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 How A Light Bulb Raised $1.3 Million On Kickstarter In 6 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In 1879 Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. Over the next hundred years the light bulb largely remained unchanged. It was inefficient and it used an excessive amount of energy. Thanks to Phil Bosua and the team behind LIFX that’s all changed. LIFX is a Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, LED light bulb that’s controlled by your smartphone. LIFX was launched on Kickstarter in October of 2012 and raised $1.3 million in just six days.

Here’s how it happened (from founder Phil Bosua):

Q: What were your business goals and objectives for your Kickstarter campaign?
A: The goal of our Kickstarter campaign was to first find out if people liked the idea. We really wanted to know if it resonated before we built it. Secondly, the pledges help fund your first production run so the money we raised was a big part of it.

Q: Why did you decide to seek funding on Kickstarter as opposed to seeking funding from investors or other more traditional sources?
A: I was only just becoming aware of the more traditional sources of funding. We’re from Australia and we don’t have the same well-worn paths to investment that exist in the US so Kickstarter was the only real choice.

Q: Why did you choose Kickstarter over other crowdfunding platforms?
A: Kickstarter was the best crowdfunding platform at the time and with such an engaged user base we thought it would be a perfect way to find out if people liked LIFX.

Q: Many crowdfunding campaigns have difficulty gaining traction. Did you do any marketing or promotion to draw more traffic to your campaign?
A: We didn’t use any marketing or PR for the Kickstarter project, not even one out bound email. This was a conscious decision. Early on I remember saying that all the effort we were going to put into PR and marketing should be put that into the Kickstarter project itself. If the product and the project was good enough, people would back it on its own merits.”

 

 

 

What is LIFX?

” LIFX is the smartest light bulb you’ve ever experienced. It’s a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences we think you’ll love.

  LIFX is incredibly easy to set-up. Simply replace your existing bulbs with LIFX smartbulbs, download and install our free app from the App Store or Google Play and you’re good to go.”

 

 

 

 

   Read the rest of the interview here and learn more about this revolutionary new light bulb that can change color and last 25 years at the company’s website .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightbulb Reinvented

” LIFX® is a wifi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone.

  With LIFX there is no need for electricians or complicated control boxes. Just replace your existing bulbs with LIFX bulbs. The LEDs in LIFX bulbs are also rated to last up to 40,000 hours. That’s 27 years at 4 hours use per day, so sit back and relax.”

 

 

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Entrepreneur Invents Holiday Beach Locker That Screws Into The Sand

 

 

Hidden treasure: Laying on the towel over the beach vault means you can rest-assured your valuables will be safe

 

 

” It’s the age-old problem of deciding where to store your valuables at the beach while enjoying a day-time snooze or a dip in the sea.

  However, an entrepreneur has invented a unique locker that can screw into the sand and hold personal items such as purses, mobile phones, small tablets and money.”

 

 

BEACH VAULT

 

 

” Marcal DaCunha’s Beach Vault, which is expected to retail for £18, is closed by a special waterproof lid to stop any liquid seeping inside, and then covered by a towel and pillowcase.”

 

 

” DaCunha, a church pastor from New Jersey in the US, said: ‘The whole thing started when my wife, Krystal, and I were travelling back from the beach.

‘ She said “What if we had a container you could put underneath your towel that could hide all of your stuff?”
‘The idea was that if you were lying on the towel and you fell asleep you wouldn’t have to worry about watching your stuff or trying to keep hold of it while closing your eyes.

‘ We spoke about it and spent a while making prototypes and coming up with ideas and we have now worked with engineers to come up with the Beach Vault.”

Read more  and you can donate to Pastor DaCunha’s Kickstarter effort to manufacture and market this clever idea here .

Gosnell Abortion Film Too Much For Kickstarter’s ‘Diverse’ Censors

 

 

 

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” I was really, really happy when Kickstarter came on the scene. The crowd-funding Web site offered the opportunity for struggling artists and filmmakers to bypass corporate, union or not-for-profit funders and their agendas and interests.

  Kickstarter was set up to allow us to put up a pitch — go directly to the public; if people liked it, they could fund it with small donations.

  And it worked like a dream. For my last film, the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” 3,305 people gave $212,000 to make it happen.

  But now it seems that Kickstarter is turning into a bad dream for those who want to wander from the orthodox.

  Now, Kickstarter has always been dominated by projects with liberal, environmental and even ultra-left-wing leanings. That’s no surprise — the arts are dominated by people with such views.

