By: Sami Yazdanyar, WOAI.com
SAN ANTONIO – Teal Thompson and Mario Guajardo have been hard at work launching “The Richter Co.” clothing brand right here in the Alamo City. Coming up with the concept and designs came naturally to them, but making their vision a reality requires some help from their supporters.
Launched in 2008, Kickstarter has been the definitive platform for upcoming designers, artists, publishers, photographers, and an array of other genres to launch a concept that may have been brewing on their minds for years. Many times these concepts never come to life due to the lack of funding.
Thompson and Guajardo are humbled by the outpouring of support they’ve received on Kickstarter to expand their clothing manufacturing operations in San Antonio.
If “The Richter Co.” meets their goal of $15,000 or more in pledges by July 29th they will get their funding in full. If they fall a dollar short the money earned will disappear. With a lengthy list of financial needs – including industrial sewing machines, seamstresses, and the cost of materials, "The Richter Co." is hoping that Kickstarter could be the right push they need.
Worship Pastor and Contemporary Christian recording artist Philip Bardowell from Lake Forest, California recently surpassed his $6,000 goal to fund his upcoming album “To The Ends Of The Earth.”
“I had no idea such a thing existed. I think it is a brilliant concept and is really catching on and resonating with the public. Since I am not independently wealthy, I am grateful that such a site exists."
The outpouring of aid not only from friends and family, but also from complete strangers across the world has been a surprise to Bardowell.
“It is very encouraging and reminds me that there are still people out there who actually support projects and causes that they believe in. It gives me hope for not only this project, but for humanity as a whole."
Although the supporters of these campaigns don’t expect anything in return for their contribution, many campaigns give certain incentives to donate a specific amount of money to their cause.
Bob Gambert and Jerrod Kingery host “Adventure Lunch,” a weekly web show highlighting local restaurants. By donating a certain dollar amount to fund the production and equipment of their program, you can receive a shout out or even appear on their program for your support.
For architect Philip Stahl of Fargo, ND, using Kickstarter to pitch his unique product “The Robochair”, a foldable lounge chair that doubles as wall art, has been a huge platform for national exposure.
“It feels like I am walking down the streets of New York City with our project, and someone out of the crowd jumps out and says, 'wow, I love your Robochair, that is awesome! Where can I get one?’ It makes the world feel much smaller, more positive and supportive. It’s great therapy, really.”
To find out more about these fundraising campaigns or to bring your own vision to life, visit www.kickstarter.com