Bluetooth-enabled cooler breaks Kickstarter record for most-funded campaign

Most successful Kickstarter campaigns exceed funding goals by a couple hundred, or maybe even a thousand dollars. But what Ryan Grepper has accomplished is unprecedented. The Portland inventor of the “Coolest Cooler” just set a new Kickstarter record for the most-funded campaign ever. The geeked-out cooler, which features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board,… Read More


‘Coolest Cooler’ inventor explains how he raised $9 million on Kickstarter

Ryan Grepper tried raising $125,000 on Kickstarter last year for his geeked-out cooler, but fell just short. He decided to give it another shot again last month and, well, let’s just say the second go-around turned out a little bit better. Grepper has raised nearly $9.2 million on Kickstarter from more than 46,000 backers for his “Coolest Cooler,”… Read More


Bluetooth-enabled cooler raises $3.4M in 5 days, set to break Kickstarter record

A Portland man is on pace to break a Kickstarter record for the most lucrative crowdfunding campaign ever. Ryan Grepper has reeled in $3.4 million in just five days for his geeked-out cooler that features a built-in bluetooth speaker, USB charger, blender, cutting board, bottle opener — and of course, it stores cold drinks, too. Kicktraq predicts that Grepper will raise more than… Read More


Meet Stayblcam: This gadget keeps your phone steady while you shoot video

It’s pretty easy to notice when someone has recorded video with shaky hands. Now, a Seattle entrepreneur wants to help fix that problem with an affordable new stabilization gadget that helps people shoot professional-looking video. Norwegian native Eskil Nordhaug just launched a Kickstarter for StayblCam, a portable device that reduces shakiness for people taking video on smartphones, GoPro’s and other… Read More


Q&A: Highway1′s Brady Forrest on succeeding as a hardware startup, Kickstarter, and more

For hardware startups looking to make their big move, Brady Forrest is a good guy to know. As the head of PCH International’s Highway1 accelerator for hardware startups, Forrest is helping growing hardware companies scale up and get ready to start mass-producing their product. Highway1 is currently accepting applications for its third class until June… Read More


Kickstarter fraud: Washington files first consumer protection lawsuit involving crowdfunding

If you raise money via Kickstarter and don’t deliver products you promised backers, the government will come after you. In what is the first consumer protection lawsuit involving crowdfunding, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a suit against Ed Nash and his Nashville, Tenn.-based company, Altius Management. Back in October 2012, Nash raised $25,146 from… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geek of the Year

It’s time to kick off the voting in another key GeekWire Awards category — Geek of the Year. This is a special award, designed to recognize not just technical prowess but also efforts to strengthen the broader technology community. Reflecting that spirit, the voting in this category last year resulted in a rare tie, with computer scientist Oren… Read More

Paul Allen recently made a cameo on the IFC show "Portlandia."

Watch Paul Allen make a Kickstarter pitch for new NBA jerseys in ‘Portlandia’ cameo

Paul Allen’s acting skills — or lack thereof — were on full display in a “Portlandia” episode earlier this month. During this season’s seventh episode of the IFC satirical comedy show that features Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, several members of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers made cameos — including the team’s owner. Allen, who bought the Blazers in… Read More

PebbleBee founders

Boeing engineers create the PebbleBee, so you never lose your keys, kids or TV remote

Are you one of those folks who always seems to lose your keys, cell phone or TV remote control? Well, don’t sweat. Here comes the PebbleBee. Developed by Boeing software engineers Daniel Daoura and Nick Pearson-Franks, the PebbleBee is a tiny Bluetooth-enabled device that affixes to various personal items, notifying users if they happen to wander outside… Read More


Kickstarter celebrates 2013: A year of satellites, toys, and a whole lot of crowd funding

It was a big year for Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform released its annual year-in-review slideshow this week, complete with some new numbers about how much people are using the crowdfunding service to give money to creators looking for a push to get their idea off the ground. According to Kickstarter, 3 million backers pledged $480… Read More


Anatomy of a $631,230 Kickstarter campaign video

In early September, I launched a Kickstarter campaign for Robot Turtles – a board game that teaches programming to kids ages 3-8. It became the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history, and while there were a lot of moving pieces (and a lot of luck) involved in making that happen, I think the video was a… Read More


Poppy, the contraption that turns your iPhone into a 3D camera, now shipping to Kickstarter customers

Those who ordered Poppy, the device that can turn your iPhone into a 3D camera, are about to have some fun this holiday season. Poppy is the oddly-shaped 3D photo and video viewing device that uses an iPhone to create what is best described as a next-generation View-Master. Created by Seattle entrepreneurs Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry (UrbanSpoon… Read More


Geek of the Week: Wayne Bishop is bringing art to the masses, and the iPhone

Wayne Bishop has spent his entire career in technology, working as an entrepreneur, project manager and software engineer — bridging the divide between business and technology for companies including Microsoft and non-profit groups in the Seattle region. And he has immersed himself in the world of fine art. Working with his wife, Karen Bishop, he… Read More


‘Myst’ creator Cyan reaches $1.1M Kickstarter goal for new game ‘Obduction’

Cyan, the Spokane-based company best known for successful titles like Myst and Riven, just surpassed a $1.1 million funding goal on Kickstarter for its new game “Obduction.” Cyan’s new project is a real-time, first-person adventure game in a brand new world that mimics the exploration feeling that Myst and Riven fans may remember. But, as… Read More


Long-time comic book publisher Fantagraphics using Kickstarter to help save business

It has been a rough last couple of months for the folks at Fantagraphics, the Seattle-based comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1976. Fantagraphics founding partner Kim Thompson passed away in June, leaving some big shoes to fill. Thompson edited Fantagraphics’ European novels, and his death resulted in the cancelation of 13 titles… Read More


Here’s why Harebrained Schemes’ second Kickstarter attempt isn’t quite as epic

When Jordan Weisman’s Harbrained Schemes first tried to raise money on Kickstarter, the results were ridiculously fantastic. His company raised more than $1.8 million on Kickstarter to revive of the classic Shadowrun role-playing game and develop new versions of the title for tablets and PCs, blowing past the original goal of $400,000. But funding hasn’t been nearly as easy the second time… Read More