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Kickstarter reacts to that $10,000 potato salad project

Update July 9: The project has now raised nearly $60,000.

On July 3, Zack Brown created a Kickstarter project to fund a $10 bowl of potato salad. The project took off, and has now raised $10,000 to date.

That’s right. He’s making potato salad for himself. And he just raised $10,000.

Lighthearted Kickstarter projects have gone viral before, but this project arrives at an interesting time: exactly one month after Kickstarter opened the floodgates and stopped reviewing most campaigns manually.

At the time, a Kickstarter spokesperson insisted that quality would not suffer as a result of the change. “We’ll continue to actively govern the site with thought and care,” the spokesperson told us. “Projects will be reviewed by a sophisticated algorithm we developed that looks at thousands of data points.”

And then this happened.

To Kickstarter’s credit, the firm responded in the absolute best way possible:

Hey Harrison,

Thanks for reaching out.

There’s no single recipe for inspiration.

Thanks, Kickstarter.

More information:

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Yngve Sneen Lindal
Yngve Sneen Lindal

If people want to support this guy's potato salad endeavours, there's nothing wrong with that IMHO. It's the way the world works.

Adam Young
Adam Young

There's absolutely no reason to take issue with this. It is what it is. Nobody pulled one over on anyone, and it shows people that you don't have to have an idea that will change the universe to do something with it. And to all the "you could have done so much more with that money!" - that money wasn't going to something better anyway. It's people's entertainment budget. Individual's dollars aren't predestined to charity. Yes, I would love for something to be done with any wealth that benefits those who struggle to keep food on the table or who haven't a place to live, etc., I advocate for them often. Getting mad at someone's kickstarter campaign is about the least constructive thing anyone can do though if they care about such things. Things like Kickstarter are probably a part of the solution, especially if people can do things like this.

Kai Kuspa
Kai Kuspa

This man understands the internet

re ge
re ge

haha .. a very funny alternative for kickstarter:


www.jobryder.com


Eugene Yoon
Eugene Yoon

meh, still better than when millionaires come begging on kickstarter for people to help make them more money.

Scott O'Brien
Scott O'Brien

No worries. Good idea. Im living in SF/LA at the moment but see youre in Melbourne. Should be there in a few months to say gday

Ron Querubin
Ron Querubin

Dude should tape his victory salad on YouTube.

David Geertz
David Geertz

Oh VB....you somehow 'get it' when schilling YO but you don't get potato salad, an actual commodity with gross margins. How is it that you're even a 'venture' blog?

Conan Lebabar
Conan Lebabar

just look at the perk "$50 and more", and you can read that he will send a recipe book.

Scott O'Brien
Scott O'Brien

If it was for a cookbook then be more clear in that. Any reference to a cookbook must be subliminal. Im sure if it was your relatives homeless or if youve had an experience of the developing world youd have a different opinion on what is over reacting. Good to have a joke. Now its time to do a good deed.

Scott O'Brien
Scott O'Brien

I believe I've set a good challenge. The view from where I am is terrific. Thanks for asking.

Julien Fruchier
Julien Fruchier

For those who want to plant trees, help employ single mothers and send their kids to school in Ethiopia, here's your chance. http://kck.st/1lR1DYc Alternatively, enjoy the joke. The link is my project. And I also backed potato salad!

Alex Vongsouthi
Alex Vongsouthi

everyone should stop hating on this guy before he gets even bigger lo l

Conan Lebabar
Conan Lebabar

The real project of Zack Brown is to make a recipe book of potato salads, but he presented the project in a very fun and punk manner, that's why people loved it. People, you're over reacting.

Courtney Carthy
Courtney Carthy

Must be tiring writing these comments of inequity on anything above the nations average wage that pops its head up. How's the view?

Mike McLeod
Mike McLeod

Watch everyone cancel their funding at the last minute.

Scott O'Brien
Scott O'Brien

The joke is over. With this surplus donation, im sure you can by a ticket to a developing nation and look in the eyes of the one billion people who dont have access to water. Or look square in the eyes and live for a day in the shoes of the developing world or homeless displaced by tech success, more that dont have access to food. Kickstarter and Mr Potato Salad, very funny at first, inspiring even, but now its time to redeem yourselves. The world is watching. Over to you.

Max Ziegler
Max Ziegler

Actually quite sad... I offer to help him making potato salad in africa for schoolkids and use the money for the good

Flakërim Ismani
Flakërim Ismani

$40K! Dude, thats a small production company setup. Maybe a youtube channel where he makes things with potato.

Joao Barros
Joao Barros

this is just another potato salad bubble waiting to happen.

Shamma Raghib
Shamma Raghib

Leon im guessing this might be making a living alternative :p

Joshua W Hays
Joshua W Hays

This makes me so mad. There are children starving, people going without care/medication and dying, and families on the brink of homelessness. But our society chooses to fund this guy to the tune of $12K+ to make a potato salad and skyrockets him to a /temporary/ internet celebrity. I'm most upset about the people piling their cash on this campaign instead of toward the things I mentioned above. Perhaps instead of "renting a kitchen and inviting the internet over for lunch" he could pour the funds into a local food pantry and help feed hundreds of starving people for weeks?

Justin Mattera
Justin Mattera

I effin joke. So useless. Donate to a real cause.

J F. Reuben III
J F. Reuben III

Feeding the hungry and homeless would make this worthwhile.