Anyone use Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Rockethub?

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has used Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Rockethub to fund an idea. The companies are crowdfunders so you can get money to start and complete your idea, whatever your idea may be - from art, theater, film, music, or products. My biggest fear is someone stealing my idea and beating me to the punch. I know it may be unlikely but I have had it happen to me and to friends before. I would hate to post an idea and have someone read it who had the funds to start it and run with it on their own.
    I would like to know if anyone else has used these companies and if they were successful. Thank you.

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noquery3 years ago

I had same question in my mind when I seen an incomplete project on kickstarter. However that idea is already implemented and ready to sell in market.

Well! I believe, there are 2 ways to handle such situations.

1) if someone has already implemented that idea then you need not to spend money in its manufacturing. One more good thing you'll be ready with market survey like pros&cons of your project before even you launch it. Now you can purchase this implementation from market directly from raised funds and deliver it to your bakers if you have promised it. Create another project to raise fund for its another version where you can improve its cons.

2) Don't include everything about your project in single project. Divide it into parts or rather sub projects. So that no one can steal your complete idea.

You may also ask for helping hands to get your project done. So that people can help you instead of stealing your idea.

cassiem135 years ago
Hello! I know this post is pretty old, but I'm smack dab in the middle of a Kickstarter project right now, and it's going really well. Mine is a business (baking) start-up, though, and most of the other bakeries in my small town are well-established and probably not going to steal the thing I'm doing that sets me apart, so I didn't really have to worry about that (I'm making desserts with local craft beer).

I think the above posters are right, you just need to give enough information to where the contributors feel like you have a well-developed idea, without giving away insider specifics that might make it possible for someone to steal it. I'm not sure what sort of project you're talking about, though, so that sounds pretty vague. But most of the people on there already have a well-thought-out plan, a logo, etc., so it may be hard for someone to swoop in and beat you to it if you're already that far along. Whatever you decide to do, good luck!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/518578712/boujie-baking-co
lukeandrews6 years ago
I have a few friends of mine launch on RocketHub, a few launched in the States the other from Germany. They haven't had any issues whatsoever. I understand your concern though. I think that you just need to be careful how you phrase things.
aeray6 years ago
Some friends of mine used Kickstarter to fund the production of a ski movie. It worked for them, and they got paid to ski.
orksecurity6 years ago
I have contributed to one or two kickstarter projects.

If you're worried about someone stealing your idea this probably won't work for you, because you have to reveal the idea to the people whom you want funding for, and the crowdfunding sites do not have anything resembling a non-disclosure agreement.