Black Lives Matter - Action and Equality.

FTC goes after Kickstarter gone wrong in first crowdfunding case #makerbusiness by @kansasalps @WashingtonPost


Game over: FTC goes after board game Kickstarter gone wrong in first crowdfunding case – The Washington Post.

…few, if any, supporters of the project ever received refunds, the FTC alleged in a complaint against Chevalier disclosed Thursday that accuses him of deceiving backers of the project. And instead of spending most of the funds raised through Kickstarter on making the game, he spent it on himself, the agency claimed. “In reality, Defendant never hired artists for the board game and instead used the consumers’ funds for miscellaneous personal equipment, rent for a personal residence, and licenses for a separate project,” the complaint said.

Chevalier has agreed to a settlement order with agency. Under the agreement, he’s prohibited from making misrepresentations about crowdfunding campaigns and failing to honor refund policies in the future. The order also contains a $111,793.71 judgment against Chevaliar, but it is suspended because of his inability to pay. “The full amount will become due immediately if he is found to have misrepresented his financial condition,” an FTC press release said. The Post was not able to immediately reach Chevalier, who did not admit guilt as part of the agreement.

But that doesn’t mean project creators can deceive consumers, according to the FTC. “Many consumers enjoy the opportunity to take part in the development of a product or service through crowdfunding, and they generally know there’s some uncertainty involved in helping start something new,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement about the Chevalier case. “But consumers should [be] able to trust their money will actually be spent on the project they funded.”

Read more.

We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 20,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — How 3M is able to ramp up production of N95 masks

Wearables — Grocery store assist

Electronics — Electrolytic Limitations

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — Discord 20k, Summer of Making, Python 3.9 and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Cosmo Clock, Low Powered Widlife Camera, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — Arcade Mini Game in a Text Adventure

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !


  1. Have you read about Kickstarter’s poor record in tech?

    [Quote] Of the 21 “most funded” projects in Kickstarter’s tech-heavy “design” category, a grand total of four appear to be currently available for sale. Of the top 12 “most funded” in Technology, four are available. Yes, many are available for “pre-order,” which is another way to say “we’ll take your money for a product that doesn’t exist yet.”

    These projects aren’t all new, either. ZionEyez took in $343,415 starting a full year ago and still hasn’t delivered a pair of heads-up camera sunglasses. Plenty of the projects have little updates explaining that oops, the products are taking longer to make than expected.

    Yes, this is heartbreaking, because many of the products look gorgeous. Many have prototypes. Many have had demos. I want some of them. I want to review some of them. But. They. Don’t. Exist. Just because you can build one of something doesn’t mean you can get proper quality control out of a factory line.

    A success rate of 33 percent is good for a venture capitalist, because actual investors expect to hit it big often enough to offset other losses. But when you give money to Kickstarter for a tech product, you’re not a real investor. Investors have equity. You’re just a buyer who isn’t getting your gadget for who-knows-how-long. The longer you don’t have the product, the less value your money had – and if you never get that product, well, remember, they don’t have to refund your money. [Endquote],2817,2407046,00.asp

  2. 5 Kickstarter Projects Slammed With Success

    The article is really about five products that didn’t deliver.

    Read where it says, “complications”.

    It is harder for a company or individuals that aren’t established to make things happen for you. I’m not saying, “don’t invest in Kickstarter”. I’m just saying not to invest what you cannot afford to lose. I’ll give you an example. Write down your long term goals and write down the steps needed to accomplish them. How long will it take you to accomplish them? Are your steps specific enough? Do things come up preventing you from accomplishing them?

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.