By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press
“A failed tech-related Kickstarter campaign doesn’t always mean doom for the company trying to crowdsource the project. Take Minneapolis-based Spark Devices. The startup crashed and burned with a late-2012 campaign to fund a Wi-Fi-connected lightbulb socket, for instance.
But Spark devices turned around and scored big in mid-2013 with another Wi-Fi-related project, Spark Core. It asked for $10,000 and got (drum roll) $567,968. Bloomington-based QFO Labs is another example of this. “