Kickstarter Says They’re Suspended

Kickstarter fascinates me. Kickstarter advertises itself as “a funding platform for creative projects.”

A month ago I pledged $115 to Pebble, a company that needed funding to begin making smartwatches. My $115 helped the process move forward and gets me a watch in September. Pebble is a pretty cool story, because they were looking for $100,000 and raised over $10 million!

Pebble gave me confidence to back another project. This one was a bluetooth transmitter to wirelessly move photos from my DSLR to my laptop. I pledged $35 last week.

This evening I got an email from Kickstarter:

Hi there,

This is a message from Kickstarter Support. We’re writing to inform you that CloudPic Mobile has been suspended by Kickstarter. Your $35.00 pledge has been automatically canceled and you will not be charged. No further action is necessary.

For more on project suspension, please see our FAQ: http://www.kickstarter.com/help?ref=email

Thanks,
Kickstarter

Yeah, that’s not good!

Kickstarter is mum so far, but comments on CloudPic Mobile’s page hint at false statements and possibly out-and-out fraud.

It really is the Wild West when you try and fund in this manner. I haven’t been burned, but I do have a bad taste in my mouth. Others will suffer because of this project.

2 Responses to “Kickstarter Says They’re Suspended”

  1. meredith says:

    There are two sides to every story. Kickstarter has a history of suspending projects for reasons that later turned out to be unfounded. They are a bit too quick to pull the trigger before doing the proper research to follow up on complaints they receive.

  2. meredith says:

    Oops, hit the “submit” button by mistake. Here’s what I’m talking about: http://www.dailydot.com/business/kickstarter-cyberstalker-victim-rachel-marone/

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