I am inclined to agree, but only part-way. Let me deconstruct this a bit. Let's say I have an idea for a water-saving device for Californians. It's an electronically controlled water tank that diverts cleaner gray water to this 1000 gallon tank that waters the yard but "passes" dirty shit water to the sewer. (I'm just making this up.) ((But yeah, it's a great idea, no?))
So I go, Hey!!! There are 40 million Californians! This could save beep boop beep 400 quadrillion gallons of water, equating to 600 sextillion dollars! All I would need to beep boop boop beep realize this dream would be beep boop beep $150,000 to develop and mass-market this freakin idea to the masses! So, kickstarter or indiegogo?
So I spend a month with my friends developing a video about this WATER THINGY, which takes a MASSIVE effort, and everyone is so fuggin tired that we forgot that we needed to actually engineer the actual THINGY and all the legwork to finding the production facilities and the systems processes that need to be in place to prototype and then produce 10,000 of these things and meanwhile I am getting bored and want to develop a new kind of jet-powered surfboard instead and kickstart that thing.
Let's say I don't line my pockets with the kickstarter cash; it all gets burned up in this cycle of ill-thought process. And I'm back where I started with my electronic water saver.
Some things are perfect for kickstarter. Some things beg mass production and there have been wonderful examples of this. Hell, I LOVE my Captain Crepe Pan. I use it all the time. Big freakin piece of cast iron.
Can you REALLY say the same about the awesome cardboard cockpit?
If you like his idea and you want one, then yea, dump some cash his way. But as a commercial endeavor? No way. That money will be burned up and CHINA will get it and walk away happy to have taken yet another KickSucker's Crowd Funds.
my $.02. Caveat Emptor. Semper Fidelis. Expecto Patronum. Tintenpatronen. R'amen.