Although "sex toy makers have long been lumped in with pornographers and and other businesses of ill repute," TechCrunch's Jordan Crook argues that "there is a new crop of sex toy makers looking to get real and hit the mainstream." Unfortunately, many of them seeking funding soon discover that "Kickstarter as a company still cant figure out its relationship with these devices" and will, most often than not, find themselves rejected from the popular crowdfunding site.
Vibease, a company that created app-controlled vibrators in 2012, first tried to go the Kickstarter route before being rejected and instead used Indiegogo. With a goal of $30,000, Vibease went on to raise $130k during the summer campaign with shipments heading out in January.
Vibease is currently raising a seed round.
It would be OK if Kickstarter were consistent with its no-sex stance. But even though sex toys are out, misogynistic pick-up artist guides are fine.
This summer, for example, Kickstarter allowed a seduction guide with ethically questionable advice for men. Kickstarter grappled with removing the book before letting it live on, deciding that the 2 hours left on the campaign wasnt enough time to investigate.
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