Kickstarter!
Plus something special for you.

 

The website Kickstarter is the most revolutionary tool in the world of business today.  And I say that with all the confidence of someone who knows absolutely nothing about business.  So there.

But, as someone who knows nothing about business … I think this Kickstarter website is pretty damn good.  I like it so much I decided you needed to know about it too.  Because as popular and influential as it is … not everyone knows about it.

Kickstarter is a website that’s completely dedicated to helping people raise money to fund their great ideas. People are now given the freedom to say forget it to banks and their high interest rates, and suck it to Dragon’s Den and other investors who want a cut of their profits. Instead, the new inventors and entrepreneurs are looking to regular folks like you and me to invest in their ideas.  Kickstarter brings us all together on one Internet website.

Kickstarter projects are created by people like you. People like me. People wayyyy smarter than us. People wayyyy dumber than us. Everyone and anyone who need an investor, in other words.

Think of Kickstarter like Ebay.  A site you can browse around looking at things, but instead of buying them … you’re investing in them.  Anywhere from $1 to thousands of dollars.

There are countless projects on Kickstarter you can invest in, ranging from someone who needs money to go on their first Stand up Comedy Tour, to fashion students, to people who have invented great new gardening devices.

When you donate to the project you love on Kickstarter you’ll be given a reward!  Rewards  increase with the amount of your donation.  With something like the comedy tour, your donation might get you a potholder made by the travelling comic herself, or a tour tee shirt.

Donating bigger bucks to bigger projects gets you bigger rewards.  Take the most successful fundraising project on Kickstarter to date … The Pebble Watch.

 

The Pebble is an unbelievable watch created by a few computer guys.  If you click on the picture above you can see all about it in their Kickstarter fundraising video.  Since appearing on Kickstarter, the creators of The Pebble have raised close to 9 million dollars.   This, through the support of regular folks like you and I.  60,000 supporters to be precise.  With an investment of $115 into Pebble, you’ll receive an actual Pebble watch (with a retail value of $150) once the fundraising is complete.  (Fundraising for this particular project ends on May 18th.)

Once you help fund a project you do NOT own any part of it.  You are giving the entrepreneur money to help them.  You will receive your reward as a gift, but you do not own any of the actual project you have invested in.  So once you get your reward, that’s where the return on investment ends.

You do have to be careful in terms of what you pick to invest in.  There are projects that never get off the ground, projects that from the look of it aren’t even remotely feasible.  However, if  the project you donate money to doesn’t reach it’s target fundraising goal, all your money is refunded.  Only projects that meet their goal move forward.

Having said that, over 46% of the projects that start on Kickstarter are successful.  Those are pretty good odds.

I myself have invested in a Kickstarter project and am seriously thinking about investing in another.  The one I decided to invest in was Karen Rzepecki’s  “reCAP” project.

 

I invested in her project last year around Christmas time.  She has since completed her fundraising and has now successfully launched the reCAP!  The reCAP is a screw on lid that fits over a mason jar, making any standard mouth (not wide mouth) mason jar good for drinking coffee or other liquids out of.  The cap has a spout and a lid that clicks down, so you can put anything in it and it won’t spill.

 

For someone who has a complete and utter OBSESSION with mason jars, this is now my best friend in the world.  No.  I do not think that is sad and pathetic.  A few weeks ago I received in the mail my investment rewards.  2 reCAPS.  I’ve used them every single day since then.  Partly because they’re truly, incredibly handy.  And also partly because I know in a very small way, I helped this venture happen.  There’s something very satisfying about that.

Pinterest is addictive and interesting but it doesn’t leave you with the same sense of satisfaction that browsing around and  investing in a Kickstarter project does.  Plus you don’t get something in the mail a few months later.   What’s more fun than surprise mail with a gift inside?!  Nothing.

Soooooo … since EVERYONE likes getting something fun in the mail … and I REALLY love promoting a product I personally love …. and reCAP would like you to see how great their caps are too ………

 

1 reCAP to 10 different people.  To enter, just leave a comment telling me how you plan to use your reCAP.

In the meantime, go have a look at Karen’s reCAP site where she sells this product  to get a better look at them and learn the story behind the reCAP.

I will draw 10 winners randomly and announce the winners next week on Wednesday, May 23rd.

Contest closes for entries on Sunday, May 20th at midnight.    Contest is now closed to entires.


365 Comments

  1. Alix Bouchard says:

    Fresh milk. Yumm.

  2. V says:

    Oh god, for coffee. Definitely for coffee. Every carafe I’ve ever bought inevitably ends up reeking of coffee, because plastic harbors odors, and makes it really hard for me to drink tea. A mason jar reCAPer sounds awesome.

  3. Lindsay says:

    I love mason jars. I’d totally use it for sipping on an iced coffee.

  4. olwen says:

    I will use the reCAP on my masonJARS to drink various liquids. Some may be hot, and some may be cold.

  5. JebberA says:

    I would use the rcapped mason jar to drink smoothies, nice cold fruity smoothies.

