Lockitron was a perfect example that used Selfstarter to fund their project and got a lot of attention from users without the help of any organization like Kickstarter.
And Lockitron proved with a product people want and getting people to notice it, you can do really well without Kickstarter (+$2,000,000 to date I believe).
which uses the ganzfeld effect to make crazy hallucinations happen.
I don't even care that someone could completely steal my design because it's open hardware and open source; I would happily pay $70 to get one of my own lights!
So then the question is... since I've been working so hard on this that I haven't been working enough real job to have savings to speak of, I wonder if there is a good PR person I could hire that would defer payment until after a project was successful...
Let me know if anyone knows someone who might be interested!