The crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, is now using its own money to fund a project that aims to discover why Zano mini-drone failed to deliver. It was the most funded campaign in Europe ever. For the investigation purpose, the company has hired an investigative journalist called Mark Harris to look into what went wrong with project.
Harris, an experienced journalist, has worked for various publications like MIT Technology Review and Scientific American. In November Zano’s CEO suddenly resigned and prior to that, the campaign promised a tiny, cheap drone that can be used for aerial photography. Surprisingly people liked it a lot and it raised over $3 million. The company asked him to track the project from start to finish and to find out where the $3 million bucks went to.
A spokesperson from Kickstarter said that the company is okay with creators taking on big ideas and failing, but that it expects transparency and honesty. The crowdfunding website wants to use whatever Harris finds out as an example for other hardware makers aiming to launch ambitious campaigns. Primarily the target audience is Zano’s 12000 backers. Thus they can have closure and know what happened to their money.