5 Kickstarter Success Stories Featuring Amazing Women (and 5 More You Can Help Fund Today)
By: Jennifer Memmolo
What better way to celebrate the spirit of Independence Day than with stories of successful women entrepreneurs? Meet five women who successfully turned their Kickstarter goals into kick-ass media and technology, and meet five women who could use your support today!
1. The Veronica Mars Movie
As a television show, Veronica Mars defied all expectations for a "teen drama" and when it was canceled three seasons in, fans AND star Kristen Bell (along with creator Rob Thomas) called for a reboot in the shape of a movie. In March 2013 they launched the Kickstarter, and in March 2014, they released the movie.
2. The Emotiv Insight
This "Brainware" was developed by Tan Le, the founder and brilliant president of Emotiv, and uses sensors to listen to your brain signals to help you improve your attention span and focus. The project was fully funded in 2013, and today you can purchase a headset of your own to take your inter-electronic relationships to the next level. Le is an amazing woman who, at the age of four, immigrated from Vietnam to Australia with her sister, mother and grandmother. Check out her TEDx Talk here.
3. Coalition Snow
The women behind Coalition Snow created their own company to produce ski and snowboard gear exclusively for women, fighting the "shrink it and pink it" motto most major snow-sport companies usually ascribe to when it comes to their "feminine" products. Coalition's first line was gorgeous and nearly sold out, and the Kickstarter they created for their second was fully funded back in May. Check it out when it hits stores this fall!
4. The Riveter
Named after Rosie (ha!) the Riveter magazine features long-form journalism produced exclusively by women. The publication launched in June 2013 and was releasing one issue a year before they fully-funded their Kickstarter. Thanks to a successful campaign, they'll be launching quarterly this fall!
5. Strong Female Protagonist
This webcomic about social justice and superheroes reached its funding goal in June 2014 and hit the presses late last year. Creators Molly Ostertag (illustrator) and Brennan Lee Mulligan (writer) have been publishing this story about a "young, middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility, and a crippling sense of social injustice" twice a week for the past three years.
And with time came a very robust fanbase, as their Kickstarter rRaised nearly eight times as much as their original funding goal! Check out Book #1 here.
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1. Strong Sisters
This documentary is about the history of women in Colorado politics. The Centennial State has the highest percentage of women state legislators in the country, and this documentary takes a peak behind the scenes of state politics.
2. My So-Called Identity
Like Strong Female Protagonist, My So-Called Identity is a long-running webcomic looking to publish its second print edition. This comic revolutionized visual representations of women in comics, with a main character (Cat) who's the smartest person in her small city, but has trouble being taken seriously. Instead of giving up, she puts on a costume and fights the good fight her own way.
No two scarves come out alike with KnitYak, a software program that uses an algorithm to generate original knit patterns for beautiful scarves. Creator Fabienne Serriere uses math to create gorgeous scarves and ensure that each design is completely unique (like a snowflake you can wear).
4. Badass Feminist Coloring Book
"Badass Feminist Coloring Book" is kind of self-explanatory, right? Creator Ijeoma Oluo came up with the idea to help her combat how, "shi**y the world can be sometimes" and the finished book promises to feature original, ready-to-color images of Lindy West, Jenny Yang, Jennifer Pozner and more!
5. NOS Magazine
NOS creator Sara Luterman wanted to helm an online publication aimed at promoting neurodiversity among its contributors. If fully funded, NOS (which stands for "Not Otherwise Specified") will be able to feature and pay writers with autism, neurological, psychological, and intellectual disabilities for their artistic contributions.
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