Technology is developing so fast that it’s kind of hard to believe. People all around the world are developing new inventions every single day. Although these ideas could lead to amazing advancements, many of these people may not have the funds to get their product on the market.

And that is where Kickstarter comes in. Kickstarter is a website that allows creative people to fund their ideas. This could be anything from a documentary to a new phone. Companies ask for “backers” to donate money toward their product/project. The backers can choose rewards (based on how much they want to donate) such as a thank you note, the product or an invitation to meet the founders of said project. They have 60 days to reach their goal, which they set in advance. The backers are not charged until the project has reached their goal and the 60 day period is over. If the project does not reach the goal, the backers are never charged. Sometimes projects will surpass their goal by even double or triple the amount they originally asked for.

Here are some of my favorite Kickstarter projects:

Alarm clock that wakes you up with scents like bacon, hot croissant, or even money! What a great way to start the day!
Alarm clock that wakes you up with scents like bacon, hot croissant, or even money! What a great way to start the day!
Collapsable suitcase with a GPS tracker, phone charger, laptop tray and 360 degree wheels.
Collapsable suitcase with a GPS tracker, phone charger, laptop tray and 360 degree wheels.
Basically a Keurig for cocktails... (I had to cancel my pledge for fear of becoming an alcoholic.)
Basically a Keurig for cocktails…
(I had to cancel my pledge for fear of becoming an alcoholic.)
You won't even need a carry-on for the plane!
You won’t even need a carry-on for the plane!
The Wabash lights were created to bring attention to the beauty of the design of the L train in Chicago. It also helps improve feelings of safety around the area.
The Wabash lights were created to bring attention to the beauty of the design of the L train in Chicago. It also helps improve feelings of safety around the area.

Needless to say, there are so many cool things out there that it is hard not to just buy everything Kickstarter has to offer. Don’t be afraid to do your research first and decide whether or not you really need the product. You can also cancel the pledge up until those 60 days are over. But, if you can control yourself (unlike me), then I would highly suggest using Kickstarter if you are looking for a unique gift or something you cannot find just anywhere else.

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