Space Goat seems to have gone back to space?

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Maybe the Men in Black can track them down?

So I have written a couple of times about Space Goat Productions and their CEO and Founder Shon C. Bury.

I have gone quiet of late on the subject because so much of the situation and the feedback around it has contained so much hate and misdirected aggression.

Up front, this piece is going to sound like an attack on Shon C. Bury.  It kind of is, no matter how I try to tone my words.  But please remember that so many others have been affected by this man and the actions of his company by his direction.  Kickstarter may have given him a platform, but they did not disappear with false promises.  Tommy Gofton and Lynnvander Studios didn’t take your money.  Gamerati doesn’t owe you stock that they haven’t been paid for.

It’s unfortunate that these entities and others like them are in the firing line, and I understand that people are upset and angry at the situation, but blindly lashing out and making sweeping statements only serves to further tarnish and muddy an already confusing situation.

I imagine a lot of people already following the situation are about to stop reading if they haven’t already, but remember this before you go – You are right to be angry and upset.  I feel we have been conned, and that is not fair or right.  Ever.  Everything I am about to talk about isn’t intended as a defence of Shon or Space Goat – the entities you should be directing your energy towards getting something back from.

And with that, what has been happening the last few weeks.

In short – nothing

Since the failed equity offering, the only Kickstarter update has been the ‘We need to find out what we can do’ updates on the respective Terminator and Evil Dead projects.

Nothing on the Facebook pages, nothing on the websites.  In fact, literally nothing – all of the Space Goat URL’s go to a Bluehost landing page, so there is another company I am betting never got paid.  The @GoSpaceGoat Twitter account reads like an advertising feed for everything but games and comics.

Just over 4 months have gone by, and not a meaningful peep on any of their social and direct channels.  I refuse to count the 10 best wooden salad bowls as meaningful contact.

Space Goat Terminator Update
While from The Terminator Board Game page, the Evil Dead Kickstarter got the same message.

Space Goat seems to be permanently closed

There have been signs of this for a while, but just – wow.

Google Maps used to show Space Goat Publishing as closed for a while, but while writing this I am having trouble getting even that up for an image.

The US Better Business Bureau is showing Space Goat as having Patterns of Complaint and now has the alert that it seems to be Out of Business.  The Washington Business Search shows Space Goat Play as Active, but Space Goat Productions in Delinquency.  This simply means Shon hasn’t filed his annual financial report and will be considered terminated (I couldn’t resist) and of January 2019 when they paperwork isn’t lodged.

Space Goat and Shon just disappearing from the internet and different companies using their pre-booked booths such as at San Diego Comic-Con all point to nothing good for people that gave money in good faith.

Space Goat Better Business Bureau
If anyone looks into Space Goat now, this is the sort of information they can find.

Tommy Gofton and Lynnvander Studios Offered – Something?

Now this section isn’t intended as click bait or a shot at anyone involved.

That said, Tommy Gofton announced on a few forums and on the Lynnvander Vlog over on YouTube that some news may be coming to help the Evil Dead people.

A build-up to the big announcement video and – an official statement that he can’t say anything without getting in trouble and/or potentially ruining deals.

Now, something positive can still come out of this, but a lot of already very upset backers got p… let’s say annoyed.

A lot of people have been talking about it, some attacking Lynnvander and some understanding that a third party that really has nothing to do with this is trying to help make something cool come to life.  And if you read anything else about Tommy or Lynnvader’s involvement please remember neither party took your money, and they are just trying to help.

Yes, bad timing and suspicious build up people upset have some valid points but there is one point that these people seem to conveniently ignore – Tommy is still contactable and doing things publicly.  He is still doing vlogs and stated his side pretty clearly early on – no disappearing act here.

Lynnvander is also hopefully soon launching an Army of Darkness board game on Kickstarter – check it out.  Unlike Space Goat I have enjoyed a few of the Legacy projects already.

And the latest blow – Gamerati is selling off what has been made in a warehouse lien

So a few things were physically made, and a bunch of stuff for this from the Evil Dead campaign.  This stuff is being warehoused at Gamerati, who (surprise surprise) haven’t been paid.

As such, they are enforcing a Warehouse Lien and auctioning off the items to recoup their $6,000 owed.

Now, by law, they can’t give the items to the backers that paid for them.  This is a legal thing, but a few people have been making public bad comments at Gamerati about this.  I can only imagine what they are getting privately.

