Brandon Keller and Tyler Simpson discuss the SteadyOrbit camera dolly on Kickstarter

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 SteadyOrbit uses skateboard parts

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.

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  • Chris Pirillo

    I’m glad y’all picked up their story. I forwarded it to Todd, too. 

    • Todd Bishop

      Thanks, Chris!

  • Laundromat Business

    Very cool story.  The internet really changes fund raising for small business ideas.  This also reminds me of the story about Caine’s Arcade harness the internet to get the word out.  Kids can be so creative.

  • Brian W

    I hope we see more schools build classes around entrepreneurship with the best projects getting posted to something like Kickstarter

  • ClaraCWhitsett

    Hmmmm, great story, very interesting kids.

  • Brandon Keller

    Thanks guys! We appreciate the support!

    • christianpeeter

      Good luck! 

  • christianpeeter

    Great story, cool to see how the internet is enabling entrepreneurship to everyone. To my opinion Kickstarter is one of the better ideas of the last decade.

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