  6. Lily says:

    Iced coffee. All summer long.

  7. Dani says:

    Whenever I leave the house I will use the reCAP to take a mason jar of something nice to drink with me. Because mason jars are cool. And anyone who raised money for a mason jar related venture from a bunch of complete strangers is cool. I think the reCAP is going to be my new favorite thing.

  8. Lynne says:

    Kickstarter is really neat !! The Pebble watch has Canadian roots – Electrical and Computer Engineers from University of Waterloo – my nephew is the industrial designer on the project. I guess I should have invested in that one ….

    Love the reCAP – Mason jars are always keepers.

  9. sherry says:

    for water with lemon juice and a slice for show. its kind of a hassle to squeeze for each glass.

  10. gloria says:

    I would fill a mason jar with chocolate chips, you know, the kind you use to make chocolate chip cookies. I never get to the cookies because I eat all the chips before I have a chance to make the cookies. Usually I just keep them in their bags and scarf them down while mindlessly surfing the interweb for freebies and contests to enter. But just think how much more attractive they would be in an old mason jar w/ a new-fangled reCap on it.

    • Annie says:

      HA HAHA!
      So funny because it is sooooooo true!
      Best use for sure!
      Thanks for posting that !

  11. gloria says:

    Kickstarter sounds brilliant.

  12. Wendy D. says:

    I’d use it to store and then pour homemade dressings and freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.

  13. TARA BUCHAN says:

    I will use it for the juice i make every morning! Or the tea I drink! Or perhaps for the salad dressing I make!

    I could think of a million uses – I cannot use metal coffee mugs because they all end up tasting like old coffee.

    I love the idea of Kickstarter – and am eager to find the next new thing! THanks for sharing Karen!

  14. Emily Rae says:

    I will use my recap for ice tea drinking while gardening.

  15. Heather says:

    I drink out of a Mason jar at the office. I’m not particularly clumsy, but I’ve had some close calls. Having that reCAP on there would mean I’d be less likely to spill all over my keyboard, thus keeping me in the good graces of my IT crowd.

  16. Jean says:

    What a great idea! I would drink tea from it in the winter, and iced tea or lemonade in the summer.

  17. Mary says:

    Coffee, for sure, among other things. Thanks for sharing this post about Kickstarter – I knew nothing about it! The ReCAP is a great idea and I would use it a lot.

  18. jo says:

    This is perfect. Thro a series of miss haps. I have been on crutches since January. This would be perfect for me trying do get liquids from my kitchen to the front porch ever I spend most of my days resting with my leg elevated.

  19. alexandra says:

    I’ve been juicing a lot lately so I’d throw a reCAP on my jar of juice and be good to go for the day. No spills! No green stains on my clothes! Huzzah!

  20. jo says:

    This is perfect. Thro a series of miss haps. I have been on crutches since January. This would be perfect for me trying do get liquids from my kitchen to the front porch ever I spend most of my days resting with my leg elevated. Thanks for the consideration.

  21. Sue says:

    I know I’d be using the reCAP for my special sweet and sour dressing! I currently keep it in a mason jar w/a regular lid and I’m always leaving drips all over the place. What a smart idea this is! Thanks for hosting the give-away!
    ~Sue

  22. Ashley says:

    Moonshine…no need to pour it out of its original container;)

  23. jamie says:

    holy.crap.
    that.is.awesome.
    i also have a problem with jars. i have too many.
    if i had a recap, my mason jar would go EVERYWHERE with me. and i would blog, tweet, and FB about it.

  24. julia says:

    iced coffee!

  25. shawn says:

    To drink my homemade komucha! (Or maybe some vodka & grapefruit…yeah, that’s the ticket!)

  26. katherine t says:

    Ahh! I want a cap! I could use it for EVERYTHING!! water, tea, lemonade, iced coffee, all things all the time!!

  27. missnicoleo says:

    Morning protein smoothie!

  28. Candice Morrison says:

    I would use it for my kosher salt; everyone gives me a stink eye when i pull out my mason jar with it and not some fancy salt shaker.

  29. nancyeileen says:

    Absolutely cool!
    I would use this cap in two ways, for my pooch.
    One mason jar would be filled with dog food and the second one would be filled with water.
    Id use this in my short travels with my choco-brown labradoodle.
    It gets super hot in Texas, and our pets can’t be ignored <3

    PS. My sister and I are in the process of getting our s*%# together to approach KICKSTARTER !
    Wish us luck!!

  30. Linda says:

    Sparkling water with a twist….won’t that look pretty? Very cool cap, and I love Kickstarter! I’ve invested in a few things too, great way to help the go getters of the world.

