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Solid State Startups - Kickstarters Panel: How KS works in real life

Several Solid State Members share their experience with using Kickstarter successfully. In this panel, each participant will share what went right, wrong, and unexpected, as well as take questions from the audience.

About the Panel:

Eric Migicovsky is the founder and lead designer of Allerta, Inc., made famous recently by the Kickstarter runaway success of the Pebble smart watch. Prior to Pebble, Eric had created the InPulse line of watches – user programmable watches with LCD screens that you can wear.

See his Kickstarter project here




Brad, Sam and Eddy recently launched and succeeded in raising funds for Brydge - An iPad case which turns your iPad into a laptop.


You can back Brydge here till June 4th





Benjamin Wong is founder of Custom SLR, maker of Camera accessories. He has successfully completed a total of 3 Kickstarters:

- The C-Loop

- The Split Strap

- The M-Plate

He now manufactures and sells his products through Custom SLR.




Michael Woods has been building awesome things with his partner Evan Murphy together since they met at Caltech as undergrad engineers.

Their Kickstarters include:

- A Trebuchette

- Skallops: Build Big!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone film, record, etc the presentation?

    June 11, 2012

  • Tom S.

    Good panel. Good info.

    June 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone know Eric of pebble's email, he said he was going to give us all some info & links that we can use for our projects. I was hoping to get that info...

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lame event. Could see why the Pebble guy couldn't get funding from professional investors. His demeanor, and statements like "you can hack AdSense" justify the Angel who gave him 365k for his previous product not getting proper return on investment and putting out the word that he's hot worth investing in again. This guy had the nerve to pay himself a salary off the Kickstarter backer's money, and declare the 365k as "only" and "small".
    The game guy should be able to get professional investors and business advisors to grow his profitable venture into a mainstream business from which reasonable retirement income and savings can be accrued in a few years.

    June 6, 2012

  • David P.

    Its been incredibly valuable get many different people together that share passion about hardware. Kickstarter is proving to be a key tool in many hardware business models and it was very helpful to hear others experiences first hand.

    June 6, 2012

  • Bryan G.

    Great Panelists and very helpful insight into the kickstarter process.

    June 6, 2012

  • Richard P.

    Good group of people. Lively and informative panel discussion. Panelists were very accessible and easy to speak with.

    June 6, 2012

  • Daniel S.

    Very well organized, great speakers.

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The information discussed is important to understand for those creating a KS strategy for their project.

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish they would have some healthier option than Papa Johns pizza. Interesting speakers though.

    June 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member


    June 6, 2012

  • William W.

    Could not have been better. Ari's moderation was good. His comments were insightful and he asked relevant questions.

    June 5, 2012

  • Nick E.

    Asking here is a good start!

    Techcrunch just ran an article on exactly this:

    Also, I've found that it's usually better to share ideas rather than keep them a secret. In the world of tech startups ideas are cheap, even good ones. Tell your ideas to others, see what they think. Flesh out your idea as much as you can with the skills you have. Join programs like Startup Monthly to find others.

    1 · June 3, 2012

  • Charlene A.

    It actually could use the Pebble watch technology but with a totally different focus

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    That's a huge question, too long of an answer (answers) to even mention. What category is your product?

    June 3, 2012

  • Charlene A.

    How does someone with a great idea but no technical expertise get started?

    June 3, 2012

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