Many of you are familiar with the website Hack a Day
. If you're not, it's a great site for hardware hackers and mad scientist projects.Hack a Day website is now on Kickstarter
Recently, current owner Jason Calacanis announced he wanted to sell the site to a "good home"
since his involvement with the launch of Inside.com has put him in the position where hackaday.com had to be let go before it suffered because of his need to more heavily focus on his new project.
Since hackaday.com is an established and profitable
site, Jason's asking price is $500k USD.
The current editors of Hack a Day have decided they want to take a shot at it and have turned to Kickstarter to try to raise the requisite amount. You can read their announcement here
. And the Kickstarter page may be found here
I have very mixed feelings (both in a business and social sense) about the approach they're taking with their fundraising plan. And I was wondering of anybody with the time might check out the above two links and share your thoughts about how they're going about this?
The main reason I ask is because barely a month goes by without some client, friend, or relative asking me what I think about their latest brainstorm; and how Kickstarter might help make it real. (I have a new one somebody threw at me just this weekend. Hate to say I think this one is even more hopeless than most. Which saddens me because the people involved have already spent some of their own money to start moving on it )
I have strong and (to my mind) well considered opinions about start-ups and running a business. And I have even stronger thoughts about how to do crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Which means it's quite possible I have my head firmly up my ass about a lot of things like this. Especially since I date back to a time before online business anything
existed - and I still can't see the web as the magic wand that some do.
Rather than influence whoever cares to join in this discussion, I'll hold off listing what I see as the major problems with this particular campaign. At least for the moment.
So...your thoughts? Anyone? Anyone?