Kickstarter.com gives start up businesses a chance: In my humble opinion, the best chance ever offered in history. This is a system for venture capital with built in accountability! It's a dream come true for the dreamers among us. Aw, come on, you know there's a dreamer in there somewhere.... The diversity of projects is extreme.
There are various musicians attempting to fund their recording studio gigs such as Lelia Broussard, a self proclaimed former waitress and french fry enthusiast, who, along the way became one of the runners up to" The Picture On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone Contest" earlier this year. We were rooting for you, Lelia!
idrawcars is a very refined site created by some excellent designers in the midwest attempting to create a product for budding designers. Personally I like their music picks.
Another project was Printrbot that successfully raised $800,000 for their redesign of a 3D printer! What designer doesn't want a printer that makes solid plastic parts! The amazing thing is, many parts of these machines can be built with other printers already completed! In all fairness, there has been a worldwide consortium of DIY (Do It Yourselfers) named reprap who have approached the process of building 3D printers from various perspectives. Google's SketchUp can even be used as a solid model platform to interface with a computer. Uh-oh.....I'm getting a little geeky; sorry about that!
Another is Versalette; a type of clothing design with exotic simplicity in mind.
Anyway, you get the picture. I need to get back to the drawing board now.
See you next time!