Happy Pride month! Our mixer at Indiegogo HQ in San Francisco last week was amazing thanks to the hardworking team that put it together, and all of the other Indiegogo employees that attended. The Post-It rainbow that we created even got picked up by the press. Co-founder Danae Ringelmann’s shared in an interview with CNBC how to “turn obstacles into challenges,” and to remind you that challenges are good.
Life is stressful. Hence alcohol, massages and ice cream. Besides being an obvious major component of well-being, mental health has been shown to major effect on physical health as well. Activity tracking wearables are a dime a dozen, but Zenta also tracks perspiration, respiration and temperature, which are the most common indicators of emotional stress. The idea is that it will reveal patterns to help you identify what’s causing you distress. But what if you go to a lot of dance parties?
Running might already feel like a fight for survival if you haven’t worked out in a while, but Tracks actually turns you into the star of your own action movie. It’ll take you through a series of missions, and by using a carefully-crafted soundtrack will actually make you believe you’re being chased by zombies. The pain you feel will seem totally worth it once you’re fighting the bad guys.
Being a working parent is hard for many reasons, the least of which is worrying about whether your kid is safe all day. BabyBit is a way less creepy version of a NannyCam – it clips to a baby’s onesie and notifies parents that “Grandma picked up Brandon from daycare,” or that a crying baby has been left alone for too long. This will certainly put parents at ease about their children’s caretakers (or will help them fire bad ones), but may lead to new obsessions about things like temperature. Use with caution.
Where are they now? Indiegogo Success Stories
Julie and Scott Brusaw, a small-town couple from Sagle, Idaho, launched a campaign to create Solar Roadways, pavement that harnesses solar energy to generate power. They doubled their $1 million goal, and have since attracted attention from around the world, even receiving an invitation to the 2014 White House Maker Faire. Missouri’s Department of Transportation is actually planning to cover part of Historic Route 66 with solar panels. Even though they are obviously more expensive to install than tar is (duh), because the pieces are modular it allows for quick and easy repairs.
Big News for Vlogumentary, the Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary about people on YouTube who broadcast their lives for the world to see. After wrapping their Indiegogo campaign in 2013, it premiered at Tribeca in April, and has just been acquired by YouTube, which seems pretty appropriate. This is voyeurism at its finest.
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