This is one of those situations where I really don’t like the internet.  A lot of backers have seen this via various means, and some have decided to publicly attack a company that is just another victim of Space Goat.

What is being auctioned off at Gamerati (image from their blog post)

But Gamerati is in just as bad a situation as the backers – anything over the $6,000 they are owed has to legally be paid to Space Goat.  That’s the law.  They have no say in this.  I think this is going to be hilarious because that means contacting a company that has pulled its head in and doing the best ‘I Don’t Exist’ impression ever.

A few people have complained that Gamerati won’t just accept payments from individuals for individual components or do a closed sale for the lot, then gotten verbally angry when told they can’t.  I’m no lawyer, but the law is they have to put this stuff up for auction to everyone.  If they sold it as a group to backers, even the people that ‘paid’ for it, Space Goat can sue them for theft as I understand it.

And it’s not in the companies interest just give away the items to backers – the work involved in separating out items will cost them labour hours, and there is still their own costs and the threat of legal retribution for doing so.

But bottom line, if Space Goat is just walking away from a $6,000 bill that their SEC filings show they could pay from the WeFunder campaign, it’s a good bet they are walking away from everything.

So what’s left for backers?  Who is to blame?

And here is where I may be getting inflammatory.  What do you do when a company runs away with your money?

There are a lot of people angry at Kickstarter and want them to reimburse the pledges or be held accountable.  I disagree for a few different reasons.

One argument (now) is that Kickstarter allowed Space Goat to do another project without fulfilling the first one.  This is a semi-valid point to me.  There are plenty of other established companies that have had multiple projects running without initial fulfilment – Steamforged is one of them.  It can be argued that they still have not fulfilled a project – Dark Souls the board game is on shelves, but not all of the content is finished still.

But the fact they hadn’t completed a project wasn’t hidden information.  The fact Evil Dead was their first project was also public knowledge.  I have said before Kickstarter isn’t a store – you are helping fund an idea.  I saw the Terminator project, and pulled back my pledge to just the base game when the cost of the add-ons started piling up – that is a red flag for me always.

Horizon Zero Dawn Scrapper
The attention to detail is amazing again. Once again, I may be backing a game just to paint minis

Kickstarter overall to me fulfilled their part of the arrangement – they gave Space Goat a platform to raise the money, and yes they took a cut (they are a business), so do the credit card companies and everyone else involved in the chain.

Kickstarter puts in their terms that project creators must do everything they can to provide the product backed.  This is to allow backers the chance to pursue their money in court if things go bad.  Allowing an established company (remember they are/were a comic book company with years of proven history when doing their projects) to do a second new project doesn’t seem an unreasonable choice to me.

Now, if I ran a Kickstarter for a deliverable product with no history behind me, then ran a second project I would expect a lot of questions to be asked.  But companies like Steamforged and then Space Goat had a proven commercial history – not entities you would expect protection from.

But look at Space Goat today.  From their last SEC filings, they were kinda broke and there are already a lot of companies before Gamerati looking for their money back as well.

Let’s say backers from both campaigns pooled their resources with these companies and we launched a lawsuit against Shon and Space Goat.  Individual costs would be low, as we would grouping and spreading a cost against a single target.

But even if we won, how would we get anything back?  They are broke.  There is nothing to get from them.  Legal people may be willing to help, but to what end?  Sue someone for x{dfca638b9dbdbc1caf156b9b6679a983a965572ca56a786c9cf360ad3783820c} of nothing, including their own fees?  In cases like this you usually make the legal fees a part of the suit itself, and there just isn’t a pool to get money back from.

eBay seller rips you off?  Lodge the complaint through eBay and PayPal.  Did someone access your credit card fraudulently?  There are processes to get your money back.  But Kickstarter isn’t a shop – you are handing over money in good faith to bring a project to life.  This is Kickstarters strength and weakness.  And this is another reason why I don’t think that Kickstarter should be held financially liable in this case.

And that’s where the wild thrashing begins

Space Goat is not the only Kickstarter where people have felt like this.  There are other examples, such as Radiate Athletics from a 2013 thermal gym shirt.  This one hurts because there is legal action starting to help get backers back at least something, and there is nothing visibly being done about Space Goat.  This one has current interest again as legal action that began in 2015 is proceeding again.