  But Kickstarter promised to be different. Its founder and CEO, Yancey Strickler, was quite clear on this, for example telling viewers of CBS’ “This Morning” that the site is a center for “very diverse ideas.”

  So when I had the idea of making a film about the life and crimes of Kermit Gosnell, the now-notorious Philadelphia abortion doctor, my first idea was to go to Kickstarter — since there was no point going to Hollywood or any establishment media outlet.

  Gosnell was a Philadelphia abortionist who for decades took babies who’d already been born and stabbed them in the neck and cut their spinal cords. He probably killed thousands of infants during his 40-year killing spree.

  In the words of ABC correspondent Terry Moran, Kermit Gosnell was “America’s most successful serial killer.” “

NY Post has more

‘Kung Fury’ Pits Hitler Against The Greatest ’80s Action Hero That Never Was

 

 

 

Kung Fury

” “He’s a kung-fu renegade cop. Now, he must defeat the most evil kung-fu master in the world: Adolf Hitler, aka Kung Führer.”

  That, in a nutshell, is Kung Fury, a proposed short action movie currently seeking $200,000 in funding on Kickstarter. An homage to the ’80s, its nostalgia-driven trailer features everything from skateboard-toting punks to an NES Power Glove. With a plot involving time travel, dinosaurs, Norse gods, and Nazis, the film relies on green screen magic for almost every scene. Most of the raw footage has already been shot, but it’s the reliance on special effects work that requires additional funding to help wrap up the project.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puppycide Documentary Moves Forward

 

 

 

” Thousands of family dogs are shot by law enforcement each year. A documentary now being assembled tries to find out why. You can watch the trailer above.

Some readers may be familiar with Cheye Calvo, the mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland. Police raided his home when they discovered that a large package of marijuana in transit was addressed to Calvo’s wife. The package, meant for someone else, led police to execute a SWAT raid during which they shot the family’s dogs, Payton and ChasePuppycide is a feature-length documentary that attempts to capture both the impact on traumatized families and the rationales offered by police.”

 

   Are you a dog owner ? Don’t let the cops near your house then . They are liable to shoot first and ask questions never . If you can spare the money please contribute to the “Puppycide” Kickstarter campaign .

   It appears that the funding goal was not reached and so the producers will need to start over as Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising tool . Hopefully they have figured another way to get the necessary funds . We will try to keep our readers posted on new developments in hopes of seeing this documentary to it’s successful conclusion . 

   Here is a synopsis from the Kickstarter page regarding “Puppycide” 

 

 

” Every 98 minutes, a dog is shot by law enforcement. Help us tell their stories.

PUPPYCIDE is a feature length documentary that takes a journey with victims of puppycide, the dogs and their owners. From the moment they meet and seal their emotional bonds to the excruciating trauma of loss, we follow the dog owners’ battles for justice with police culture and the legal system, both of which treat puppycides as acceptable collateral damage.”

 

 

Justice For Dogs

 

 

“When we first learned about puppycide, we assumed that these must be cases of police responding to threats on their lives from dogs trained to attack by criminal owners. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We found scores of videos and news stories about dogs who were laying down, tails wagging, even running away but still shot by officers who used lethal force as their first and only response. 

We were very upset by the footage and stories and felt a documentary on the topic was in need. We took our cameras on the road, reaching out to victims and capturing their experiences.

We also began exploring the police perspective, which is a vital part of this story. While some incidents involve callous officers too quick with the trigger, we found the issue is much bigger than that. The lack of repercussions, policy changes, new equipment, or apologies, demonstrate how systemic this problem is. Experts have explained in interviews how police officers are not currently offered the simple training, tools, and support they need to change.

We’ve found countless people who don’t know puppycide is going on and wish to know more about it. That is why we feel this documentary is so important, and why we need your help to tell these tragic stories in a feature length documentary so that PUPPYCIDE can reach the masses.”

 

Infographic from PetsAdvisor.com

 

 

    You can find out more about this heinous practice and see hundreds of dogs slaughtered by police at the Facebook page : Dogs Shot by Police and here is the Facebook page for “Puppycide” . See also the FB page Justice For Cisco .

   Where are the animal rights activists on this horrendous practice ? Are they only interested in animal abuse that is not state-sponsored ? The silence is deafening .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spin Chill turns beverages cold in 60 seconds

” Since the earliest days of brewing beer and making wine, the search has been on for an easy, affordable method of chilling drinks quickly without diluting them in the process. Florida-based start-up Spin Chill claims to have a solution to this vexing problem with a portable device that (literally) turns beverages ice cold in 60 seconds.

