Forget about Kickstarter, try IndieGoGo in Canada UK Australia Asia?

Thursday, 16 February, 2012

Sept 24, 2013 update: Kickstarter has finally launched in Canada earlier this year and you can find some Canadian projects here.

July 15, 2015 update: Since my 2013 update, I’ve used Indiegogo and like it. Worth investigate it for yourself and decide for yourself if it is a good enough crowdfunding site for your use.

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After waiting for close to three years and trying to push a little, I am giving up on the idea of waiting for Kickstarter to come to Canada! Unfortunately, no more illusion for me. Kickstarter’s inaction/inability to find an alternative payment solution for Canada or non-US countries is inexcusable and can only be put as they don’t give a beep. To them, US is a big enough market for them to serve? After three years of waiting, I’ve given up caring. Quoting Kickstarter’s FAQ (emphasis added)

Am I eligible to start a Kickstarter project?

To be eligible to start a Kickstarter project, you need to satisfy the requirements of Amazon Payments:

Be a permanent US resident and at least 18 years of age with a Social Security Number (or EIN), a US bank account, US address, US state-issued ID (driver’s license), and major US credit or debit card.”

I am NOT paid by IndieGoGo to write this article! Judging from IndieGoGo‘s press articles and mention, they seem to be legit (I don’t know). A local friend has used IndieGoGo and I haven’t seen any complain from him.

I am sadden to write this article but then again, three years of Kickstarter inaction is inexcusable, enough is enough.

Can you share your experiences using IndieGoGo?

If you have used IndieGoGo to raise funds, can you please share your experiences good and bad? Both good or bad experiences are very much welcomed at this point. May be take a look of projects on IndieGoGo. And if they are worthy of your support, give them a try and let us know how things go? And if you are going to use IndieGoGo to raise funds, tell us how successful (or not) your experiences are.

P.S. To be fair, Kickstarter is doing good for permanent US resident. Even though I love my US friends, I just think Kickstarter sucks in helping projects initiated by non-US citizens around the world.


Kickstarter launches in Canada … Happy 2nd Birthday (updated)

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

Sept 24, 2013 update: Kickstarter has finally launched in Canada earlier this year and you can find some Canadian projects here.

Feb 16, 2012 update: SeeForget about Kickstarter, try IndieGoGo in Canada UK Australia Asia?Please comment in the new post as comment for this post is now locked.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Kickstarter! Of the early projects that brought momentum, I found the Allison Weiss and Designing Obama projects very inspiring. And the recent iPod Nano watch kit project was very cool too. I am really happy for people who were able to fulfill their dreams using Kickstarter.

At the same time, I am extremely disappointed that, after two long years, only Americans with American addresses can raise funds! Canadians can only pay to fund projects but NOT allowed to raise funds without a US address. At the moment, as a fan of the site, I am sadly thinking Kickstarter will launch in Canada after hill (sp?) freezes over! How can we change this?


Backing “Urbanized: A Documentary Film” project by Gary Hustwit

Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

I am excited to support “Urbanized: A Documentary Film” project by Gary Hustwit using KickStarter. I loved and really enjoyed Gary‘s last two docs Helvetica & Objectified, I am really happy to be able to help fund Gary’s new film.

I wrote about KickStarter helping creative people find funding for their projects in Oct 2009 “Designing Obama – The Book” and in Dec 2010 “$600,000+ for iPod watch kit project – Kickstarter”. I am excited to become a kickstarter and did my small part for “Urbanized”.

I encourage you check out Gary’s film info and consider using KickStarter to back the film if you like what Gary said. If you contribute $10 or more, you can even get a digital download of “Urbanized” when the film is released in late 2011/early 2012.

Note: By the way, Calgary public library has DVDs of HelveticaObjectified for you to check out.


$600,000+ for iPod watch kit project – Kickstarter

Wednesday, 8 December, 2010

$600,000 for iPod watch kit project - Kickstarter

This is really cool for the watch kit and for the way funding was raised. For the record.

“When Scott Wilson posted his idea for an iPod Nano transformed into a wristwatch on crowd-funding website Kickstarter, he hoped to raise $15,000 to bring his invention to life. Two weeks later, he had $600,000 and new record: Wilson’s project shattered 20-month-old Kickstarter’s previous fundraising tally.” [via CNN Money] [note: at press time, the project now actually has $669,398 pledged!]

I think for some projects and product ideas, Kickstarter can be a great way to raise money and start a business. Check out Scott Wilson’s Kickstarter’s project page for “TikTok+LunaTik Multi-Touch Watch Kits” (with video).

Note: In this case, Scott has a strong credential for working with some big companies. The really cool prototype in the demo video helps a great deal in telling the story. Plus the products are just cool!


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