You can’t make money without money, and there are a lot of ways to get cash for a venture.Kickstarter is a startup that helps creative projects get crowdsourced funding. People post their ideas and others can contribute as little or much as they like to support the projects.
We found 20 projects on Kickstarter that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from thousands of people. The most popular projects were documentaries and iPhone accessories.
One project raised nearly $1,000,000 from 13,000 people.
*Thanks to Todd Stone for his help with the article
Concept: John and Anthony of ToneLoof needed money to make a feature-length documentary on street photographer, Vivian Maier.
organiser: Chicago-based production company, ToneLoof
Number of backers: 1,495
Concept: Avid bicyclist John Loughlin wanted to create a bike lock that was as well-designed as his bike.
So he teamed up with designer Joshua A.C. Newman to design the TiGr, an inconspicuous, but strong, Titanium lock that runs the length of the bike and closes at the end.
organiser: John Loughlin
Concept: Writer Jocelyn Towne made an appeal to raise money for her book to become a feature film. Her book is about a woman who meets the father who abandoned her as a child.
organiser: Jocelyn Towne, a writer
Concept: Design expert and teacher Frank Chimero wanted to make a small book about design with a unique online version.
organiser: Frank Chimero
Naked Sea is a movie that gathers thousands of nude people in public places. It raised $116,270 from 706 people
Concept: Spencer Tunick is a world-renowned installation artist whose signature theme is gathering hundreds to thousands of naked people in public places.
He wants his next installation to be at Israel's Dead Sea, but needs money to coordinate the project. The producer of the installation, Ari Fruchter, led the Kickstarter campaign.
organiser: Ari Fruchter
Concept: Self-described 'Design Geek,' Gary Hustwit, created two documentary films, one called 'Helvetica,' about the eponymous font, and the other about industrial and product design, called 'Objectified.'
While he didn't get money to make either of these films, he was able to get them broadcast on PBS and BBC. He was conducting interviews with his cinematographer for his third documentary, 'Urbanized,' about urban design, when he hit a financial roadblock. So he turned to Kickstarter.
organiser: Gary Hustwit
Concept: A camera that allows users of the iPhone 4 to make panoramic videos.
organiser: Jeff Glasse
Concept: Attaches to a smart phone and can be used as a stand or to affix to any other surface like a mirror, a white board (for use as notes), or a wind shield glass. It makes using the GPS on your iPhone easier - and legal!
Oraganizer: Sam Gordon Brad and Danny, childhood friends who grew up in Silicin Vally.
Concept: A substitute for your finger when using a tablet like the iPad. It has the feel of a magic marker.
organisers: Designers Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt
Concept: The same people that designed the Cosmonaut designed The Glif. The Glif is a tripod for the iPhone 4. No more shaky videos. Very useful. Provost and Gerhardt designed a prootype for the Glif, but they needed money to have it manufactured.
organisers: Designers Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt
Concept: Solar powered squares that store energy and can (at least in part) charge an iPhone, among other devices.
organiser: Jordan McRae
Concept: Jennifer Fox produced a documentary film about the relationship between a Tibetan master and his son, called MY REINCARNATION. It was received very well in New York City, but Fox wanted the world to see it. So she went to Kickstarter to raise money to market the film. And she succeeded.
organiser: Award-winning director, Jennifer Fox
Concept: Inspired by Neil Gaiman's book, 'The Price,' cinematographer Christopher Salmon wanted to turn the book into a richly animated film.
He wrote to Gaiman, who was very receptive, but he didn't have enough money to make the film. Salmon had put together an animatic (a summary of what the film could be) to pitch Gaiman on the idea, and it worked. So he put the same short video on Kickstarter, and it worked again.
organiser: Christopher Salmon, a filmmaker/cinematographer
Concept: Rondinelli designed a lens to place over the iPhone 4 camera that allows it to take panoramic photos and videos. Think of filming a sports event, for instance.
organiser: Michael Rondinelli, a designer in Pittsburgh
Concept: The Pad Pivot allows users of tablet devices to use them more comfortably. It attaches to the tablet and serves as a versatile stand that can mould itself to a flat countertop or to your leg.
organiser: Jim Young, an independent industrial designer living just outside Seattle, WA.
Diaspora, the anti-Facebook social network, raised $200,641 from 6,479 people including Mark Zuckerberg
Concept: This group of NYU computer science students wants to create, in their own words, 'an open source personal web server that will put individuals in control of their data.' They were inspired by a talk given by professor Eben Moglen about freedom and ownership online.
organisers: Daniel Grippi, Maxwell Salzberg, Raphael Soafer, Ilya Zhitomirskiy
Concept: 2 Player Productions wanted to create a documentary about the Swedish programmer, Marcus Persson, who created the widely popular game, Minecraft.
organiser: 2 Player Productions
Concept: Blue Like Jazz, a book on Christian spirituality book by Donald Miller, has sold more than 1.3 million copies since its release in 2003. It was slated to become a movie, but fell $125,000 short of funding. So fans Zach and Jonathan created a video and posted it on Kickstarter.
They provided some incentives. For $100, you could have your name in the credits, for $1,000, you could appear as an extra in the film, and for $10,000, the author will fly to your town for a private reading.
organiser: Steve Taylor
Concept: Scott Wilson took the iPod Nano and designed a watch around it. He explains on his Kickstarter page:
'The idea to use the iPod Nano as a watch was an obvious one ever since the product was announced. But we wanted to create a collection that was well designed, engineered and manufactured from premium materials and that complemented the impeccable quality of Apple products. Not just clipped on a cheap strap as an afterthought. We wanted to create a product that your friends and strangers would stop you and ask 'WTF is that??? And where can I get one?!'
organiser: Scott Wilson, founder of Chicago-based design firm, MINIMAL
Goal amount: $941,718