There is one difference though – the people behind Radiate Athletics are still around and have a chance of paying back a successful suit.  But when you are angry, you don’t always look at things like this, instead you start looking for someone you can blame.

Saying Kickstarter owes the backers is blind anger for being what feels like conned.  Yes, we could pool our money and try and sue Kickstarter as well, but that will set off a lot of consequences.

The first and most obvious is Kickstarter costs would increase, increasing costs of projects.  This is the exact same problem as holding credit card companies accountable for the losses.

Again, not a lawyer, but the base premise already exists for credit card companies.  Part of the credit charges we all pay go to covering bad debts.  The more times you get your money back from a credit card company, the higher this number gets.  And it’s not just the example $100 you get back – on top of that is the costs of trying to recoup that money from whoever took it from you in the first place.  This includes legal fees and labour hours.  For you to get back your $100 may cost the company $130, so costs go up.

If for the example this was Shon, he has to pay back more than he owed.  But he doesn’t have the couple of million raised in Kickstarter already, so the credit card companies have to cover these costs if we could successfully claim the money back.

Holding Kickstarter successfully liable means these same sorts of costs and insurance would be required by Kickstarter, and then the already inflating credit charges would start to be mirrored by Kickstarter.

Now by all this in no way am I saying we aren’t owed the money back.  What I am trying to point out is who actually owes us the money and who should be paying it back.

So no one is to blame?

Not at all – Shon C. Bury is to blame.  We essentially bought a dud product from a company that failed to live up to its promises, then ran.  He seems to have taken the way out of closing shop and running, making it cost even more to go after him.

If this was your first and only Kickstarter, I can understand running from the platform at a full sprint.  It hurts that this has happened – I have lost money too.  Not as much as some of you, but this isn’t academic conjecture to me.  I have a stake just like everyone else in this.

But blindly lashing out at people that aren’t responsible isn’t the answer.  The people that just worked at Space Goat aren’t the ones that took your money.  The people that made the components in good faith and haven’t been paid didn’t take your money.  Shon C. Bury, CEO and founder, made the decisions that cost you your money and then ran.

There are con artists in this world.  There are people that make mistakes that will cost you.  Generally, these people will stand up and own their mistakes.  It doesn’t make it OK, but it helps when someone can say “I did this, and I am sorry.”  How does it help?  You have a target.  The responsibility for actions is taken.  You still watch them closely, but most people that do this will at least try and make things right.

I have backed over 200 projects to date on Kickstarter, and only 2 have disappointed me.  Terminator is one of those two, and the only one I honestly feel I got conned by.

I have been trying to write this for over two weeks, and each time I sit to write I feel physically ill about the whole situation.  Originally this was going to be my first Blatherings again after announcing the new podcast with Alpal, but I have so much trouble keeping the anger out of my voice.  This is the last time I am giving Shon C Bury my time with one exception – if I ever see anything he is attached to, I will make sure that my thoughts are shown to anyone else involved in the project.

Once again, if you are someone that has been affected by the dealings of this man, you have my sympathy.  This sort of thing never feels good, and we should all hold the man responsible accountable.  But no one else.  Blindly lashing out never helped anyone, but making sure that others know the dangers and what to watch for does.

Would you pay someone that has never built a house thousands of dollars to build yours?  Of course not.  Be wary of Kickstarters by all means – you should be.  If they have no track record, don’t give them your money – especially if they keep asking for more.

Yes, someone has to take the chance on someone for them to prove themselves, but think of Kickstarter like gambling – if you can’t comfortably lose that money, don’t spend it.

I cannot wait to see a world where people like this do not come out on top like they do today.

Never again Shon.

JohnHQLD

Space Goat Productions Update – from a Lynnvander perspective

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A unique insight into a (hopefully) unique situation

Lynnvander Productions is a company in my personal universe that I am aware of and will be watching for many games to come.

The first game I saw of those was Sherwood’s Legacy, and while there are some issues I love the concept and the potential of the series.

Recently I mentioned them on the site because of Terminator: Genisys Board Game.  Here I mentioned the relationship with Space Goat Productions and how some alarm bells were going off in my mind, but I was happy to wait and see where it went.

Well, Lynnvander founder and game designer Tommy Gofton recently restarted the Lynnvander Designer Diaries and the eighth episode has some amazing insight into many aspects of Kickstarter, Space Goat, and business in game design and publishing in general.

