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Asteroid-mining company raises $1M for world’s first crowdfunded space telescope

It’s official: The world’s first crowdfunded, public use space telescope will be sent into space within two years. Planetary Resources, the Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company, met its Kickstarter campaign goal of $1 million on Thursday, as more than 12,000 backers pitched in to launch a customized version of the company’s Arkyd-100 robot spaceship with an external camera into near-Earth… Read More

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Meet TuTu: This super cute stuffed animal toy comes to life through an iPhone app

When I was growing up, the height of technological innovation in toys was the Furby. That fuzzy monster-thing had it all: light sensors, motion sensors, even a strategically-placed button so you could “tickle” it. Now, a new Taiwan-based company led by a former Microsoft employee is trying to kickstart the next evolution of merging electronics… Read More

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Asteroid-mining company launches $1M Kickstarter campaign for world’s first crowdfunded space telescope

When Planetary Resources first announced its plans to mine near-earth asteroids last year, the response was impressive. More than 3,500 people applied for jobs, another 2,500 inquired about investing and nearly 50,000 reached out wanting to get involved in some way or another. While the Bellevue-based company could only allow a select few onto the team, it knew there… Read More

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StudentRND members launch Kickstarter for radiation detector, raise $13K in one week

Some Kickstarter campaigns fail to get off the ground and never reach funding goals. A project created by two members of the StudentRND community, however, is having a much different experience. Matt Chapman and David Stoyanov are developing an APOC Mini Radiation Detector to make it easy and efficient to monitor radiation. They launched their campaign… Read More

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Gas Powered Games cancels Kickstarter for ‘Wildman’

Gas Powered Games unplugged its Kickstarter campaign for ‘WIldman‘ this afternoon with four days left and more than $500,000 to raise. We’ve been reporting for the past month about how CEO Chris Taylor had to let go of nearly his entire staff in January due to poor funding on Kickstarter. But then a week later, Taylor told us that he… Read More

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Gas Powered CEO lays off employees, then nearly breaks down when asking for more money on Kickstarter

Chris Taylor, CEO of Redmond-based Gas Powered Games, starts this video on Kickstarter off like this: “This is the wackiest video update you’ll ever see,” he says. He’s not lying. An emotional Taylor nearly comes to tears as he explains this extremely odd story. Here’s what’s going on. Less than a week after launching a… Read More

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This Kickstarter campaign is a puzzle fan’s dream — and a puzzle unto itself

Puzzazz, the Redmond-based puzzle technology startup, is turning its creative energy loose on Kickstarter with a new campaign to fund a year-long “puzzle hunt” — aiming to bring a puzzling tradition to a wider audience and support the ecosystem of independent puzzle constructors. A puzzle hunt is a collection of unique puzzles that combine to… Read More

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Jordan Weisman: ‘Warning: Startups may be dangerous to your health (and ego)’

Jordan Weisman is a veteran game designer who made headlines this year for an epic Kickstarter campaign, raising $1.8 million for Shadowrun Returns, a revival of the franchise from his current company, Harebrained Schemes. The serial entrepreneur is known for startups including FASA, Virtual World Entertainment, Wizkids, 42 Entertainment, and Smith & Tinker. Weisman shared… Read More

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Meet the GoldieBlox: An engineering toy just for girls

Well, this is interesting timing. I’m currently at the Harvey Nash CIO event in downtown Seattle where panelists are discussing the role of women in technology. All of the panelists — Darren Austin of Glympse; Kate Matsudaira of Decide; and Scott Sikora of WhitePages — agree that more needs to be done to get younger… Read More

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Game designer Monte Cook raises over $345k for tabletop game Numenera

Seattle-based game designer Monte Cook is a familiar name to many fans of traditional roleplaying games, having worked on titles such as Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Edition) and the d20 edition of Call of Cthulhu. Cook’s latest project — Numenera — is a science fantasy tabletop roleplaying game currently on Kickstarter, where it has raised over $345,000. That… Read More

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Uber Entertainment closer to ‘Planetary Annihilation’ with $900,000 Kickstarter effort

Do you sit around all day, wishing you could engage in some post-apocalyptic planet-destroying action, pitting your strategy against other wannabe planet-destroyers in real time? Well, ‘Planetary Annihilation’ is one step closer to becoming the reality to pin all your intergalactic planetary destruction hopes and energies on. Because that stuff really needs to get channeled… Read More