Archive - June, 2012

The First Wish of My Heart …and more children’s books

One category that I keep my eye on in Kickstarter is children’s books. Primarily because I love children’s books. Raising my kiddos I have enjoyed reading great titles as much as they have.

Over the last few weeks I have seen several projects surface that warrant attention. Here are just a few. Oh and one that I featured earlier has reached “funded” state, Kinder Bard: Music, Shakespeare and passion. Way to go!

Dandelion – “Bullying is for people with no imagination…”


The First Wish of My Heart

Trioh! The world’s most beautiful flashlight

This morning Nat Iwata shared on Facebook a project on Kickstarter aimed at creating a product I have been looking for and from a person located near me in Portland, Oregon. How many of us have had the lights go out leaving us in the pitch dark? Greg Hinzmann is not only solving that problem but is making a flashlight that won’t be lost in your drawer or end up in your hand powerless from dead batteries. Greg has been designing products for some of the greatest brands today but now wants to bring his own to market.

Find out more on Greg’s Kickstarter Trioh! page.

tPOD1 – thermoelectric Power On Demand

And there was light and thanks to Nat Iwata for shedding light on this Kickstarter. Recently we had a power outage that lasted almost all night. While we had candles and plenty of battery powered flashlights I can only imagine how old it would get if we went without power for longer. Beyond the practicality I really like the simple approach of the tPOD1 team in presenting their product and pitch.

You can find out more on the tPOD1 – thermoelectric Power On Demand Kickstarter page.

I’m Fine,Thanks by Crank Tank Studios

As promised, I find remarkable projects through you my tribe. Jon Dale and Justin Lukasavige sent me a note when I launched Flurry’s Pick saying I should highlight I’m Fine, Thanks by Crank Tank Studio. I planned to but some other ones were stacking up, ones that need some immediate attention. Then one by one my friends started backing it. I finally got around to watching the trailer. Wow! So much of my story in there. So with only a few hours left and all their backing goals made, I am still highlighting as well as backing them because I think they are a great example of the power of crowd funding. Way to go guys!

Find out more on their Kickstarter page

The Harvard Fellow: one success follows another

Confidence plays a big role in how I not only pick a project here but even more so when I fund one. Confidence is evident in a project when we can see that the parties involved have succeeded before. The pitch is so much easier when something says, “hey I did this and it went really well”.

This morning I was scanning twitter for mentions of @KickStarter and came across The Harvard Fellows Documentary project. Having succeeded in making a successful documentary, Kenneth Price sets out to make another. This time he will follow the Hip-Hop artist 9th wonder as he teaches a year at Harvard.

Find out more at Harvard Fellows Kickstarter page.

Wood Wallet / Money clip & how I find these projects

So you may be wondering how I am finding these projects to highlight. The answer is you! Yes, most of my posts come from the projects my friends back as well as ones shared with me through connections. It does not mean I will write about each of them. The chances are high because my friends are an incredible collection of innovative folks themselves. I also will be highlighting projects some of them hopefully will start. Probably the least favorite method is scanning the latest projects. Why is this my least favorite? For the most part the projects are boring and lifeless. But then again that is why I started Flurry’s Pick, so you wouldn’t have to look far for your next investment.

So today’s pick is one backed by my good friends Justin and Jon of Catalytix. Innovative wallets are something I love. My personal favorite is the ID Wallet by Saddleback. I think it will be the last wallet I will ever buy. The Wood Wallet by I Want Proof is both innovative and fun.

Find out more about the Wood Wallet on their Kickstarter page

Mustang Magic Film: Think friday night lights meets dead poets

After searching this morning (and I will be honest here. There is a lot of “not so great”), I ran across a film that I would love to see. It feels like part Dead Poets society and Hoosiers. Mustang Magic documents both the elements and story of a time when a small town high school basketball team both brought together and inspired a small town community. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I was not a team sports guy growing up. I was the guy you picked to confuse the other team with my clumsiness. But sports films like Money Ball and Friday Night Lights have facinated and moved me over the years. I think this team has what it takes to tell a compelling story and add to that legacy.

Read a watch more on the Mustang Madness Kickstarter page.

Oh and just a note to kickstarters. If you don’t have a video on your page It is unlikely I will notice you. It is a good chance others won’t either.

Film: My Father is a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Iv’e allways been a fan of quirky films but this line caught my attention “a comedic drama about the struggles of a young man who thinks he’s been given the worst lot in life, but has a lot to learn.” Boy, couldn’t that be any of our stories.

This short film showing the “test” of the full feature film was good enough to win an award in and of itself. I believe that talented Mr. Philip Heinrich can pull it off.

Check out the Kickstarter site and see for yourself.

Kinder Bard: Music, Shakespeare and passion

I met Daeshin Kim as a fellow blogger through the Happy Birthday Shakespeare project.  We had both blogged about the impact the Bard’s works have had on us. Daeshin though has taken that passion to a much greater level. As a parent and a tech evangelist I was instantly intrigued by Kim’s Kickstarter. Having worked on a unique children’s iPad book myself, I know how much work goes into something like this. Here is to hoping Kinder Bard makes it’s goal.

Find out more on Kinder Bard’s Kickstart page as well as their home page.

The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

Ok, I instantly fell in love with this project because I’m a micro brew nut. Plus living in the NW United States I have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of them. I also live in the heart of wine country. Having all these great beverage crafts nearby means I also have many bottles. Seeing Patrick’s glass collection made me want to make mine and even give some away to friends who share my passion.

So say no to boring drink glasses.

Find out more at Patrick’s Kickstarter page and at

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