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Friday, March 15, 2013

Kickstarter

This has been an interesting week of serendipity for me. On Wednesday, my Facebook feed lit up with the video for the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter.

Yesterday, Ariel posted about getting her GoldieBlox. I too funded that project and had one coming for Athena. It arrived today. I showed it to a coworker who was curious who immediately thought it was the coolest thing she'd seen all week and was ready to get one for her niece's birthday. I mean really, how many toys come with a pet sloth? This one does! Since Athena can't use it for a year or two, I'm sure she won't mind me play-testing it a little.

So then I went back to check on how the Veronica Mars Kickstarter was going and realized I'd missed some news. It was done. The movie was totally going to happen. After years of being told by studio execs that there wasn't a market, the market said, "I think you're wrong and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is." And by market, I mean people. Lots and lots of people.

And that's what's magical about this new Kickstarter and IndieGoGo paradigm. Someone says, "No really, I think people want this." And then the world gets to say, "Meh" or it gets to say "Hell yes!!!" For Veronica Mars, that was a resounding Hell yes!!! In one day, they got their funding. Not even one day: 11 hours. That's awesome.

This inevitably begs the question - "So hey Joss, about Firefly...?" Joss is no fool. He's already responded. Still, the trailers for Much Ado look delightful.

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