UPDATE (Wednesday, 4 p.m.): According to Little Woodrow's owner Danny Evans, also former owner of Big Woodrow's on Chimney Rock, the man behind the Woodrow's Cypress Kickstarter campaign is not affiliated with the other Woodrow's at all, and he is pursuing legal action against him.
Houston Kickstarter is amazing. I have seen projects happen through the crowdsourcing medium that make me indescribably happy. Whether it's seeing my colleague Abby Koenig get a play off the ground or an old MacVenture video game getting a 21st-century reboot, it warms my heart to know that artists and craftsmen now have a very simple way to connect with their audience and get their projects funded.
That said... some people do not understand the point of Kickstarter and use it with all the grace and subtlety that a monkey wields a fist-sized mass of poo. They generally fall into two separate categories, both equally insulting to the crowdsource ethic.
The first are lunatics. People who have dreams, but have not put anything like real thought into accomplishing them. Instead, they throw ridiculous cash goals out into the Internet and hope that somehow they manage to win another version of the lottery. And like the lottery, they probably won't exactly do great things with their wealth since they're, you know, nutjobs.
Those pale in comparison to the second type of offender, though; people of means who don't want to bother getting loans they'll have to pay back or raising the money the old-fashioned way. You can't blame crazy for being crazy, but lazy and greedy is another matter. We're looking at you, Zach Braff.
Houston is home to some doozies in both camps.More »