Tao of Money

redefining giving — Kickstarter.com

One of my favorite websites right now is a site called “Kickstarter.com.” In a rather serendipitous occurance, I met one of the founders of Kickstarter just two days after a friend introduced me to it. I was organizing a social venture salon in lower Manhattan. I had heard that the kickstarter crew was in Brooklyn so I shot them an email inviting them to the social venture salon…about 3 hours before the salon was to take place. I didn’t really expect anyone to come. At the Salon I ran into my friend who had introduced me to Kickstarter who was talking to a young guy named Perry. My friend introduced me to him as a co-founder of Kickstarter. Honestly it was kind of disorienting because I sorta forgot that I had even sent them an email.

I think Kickstarter is one of the many websites that will redefine the way we give. Kickstarter makes giving fun and exciting. Its super smooth user interface makes it easy to navigate the portfolio of projects that range from hipster art installation to the home production of an musical album to the financing of small business. Giving to hipster blurs the lines between giving an investing. Basically when you make a pledge you are making a non-tax deductible donation. But the catch is that you get to choose from a number of “gifts” which depending on how much you give range from an autographed CD to having someone personally call up anyone you want and sing them a custom song about anything you want.

Below is a project that I intend on giving to–these folks are building a guest shack at a Yoga retreat center. One of the cool things is that you can embed project “widgets” into your blog or personal website. So spread the word. Lets milk this baby for everything its worth! Kickstarter is part of the emergence of a new economy where gift and exchange have much less of a distinction. Everything is created in the spirit of the gift and is manefisted with a unique sparkle and flair that makes contributing to it joyful and uplifting for both parties.

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  1. * Andy Baio says:

    Thanks for the writeup! One correction: Pledges are not tax-deductible.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago

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