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Kickstarter wants creators to actually think about their budget ahead of launch

Kickstarter wants creators to actually think about their budget ahead of launch

Kickstarter wants creators on its platform to be more transparent with backers about how their money is being used. The crowdfunding platform is launching a feature today called Project Budget that’ll allow creators to display their budget as a pie chart on their campaign page. Although it’s optional for creators, Meg Heim, who leads Kickstarter’s…
Brydge sues Kickstarter for selling iPad keyboard it claims is a clone

Brydge sues Kickstarter for selling iPad keyboard it claims is a clone

iPad keyboard maker Brydge is suing the apparent creator of a very similar-looking competitor called Libra. Not only that, but Brydge is suing Kickstarter, too, for hosting a crowdfunding campaign in support of the Libra keyboard. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a federal court in New York, accuses the company it believes is Libra’s creator,…
Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems – TechCrunch

Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems – TechCrunch

The Delta EcoFlow is a new battery generator available on Kickstarter with incredible claimed features. Most are true, some are not. Device like the Delta offer incredible battery storage capacity. Designed for more than just recharging phones and tablets, these can run refrigerators, pumps, power tools and medical equipment. They’re great for emergencies, camping and…
Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems

Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems

The Delta EcoFlow is a new battery generator available on Kickstarter with incredible claimed features. Most are true, some are not. Device like the Delta offer incredible battery storage capacity. Designed for more than just recharging phones and tablets, these can run refrigerators, pumps, power tools and medical equipment. They’re great for emergencies, camping and…
Kickstarter faces union backlash after firing two organizers

Kickstarter faces union backlash after firing two organizers

Kickstarter is facing blowback after firing two employees involved in its ongoing unionization effort, as first reported by Slate. Both employees were dismissed over the past eight days, leading to concerns that the firings may be part of a broader retaliation effort. US labor law forbids employers from firing or otherwise reprimanding employees for taking…
Kickstarter and XOXO have shut down their subscription platform before it launched

Kickstarter and XOXO have shut down their subscription platform before it launched

Last October, Kickstarter announced that it was ending its subscriber-based crowdfunding platform, Drip, but that it was planning a successor project with XOXO festival creators Andy Baio and Andy McMillan. Now, that project has been shut down, according to its creators. Drip’s unnamed successor project was designed to provide “financial stability and transparency to independent…
Now on Kickstarter, Tech DIY uses sewing to teach kids how to build electronics

Now on Kickstarter, Tech DIY uses sewing to teach kids how to build electronics

Tech DIY takes a soft touch toward teaching electronics—literally. Now on Kickstarter, the kit uses sewing to teach kids and adult beginners about electronic and electric circuits by sewing dolls, soft figures and bracelets that light up, move and make noises. Tech DIY was created by Ji Sun Lee and Jaymes Dec, the authors of…
Kickstarter issues new transparency guidelines for projects

Kickstarter issues new transparency guidelines for projects

Fresh off its 10th anniversary and under the helm of a new CEO, Kickstarter is shaking things up with a new set of guidelines targeted at seller claims. A new page titled Honest and Clear Presentation in Projects notes: The language you choose to present your project plays a critical role in setting expectations for…

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Hiring and the Market for Lemons

Hiring and the market for lemons Joel Spolsky has a classic blog post on "Finding Great Developers" where he popularized the meme that great developers are impossible to find, a corollary of which is that if you can find someone, they're not great. Joel writes, The great software developers, indeed, the best people in every…

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