Tagged: hardware

The Collapse of Kreyos and How Not to Run a Crowdfunding Campaign

Train Wreck Demise Collapse Disaster

This one is almost too painful to write.  As many people know the Kreyos Smartwatch was one of the most successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns of all time.  It is also probably one of the most spectacular crowdfunding failures ever.  Trust me – this one is pretty hard to top. We last visited the Kreyos campaign… Read More

Bragi Dash On Track to Ship in December, Founder Nikolaj Hviid Talks Crowdfunding in Interview (Video)

The Dash in Hand

The Dash by Germany based Bragi is one of the all time favorite crowdfunding hits on Kickstarter.  Coming in the 12th position for most funded, the Dash raised over $3.3 million from 16,000 backers for a super cool new concept on bluetooth, biometric headphones.  A working prototype did not exist at the time but the… Read More

Trackr Bravo Seeks to Solve Scale Challenge with Open Garden Network for IoT

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Trackr Bravo raised over $1.2 million crowdfunding on Indiegogo this past August.  The “thinnest item tracking device” joined a growing list of successful item finders that was rocketed into the public eye with the hugely successful Tile pretail crowdfunding campaign.  As an owner of several item tracking devices, I am well aware of the limitations…. Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Bluecup Nespresso Capsules, Franken Edison Light & bleep

Crowdfunding Mailbox 9.6.14

As we move into the fall it seems like crowdfunding campaigns are picking up. We have recently received many cool crowdfunding campaigns and I would just like to remind everyone that data shows that your probability of success jumps dramatically if you have over 30% of funding committed out of the gate. So make certain… Read More

Blink Home Monitoring & Alert System Finishes Its Kickstarter Run; Raises Over $1M


Earlier this week, Andover, MA-based company Blink close its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its wireless home monitoring and alert system. The project originally sought to raise $200,000 but successfully reached $1,069,386 all thanks to 6,879 backers. Blink has been dubbed the first ultra-affordable smart home monitoring system that is battery-powered, making it truly wireless,… Read More

Kickarter Hit “Narrative” Raises $8 Million in Funding Led by Khosla Ventures

Narrative In Hand

The list continues to grow of crowdfunding hits raising big money from early stage investors.  Today we learned that Narrative (at one point called Memoto) has received a pretty huge investment in a funding round led by big name VC group Khosla Ventures.  This is not the first round of VC funding for Narrative but… Read More

Ritot Projection Watch Finishes Crowdfunding at Over $1.2 Million; Then Extends Campaign on Indiegogo

Happy Ritot Wearer

Ritot, the worlds first “projection watch” closed earlier this week having raised over $1.2 million crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The organizers pretty much crushed their initial goal of raising $50,000.  Over 6900 backers joined in to make this one of Indiegogo’s biggest funding rounds ever. The organizers, based in Ukraine and US posted; “Dear contributors! You… Read More

Kickstarter Hit Fuel 3D Scanner Signs North American Distribution Deal, Teams Up with Ultimaker


Fuel 3D Scanner found crowdfunding success on global platform Kickstarter.  In September of 2013, Fuel 3D raised over $325,000 for its handheld scanner device.  Fuel 3D went on to raise additional funding in an early stage round led by London based Chimera Partners.  Ben Gill of Chimera said at the time; “The 3D printing market… Read More

Coin Delays Full Launch Until 2015

Coin one size fits all

According to several reports, Coin – the one card to replace them all- has delayed complete launch until next year. COIN released a wildly popular product as part of pretail crowdfunding campaign.  A witty pitch video, that went viral, described a product that most people quickly understood – and wanted.  A single credit card sized… Read More

Kreyos Founder Steve Tan Responds to Disgruntled Backers

Happy Steve Tan Shopping

In a posting on Facebook the elusive Steve Tan, founder of the Kreyos Smartwatch, responded to his critics.  For those of you who are just catching up now,  Kreyos launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2013 that was hugely successful.  The campaign closed as one of the most funded campaigns ever on the global… Read More

