Indiegogo And The One Million Dollar Scamband

James Robinson at PandoDaily:

In a development that will surprise absolutely no one who has been following our coverage, Moscow-based Healbe’s Indiegogo scampaign for a calorie-counting wristband has finally crossed $1m in doomed donations. A few minutes later, an anonymous comment was posted on the GoBe’s comment page congratulating the company on its achievement…

Still, even close observers might be shocked to learn the source of the undisclosed donation which pushed Healbe into seven figures. It came from Indiegogo’s “hardware lead” Kate Drane.

This story about the dodginess of the Healbe GoBe wristband has been brewing for a couple weeks over at PandoDaily.

Basically, the project creators are making a whole bunch of outrageous claims about being able to monitor glucose and caloric intake with a simple wristband. Anyone James Robinson has talked to with passing knowledge in medicine has called BS on the entire premise. Now Indiegogo employees are tipping money into it too?

I’ve never backed an Indiegogo project because they’ve always felt like they are the home of the dodgy, scammy, or ‘fund-my-lifestyle’-type projects that Kickstarter won’t allow. Seeing this play out only reinforces that notion for me.

Reckoner had its humble beginnings way back in June of 2013.

Founded by James Croft, along with Peter Wells and Anthony Agius they created what would go on to become one of Australia’s most highly regarded and award winning independent tech blogs.

With its uniquely Australian voice Reckoner is committed to offering a “no-holds-barred” approach to its writing. Beholden to no one but its audience. Reckoner’s goal is to remain completely transparent and honour the trust it’s built with its faithful readership.

Support Reckoner!
Thanks for stopping by. It looks like you're really enjoying the content so why not help a brother out and pitch in for a coffee.

Your support makes all the difference!