I myself raised an eyebrow at Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance.  There is an upcoming Army of Darkness (Evil Dead 3) Kickstarter game with their name attached.

The video isn’t short at 20 minutes, but it is a great listen.  This is very much Tommy’s side of the story, but the information is presented simply and as his side of the story and how things ‘work’ in designing and publishing in general, making it a diary I think anyone interested in gaming may be interested in listening to.

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

Quick update to the Space Goat Productions Kickstarters

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And I used to like The Sound of Silence

As I posted a few weeks ago, Space Goat Productions was offering equity via a WeFunder campaign.

My response was public – it was the linked article.  The short version was that Space Goat had been following a pattern of silence, and questioned the validity of the ‘Key Facts’ listed on the WeFunder page.

Today, Shon C Bury finally posted on Kickstarter after weeks of silence.  No avenue of questioning seemed to be worthy of a response – Kickstarter, Social Media, or even the Better Business Bureau.

The update:

Terminator Quick Update
Quick Update from Shon C Bury on the Terminator page. The same update was posted to the Evil Dead 2 campaign page.

I would like to know what the new paths on offer are, but in business or indeed any long-term planning revealing information too early can be detrimental.  Space Goat isn’t my company, I don’t own shares (real shares, not the SAFE on offer), I can’t expect any more information.

Considering the almost deafening silence on all other outlets, this small update is the closest to transparency offered to date.  And like so many backers, I wish it was more.

I do hope Shon and Space Goat do find a way forward.  I really do.  Not just for my selfish wish of a game (that, to be honest, I will probably never play at this point even if it is delivered) but for all the people working at Space Goat.

If anything else happens, I will continue to update.

Until later,

JohnHQLD

Space Goat Productions is offering Equity. Maybe an Explanation?

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**QUICK UPDATE 25/05/2018: Shon has posted an update to Kickstarter.  More details here.

**QUICK UPDATE 04/06/2018: Tommy Gofton of Lynnvander Productions has discussed Lynnvanders involvement and a few other things in a YouTube Designer Diary.

There are mistakes, and there are MISTAKES.

A while ago I posted about the third Terminator board game announced within about 18 months. One of the games I talked about was Space Goats Productions The Terminator: The Official Board Game, and the general wariness the backers had with the game and the company. Well, over the last 48 hours, some new information has come to light, and to put it bluntly – Nothing is looking good for Space Goat Productions.

Space Goat Productions started in 2006 and is primarily a comics and talent company. Space Goats founder, Shon C Bury, claims to have many years experience in the comics. Also, marketing blurbs claim Space Goat Productions has over 150 years of combined experience in various fields. Below is a copy of the blurb from a Space Goat email:

Space Goat Going Global Blurb 20180424
Description of Space Goat Productions, copied from email received 24/04/2018 titled 'Space Goat Going Global'

Now I say claims to because there are a few things put out there in the last 48 hours that show interesting interpretations of facts.  Admittedly, I am looking at a small amount of history and select sources, but that is because information is now very hard to find on the company.  This is also ignoring the ‘critical release’ of three unreleased games, but up until now I put this down to marketing hype.

A lot of information seems to be being removed from the internet, and some of what is left is contradictory.   And in a case of at best very bad timing is Googling Space Goats CEO and founder Shon C. Bury.

The very first link is to his work DC Comics, with the next a story of accusations of sexism and abusive behaviour at Space Goat. Now, this kind of attention is never sought after, but the timing now is even worse for Space Goat. The why is coming up.

On the 24/4 I got an email from Space Goat, with a release about how Space Goat was going international with the Evil Dead 2 and the Howling comics. This would normally be seen as a positive sign for a growing company.  The email listed the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spacegoatpublishing, shown earlier. The companies Kickstarter profile and the company websites http://www.spacegoatpublishing.com/ and http://spacegoatproductions.com/ also lists the same Facebook link.

As of the latest email received and writing this article on the day 2/5/18 (Australian Time), this page no longer exists on Facebook. The ‘other’ Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/gospacegoat, seems to be the ‘new’ site, and I am wondering why this is.

Space Goat Love Space Goat Then Become An Investor 20180502
Description of Space Goat Productions, copied from email received 02/05/2018 titled 'Love Space Goat? Then Become An Investor!'

