In this week’s TOKY Friday 5, we’re taking a look at some of the crowdfunding campaigns that our team has supported.
KDHX, the St. Louis community radio station, dreamed of upgrading its equipment and facility for years. A large donation made this dream possible but the donation alone was not enough. KDHX started a Kickstarter campaign and was able to raise the rest of the money. The station will be moving into its new home in Grand Center soon. I happily donated because I am a KDHX supporter and volunteer — I appreciate their incredible contribution to the St. Louis music scene and their passion for music, and I love listening to the station.
/ Jane Winburn, Account Manager
I helped fund Flint & Tinder because I liked the idea of 100% Made in USA—plus they had nice branding, I thought. They recently started a new Kickstarter for showing your support (on the outside of your jeans) through The Bluelace Project. Their momentum as a company has been growing every year.
/ Daniel Korte, Web Developer
About a year ago, I contributed to the Lulu’s Local Eatery food truck Kickstarter campaign to help them build a garden on the roof. Their food is incredible – fresh, local and sustainable food! I’m a vegetarian and good sans meat meals are hard to find in STL! I love to support local restaurants, especially ones that believe in only using sustainable and organic food. And I also know the owners, Lauren and Rob Tucker – they are extremely talented and passionate about what they do.
/ Cristy Miller, Interactive Account Manager (image courtesy of Lulu’s Local Eatery)
Kickstarter is a great way to support friends‘ endeavors, be they in my backyard or across the globe. The latest is Skinjobs, a Blade Runner-themed zine that marries the futuristic aesthetic of the classic sci-fi with the low-fi tactility of risograph printing. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive.
/ Logan Alexander, Designer
A $100 3D printer — who wouldn’t want one of these? The amazing thing is the guy who made this created a different way of creating 3D prints, using sound waves, then conventional means. He even made a 3D printer out of household items.
/ Robert Paige, Senior Interactive Designer