So after messaging back and forth with the Kickstarter people we will not be using them as a way to raise funding. After seeing the success of the Diaspora team, another project started by NYU students, we thought Kickstarter would be a great way to raise some funding. So we sent in an application.
Basically Diaspora was an exception to their policy that “tech” programs aren’t allowed on their site. I have 2 questions:
1) Who did they know at Diaspora?
2) Who did someone on the Diaspora team know that made Kickstarter take them?
If Kickstarter were strictly an arts and crafts site – which is what they make it seem like when you speak to them – I would understand. But to selectively allow some projects and not others on an unknown set of criteria (btw you can read the “published” guidelines of what they look for but that clearly is not what they are deciding off of) smacks of unfairness.
Someone remind me to send them a digital middle finger when this ends up being successful.