Posts from crowdfunding

Funding Friday: Getting Through The Winter

I backed Basilica Hudson earlier this week when I saw a friend had backed it in my notifications. Helping a leading upstate arts organization keep going during this pandemic felt like a good thing to do.

This morning, I backed a few other similar projects:

Dirty Precious: Off Premises

Museum Of The Moving Image

As it starts getting colder here in NYC, I have a sense that if we can help these institutions get through this winter into the spring, they can make it through the pandemic and be around when we all will desperately want to be packed in a room with other people again.

Kickstarter’s Lights On category is all about these sorts of projects and I stop by and visit them regularly and back them.


Funding Friday: NextMaker Box

Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan and funder of teaching kids to code. I believe helping young people learn to think logically via coding exercises is helpful to their development in so many ways.

So when I came across the NextMaker project on Kickstarter, I backed it instantly.

NextMaker is a monthly box that comes with a project that your kids can do combining coding with making things. The programming is all block based (visual) so youngsters can do it easily and it is fun for them.

I’m embedding the video here on the web, but if you get this via email, click on this link and watch it.

#crowdfunding#hacking education

Funding Friday: Ghost Pacer

As is my weekly routine, I went onto Kickstarter and backed a bunch of projects this morning. One of them was Ghost Pacer, a holographic running partner.

Ghost Pacer was created by AbdurRahman Bhatti, an “All-state cross country runner, Princeton-bound engineer, and an avid tinkerer and Tetris player.” I guess he made this for himself and is now bringing it to market.

I really like it when people are inspired to make something for themselves and then they make it for everyone. If you want to back Ghost Pacer, you can do so here.


Funding Friday: Jelly2

I’ve written about the need for smaller form factor smartphones and know a bunch of people who are frustrated by the lack of choice in small form factor smartphones.

So I was interested to see this Kickstarter project to bring to market a 3″ Android smartphone that sells for sub $200.

Not everyone wants or needs a credit card sized smartphone, but those that do benefit from Android being open and platforms like Kickstarter that make niche products viable for creators.