Liz Gannes

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Kickstarter Donors Pledged Nearly $100M Last Year

Kickstarter donors pledged $99,344,382 in 2011 to the site’s user-proposed gadgets, movies, games and other projects. Not all that money was actually spent; 46 percent of the year’s Kickstarter projects got the amount they were seeking, which Kickstarter requires before any money is transferred. True crowdfunding — where average investors would get equity in return for their investment — isn’t legal yet, but it’s getting closer.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus