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:
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
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.