Tagged: selfstarter

Selfstarter Creator Lockitron Delivers Device to Backers


About 2 years ago a startup called Apigy was rejected by Kickstarter for their Lockitron project.  Their concept was pretty basic:  a connected door lock device that could be integrated with existing household hardware. Once installed the user could control their front door via an associated smartphone App.  The rejection by Kickstarter, while certainly stinging… Read More

Tile, “Worlds Largest Lost & Found” Shipping Now

Nick Evans and Tile

Tile –  the item finder device –  a product that ran a self-crowdfunding campaign and became one of the trailblazer’s in the new world of hardware startups, is now shipping their product.  In an email to backers Nick Evans, CEO and Co-founder of the young company shared that early backers have already received notice of shipping confirmation… Read More

Was Kickstarter Right To Turn Down Apigy & Lockitron?

Kickstarter Shelf

Y Combinator-backed Apigy created Lockitron just as the connected home movement was really taking off. The company promised some pretty slick features. The device integrated with your home’s deadbolt and promised to allow things like remote unlocking from a smartphone. It was even said to have the ability to sense when the owner got close. Your… Read More

#Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 14, 2013


Entrepreneur | Crowdfunding Without Kickstarter Entrepreneur’s Michelle Goodman interviews Cameron Robertson, co-founder of Lockitron and one of the men behind the decision to open-source Selfstarter for other companies looking to crowdfund. He explains some of the benefits of using Selfstarter over other rewards-based crowdfunding solutions. edSurge | How to Get the Most Bang for Your… Read More

On Crowdhoster: DaDa Offers Luxury Undies Made By Happy Workers

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Dada Quarterly Underwear Club is currently seeking 100 early backers on dadaunderwear.com to grow their underwear subscription service. Every three months backers can expect to get some luxury underwear in the mail without any hassle. They are able to self-host their campaign on their own domain thanks to Crowdtilt’s Crowdhoster product, a white-label crowdfunding solution… Read More

From Crowdfunding Success, To Project Demise, Lumawake Bids Farewell

Here Lies Lumawake RIP

Lumawake has a fascinating crowdfunding history.  We originally discovered this product in 2012. The concept was the brainchild of Greg Laugle who came up with the idea way back in 1997.  He was working through college and he barely got any sleep. He loathed the alarm clock like many do at that time in life…. Read More

Owlet Baby Monitor Zooms Past Goal with Selfstarter Crowdfunding Campaign

Owlet at Work

The Owlet Smart Baby Monitor was rejected by Kickstarter and decided to go the Selfstarter route to crowdfund their product.  The goal was to raise $100,000 and as of today – with several days left in the campaign – the project stands at over $140,000 raised from over 840 supporters. “This really has been a… Read More

Smart Baby Monitor Goes the Selfstarter Route After Being Rejected by Kickstarter

Owlet at Work

Owlet “Smart Sock” Monitors Your Baby’s Vital Signs, Connects to iPhone App. Founded by Kurt Workman, Owlet Baby Care Home has created the a baby “smart sock” that transmits a child’s heart rate, oxygen levels, skin temperature, sleep quality, and sleep position (rollover alerts) to a parent’s smartphone or other internet-based device.  The project is… Read More

The Woz Pre-Orders Successfully Crowdfunded “Tile Item Finder”

The Woz and Nick Evans both love the Tile

The Tile locator device successfully crowdfunded $2,681,297 using the self crowdfunding application “SelfStarter” becoming the most successfully self crowdfunded campaign ever. The crowdfunding campaign not only raised more than enough funds to fulfill the financing needs of the company but indicated a growing market interest for small form technology which may be utilized to track… Read More

Tile Item Finder Crowdfunds Over 134 Times Goal, Rockets to Over $2.6 Million


Tile location Device Skips Big Crowdfunding Platforms to Use Selfstarter Becoming the Most Successful Selfstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Ever. The tiny blue tooth device to keep track of your belongings both large and small launched a super sized crowdfunding campaign foregoing crowdfunding giants Indiegogo and Kickstarter by using open source crowdfunding platform Selfstarter. The campaign closed… Read More

