The Drop-kicker blog provides a very amusing "dose of pessimism" on the questionable "technical claims of Kickstarter and other crowd-funded projects." While the authors don't "rip on every crowd-funded project we run into," they like to "ask the questions that an experienced engineer or skeptical venture capitalist may ask when considering the feasibility of the claims made by a project."
I particularly liked this editorial, aptly titled Kickstarter project creators like to quote people who summarize their words:
[...] Movies, music, electronics, and books all cost money to access, so smart consumers turn to product reviews to gather information before they whip out their wallets. Savvy producers even show off good reviews as a way to build credibility for their product. You cant watch a car advertisement without hearing something about J.D. Power and Associates or Consumer Reports, and the back cover of just about every best seller is littered with quotes from various critics.
So what happens when youre selling a product that doesnt exist yet? Nobody can buy the product to review it, and you cant even send out pre-release units to journalists. What do you advertise? As it turns out, the solution is often to just quote people who summarize your words.
There are a ton of Kickstarter project pages that are littered with quotes from various journalists.
|Drunk User Testing|
|Nearly a Quarter of Americans Do Not Use the Internet|
|"Mesh networking is about to go mainstream for consumer use."|
|goo.gl: Google URL Shortener|
|40 Characters is the Magic Number for a Facebook Post|
|“The greatest economic crisis of our age: the one still awaiting us.”|
|"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|“If you don’t remember any of these countries from geography class, you’re not alone.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”|
|“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”|
|“Instead of consuming fossil fuels, it would then feed surplus electricity into the grid.”|
|"They’ve managed to plant, tend, and harvest an acre and a half of barley using only autonomous vehicles."|