labus

    Thor was on fire

  41. komradekittens

    nice one

  42. BillMcNeely

    $30. in for the t-shirt!