Neil Young’s Pono Raises Over $6 Million in Just 7 Days Equity Crowdfunding

PONO Device

While the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter was pretty amazing the equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder has rocketed through expectations.  PonoMusic, the vision of famed recording star Neil Young, took only 7 days to raise $6 million in equity.  On Kickstarter it took 35 days to raise $6.2 million.  While backers lined up to fund Pono… Read More

goTenna Quickly Beats $50K Goal, Now Over 12X Campaign Target

goTenna in hand

goTenna, the off-grid communications device that enables you to use your smartphone to communicate without central connectivity (cell tower connection), easily surpassed its $50,000 pre-sales crowdfunding goal in under 3 hours.  The young company skipped the large crowdfunding platforms and offered goTenna to early backers on their own platform.  Of goTenna’s earliest sales, a majority… Read More

Portable Power Outlet ChargeAll Raises More Than $300,000 During Its Run on Indiegogo

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Wrapping up its campaign on Indiegogo, brand new portable power outlet, ChargeAll has raised over $320,000 from more than 3,600 backers. The project originally launched the crowdfunding giant to only raise $30,000. ChargeAll lets you power anything, anytime, anywhere. This new device is a portable battery with an AC wall plug outlet for various items,… Read More

Updated: Neil Young’s Pono Music is Now Equity Crowdfunding Following $6.2 Million Kickstarter Hit

Pono on Crowdfunder with Three Players

PonoMusic raised over $6.2 million on Kickstarter this past April, a campaign that saw just about every living rock star endorse the innovative product. Now with strong consumer demand, Pono has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder seeking to raise a minimum of $2.5 million in equity.  Accredited investors may support Neil Young’s Pono project… Read More

Blink Co-Founder Don Shulsinger Interviewed (Video)

Blink Motion Detected

As part of the CNBC Tech Crowd series (and accompanying votes by the viewers), Don Shulsinger one of the creators of the Blink was interviewed regarding his device.  Blink is a product crowdfunding on Kickstarter and standing about $400,000 already raised.  The device is described as “one-of-a-kind home monitoring system” It boasts a “stylish, totally… Read More

Kickstarter Hit Bragi Dash Pushes Delivery Back


The Bragi Dash was a huge Kickstarter crowdfunding hit.  The campaign raised over $3.3 million on a goal of just $260,000.  The Dash is a pair of smart bluetooth headphones that are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible.  The project is the 12th most funded on the Kickstarter platform to date.  Almost 16,000 backers… Read More

Vessyl Cup Now Over $1 Million in Presales

Mille Vessyl (Limited)

Vessyl Cup, a project in the midst of a pretail crowdfunding campaign, has shared they have passed by the $1 million mark.  The smart cup project was announced this past June by San Francisco based Mark One with an original target of raising $50,000 in funding.  The cup is designed to automatically monitor your consumption… Read More

Iotera Gears Up Iota for a $250K Crowdfunding Campaign: GPS Tracker Never Loses Sight of What’s Important

Iotera Child Finder

  Iotera, an Internet of Things company based in Redwood City, has just launched its $250K rewards-based crowdfunding kickstarter campaign for Iota, its smallest, longest lasting GPS tracker in the world.  Measuring just 43mm X 22mm X 11mm,  the waterproof Iota and its companion Home Base include the same advanced long range radio technology allowing them… Read More

Crowdfunding on CircleUp, Nomad Connects with Fluxmob: Grows Smartphone Accessory Brand to over $2 Million in Sales

Nomad Reinvention

Now Raising Equity, Nomad First Raised Funding on Kickstarter. Nomad, the designer and manufacturer of minimalist smartphone accessories, has listed its equity crowdfunding campaign on CircleUp.  Known for its NomadKey, the company has also introduced new products including the solid carabiner-sized NomadClip USB cable and NomadCard on the newly launched company website. Committed to product… Read More

HWTrek Launches Navigation Tool for Hardware Creators​


HWTrek, a global community for digital electronics, today announced the beta launch of the HWTrek Project Development Hub (the Hub), the world’s first cloud-based intelligent navigation tool for creators and inventors working to bring hardware projects to market. The Hub generates a management flow tailored specifically to each unique project and facilitates collaboration between inventors… Read More