Christina York of Spellbound: a Kickstarter Journey

Christina shared her recent experiences with launching a Kickstarter campaign. If you are unfamiliar, here is what they do: “SpellBound is a therapeutic tool that uses augmented reality technology to help children cope and engage with medical treatment. SpellBound is used by pediatric specialists to improve procedural compliance and reduce trauma for their patients.”

Interviewer: I understand that your goal is $18,000. How much have you raised so far?

Christina: We've raised close to $6,000 from 100+ people.

Interviewer: What are some tips about doing a Kickstarter campaign that you would recommend others to follow?

Christina: The biggest tip I have in trying to fund a Kickstarter campaign is to consider the entire ecosystem of the company. This isn't just the city where you work and the people on your team. You have to think about all the different groups you interact with and who has supported you in the past. For us that might mean university departments, game development meetups, or fellow startups.

Interviewer: What is it like watching the results come in? Are you biting your nails?

Christina: Thrilling at first! Each refresh of the page, we'd see the numbers go up. But every Kickstarter campaign has a plateau or lull period, and that's when the nail-biting comes in.

Interviewer: How will the funds be used at Spellbound?

Christina: We'll be using the funds to develop the augmented reality content for an award-winning children's book called Charlotte and the Quiet Place. It's the charming story of a little girl trying to find inner peace in the midst of noisy environments. This is the perfect calming book for the children in the hospitals we work with (or any child feeling overwhelmed), so we're looking forward to bringing it to life through our app.

Interviewer: What are your next steps after the campaign in terms of milestones?

Christina: After the campaign, we will be hard at work developing more tools for therapists, including creating 3D experiences for Charlotte and the Quiet Place. We are also wrapping up our seed round of investment so that we can expand into community clinics and private practices. We will also be looking to expand our sales and customer success team.

Interviewer: What milestones has SpellBound achieved so far?

Christina: SpellBound has been quite the startup journey. In August 2016, we received our first big piece of press in the Detroit News - it was a story of how SpellBound was helping a 7-year-old who had had a brain aneurysm. In January 2017, we signed our first customer: Lucile-Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, and today we now have 15 hospital customers across 9 states.