Potato Salad Kickstarter Closes With $55,000+

Potato Salad Kickstarter Closes With $55,000+

Zack Danger Brown has a lot of cooking to look forward to.

Last month intrepid Ohio native Zack Danger Brown captured the attention of the internet with his potato salad Kickstarter. He asked for $10, and figured he'd get maybe $60 from his friends and neighbors, but social media being what it is he soon found himself buried under a ton of money. Today is the last day of his crowdfunding campaign, and at close of play Danger Brown raised $55,492. Still, as his backer parody video shows, he's not overawed by his new responsibility as the champion of potato salad.

He could have had a lot more cash, if he'd sold his soul to the Kickstarter devil. Fame attracts all kinds of unsavoury characters, and at one point his campaign had over $75,000 in its pocket, thanks largely to massive donations from chancers who wanted him to endorse their own Kickstarting efforts. But Danger Brown is pure of heart, though probably not low in cholesterol, and, when rebuffed, the chancers took their long green elsewhere. If you have an hour or so to spare it's worth checking out the Kickstarter comments section, if only to see how quickly spam can spring up when a project becomes successful.

Congrats to Danger Brown! May all his potato salads be tasty.

Source: Kickstarter

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A kick starter about potato salad got 55k? What in the living hell? I don't get the internet sometimes, I really don't.

I'm looking fortward to seeing him say my name as he makes the salad. I sure hope somebody will list the order he pronounces the names in, since otherwise I'll have a loooooong watching in front of me.

Actually, given how viral it went, and how much sheer exposure it ended up getting, I'd say the amount of money he got was...

...

Small potatoes!

>=D

Pyrian:
Actually, given how viral it went, and how much sheer exposure it ended up getting, I'd say the amount of money he got was...

...

Small potatoes!

>=D

I tip my hat to you.

Somethingfake:
A kick starter about potato salad got 55k? What in the living hell? I don't get the internet sometimes, I really don't.

People spend that much collectively on crisps, pizza, smokes and so on every month. Not that weird that they'd want to spend it on providing grub for other people. Danger is going to share his grub, after all.

So what is he going to do with all the extra money? Is he going to donate it?

crepesack :
So what is he going to do with all the extra money? Is he going to donate it?

He's gonna have a huge pizza party where literally everyone's invited.

Queen Michael:

crepesack :
So what is he going to do with all the extra money? Is he going to donate it?

He's gonna have a huge pizza party where literally everyone's invited.

I got my invitation in the mail today but thought it a scam. Thanks for validating this! Now it's time to buy my plane ticket.

I am currently planning to invest three years of my life into a doctorate. But I am having a hard time finding a research scholarship since there are not a lot of them around and the paperwork you have to file for this sort of thing is diabolical.

I am telling you this, because It really stings to see that some guy with a semi-clever kickstarter idea got more money thrown after him than anyone looking to do research.

... Maybe I should start a kickstarter for my doctorate!

crepesack :
So what is he going to do with all the extra money? Is he going to donate it?

What extra money? He has to make potato salad for more than 3,000 people and mail it to them. Not to mention the T-shirts, hats, and various other legally binding obligations he has.

Pyrian:
Actually, given how viral it went, and how much sheer exposure it ended up getting, I'd say the amount of money he got was...

...

Small potatoes!

>=D

Ok I gotta start a pancakes kickstarter. Have you tried my pancakes? I make great pancakes! They're delicious with caramellized bananas, strawberries, cherries, any kind of fruit you want, or just plain syrup! My dad eats his with sausage or wrapped around a hotdog. Yea, pancake kickstarter definitely the way to go.

crepesack :
So what is he going to do with all the extra money? Is he going to donate it?

Taken from the last update on the project.

What are you going to do with all that money????

Ok, this is the big / serious one. I hope you've all made it this far. I got really tired writing all of that, I can only imagine reading it was pretty rough. We are going to contribute a significant portion of the remaining money to the fund at the Columbus Foundation. This will create a permanent fund to help Central Ohio's non-profits end hunger and homelessness. These types of funds gain interest every year and grow over time, so, while our little internet joke will one day be forgotten, the impact will be felt forever.

crepesack :
So what is he going to do with all the extra money? Is he going to donate it?

If he can manage to fulfil this its going to cost him tens of thousands of USD, he has got to make huge amounts of potato salad, ship it and make loads of merchandise and a bunch of other time consuming things. He will probably have to get help too, iirc there was something about getting professional chefs in as one of the stretch goals.

If he can manage to get it all together and earn himself a bit of profit he will have earned it, it might just collapse too which is understandable. Its going to be hard for one guy to make industrial amounts of potato salad and get it all shipped.

potato salad endorsed with 50 grand? Why this doesnt surprise me?

One wonders how many lives can be saved if people showed the same enthusiasm towards their fellow man.

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I hope his potato salad is as amazing and wonderful as Stamper's was.

Exterminas:
I am currently planning to invest three years of my life into a doctorate. But I am having a hard time finding a research scholarship since there are not a lot of them around and the paperwork you have to file for this sort of thing is diabolical.

I am telling you this, because It really stings to see that some guy with a semi-clever kickstarter idea got more money thrown after him than anyone looking to do research.

... Maybe I should start a kickstarter for my doctorate!

Clever ideas are what make money. It has always been this way. No matter how stupid the idea is. You should always be striving to think outside the box.

klaynexas3:

I hope his potato salad is as amazing and wonderful as Stamper's was.

That there is on my personal top 5 best videos on youtube.
Stampers acting is just bloody flawless.

