Jasmine Brackett : We're really pleased to have @Zach Dunham from Kickstarter here.
Zach Dunham : Thanks for inviting me, Jasmine!
Jasmine Brackett : We've been discussing the cross over between Tindie/Hackaday and various crowdfunding communities and we're here to answer any questions.
Jon Buford : I just finished a campaign on Indiegogo for Atomo, a modular electronics system, the kind of thing you can find on Tindie. I found that even with being Arrow Certified, IGG ended up burying the campaign because it doesn't fit their categories well.
Does Kickstarter have a better way to make campaigns of hard technology bubble up for those people that it would be meaningful for or anything else that might be an advantage? The Arrow Certification and the design review was good, especially talking with potential distributors, but I don't feel that IGG as a platform performs well for Tindie-like projects.
Zach Dunham : Cool. Well congrats to Jon for wrapping up the campaign.
We have a few different ways that we highlight these types of projects
Our DIY electronics category is a good place to start browsing — there’s everyone from Paul Stoffregen from Teensy, to a creator like Patrick Thomas who’s run over 20 electronics projects.
The way that we celebrate and highlight these campaigns varies from tagging and grouping them so they’re easy for backers to find, to highlighting them in our Invent Newsletter. We also recommend projects to backers based on their interests and past projects they've backed. This doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to work to promote your project, but we take an active role in making sure that a variety of projects are featured, not just big campaigns, and that they’re getting in front of the right audiences.
Jasmine Brackett : You can check out the category here: https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/categories/technology/diy%20electronics
IIt seems it's similar to Tindie in that although we help promote products, the best results seem to come from tapping into your communities and connections.
Ok, @Chris Gammell, you had a couple of questions?
Chris Gammell : Was curious about the new request for projects
Just what they're hoping for, specifically Zach
Zach Dunham : Yea! This is something new for us.
Chris Gammell : If I'm being blunt, it seems like a bad idea
and I love me some Kickstarter
only because i think it prompts people to jump in before they're ready
that's how it reads for me
Zach Dunham : Hah! Well thanks for being honest! It's definitely not our intention to push people to launch early.
Chris Gammell : so maybe the right question is, is there coaching for those folks who submit something?
or is there a checklist in your mind for how to know when they might be ready?
I just worry about the manufacturability of something for hw
Zach Dunham : Part of the goal here is to get a chance to talk about the types of projects, we as a team and as a platform are excited about.
Chris Gammell : Ah cool, OK
Zach Dunham : There's not a lot of line of sight into the inner workings of Kickstarter. Request for projects is a chance to for us to say, there's a team of people here focusing on supporting these types of projects.
Chris Gammell : so it's more about prospecting of projects that might be at prototype
Zach Dunham : And, we think these are important areas to highlight.
Chris Gammell : and ready to move forward
Jasmine Brackett : Sounds pretty interesting. You can read more about it here (after the chat) https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/our-design-and-tech-teams-request-for-projects
Zach Dunham : Ah, well I think this is about us saying, if you're working on a project in one of these areas, and are interested or have been thinking about using Kickstarter, we're here to help.
Chris Gammell : got it! Would love to hear more about the 'manufacturability' piece too, but I'll let others ask questions...
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