The Best Kickstarters, That Are About To End

Uprising – A Post-Apocalyptic Robot Comedy

  • With a funny and surprisingly good video, Uprising – A Post-Apocalyptic Robot Comedy is a creative, fresh,  and entertaining Kickstarter that took me completely by surprise. (The soda machine is my favorite)
  • The project being a comedy, it gives of the vibe of a “Zombie Land” or “Shaun Of The Dead” type deal….but for robots. Which, personally loving movies like “Chappie” and “Ex-Machina”, has me excited.
  • Raised $40,640 of a $36,800 goal
  • 3 days left in campaign

 

Spark Makerspace Launch

  • For those of you who love community workshop projects, Spark Makerspace Launch is a good choice.
  • Although community projects always have a tough battle on Kickstarter, with a good video and equally good photography, Makerspace has done a fairly good job at connecting with people and communicating their creative spirit.
  • Raised $9,666 of a $15,000 goal
  • 62hrs left in campaign

 

#SchoolOfPrint

  • Another community workshop project, #SchoolOfPrint makes the list purely because of their passion and likelihood to succeed if funded.
  • Already having a community backing, experience in the field, and a location Cobden Place makes the fulfillment process of the campaign nearly guaranteed to succeed.
  • Raised $9,890 of a $11,396 goal (converted to USD)
  • 3 Days left in campaign

 

The Bad Bad Bully’s Alphabet Book

  • This one is just adorable. As the campaign explains, “Using spirited illustrations and humor, this ABC book helps parents start a dialogue about friendship and bullying with their kids.
  • This is an adorable idea for a story telling ABC book that follows a bully through his terrible and creative highjinks until he learns his lesson in the end. For parents looking to find a new way of getting their children to open up about bullying, this book brings a creative and easy option.
  • Raised $7,800 of a $5,000 goal
  • 50hrs left in campaign

 

And those are a few of the best campaigns on Kickstarter that will be ending soon. If you want to check them out I’ll leave additional links to their campaign here. Until next time, I’m Zack Applewhite of Betta Games, have a magical day.

(Also feel Free to check out my current Kickstarter campaign “The $1 Poem Project”) – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/845779441/the-1-poem-project?ref=nav_search

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Update – Doughmade: The Portable Doughnut Shop in Paris

Here are a few quick updates on the Kickstarter Doughmade: The Portable Doughnut Shop in Paris.

1. FULLY FUNDED

  • I am happy to inform everyone that Alexander Roberts’s Kickstarted has raised over $7,000 of a $6,536 goal! (In USD, converted from the Euro)
  • This means that the fine American delicacy…. the doughnut… will finally be sold with a smile all across Paris. (Probably to American tourists lol)

2. His Campaign has GREAT Photography

  • In my last post I completely forgot to talk about one of the other great aspects of Alexander’s campaign. The pictures he uses throughout his campaign and social media do an excellent job of conveying the sense of an authentic home style bakery and quirky creativity….as shown here.

 

3. Only 24hrs left in his campaign

  • As of this post Alexander’s campaign only has 24hrs or less left in his campaign. All of his extra money will be going straight to start-up ingredients, also this is the last chance to get free doughnut vouchers. If you want to learn more about him or visit his campaign I’ll leave a few links here to help you out. Until next time I’m Zack Applewhite with Betta Games, have a magical day.

His Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/77435543/doughmade-the-portable-doughnut-shop-in-paris/description

His Twitter: https://twitter.com/kealro

A Blog Post: http://hipparis.com/2016/02/16/from-brooklyn-to-paris-a-bakers-tale-of-transition-and-doughnuts/

His Website: http://thealexanderoberts.com/

 

(Also feel Free to check out my current Kickstarter campaign “The $1 Poem Project” – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/845779441/the-1-poem-project?ref=nav_search

A Lesson in Authenticity: (Doughmade: The Portable Doughnut Shop in Paris)

If there is any campaign that harnessed the power of authenticity, it would be Doughmade: The Portable Doughnut Shop in Paris.

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I actually came across this campaign on kickstarterforum.org where I met the campaign’s creator Alexander Roberts. In the beginning I was all business. He backed my campaign and I backed his and we helped share each others a little bit, and that was supposed to be the end of it. But well….he grew on me. And I couldn’t help but like the campaign, and even more so the guy behind it. He was just so….”Authentic.”

Now to give you some information about Alexander’s project the essential goal is to raise enough money to buy the supplies he needs to ride around Pairs selling doughnuts. This itself sounds like a long shot. After all who goes to Paris, a city known for its culture and food, to get a doughnut?

Well something that has surprised me about Alexander is that has a natural ability to overcome obstacles. In fact, by most people’s standards, his campaign should have never raised more that a couple of pity dollars due to the many obstacles his campaign faces (As of this post he has raised nearly $6,000). Here is a quick list to summarize these challenges.