   Spin Chill aims to radically shorten the time required to cool a canned or bottled beverage – 20-30 minutes if you simply put the container in the freezer. To solve this problem wouldn’t seem to require more than a little planning ahead, but somehow running out of cold beer always seems to come as a surprise. Spin Chill brings this cooling time down to less than a minute.”

Security Hardware For The Masses

 

 

 

” Securing your computer and phone are something that is increasingly important, especially in light of all of the stories about privacy intrusions we’ve been discussing the past few months. For the most part, the average person has tended to rely on software-based security offerings, rather than hardware. While company may invest in hardware solutions, that’s always seemed to be a bit too much for the average consumer. However, perhaps that’s changing. This week’s awesome stuff covers three crowdfunding campaigns, looking to build different types of secure hardware for the mass market.

  • First up, we’ve got the amusingly named, Don’t Snoop Me Bro (or DMSB for short). It’s a VPN in a box. You hook it up to your network and turn the key (literally, it has a physical key) and it turns on a VPN tunnel via a VPN service routing your data through another country. These guys sent me a prototype to check out, and it looks interesting (though won’t work with my network setup). They’re still deciding what VPN service provider it will use, and it seems like that’s something that could make a difference in terms of overall usefulness. Of course, you can already pay for a VPN service that just runs on your computer (I’ve got a couple), but the DSMB guys properly note that those aren’t always the most user friendly and they only secure the one device, rather than the entire network (of course, they also work outside of your home/office). Still, if you’re looking to VPN tunnel your home network, this is an interesting project to check out:

You Can Help Kickstart The Movie Here

 

Who Is John Galt ?

 

 

 

” Atlas Shrugged tells the compelling story of a country whose economic system is on the brink of collapse. Who is John Galt?

Ayn Rand is widely considered one of the most influential and controversial authors of the 20th Century. Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, was published in 1957. Thirty-five years later, a Library of Congress survey reported that Atlas Shrugged was the second most influential novel ever written – second only to the Bible.

For decades, her books have inspired millions while at the same time sparking vigorous debate in social, and at times, political circles.

What has made Atlas Shrugged withstand the test of time, and continue to sell hundreds of thousands of books every year, is just how relevant people find the message of the book to what they’re experiencing today. Amazingly, it is incredible word-of-mouth alone that continues to drive sales.

 

 

A message from Producer John Aglialoro

I purchased the rights to Atlas Shrugged back in 1992 because Atlas Shrugged touched my life – in more ways than I can count. If you too have been touched by Rand’s work, if you feel an impact has made on your life as a direct result of reading her works, this is your moment to say ‘thank you’ and help spread the message of Atlas.” – John Aglialoro, Producer

How to contribute to Atlas Shrugged?

To become one of our backers, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy; you can even do it through Facebook.

Galt’s Gulch Online

Join us in Galt’s Gulch Online to connect with other like-minded individuals. The Producers of the films hang out in the Gulch often.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to: Glenn BeckJohn StosselSean HannityJudge Andrew Napolitano,Penn JiletteMatt KibbePhil ValentineJonathan Hoenig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

 

 

 

” After more than 30 years without a winner, the Sikorsky Prize has a champion. Today aeronautical startup Aerovelo confirmed that its human-powered helo, Atlas, has won the competition. (Take a closer look at the aircraft in our photo gallery.)

A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup founded by Canadians Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, announced this morning that the Federation d’Aviation Intenationale (FAI)—the governing body of international aeronautical prizes—has certified a flight that Reichert piloted on June 13 as having met the qualifications for the $250,000 prize. 

The rules of the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge, established in 1980, specify that the craft must fly for 60 seconds, must rise to an altitude of at least 3 meters (about 10 feet), and must remain within a horizontal area no bigger than 10 meters by 10 meters (33 feet by 33 feet). The actual flight, completed at an indoor soccer stadium near Toronto, lasted 64 seconds and reached a maximum altitude of 3.3 meters. 

