Kickstarter is radically changing the way entrepreneurs think about raising money for their ideas. And in recent days we’ve seen some veterans of the Seattle gaming community take advantage of the crowdfunding sensation to great success.
But Kickstarter is not just about grizzled startup vets pitching for cash. Meet Tyler Simpson and Brandon Keller.
Simpson, 13, is a seventh grader at Madison Middle School. And Keller, 14, is a ninth grader at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle.
The up-and-coming entrepreneurs have been working for the past few months on a new invention called the SteadyOrbit, which they describe as a “desktop dolly, track dolly, and camera stabilizer in one.” After building several prototypes, the young entrepreneurial duo just turned to Kickstarter to help fund the project, asking the community for $3,000 in startup funds.
“We started this project with the idea to simply create our own dolly for our own videos, which would be made of skateboard components,” says Tyler in the Kickstarter pitch. “But then Brandon and I got talking, and we realized we wanted to share this idea with the world.”
Yep, you heard that right. The dolly is made of old skateboard parts. Tyler tells us that they came up with the idea after attending the DEMO Fall 2011 conference in Santa Clara, California as members of the press.
“We used several different stabilization techniques there. We decided to make our own DIY tools into a product,” Tyler tells GeekWire.
In their pitch, Tyler and Brandon identify with the plight of many entrepreneurs.
“Like most teams, we really don’t have much money,” says Tyler as he promotes the product to the Kickstarter community.
Seems like they’ve already learned one lesson of business: Always be selling. And they have a little ways to go in that realm, with $551 of their $3,000 goal.
Here’s the full pitch for the SteadyOrbit, which I found pretty fun.