I’ve been through four crowd-funding campaigns myself now. It’s not an experience I would heartily recommend to friends, although I think a lot more learning has been done now about what works. I was, at times, turned into a link-spouting push-marketer of the worst kind, but I also got to do some cool stuff and was glad to have involved a large group of people in helping make things happen and I learned a lot about the actual value and perceived value of my work.
That aside, I see three of my pals engaged in the closing stages of their campaigns and I suggest you have a look and see if there’s anything there that floats your boat. They’re all fun and worthy of support in my view – I present them here in closing date order – if you can give them all a fiver it would make me smile and make some goodness happen in various bits of the world. Thankyou.
|Phil Campbell wants to put social-software enabled plasma screens in independent retailers in Nottingham, from cake shops to barbers and it’s all open-source based on Raspberry Pi.
closes just after midnight UK time on Friday 24th/Saturday 25th.
|Debbie Davies will be taking an interactively-illuminating spaceship to Burning Man 2013. I have actually sat on some of the timber she’s going to use to build it!
closes just *before* midnight UK time on Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th.
|James Governor is turning an old warehouse into the Shoreditch Village Hall providing a focal point for the startup community – there are plenty of places to hangout or work in Shoreditch but most have some corporate agenda – this one’s for the folk.
closes late on Friday June 7th UK time.