  31. Petra says:

    I wander if it would work on the jars we use in Europe

    • White says:

      “Standard mouth” is 70mm. HTH

    • White says:

      Homemade salad dressings; homemade syrups; homemade Thai peanut sauce; outdoor beverages without the stinging bugs and other extra-protein critters getting in…

  32. Lucy says:

    As I was reading this, I was thinking, “Oh, please tell us that there are recaps to be had.” Lucky us! What wouldn’t I use it for would be a better question. I can see me drinking hot/cold tea, hot/iced coffee, water, juice, smoothies, chocolate milk (I’ve heard it’s a good electrolyte replacement) from it, as well as using it for storing sugar or flour or anything else I can think of to store/pour. What a great concept and won’t I look cool with my Mason Jar in hand? I’m heading to Kickstarter to see what people are making and to (hopefully) help kickstart a successful business.

  33. DRTVrMoi says:

    I have a ‘green’ drink every afternoon after I workout. This would be a perfect way to sip my way to better health.

  34. Jessica says:

    I would totally use this for homemade syrup. It would be totally awesome sitting on my breakfast table. I am off to buy one for everyone for xmas…Thanks Karen!

  35. JBess says:

    Iced tea! And iced water in my bikram yoga class. I’ll be the coolest yogi in there.

  36. Moe says:

    I would use mine for my “redneck wine glass”. In case you don’t know what these are, they look like a mason jar glued to a glass candlestick. They are hilarious. You need to google it. Neway, I’m always a bit fearful of spilling my beverage down my shirt front because the mouth is so wide ( on the bottle, not me ) This gadget would be perfect for that. :o)

  37. Brenda j says:

    My homemade salad dressing of olive oil, lime-juice and assorted spices; shook around in my turquoise Ball jar. LOVE MY JARS and these lids look wonderful to top em’!

  38. Jenny W. says:

    Would it be wrong to sip Sangria on the patio from one of these? Nope, I think not! Wine it is!!!

  39. MJ says:

    For a walkabout beverage holder. I’m always losing them, leaving them, throwing them out because the cap leaks and looking for one that is perfect and here it is. It will blow that crazy Neal’s sippy cup out of the water at Sunday Funday parties!

  40. Kipley says:

    I would like to put it on one of the old blue ball jars and keep rice in it.

  41. Jamieson says:

    I have mason jars WITH HANDLES that are my favourite around-the-house drinking glasses. I calls them my “gin jars”. (Said like I am Southennnn. The R is silent; like I become after consuming too many gin jars.) Imagine how great a handled mason jar would be with a reCap?!

    In other Kickstarter news, a year ago I invested in the production of a movie sequel to one of my favourite cult comedy films “Girls Will Be Girls”. I trotted down to LA (flew, actually, using my air miles). I spent the day on-set, hanging out with all the stars that I loved from the first movie, as well as the writer-director, whom I found out had been a producer of some of my favourite sitcoms over the years: Roseanne, Mad About You, Cybill, Ellen, Arrested Development. So, it was a fantastic, fun, and memorable day to say the least. But my official reward was a walk-on role in the sequel which turned into an actual (tiny) part in the movie in several scenes, with lines! “Girls Will Be Girls 2” will be released in 2013. So I too love Kickstarter for making people’s dreams come true! Or nightmares, perhaps, depending upon how my performance looks on screen. I will then use my gin jar with a reCap to collect my tears (of joy, or of sorrow, as the case may be).

    • Karen says:

      Jamieson – You’re making that up. You didn’t really get enough air miles to fly to LA. ~ karen

  42. Heather says:

    Hi Karen
    People are so darned ingenious! What a great idea. I am also a mason jar fan and they serve many purposes in my house but this is one I hadnt thought of. I would drink iced peppermint tea in the summer–very refreshing–and plain old ice water. Hot tea or soup in the winter–would it stay hot? Maybe you can design a cozy to go with it for the winter so things stay hot in it…..with some sort of handle or strap….

  43. Angela Recker says:

    I’d like to use it for soup! It seems it would work well for that. I could also see me using it for smoothies with small chunks of fruit. This looks like an awesome product! Thanks fo rtelling us about it1

  44. Annie says:

    Hi Karen!
    I love kick starter too! This

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265363123/willard-asylum-suitcase-documentation

    Has been my favourite project so far.
    If I happened to be chosen I would have to wear the lids as hats, fastened with an elastic of course, until I found just the right mason jar.
    Thank you.

  45. Magpie says:

    I was thinking of investing in the pebble last week! I’ve only pinned it on pintrest so far, and you’re right: probably not nearly as satisfying.
    Recap will be perfect on my jars for coffee and tea. Maybe water on my more health concious days.

  46. Avad Fan says:

    A mojito, of course.

  47. Caitlin says:

    Very cool! I have a Cuppow, which is more like the coffee shop lids, but you have to use it on a widemouth jar and you have to use a metal ring. Thanks for sharing, Karen!!

  48. Sue says:

    Iced tea with some fresh mint, that will look so pretty in a mason jar. What an awesome invention and Kickstarter is a great way to fund cool projects.

  49. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Iced coffee!!!!

  50. Latenac says:

    With reCap I could finally be cool like my co-worker and successfully drink my water from a mason jar.

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