Well, I say I am wondering. This may just be a bunch of bad timing and a string of misunderstandings, but this seems like a very clear-cut case of attempted damage control.

So what is all ‘this’ actually about?

As I said in my previous Terminator article, I am happy to wait and see how things go normally. Space Goat Play is a newly created division of Space Goat Productions after all. Delays in the Evil Dead and huge gaps in communications have led to a lot of backer concern, and the second project The Terminator is mirroring all of this. As a new company, I can forgive delays and unexpected hiccups, and I tuned out a lot of the flaming.

But the email I got on the 2/5/18 that started my Google searching?

Space Goat Equity Letter Email
This is the body of the email I received that started all of this

That’s right. The company that has been silent and continually delaying projects is publically asking for money and offering small shares in the company to do it. Alarm bells start ringing. I jumped over to the Kickstarter page, and sure enough, there is a Backers only update.  I have printed it in pdf form so you can read it by clicking here.

Reading it made me simultaneously sympathetic for the company, but also incredibly angry. I will go into the reasons for both in a little bit.  With mixed feelings, I went and looked at the WeFunder page.

And wow. Just wow.

The facts just don’t seem to be facts

So, Space Goat have what they call Key Facts on the WeFunder page, for people looking to invest in the company.  They are:

Space Goat WeFunder Key Facts
The Key Points from the Space Goat WeFunder Page 02/05/2018

So, this sounds like Space Goat is a company that is on the fast road to growth, and everything is great.  Very different to the information in the Kickstarter updates.  But for the points from WeFunder, I give my own counterpoints to these facts.

Raised $1M+ pre-retail dollars on Kickstarter from 8k+ backers with just two campaigns.

You have to assume this is including pre-orders and excluding backers that have cancelled. Looking at the Kickstarter pages (Evil Dead 2 and The Terminator), the totals shown add up to $943,078 before all costs (Kickstarter cut, credit card surcharges and the like).

This total is also possibly including the shipping that has already been collected on the games, from BackerKit, which the collection of before the games were made was strange enough.

BackerKit is a third party company that is used for after pledge collection from many companies, including Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  I don’t think these funds should be included as ‘from Kickstarter’ because of this.

Either way you cut it, from the information shown, this is not $1,000,000+ from ‘Kickstarter’ according to the Kickstarter numbers.

Management team has 120+ years of board game, comic book, commercial art, TV/Film, and video game experience.

OK, so what I am about to say can look like nitpicking.

All of the emails from Space Goat shows 150 years in the Space Goat blurb.

It’s true 150 is covered by 120+, so I am not trying to call them out on this alone.  But I am wondering if the drop in years is because some staff has left?

The accusations of sexism and abusive behaviour in the workplace plus the fact the company seems to be in financial trouble have me wondering if there are staffing changes afoot, which can cause all sorts of issues in the day to day running of any company.

Oh, and just quietly – who is the management team?   According to the WeFunder page, seven of the twenty ‘team’ members do not have ‘advisor’ in front of their titles.  I can see Advisors not being listed as employees, so OK let’s say seven employees based on the titles.  But then you read the descriptions.  A lot of these seven have ‘contract’ and ‘on call’ at the end of their descriptions.  There are two part-time people, one of whom is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

According to the company website, there are eight members of Space Goat, and very few names match between here and WeFunder’s ‘Team’.  Tom Mason, the Vice President of Space Goat Productions, is conspicuously absent from the WeFunder ‘Team’, and someone I would hope doesn’t work part-time.

According to the Form C filed to the SEC, Space Goat has 2 employees.  This could be explained as a badly updated company site or a ‘Full Time Equivalent’ Employee count.  But all this does lend credibility to staffing issues at Space Goat.

Two more games are ready to Kickstart and are currently queued to be manufactured.

OK. I wouldn’t expect more information to come out than that, as you don’t want to reveal future work too early.

But in three points time, there may be a little more to this statement than it seems.

The Tabletop Game category is the highest grossing category on Kickstarter, generating in excess of $100 million since 2012. Space Goat has generated 1% of that with just 2 campaigns.

Well, this seems to be intentionally misleading. From numbers given to Polygon from Kickstarter, Tabletop in 2017 ALONE bought in $137.77 million dollars.

So Space Goat bought in about 0.7% of what was raised in Kickstarter in 2017.  Given the boom in Tabletop numbers over time, the total amount of Tabletop money raised by Space Goat is probably about a fifth of that over the 5+ years they are implying.

