Crowdfunding jumps the shark [CARTOON]

Will we see anything sillier than a Kickstarter campaign to make potato salad? Wait, don’t answer that

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Cartoon showing a couple at a fancy restaurant, with another man joining them at the table. The woman looks angry. Her husband says, 'Yes, he has to be here. He helped to crowdfund this meal.' The man joining them, holding a glass of wine, raises his foot and says, 'Which one of you will be giving me the footrub later?'

Be careful what you crowdfund

Image credit: ITworld/Phil Johnson

There wasn’t much question about what my favorite tech story of this week was: the guy who raised more than $40K (so far) on Kickstarter to make potato salad. If there was any doubt before this that this crowdfunding thing was getting a little out of control, I’d say that’s now been eliminated. My favorite part, really, was the range of rewards donors would receive, from a thank you note to a bite of the potato salad to hanging out in the kitchen while the guy makes the potato salad. Now that the floodgates have been opened, one can only imagine what other crowdfunding - and reward - silliness will soon be coming our way.

Now I want some potato salad. Happy Friday!

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