We at The Spoon often head over to Kickstarter to see what kinds of crazy/cool kitchen tech products entrepreneurs are looking to crowdfund.
But as we’ve seen (repeatedly), raising tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars via Kickstarter does not mean that a product will actually make it to market.
Given that it’s the end of the year, we thought we’d go back and take a look at the crowdfunding campaigns we wrote about in 2019 to see if they got fully funded, and more importantly, if if they actually shipped their product. (All funds raised below are from Kickstarter only. More could have been raised on other platforms.)
Chime – Funded. Shipping Jan. 2020.
From this list it seems like one of the best ways to get your project crowdfunded is to make something for a drink. Coffee, tea, beer, booze. Find a need (or make one up) and people will flock to fund you.
What’s interesting/sad is that the two projects on this list that didn’t get funding this year were around waste reduction. People it seems weren’t ready to give up their plastic for grocery shopping at Rise MRKT and didn’t want reusable lunch containers from Ark (an idea we were big fans of here at The Spoon).
With big crowdfunding successes like the Ode coffee grinder, Chopbox and GoSun’s cutlery, Kickstarter will continue to be a siren song for would be entrepreneurs everywhere. Hopefully they can learn from the wreckage of those that didn’t deliver this year to make delivery of crowdfunded projects more consistent in 2020.