Kickstarter.com is every reason to love the internet. The site is a funding platform for some of the most innovative and creative ideas. Independently created projects are pitched to anyone browsing the site. Then, like your very own Dragon’s Den, you get to choose to support initiatives. To sweeten the deal, creators offer “perks” that vary from merchandise surrounding a brand, to a product itself, all based off of different levels of funding. The site maintains that the artists, designers and creators on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects. If people like a project, they can pledge to it, to make sure it becomes a reality. As a reward for your pledge, you can receive some of the most innovative products currently (or soon to become) available. The site tests creativity in an active market, and relies completely on the interest of project backers, applying the most creative ideas to the reality of a capitalist market. Get your invisible hands all over this.
Check out Indiegogo.com for a similar site, available for Canadian innovators.
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