The Obstacles Of “Doughmade: The Portable Doughnut Shop In Paris”

  • It is simply a wacky idea
    • Again “doughnuts in Paris?” that’s a tough sell.
  • It is his first Kickstarter project
    • First time Kickstarters are always a little more difficult, due to the lack of experience and a loyal following.
  • Low budget
    • Getting a lot of attention on Kickstarter often takes some start up money to beef up your campaign page and pay for advertising. Money of which Alexander has little or none.
  • Big dreams
    • His funding goal is $6,536
  • Kickstarter is a VERY American crowd funding site
    • For those of you who don’t know there are other crowd funding sites in the E.U. that are very popular such as gogetfunding.com, based in London. using Kickstarter makes reaching people near/in Paris, who very well could enjoy Alexander’s food, difficult. Which brings me to the next challenge.
  • The majority of his backers will likely NEVER step foot in Paris!
    • This is the biggest obstacle. His rewards are almost all focused on free doughnut vouchers, that never expire, in case the backer happens to come to Paris in the future. This means his backers REALLY have to like his campaign, his idea, and him because they will be giving mostly out of charity, with little or no reward in return.

But despite all of these obstacles Alexander has been able to get people to pledge money for rewards they most likely will never use. Why do they do that? The answer is simple. Those backers BELIEVE in Alexander. They like him, his dreams, his style, his ideas, his craft and they want him to succeed. Alexander made this happen through a mix of running the best campaign an amateur could, being genuinely good at his craft, and…being genuine. Here is another list, to illustrate the things he did to meet the challenges and connect with people.

How Alexander Roberts Overcame The Obstacles!

  • His opening video is GREAT
    • It’s silly, funny, informative and of course AUTHENTIC! I don’t know what gave him the idea that shots of Paris, his dance moves, and kitten shaped doughnuts would make people want to back his campaign. But he had the RIGHT idea! His video is a great introduction to who he is and what he’s all about and you automatically feel like you know him.
  • Cat Shaped Doughnuts!
    • These made my wife go crazy!!! And they perfectly match his fun and flavorful style
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  • His Updates are Heartfelt and Fun
    • Sometimes its him lip-syncing a rap while dancing and baking and sometimes it’s a plea for sharing the project. Both are effective in reminding you that he is a person and make you feel like you know him better.

At the end of it all you can see why people like Alexander and want to help him. Here is my last list to illustrate the results of his efforts.

The Results of Alexander’s Efforts

  • His campaign makes you happy and hungry
  • At the end of it you feel like he is that crazy college friend who ran off to Paris on whim, but everyone knows he’s going to be fine.
  • You feel INSPIRED by his dreams and his drive
  • You feel like he can accomplish those dreams
  • And you want to help him

Alexander’s campaign is still ongoing. As of this post, he has raised $5,740 of his $6,536 goal. And he only has 4 days left to close the gap. I genuinely hope he accomplishes his goal because frankly, he’s just a good guy and I like him. If you want to learn more about him or visit his campaign I’ll leave a few links here to help you out. Until next time I’m Zack Applewhite with Betta Games, have a magical day.

His Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/77435543/doughmade-the-portable-doughnut-shop-in-paris/description

His Twitter: https://twitter.com/kealro

A Blog Post: http://hipparis.com/2016/02/16/from-brooklyn-to-paris-a-bakers-tale-of-transition-and-doughnuts/

His Website: http://thealexanderoberts.com/

 

(Also feel Free to check out my current Kickstarter campaign “The $1 Poem Project” – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/845779441/the-1-poem-project?ref=nav_search

 

The Purpose Of The Blog

Hi, I’m Zack Applewhite of Betta Games….and I’ve never blogged before. So to start things off I thought that answering the question, “Why blog?” was as good a place to start as any…So here we go

Why I’m Blogging

  1. I want to learn. I’ve discovered that blogs are a great resource for those who want to learn about a multitude of topics. For me Specifically those topics include, but are not limited to,  Tabletop gaming, Tabletop game design, Kickstarter, Crowd funding in general,  and Poetry.
  2. I’m experimenting.  Right now I’m running a Kickstarter campaign entitled “The $1 Poem Project” (specifics of that will come later) This campaign is my way of learning more about crowd funding in general and Kickstarter in particular by gaining first hand experience in running a successful campaign. After fulfilling the pledges for Kickstarter I plan to run the same campaign on another crowd funding site, and continue this until I have experience in all the major crowd funding sites. So I’ve decided that recording these experiences in blog form will help me be organized and focused, and would allow others to learn from my experiences as well.
  3. I want to meet people who share my interests. It’s really easy to feel alone in your passions when you don’t have a community to share with. Thanks to other blogs I’ve discovered, I’ve been able to gain and participate in that sense of community and passion that blogging houses. And frankly I want more of that.

And that’s the gist of why I’m blogging…..I don’t really know how to end this….

If anyone happens to read this feel free to comment or ask questions or scroll through your Facebook and never return….whatever works for you 🙂

In any case, Thanks for dropping by and have a magical day.