This is in response to Gizmodo’s post, “We’re done with Kickstarter.”
The basis that Gizmodo has chosen to blacklist the creative community Kickstarter is insulting and should really have us take a closer look at the ethics and morals of Gawker media as a source of information we can trust.
The Kickstarter community is hardly a “mob of drooling optimistic simpletons,” as Gizmodo editor, Joe Brown cleverly called us while including himself in order to lighten up the attack. Kickstarter is mostly built up of engineers, product designers, creative videographers, photographers, writers, musicians, the list goes on, the community supports itself in essence, by creators backing creators. Some Kickstarter projects get mainstream coverage, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to get funded.
I love Kickstarter and what it has brought the world. Never before have we been able to create anything we dreamt up and have people stand next to us, voting with their money and seeing it through from design to delivery. In a pre-kick world there was very little means for anyone to fund something they were passionate about, unless they had their big bucks behind it. Kickstarter changed that.
Sure, Kickstarter has gained popularity over the last year, and this has caused more projects and ideas to come to the drawing board. It’s the next logical step really. And no, there is no filter to Kickstarter, anyone can post a project so long as they have an account and an idea. Which is a great thing. What this does is it gives us the opportunity as supporters to mindfully decide what we want and who we would like to support. If it was any other way, some private group of individuals would be picking through what they think we should support. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If I happen to like the idea of strapping a camera on a set of roller blade wheels, or docking my iPhone directly into a wall socket to charge, then perhaps I should be the one to decide and vote whether or not it is going to see the light of day. I understand that the person behind it may not design something as high-end as Bose or Manfrotto could, but you know what, there is also a chance they might make it better. To put a filter on Kickstarter is to put a filter on the creative minds of everyone. I for one will continue to support Kickstarter’s for as long as they are around.
From KS, we may get not only higher quality but also innovative product which is new to this World. We see, look at, compare price with existing market, and decide to help another to get one good product. There is less likely that one gets funded without good innovation!
Too bad Gizmodo chooses to throw the baby (in my case, ODOC) out with the bathwater. Like Craigslist, integrity of the people who post can be variable. Too bad a few bad apples tarnish the rest of us, who without crowd-funding, would have slim odds for getting our ideas onto the world stage.
Well said. Just as blogging and social media gave the public a voice, Kickstarter allows amateur inventors to get their wares into the world too.