I never studied the projects proposed on Kickstarter and similar crowdsourcing sites – mostly because of a lack of time. But I do think crowdsourcing can be useful to get a product or an idea off the ground, without having to convince a banker of your solvency.
A few weeks ago, I somehow stumbled upon Flio, a collapsible wooden laptop stand, designed and to be produced not far from where I live. I like the idea of using a natural resource as raw material for a simple but practical design. So I pledged my contribution to the Dutch team.