For more on Kickstarter, both the good and the bad, this article from Fast Company talks more about the promise of Kickstarter as an agent of innovation (or at least and enabler) and where it’s model still needs improvement.
So far the good far outweighs the bad in terms of how Kickstarter is going about its mission, but there is clearly room for improvement. There are, however, other platforms already out there, including IndieGoGo and 33needs. What’s more, the recent Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups, or JOBS, Act is likely to bring both more investors and more platforms for investors into the game, as it serves to relax some of the existing SEC regulations that are a barrier (or at least a significant hurdle) for small businesses who are actively soliciting for investors.
In short, the funding landscape may be on the cusp of significant and fundamental change. How far and how disruptive (and whether any disruption is positive or negative) remains to be seen. In any event, this is an interesting time for start-up investment and opportunities abound.