Tile Location Device Blasts Past $1,000,000 Crowdfunded on Goal of Only $20,000 (Updated)

Tile on Purse

Crowdfunding Success as Creator Preps for Appearance on CNBC. The Tile Location device blew past $1,000,000 crowdfunded on a goal of only $20,000 or a beat of over 5800%.  With 7 days left in their crowdfunding campaign the amount stood at over $1.1 Million funded by over 21,000 supporters.  The amount was well in excess… Read More

Tile Location Device Crowdfunds Using Selfstarter, Puts New Spin on Finding Lost Items

The Tile App

Stealthy Start-up Tile formed only 8 months ago –  but they have already announced a very cool product which has generated a lot of buzz and interest for it’s simplicity, and unique characteristic of leveraging other users to extend the functionality of their device. Lost keys?  Can’t find your purse?   It happens to the… Read More

UPDATED: Soylent Crowdfunding Campaign On Crowdhoster Fully Funded


Rob Rhinehart and his team have settled on Crowdhoster as the platform of choice for their crowdfunding campaign for Soylent. We wrote about Soylent in the past, a meal replacement drink that garnered both praise and criticism in the press. Click here to see the campaign Crowdhoster is supported by Y Combinator graduate Crowdtilt, who… Read More

Shopstarter Allows Preorders After A Crowdfunding Campaign

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Shopstarter is an easy-to-use online platform that allows anyone to accept pre-orders for a product after a successful crowdfunding campaign. Shopstarter was created by co-founders Alex Kennberg and Brian Park, two ex-Googlers from Toronto. According to their web site, the pair have experience working on Gmail and Google Docs. As is so often the case… Read More

How Scout Alarm crowdfunded $160K — without Kickstarter or Indiegogo


Hassle-free home security sounds good, right? Perhaps $160,000 good, if you’re Scout Alarm … with none of that money going through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. In fact, Scout Alarm crowdsourced that cash all on its own. The Scout Alarm is a $120 “next generation” alarm system that is designed for renters as well… Read More

Crowdfunded Project Lumawake in Dire Need of $250K


Lumawake, a widely covered crowdfunding project announced in a backers update that their project was in peril due to lack of funds.   The universal Apple iPhone dock was widely hailed as a unique product with revolutionary design and incredible features. Originally the Lumawake team was turned away by crowdfunding trail blazer Kickstarter.  Undeterred Lumawake… Read More

White Label Crowdfunding Platforms


As crowdfunding quickly evolves as an accepted form of financing for your business, project or whatever compels you – it is inevitable that alternatives to the Kickstarter / Indiegogo duopoly evolve.  There is something to be said for being first, but over time, competitors will slowly appear. The current crowdfunding leaders are revolutionary and great…. Read More

Want To Keep All Your Kickstarter Money? Use These Services Instead

CrowdHoster by Crowdtilt

The two big names in crowdfunding are Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but it turns out that you have plenty of other options that grant you a degree of control over your campaign that the bigger names don’t. The advantages here are huge – keep all the money you raise, tweak your page to look exactly the way you… Read More

Crowdtilt’s latest product helps those who can’t code – crowdfund

Launch Your Own Crowdfunding Site Without Touching a Line of Code

Crowdfunding is as hot right now as English-Irish boy band One Direction and everybody wants a piece. Crowdtilt has released a new product called CrowdHoster that makes it easy to build a custom crowdfunding site without having to write any code. This popular Y Combinator startup provides an online place for friends to pool their… Read More

Selfstarter Crowdfunding Success Lumawake Hits Hurdle

Lumawake First Dock for All iPhones

Widely covered crowdfunding success Lumawake – dubbed the first docking station compatible with all iphones – recently indicated in their first backer update that they hit a hurdle. In contrast to the Kickstarter approach where funds committed are available for the project upon successfully attaining the stated goal,  Lumawake decided to access the funds only… Read More