Story 2014-09-04 2S1P An Interview with "The Potato Salad Man"

An Interview with "The Potato Salad Man"

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story imageRemember that guy who had a KickStarter for potato salad? He ended up making $50,000.

John Biggs of Tech Crunch sits down with Zack Danger Brown to discuss his internet success.
So I went to Kickstarter for a day and one of their engineers showed me one of his projects that he posted to get out the message that smaller, not-serious projects can succeed.

He showed me a project that was like a skull t-shirt project, and his video is clearly parody and it’s him saying things like “You give $20, you get a skull t-shirt, but if you give $35, you get a sick skull t-shirt!”

He ended up making like $1,000, but the idea was: Look, we are not about big serious projects, you don’t have to have an Oculus Rift to succeed on Kickstarter.
[Author note: When Al Gore invented the internet, this is probably not what he had in mind.]
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The walls are down (Score: 1)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-09-04 20:53 (#2S2J)

I think, the main message here isn't that small projects can succeed. It's that Kickstarter has stopped making any pretense of vetting.
TC: Did you know that the Kickstarter would allow anything because they stopped the vetting process?
ZB: Yeah. I mean that was part of what made me go there in the first place was, I just had a conversation with somebody I think a couple of days before that for work, where they had said, hey, did you hear that Kickstarter has taken down its walls. And I just gave it a try.
So I went to Kickstarter for a day and one of their engineers showed me one of his projects that he posted to get out the message that smaller, not-serious projects can succeed.

Re: The walls are down (Score: 1)

by nightsky30@pipedot.org on 2014-09-04 21:19 (#2S2K)

Or that citizens of the net are willing to jump on anything that sounds crazy or novel just to say they were a part of said wackiness. Or...maybe they just wanted potato salad. I like potato salad :)

Potato Sale? (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-09-04 22:23 (#2S2P)

There was a potato sale?

:-)