"We had this idea of a sound wave rippling out from the center, thus SoundPuddle," lead designer John English said. "You can experience the content of the sound you're making right this instant, as well as the visual pattern you're making."
English, an electrical and mechanical engineer and co-founder of local design firm Boulder Engineering Studio, launched the SoundPuddle Kickstarter campaign on July 16.
With a funding goal of $4,600, the SoundPuddle campaign aimed to fund construction of a new electronics board for the installation, expand its solar power capacity and increase its LED array.
"Wanting to push it forward, but not really wanting to go into debt, Kickstarter seemed like the way to go," English said.
Thanks in part to pledge rewards like a video of SoundPuddle reacting to the audio file of the backer's choosing and personal copies of the electronics used to create SoundPuddle, the campaign raised $5,375 by its Aug. 9 deadline. Much of the money came from friends of the developers and a substantial amount came in at the last minute, English said.
"There is a lot that comes in at the end and I think there is a bit of emotional excitement, which is kind of what Kickstarter is all about," English said. "There were some really awesome contributors. A lot more of it came from the immediate community than I expected."
Because of its all-or-nothing guidelines, Kickstarter projects have about a 44 percent success rate, according to the company. While there are 82 successfully funded Boulder projects at the moment, there were an additional 78, as of mid-September, that failed to reach their goal, Kazmark said.
That includes Dizzy's Donuts -- which, as of its deadline last month, only raised $6,105 toward its $12,000 goal.
While the Guthries were disappointed to fall short, Jane Boggs-Guthrie said the campaign was an interesting experience.
"It was exciting to watch it build," she said. "It was fun to see customers that knew we were doing the campaign come in a ask about it. That was nice."
At the very least, Boggs-Guthrie said launching a Kickstarter campaign got her to look at other projects on the site, many of which impressed her.
"That part was enjoyable," she said.
Boggs-Guthrie said she and her husband have received much support from customers who backed the project, many of whom have said they would still like to donate to the business's expansion plan, even if it's not via Kickstarter. The Guthries are looking at other options to fund their plans.
Until then, they will continue making doughnuts as quickly as their equipment allows.
Boulder on Kickstarter
To take a look at Kickstarter campaigns coming out of Boulder, visit kickstarter.com/discover/cities/boulder-co . Here are three examples of how local entrepreneurs and artists are using Kickstarter:
Yin Yang Hot Sauce: Boulder's Small Batch Organics has been selling small quantities of its habanero and fruit-based sweet, spicy sauce since 2009, but is seeking funding help to fill an order for a 50-store natural foods retail chain, and take the product to the next level. As of Saturday, the project had raised $459 toward a goal of $7,000.
Wisdom Cards for a New World: Inspired by Matrona midwifery immersion and the movement to return birth to the family, the project creator is seeking to produce 100 decks of handmade cards using artistic designs to spread insight inspiration and playful and profound ideas. As of Saturday, the project had raised $450 toward a goal of $1,750.
Rocky Mountain Revels: An Appalachian Christmas: The Colorado chapter of the tradition-preserving Revels performance group is seeking funding for its annual Christmas show, coming to Boulder Theater on Dec. 16 and 22. As of Saturday, the project had raised $25 toward a goal of $2,500.
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