My first impression from going to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website was that people like to be involved in innovative things and in turn, people like to be rewarded for being involved. I like the whole “backer” aspect of this crowdfunding platform and the reward they get for pledging money varies with the value that is pledged. It’s a great way to keep people involved in a campaign, because you are way more likely to get support if you offer something in return.
I came across a few projects that interested me on the website. One of them being SOSU Barrel-Aged Sriracha. I’ve always loved this type of condiment and use it on a wide variety of foods. They age the sauce to give it a fruity, spicy and smoky flavor, 3 great flavor combinations. Their entire story is very moving and you can tell they really have a passion for creating amazing condiments. Their incentives for donating aren’t as rewarding as some other projects I’ve come across, but that just shows the love people have for this flavor of sauce (considering they are willing to donate $25 to receive a bottle). People also seemed to support this page not just to be rewarded, but also to get the product on the shelf.
It has gotten some rave reviews from legitimate sources, and they have well on their way to the ultimate goal of raising $100,000. I didn’t donate, but they will have a buyer in me when the product goes mainstream.
Another project I was quite fond of was the Sports Media Training Camp. It is a 2-week intensive course that assists people with making their dreams come true in becoming a sports broadcaster. There isn’t one definitive way to get into the industry, but this program puts you on the exact path you need. I actually sent a message to the project head, David Gow, in hopes of being a candidate for a spot in this program. I think it’s a project that could go a long way, and I definitely plan on being a backer.
As far as having creating a project to add to Kickstarter, I’m not currently there yet. I was highly impressed with many of the projects on this site, and you really have to find something that can interest people enough to reach your financial goals. It has to be something concrete that people support, not just a thought. I would like to use this crowdfunding platform for when I do have a project that needs funding. I just want to make sure when I add my project; it is as professional and cohesive as possible.
Props to these types of websites though, people funding people’s dreams…pretty inspiring to say the least.