Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. It is essentially the business of letting others be part of yours.
Kicking of a new series of weekly blog posts titled 'Kickstarter Projects of the Week' (hence the hashtag #KSPOTW), I want to start off with a project that is both 'bizarre and beautiful' as well as an inspiration on a personal level. Pinstripe - An Adventure Through Hell is a 2D adventure video game about an ex-minister named Teddy who must explore Hell in search of his daughter Bo, who has been kidnapped by a strange entity claiming to be God.
This amazingly artistic looking adventure game is the result of the passion and dedication of a one-man development team and all credit goes to Thomas Brush and his development studio Atmos Games. Thomas has single-handedly been working on Pinstripe for more than three years and just by looking at the artwork and campaign video on Kickstarter, you can see that this project is not just another indie video game, but a fine work of art.
Crowdfunding is an amazing concept. Crowdfunding solves many obstacles that often prevent people's creative ideas from ever becoming a reality. Crowdfunding is also disruptive. Crowdfunding has significantly altered the way concepts and ideas make their way to market and this has had a noticeable impact on many industries.
2015 was a fantastic year for creators and backers alike. The shear number of projects launched, the volume of successful campaigns and the total monies raised was staggering and very encouraging. Creating a single list of the best crowdfunded projects of 2015 was near impossible so here I have opted for lists of top projects from 2015 in various categories ranging from coffee projects to video games, denim projects to IoTs and tabletop projects to photography.
Crowdfunding platforms like kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe have become successful launch pads for new fashion brands to reach the market in a way that was simply not possible just 10 years ago. In years past, launching a fashion brand required hefty branding and marketing budgets, multiple industry connections and a considerable amount of time and effort, with success often hinged on luck.
Crowdfunding has removed a considerable amount of these obstacles which fashion brands faced in the past. With the advent of social media, rapidly evolving mobile technologies and constantly changing consumer behaviours, establishing a brand is that much easier when done via crowdfunding. However, beyond just successful establishing of fashion brands, crowdfunding has also helped raise the bar and is creating better fashion brands along with it.
Every year technology marches forward with ever increasingly larger strides blazing a trail of innovation, ingenuity and creativity. Year on year crowdfunding has proven to be a healthy environment for adventurous inventors and designers to seek the funding they need to bring their technology projects to market.
2015 proved to be a year of great technological innovation, ingenuity and creativity with many successful projects launched on various crowdfunding platforms. From simple solutions for better mobile charging cables to complex autonomous home security system, 2015 was an exciting year for tech and crowdfunding and here are twelve projects I think were of the best.