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Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. It is essentially the business of letting others be part of yours.

Monday, 02 May 2016 09:12

Dark Souls - The Board Game #KSPOTW

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The launch and immediate success of the 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter made me incredibly happy and equally optimistic about the current (and future) state of strategic board games and tabletop gaming in general. With over 18 000 backers and 1.8 million British Pounds (3.8 million Namibian Dollars) raised mid way through its campaign, 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' is gearing up to be one of the most successful tabletop projects on Kickstarter and, in my opinion, one of the most significant of the last few years.

While it is probably safe to say that very few crowdfunded tabletop games will ever compare to the success of 'Exploding Kittens' (having raised over U$8.7 million from 200 000+ backers), 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' has already etched its way into third spot in terms of the number of backers for tabletop games on Kickstarter and will, most probably, finish with the second most backers. This is huge, not only for the game itself (and subsequent fan base), but it is a big deal for tabletop gaming across the board.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:23

Somm by SYNEK - a smart wine dispenser #KSPOTW

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As a whole the wine industry has not see a vast amount of innovations for consumers. Much of the innovation is found in wineries or bottling plants and their impact is not (and it really shouldn't be) notable on the palette when enjoying a bottle of wine. The Somm by SYNEK challenges that, by bring an innovative and smart wine dispenser right to your counter top. In much the same was as they had done with their craft beer dispenser, the Somm is much like an automated espresso coffee machine, but for wine.

Basically, the Somm is an automated wine dispenser which controls your wine's temperature and aeration (two factors which influence the taste of wine) for the specific wine you will be pouring. It incorporates an innovative and eco-friendly packaging solution as well as a smart phone app, all in a compact an modern case design. The project on KickStarter has already been successfully funded and stretch goals are sure to still be added.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 12:26

Foldio360 - Smart photo turntable #KSPOTW

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I had backed Orange Monkie's Foldio2 project (pop-up studio light box studio) on Kickstarter last year and I am still very happy with it. So, when I saw that they had launched a complementing turntable for it, I was all in. If you are familiar with creating 360 images you will know is really difficult without professional equipment. Most all-in-one 360˚ photography solutions cost a lot and it is not easy to find rig to rent. For small business owners (like my wife's fashion accessory retail store), bloggers (like myself), and online sellers (for Etsy, Ebay etc), these costs make 360 image creation generally unaffordable.

Foldio360 is a smart turntable that allows you to create stunning 360 images. All you need is the Foldio360, a smartphone or digital camera, and preferably a light box and you are good to go.

Entertaining and educating are essential elements to be mindful of when you are a parent of a young child. The need to 'keep them busy' while still try to 'teach them something' is a constant challenge for parents. This challenge has been tackled by toy designers and manufactures for decades and it also plays well into the hands of those needing to market them. This challenge has reached a climax with our super connected lifestyle and the every smarter devices we surround ourselves with.

While trying to find entertaining and educational content for my son to view on a smartphone or tablet, I realized that the majority of content was neither very entertaining nor very educational. So, I decided to see if any one had tried to address this challenge on Kickstarter and that is when I found Labuntina; a sing-along crowdfunded project with animated music videos.

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