Kickstarter and the new patrons

I recently heard about Kickstarter on This Week in Google, but then I found this interesting article in the New York Times about the company. Here's how they describe it:

Kickstarter, a start-up based in Brooklyn that uses the Web to match aspiring da Vincis and Spielbergs with mini-Medicis who are willing to chip in a few dollars toward their projects. Unlike similar sites that simply solicit donations, patrons on Kickstarter get an insider’s access to the projects they finance, and in most cases, some tangible memento of their contribution. The artists and inventors, meanwhile, are able to gauge in real time the commercial appeal of their ideas before they invest a lot of effort — and cash.

I wonder how this is going to affect those of us who dream of dropping their day job.

Links

A Few Dollars at a Time, Patrons Support Artists on the Web

Kickstarter

This Week in Google