Fresh off Startup Weekend win, doodle cloud tries Kickstarter
doodle cloud aims to raise $12,000 with a Kickstarter campaign it launched today.
The doodle cloud team appears determined to not to let its momentum fizzle following a first-place finish over the weekend at Startup Weekend Des Moines. In fact, the gang's gone as far as offering hot air balloon rides to help its idea become a reality … but more on that in a moment.
doodle cloud, an iOs app that lets users (usually children) photograph clouds, decorate those photos and share them with loved ones, today launched a campaign on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Per doodle cloud's Kickstarter page, the campaign aims to raise $12,000 "to help support our developers and designers, as well as handle some of the legal work necessary to get doodle cloud to market."
"Momentum is something that is difficult to gain and even more difficult to regain," Matthew Smith, who heads up the doodle cloud team, said in an email today. "So the decision to go to Kickstarter was definitely influenced by our desire to keep the momentum going."
Smith said the team's energy is high after the Startup Weekend win and that doodle cloud is targeting a submission to the app store as early as next week, which could mean a launch date by month's end. Still, there's much work to be done, which is where the Kickstarter money would come into play.
"The app needs some more polish from a front end design perspective to be ready for public consumption," Smith said. "In addition, we need to complete the development work, optimize our web presence, complete development of our in app purchase capacity and prepare the ground work for the doodle cloud social gaming element."
Smith said the Startup Weekend win hasn't been the only source of inspiration for the doodle cloud team the past few days. "We have been energized by the latest release of the iPad 3," he said, "and excited about what that means for the potential for the doodle cloud app."
As of 4 p.m. today, five backers had pledged a combined $70 toward doodle cloud on Kickstarter. Donations of various sizes earn their donors gifts — a sticker for a $10 donation, a T-shirt for a gift of $30. But for donors willing to plop down the big bucks, big rewards may await — donations of $900 or more come with the opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride.
For more on doodle cloud's Kickstarter campaign, see the video below.