While it's good that he's going to donate some of what's left of the proceeds (after all the vodsels have gotten their whimsical trash) to a good cause.

I'm still ticked off that so many people would donate so much money to a joke.

His middle name is actually Danger?

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Soo much butthurt over someone who has made money off of a clever idea that was caught by the viral marketing whim. It was funny and he had no real expectations other than making a joke. The internet thought it was funny, and thousands upon thousands of people threw small amounts of money at him, which compiled into large amounts of money. If you can't understand why people will pay money for entertainment then I suggest you stay away from society.

Asclepion:
One wonders how many lives can be saved if people showed the same enthusiasm towards their fellow man.

Even worse that that, there's been a lot of hostility towards people using this sort of thing for serious issues. Trying to raise money because they are disabled and unemployed, or hell, just to make videos to talk about games, leads to death threats.

Now, not saying that sending a potato kickstarter money is wrong, but it's saying something about society's priorities.

well you can get as annoyed as you want that someone "undeserving" got all this money but people are allowed to spend their own money however they want at least hes being cool and doing something positive with the money, in a months time when there are thousands of copycat kick starters I'm sure none of them will have any intention of giving to charity (if they make any money at all)

I work a full time job working in a factory, go to school part time to earn my degree so I can get by. And this guy gets this much money thrown at him for a joke on Kickstarter... the world just isn't fair.

If you're going to complain, complain about the people who win millions in the lottery every week. At least this guy came up with a funny idea and is giving things back to his supporters.

And yes, the money could have been donated to a charity instead, just like all the free money we spend. Then again, how many people saying that regularly support charities?

Exterminas:
I am currently planning to invest three years of my life into a doctorate. But I am having a hard time finding a research scholarship since there are not a lot of them around and the paperwork you have to file for this sort of thing is diabolical.

I am telling you this, because It really stings to see that some guy with a semi-clever kickstarter idea got more money thrown after him than anyone looking to do research.

... Maybe I should start a kickstarter for my doctorate!

Advisory comment depends. Are you confident that you can garner enough crowd interest to care about and (even partially) fund your doctorate? Some 6911 people's worth might be a good milepost, too.

That's ALWAYS been the thing about KickStarter; It's more telling how many people contribute rather than the face amount funded. I guess for both a bit of contextual comedy and the feeling of community, people can see their own 'contribution' justified. Just over $8 worth, on average.

...You know what, that's alot for a laugh. Plus, this is basically the most unintended gift to the Kickstarter company ever, since they take a cut as well.

But hey, I guess we can't tell people how to spend their money...(for all the good that does)

I love the internet. Only on the internet can a guy making potato salad drum up $55,000 and spend it all on t-shirts and potatoes as a result.

Okay, this is probably one of the last times I'm going to enjoy something like this.
I find it funny, I like what the guy's doing with all his cash, I get it, I do, but between this and Goat Simulator and Rock Simulator (oh yeah, that's real https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rock-simulator-2014) I'm getting a little tired of these really expensive jokes.
They were fun, they were, and what this guy's doing with his potato money, I can appreciate, I just hope it doesn't go on too much longer.

Exterminas:
... Maybe I should start a kickstarter for my doctorate!

You wouldn't be the first to try that. If you do I hope it works out for you.

Atary77:
I work a full time job working in a factory, go to school part time to earn my degree so I can get by. And this guy gets this much money thrown at him for a joke on Kickstarter... the world just isn't fair.

Diddums.

There are young boys in small villages in Afghanistan being raped by their elders on a weekly basis, under daily threat of being killed by a bomb some dickhead from Pakistan planted next to their house, absolutely bricking it for when the British leave at the end of the year and their source of fresh water (currently supplied by the local patrol base) fucks off.

Tell me again how your first world life isn't fair because some bloke managed to make a little bit of money off of a bit of fun on the internet?

Seriously people - I facepalmed as much as the next man when I saw how much attention this was getting, but could we PLEASE get a bit of context when it comes to how "unfair" it is that this bloke got $55,000 ... Firstly: That's not THAT much money, there are rich kids out there who've done even less than this bloke who get far more than that from their mummies and daddies every year. Secondly: The amount of money you have (however meagre) is a fucking fortune to most of the worlds population.

You may be poor in America (or Britain, or whatever other first world country you live in), but you're a fucking millionaire in Afghanistan, Somalia (or whatever broken, corrupt state you choose for this particular example).

Finally (to Atary 77 mostly): I apologise if this actually came off as being a bit harsh and overly aggressive, didn't mean to bag on you quite so much (or turn it into something so fucking preachy), I'm leaving it as is though (because, annoying and preachy as it is, I do genuinely want to highlight the whole "life's not fair" complaint as being a mostly false one for those of us lucky enough to live in the west).

Good luck with school, hopefully it'll lead you to whatever job it is you really want to do. Personally I've been looking at jobs that let me get paid a lot of money to drink, have sex, and sleep all day, but to be that kind of successful Gigolo I'd first have to spend a couple of years hitting the Gym every day and eating nothing but steamed chicken and broccoli... I love Pizza and not being in the Gym far too much for that.

Now we need a Coockie Clicker Kickstarter;
1 click = 1 Dollar.
Depend the clicks the kickstarter will have, the more cookies the developers will share with us.

And maybe one Potato salad just for the heck of it.

If anyone's interested in how Potato Salad came to be a thing, there's a good in-depth breakdown of Danger Brown's successful project over on Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/potato-salad-by-the-numbers?ref=HappeningNewsletterAug0514

 

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