This is basically the same as me saying there has been over 200 Tabletop Kickstarters, then pointing to my Kickstarter Profile (which today shows 183 projects backed).  Now I have backed some video games and design projects, so say 175 Tabletop projects backed.  So according to those numbers, I have backed almost 88% of all Kickstarter Tabletop projects.  It’s just not true.

This really seems to be an intentional warping of the numbers given.  Oh, and just in case you thought the years were a typo and the amounts a mistake:

Space Goat WeFunder Quote
Quote at the start of the Space Goat WeFunder page 02/05/2018

Existing licenses include Evil Dead 2, Terminator, and The Howling — our “VHS Renaissance Games.”

Yes, yes they do.  Make comics and everything.  There is no denying this one.

Our first company-owned game, called Game Buds, is ready to be Kickstarted and is queued to be manufactured.

OK, this is probably the ‘third game’ that is already mentioned in May 1st Backers Only update, which was supposed to be on Kickstarter now. But is this one of the two games previously mentioned as ‘queued to be manufactured’?

This can be taken as there are three games essentially ready to go. It can also be taken that one of the two games ready to be Kickstarted is called Game Buds.

How many games does Space Goat actually have ready to launch on Kickstarter?

Our social media presence reaches tens of thousands of gamers and pop-culture consumers.

Look, the numbers are probably true. But they have actively deleted their primarily advertised Facebook page! What message were those ‘gamers and pop-culture consumers’ sending back to Space Goat that this needed to happen?

Oh, and I would be wary bringing attention to their social media community for another reason.  Those accusations I referred to earlier?  They were raised by Amelia Thompson, Space Goats Community Manager.

Signed a book distribution deal with Midpoint Trade Books and French foreign-language deals for our Evil Dead books and with Wetta Publishing for our Howling graphic novels.

Yes, I got an email stating this on the 24/04/18 (Australian Time). That’s great news for their comic division, and I am excited for them!

So where to from here?

If someone was asking you for money, and someone else told you things about the person, wouldn’t you look into them? There is a difference between a small gamble on a startup, and giving away money for the sake of it.

If I got burned with the Terminator Kickstarter, so be it. I have nothing but sympathy for those backers that did both Terminator and Evil Dead 2. But to me, that was my small gamble on a startup. The equity offering is not. This feels like good money after bad, and that is never a good position to be in.

I am not an investment person. I can’t give you financial advice. It’s true I do put options in front of you for Kickstarter projects, but the most I can do is tell you why I do or don’t think something is worth spending your money on.

Space Goat Publishing, well the comics side, actually have a great history.  There may be individuals that are causing problems in the workplace, and it is unfortunate the reported one is the founder and CEO.  There is already talk about the Kickstarter comments section that this is the final proof that everything is belly up at Space Goat, and that may or may not be true.

But I will say as much as I hope to get the Terminator game, this is probably the closest I will ever get.

The Terminator Kickstarter
I still have hope. Not much, but hope

You see, there is one more little nugget on the WeFunder page.  And here it is:

Space Goat WeFunder Our Progress
Under Our Story on WeFunder, we have this little nugget

So, yeah.  Many, including myself, are reading this as “We need the money to deliver what we promised”.

The true cost

My biggest problem with all this isn’t the lack of a game, it’s how bad this is reflecting on the hundreds of other creators that do the best they can on Kickstarter.

If Space Goat continues down this path with no explanation, they may be forced to close their doors.  This hurts most the staff that obviously love their jobs.  From comments I have seen on the Kickstarter projects, there has already been damage done for new startups.  Comments like ‘no new startups more than $50’ may not sound terrible, but there are ripple effects.

Imagine being the startup company that legitimately needs to charge $60 or $80 for the project they want to make.  Now because of one companies mistakes, they have to put forward a ‘make do’ project that costs $30.  The idea is if it’s cheaper, more people will be willing to back it.  But then another sizable percentage of backers don’t back it, because they know for a bit more money it could be a great project.  It’s a vicious circle and one that will be very hard to break.

So the real lessons to take away from all of this:

  1. Kickstarter is not a store.  Backing does not guarantee a product.
  2. Be careful who you give your money to.
  3. Try not to judge everyone for another’s mistakes.

Until next time,

JohnHQLD