Co-Founder of Portland-Based, Kickstarter-Funded Jean Company Exits

Is Qcut coming apart at the seams?

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A Portland custom-fit denim company that got its start through Kickstarter funding is unraveling–a bit anyway.In November 2014 Crystal Beasley, then a product designer for Mozilla’s Firefox, and her partner, a former Levi’s exec Gerald Ruderman, launched a company on Kickstarter that sought to solve a very common problem—helping women get jeans that actually fit.Qcut, which uses a P.O. Box ...   More
Saturday, September 26, 2015 KATE KAYE

Kickstart My Heart: Help Pete Krebs Fund His First EP of Original Music in 13 Years


Two years ago last week, Pete Krebs went into the hospital for exploratory surgery to see whether “an extremely dangerous, very virulent, hyper-agressive form of cancer” had spread throughout his lymphatic system. If the cancer had metastasized, the doctors gave the local songwriting legend just 30 percent chances of lasting even six months. “Talk about a bombshell,” he recalls. “I ...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 JAY HORTON

Cinema 21 Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Seats

The 88-year-old movie house hopes to raise $70,000.


Movies & Television
Fresh off an expansion that added two new screens, Cinema 21 has begun raising funds to install new seats in its main auditorium. The 88-year-old theater on Northwest 21st Avenue launched a Kickstarter campaign today, with the goal of raising $70,000.Manager Tom Ranieri estimates the main auditorium’s current seats—dingy and not terribly comfortable—are about 60 years old. “We can’t get parts, ...   More
Monday, August 25, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Will Vinton Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Broadway Musical

The Oscar-winning animator and lifelong Oregonian seeks $85,000 to bring his Frog Prince riff to the stage.


Arts & Books
Ten years ago, Will Vinton was fired from his own animation company by Phil Knight. That studio would go on to become Laika. Vinton has spent a decade dabbling in graphic novels, other animated film projects and plastics. Now, the Academy Award-winning animator is planning a Broadway musical.Last week, Vinton and songwriter David Pomeranz launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $85,000 for their new ...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Carl Wolfson Passes $40,000 Radio Fundraising Goal

Pledges donations to shooting victims' families


Carl Wolfson got his Christmas gifts early. It took less than a week for Wolfson to raise $40,000 he was seeking to start an Internet talk radio show. The former morning host on progressive talk station KPOJ-AM 620 surpassed his Kickstarter fundraising goal last night, six days after launching the campaign. As of this morning, 681 people have donated $40,538 to a 90-minute streaming web broadcast, ...   More
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 AARON MESH

Carl Wolfson Launching Internet Radio Show

Former KPOJ host begins raising funds on Kickstarter


 Former KPOJ-AM 620 progressive talk host Carl Wolfson is preparing to revive his radio show—this time on the Internet. KPOJ’s owner, Clear Channel Communications, canceled Wolfson’s three-hour morning drive-time show right after Election Day and flipped the station’s format to Fox Sports Radio, igniting a furor among Wolfson’s listeners who suspected a vast right-wing conspiracy. Wolfson ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Andy Baio Announces the XOXO Festival

Can he bring Etsy, 4Chan and Kickstarter to Portland?


Arts & Books
Andy Baio is one of Portland's most influential geeks. The former Chief Technology Officer of Kickstarter, he's been writing his hugely influential blog for a decade and done a bunch of other stuff you can read about on his Wikipedia page.This morning, Baio—along with Belfast-based Build festival organizer Andy McMillan—launched one of his most ambitious projects to date: a "disruptive ...   More
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Dr. McNinja's Radical Adventures!


Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Since 2005, webcomic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja has been regaling readers with tales of a ninja who is also a doctor, fighting evil mimes, space dinosaurs, lobster men, and of course ninjas' natural enemies, pirates. Local start-up game studio Fat Cat GameWorks has taken to Kickstarter to turn ...   More
Friday, April 20, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Portland Man "Embarrasses Apple"

Raises $165,000 in 24 Hours


Arts & Books
Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Portland designer Casey Hopkins has just created the fastest-growing Kickstarter project to date: he hit his goal of $75,000 in eight hours, raised $165,350 in 24 hours, and is now sitting at $373,714—and he still has 52 more days of fundraising to go.His "Elevation Dock" project isn't especially mind ...   More
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Kickstart my Heart: Decentralized Dance Party

20,000 ghetto blasters can't be wrong


Arts & Books
Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Tom Kuzma and Gary Lachance are a couple of Canucks who, as the Vengaboys used to say, like to party. They've been throwing impromptu public dance parties around that country above the United States for two-and-a-half years, powered only by an iPod, a radio transmitter and, sometimes, a Nintendo Power Glove. ...   More
Monday, December 12, 2011 RUTH BROWN


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