For two years, the website Kickstarter.com has helped artists, musicians and filmmakers fund projects, encouraging a lot of people to make small donations. But recently, entrepreneurs have been launching new products on the site, something the company’s founders never imagined.
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Seth Godin is a guest on Funding the Dream on Kickstarter and shares his thoughts and ideas on the power of Kickstarter and the success of his own project, The Icarus Deception.
We kick off with a chat about Kickstarter’s rise to prominence - its funding of the Pebble Wristwatch and Light Table. Skim over the effect of Kickstarter on Open Source. We then talk about the Raspberry Pi, and hopes that it will both create new smart electronics, and inspire kids to start coding like the good old days of the C64.
Finally we have a chat about Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, and what other options there could have been.