Coming up with an idea for a new app that would help you and others isn’t that hard. If an idea was all that counted, the Angry Birds success story wouldn’t be that rare. What’s difficult is seeing your vision through to completion, actually building the product you’ve dreamed of, and funding its creation.
That’s what sparked my interest in PasteLink this week. It’s a new web app for sharing files through your browser, which in itself isn’t that new of an idea. What is interesting, however, is that its developer, Bret Michaelson is actually a network administrator that developed it to fit his own need, and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development. We caught up with Bret via email this week, and were excited to get to interview him. Keep reading to learn more about his work, the future of PasteLink, and how Kickstarter fits into it all.
Kickstarter is one of the most phenomenal projects on the internet today in many ways. It’s a site where anyone can launch a project to raise funding for a product they’ve always dreamed of making. From new magazines to theme parks to gadgets, there’s always something incredibly interesting getting funded on Kickstarter. This week, there’s even two web apps on Kickstarter: Pastelink and Privly.
Typically, funding new businesses and product ideas has been left to venture capital firms and wealthy individuals. Kickstarter has democratized funding, making it possible for anyone to help a new product get launched. You can pledge a bit of money to back the project, and usually get the product being produced if the funding is successful, which makes it a great deal for everyone involved. Sure, you won’t make money from it if the idea you funded goes big, but you can be a small part of the new product’s creation and get invoiced before it’s something you could buy in a store.
So we’re curious: have you ever backed a Kickstarter project? I’ve personally backed two – Distance magazine, and Scott Berkun’s latest book, Mindfire – and thought it worked out great both times. Kickstarter may not be the most typical web app you’d think of, but it’s definitely one of the most exciting things on the internet today.
Getting your project funded is tough in any cycle of the economy. You’ll have to shake a lot of hands, show up at a lot of meetings and attend a lot of conferences & meetups to expand your network. This is for those technical types who might be having the next Google or Facebook as their project.
What avenues are available for creative types like a painter who is looking to raise money for that great modern art exhibition or the photographer who would like to capture the breeding pattern of the migratory bird on film? Except for Kickstarter, there’s virtually nothing. Let’s take a look at this revolutionary web app that helps creative types and people who adore creativity to come together.