A big week over here at Kickstarter HQ! If you didn't notice, we kicked it off with our Year in Review, a massive compendium of all the awesomeness that happened in the Kickstarter universe in 2011.Read more
Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made the press. We're happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.
Deborah Netburn of The Los Angeles Times wrote about the Organ Trail project "a zombie-filled spoof of the beloved Oregon Trail computer game created in 1971 and played in elementary schools across America...The Men Who Wear Many Hats, a group of indie developers that originally released Organ Trail as a free playable Flash game on its website in 2010, have raised more than $7,000 through the website Kickstarter, more than double their original fundraising goal. That gives them enough money to build a version of the game for the iPhone, iPad and Android."
Ryan Kim of GigaOm noted that three Kickstarter film projects — Battle for Brooklyn, The Loving Story and Incident in New Baghdad — were shortlisted to potentially contend for an Academy Award, writing: "Kickstarter, the powerhouse crowdsourced fund-raising engine for an increasing number of creative projects, is poised to have a breakout winter as a film funder, with three of its projects on documentary short lists for the Academy Awards and more than a dozen films headed to the Sundance Film Festival."
Brendan Lynch of The Boston Herald explored the music project by Boston bluegrass band Chasing Blue: "As of late last week, Chasing Blue had raised just under $1,500 from 25 people to pay for studio time and a producer’s fee. 'This is going to be radio-quality, a full 10 songs,” MacKay said. MacKay couldn’t see another way for the band, who met at Berklee College of Music, to fund the recording. 'I don’t know if we’d be able to,” she said. 'I guess we’d just be pinching pennies. It would be impossible for us to raise that kind of money at this point.'"
Casey Chan of Gizmodo spotlighted the ultralight backpacker's dream cooking pot: "The Hexa Pot is a foldable paper pot that can boil water, cook pasta and make noodles with. It isn't real yet (it's a Kickstarter) but it's the perfect pot for the outdoors."
Daily Candy created a slideshow of 13 of their favorite Kickstarter projects, from "1,000 Days of Drawing" to Chicago-based Aporta Scarves: "From sock-of-the-month clubs to lady bow ties, the next big thing is why we get out of bed every day. But even the most brilliant business needs cold hard cash to get off the ground. Click through for thirteen start-ups we bet will thrive this year, all culled from our favorite biz-boosting site, Kickstarter."
Amy Sciaretto of Noise Creep featured hardcore and punk rock icon Dave Smalley's "Punk Rock Days" project: "The vocalist and guitarist has trafficked in the hardcore and punk scenes in D.C., L.A and beyond. These days he's taking some time to forge a solo career under the more than appropriate Punk Rock Dave moniker. Smalley is utilizing Kickstarter to raise $6000 to fund a four-song EP of covers via donations and contributions from fans, a method truly emblematic of the DIY ethos."
We’ve put together a look back at the year’s most interesting projects, most memorable moments, most fascinating stats, best videos, and much more. Our 2011 retrospective is split into seven posts that can be found through the Year in Review main page. We hope you enjoy!