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Beer in a bag
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Craft beer drinkers can be a fairly precious bunch. If it doesn’t have a weird name and hints of passionfruit or coffee or goat meat, it’s basically not worth drinking. But one man is hoping to solve the problem of tasteless beer forever.

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Saving Kiwis from poop
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The Kickstarter fundraising initiative has given a platform to some delightfully weird ideas over the last few years. Following on from a bizarre catalogue that already includes crystal bacon, combat kichenware and meat soap, a pair of Kiwi entrepreneurs have now announced Poopins via the crowd-funding-based website.

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#PotatoMadness
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Up until relatively recently, Kickstarter had rules and a degree of vetting to try and keep out the scams and fakes. That meant there was no funny business like that seen on various auction sites. The rules have changed, however, and now it’s basically a free-for-all as long as “it’s not illegal, regulated or dangerous”. And one of the first major beneficiaries of that has been Zack Danger Brown, who asked for $10 to make his first ever potato salad and currently has over $30,000.

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Curiosity kickstarted the cat
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Meow Mix, a US petfood company, has come up with a new website designed to appeal to the creative investor and cat lover. Catstarter has three products available to support, including a food dispenser powered by tweets.

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Bell draws on the Kickstarter crowd’s generosity to fund illustrated book
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David Bell, ex-creative director at Media Design School’s creative advertising course and the recipient of the 2011 lifetime achievement award at Axis, has been on a mission to get his book The Dog Hunters in front of as many people as possible since it was published in July. Sales are building slowly as word spreads, he says, and so far he’s been spreading it via social media and at shows like Armageddon. And now he’s harnessing the power of Kickstarter to help fund an illustrated version.

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Imagistory app among the first hunting Kiwi kickstart
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Imagistory, an app that encourages kids to use their imaginations to create stories from picture books, is among to first to use Kickstarter as the site gets set to launch downunder today. Founder Nick Barrett won the top award in AUT’s Venture Fund for the app concept in 2011, which provided a $7300 boost. He’s now seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter.

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