Author: Grant Stimmel

Kids Can’t Sleep? Try Mella

It’s 3 AM, do you know where your kids are? Yes. They are jumping on your bed trying to wake you up. It’s one of the unspoken laws of the universe that parents don’t get enough sleep. That’s the way it’s always been. That’s the way it always will be. Or so we thought. Mella is an alarm clock that’s designed to keep your kids in bed longer by training them with a series of progressively changing lights. The clock’s glow changes to yellow when there’s 30 minutes of sleep time left, then shifts to green when it’s time to...

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TreePod – Say Good-Bye To Your Hammock

It’s a sleepy Sunday afternoon at the tail end of summer. The blazing midday heat has faded to an early evening warmth, and everything around you seems to be moving just a bit more slowly. The crickets still chirp and the birds still sing, but there’s a certain stillness in the air. A charm, a peacefulness that calls for something special. Your hammock, you think, will be the perfect addition to such a moment. You climb on top of the braided white cords, faded now from many sun soaked afternoons just like this one. You close your eyes and...

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How Kickstarter’s Changed: 2009-2018

Ahhh 2009, what a year.  “The Blind Side,” hit theaters, “Party in the U.S.A.” topped the charts, and we used our iPhone 3’s to stream Pandora Radio like it was our jobs. Times were good. Well, actually they weren’t.  The stock market was in the tank, the housing market was flipped on its head, and pretty much everyone was downright miserable. If that doesn’t scream, “Let’s start a crowdfunding platform!” to you, then I don’t know what does.  Perry Chen officially launched Kickstarter on April 28th, 2009 and within days it attracted 26 campaigns that would go on to...

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What Your Grandpa Got Wrong About Crowdfunding

Right now, in a musty living room somewhere across the country, there is an old man gathering his grandchildren to tell them about the, “Good ole’ days.” He’ll unwrap another piece of Werther’s Original Hard Candy, pop it in his mouth, and begin telling the children stories about the way things used to be. A few minutes in, he’ll notice the youngest in the room has stopped paying attention. She’s focused entirely on an ever-rotating sphere of shimmering metal. He’ll stop his story halfway through in order to find out just what on Earth she has in her hand....

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NeuroPlus – Making Focus Fun

Do you ever find it hard to focus?  Always fidgeting with something?  Repeating yourself constantly? Do you ever find it hard to focus?  Always fidgeting with something?  Repeating yourself constantly? Do you ever find it hard to focus?  Always fidgeting with something?  Repeating yourself constantly? If so, then NeuroPlus is for you – and apparently, me.  With all the beeping, buzzing, and chirping from our phones these days, we’re all finding it increasingly hard to focus.  But the team over at NeuroPlus is here to help – HEY, stop looking at that squirrel! They partnered with researchers at Duke...

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