Zach Supalla

Founder and CEO at Spark. Biz + design + hardware.

Why Kickstarter projects are always delayed

A gantt chart showing the tasks remaining to complete manufacturing for the Spark Core

My team’s project, the Spark Core, just announced our second delay, putting us a total of 7 weeks behind schedule. We keep track of our project status here.

We’ve learned an extraordinary amount since our campaign launched on May 2. We’ve had many breakthroughs, and we’ve made some mistakes along the way too. As we approach delivery, I wanted to take the time to share some of what we’ve learned and help answer the oft-asked question: why does every Kickstarter project seem to get delayed?

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, let me give you a brief rundown. Creatives and entrepreneurs come up with an idea; they throw together a prototype, film a short video about it, and put it online to share with the masses and see if other folks are excited enough to contribute to bringing this idea to life. Contributions are exchanged for...

Continue reading →