The prize-winning flight came at the very end of five days of test flights, after which the space would no longer be available. On two earlier flights, Reichert pilot the craft, called Atlas, to heights of 2 meters and 2.5 meters. With just minutes remaining before the team was scheduled to vacate the stadium to make way for an evening soccer practice, Reichert managed to squeeze in one last flight. Within 10 seconds a horn sounded signaling that he had exceeded the 3-meter mark. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bitcoin Life As Lived By Beckie and Austin

 

 

 

   Become a part of a fascinating experiment as newlyweds Austin and Beccy Craig attempt to live the first 90 days their married lives spending nothing but bitcoins . To make it even more interesting they are doing a documentary film of their adventure and you are invited to help pay for the filming through Kickstarter if you are so inclined . 

 

 

 

” Can a newly married couple survive when every living necessity can only be purchased with “cryptocurrency”?

Right now, you can buy anything online from soap to illegal drugs with bitcoin—you can date online, setup a WordPress blog, buy bee-keeping equipment, or even buy gold. It’s come a long way, but could you survive using just bitcoin in the REAL world? We’re going to find out! (What is bitcoin?)

 

5 OBJECTIVES

When we get off the plane after our honeymoon, the adventure begins. We will hand our credit cards, cell phones, and cash over to the film crew and from then on, for at least the next three months, we will ONLY USE BITCOIN. Period. To see how far this experiment can go, we’ve established some goals, with each level taking the project further.

1. Live on Bitcoin at Home

The baseline for our project and documentary is for everyday necessities to be found and bought using bitcoin. That includes:

  • Furniture
  • Groceries
  • Cell phone
  • Internet
  • Rent
  • Restaurants
  • Medical
  • Life Insurance
  • Everything else we might need, from chewing gum to a plumber

This also means no cutting corners. If we need anything, there’s only one way we buy it: bitcoin.

2. Get paid in Bitcoin

As creative professionals, we often freelance projects for a variety of clients. We’ll find out if our clients are willing to make the jump to paying in bitcoin, just as we’ll pay anybody we hire with bitcoin.

3. Road Trip

We think the project will get even more interesting if we leave home, away from supportive friends and family. When we’re buying from complete strangers, will bitcoin keep us from starving or being stranded?

We’ll try to the following:

  • Buy a reliable but cheap car with bitcoin
  • Travel at least 600 miles each way
  • Pay for gas (even if we have to barter with farmers)
  • Find car insurance
  • Stay in hotels (or camp if we can’t find hotels)

4. Travel to Another Country (stretch goal)

We want to see how far our life on bitcoin can go, literally and figuratively. We’ll travel to another country where enough businesses and individuals have shown support for bitcoin. If you own a small business and are willing to accept bitcoin, tell us!

5. Cross an Ocean (stretch goal)

How far can we go? South America? Europe? The other side of the globe? This will mean finding a travel agency or airline willing to take bitcoin, or maybe even a private jet or boat. If you know someone with the means who is willing to take bitcoin, let us know.

 

 

 

FOLLOW OUR EVERY MOVE

 

 

As we film this documentary we’re going to need the help of independent businesses. Without the merchants to sell us the living necessities, there’s no way we’ll succeed. Gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, car rental shops, taxis, attorneys, doctors, travel agents, dentists, hotels… if you own a small business and you’d be willing to take Bitcoin, submit your business to us at LifeOnBitcoin.com/Local so we can come find you.

 

TEAM EXPERIENCE

Thankfully, we are not doing this whole project alone. We have a very talented and experienced team working on this project with us.

BECCY AND AUSTIN

Beccy is a brilliant graphic designer and Austin is a pitchman for Internet infomercials like Orabrush (his face has been viewed over 50 million times as the “Orabrush Guy” on YouTube).

FILMING – JOE AND TRAVIS

They’re in high demand, but for this project, Joe and Travis will put other productions at THE GOOD LINE on hold. They’ll follow our every step while we live on Bitcoin, plus they’ll work for months after we’re done to get the film finished. Take a look at some of their fantastic work and you’ll see why we wanted them on the project.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Marine’s Documentary Recounts The Brutal Battle Of Fallujah

 

 

 

 

” It was the most brutal campaign since the battle of Hue City, Vietnam in 1968. The invasion of Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 was conducted by U.S. Marines, and it would take two major offensives to subdue the insurgent stronghold.

Garrett Anderson, a former radio operator with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, and Veteran of the second battle, turned the camera lens on his comrades to create an intimate portrait of the life they shared nearly 10 years ago.

Dubbed “The November War”, Anderson has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the documentary’s production. The film’s premise revolves around 12 Marines from his unit who recount a gritty, tragic day of fighting on Nov. 22, 2004.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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