SkunkLock launches an Indiegogo campaign for SkunkLock, a U-shaped lock that prevents bicycle theft by releasing a non-lethal chemical gas that induces vomiting and shortness of breath when tampered with. Skunklock says the gas is perfectly safe and can only be released by trying to cut through it with an angle grinder, and that it penetrates high-end gas masks – though most thieves are unlikely to go to such lengths. Some states have limitations on shipping chemical compounds like pepper spray, so Skunklock has an alternative formula ready for some customers.
Our formula irreversibly ruins the clothes worn by the thief or any of the protection they may be wearing.
The Indiegogo campaign for Super Troopers 2 receives $2.6 million in funding, exceeding the campaign goal of $2 million and doubling the budget of the first movie in the series. From the campaign’s page:
$2 million could be enough to help make the most basic version of Super Troopers 2, which would just be us putting on our uniforms and counting Farva’s mustache hairs for 82 minutes… but that’s not the movie we’ve been waiting to make…If we can raise a lot more, we can make a movie you’ll love even more. More stunts, more famous actors who can actually act, more explosions and chase scenes, and more goddamn shenanigans that’ll make the movie great. For 92 minutes!
Livingston talks about not investing in Indiegogo:
We didn’t interview Indiegogo when they applied to YC back in 2007 or 2006. We didn’t even invite them to interview, so I guess that would be a dumb business move. In our defense, they were raising funding for indie movie projects, so it isn’t the same thing as it is now. But I really love their founder, Danae Ringelmann. I think she’s awesome. So I’m equally sad that we didn’t fund her, from a personal perspective.