Matt Inman gets money to build a Tesla Museum
No matter what you may think of Matt Inman’s The Oatmeal, you’ve got to admit that they guy knows how to get viewers onto his site. That talent has gotten him surprising results on his unlikely
Kickstarter indiegogo project: building a museum dedicated to inventor Nikolai Tesla.
In 9 days, we managed to raise over 1 million dollars to go towards buying back Tesla’s old laboratory, and with the $850,000 matching grant from NY state this puts us at 1.85 million bucks. At its peak, the campaign was raising $27,000 per hour, crashing Indiegogo, and probably setting some kind of land speed record in awesomeness…
Even though we’ve already hit our goal, I plan on letting the campaign run the full 45 days. Every extra penny we earn will go toward restoring the property, building exhibits, and turning this land into something worthy of Tesla’s awesomeness. The original goal of $850k was enough money to bid on the property, but it’s going to take a lot more to turn it into an actual museum.
The non-profit behind this endeavor is beginning the process of working with the realtor to make a bid on the property. I’ll post any major updates here, or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
So… people on the internet really like that Tesla, huh? In all seriousness, though, it’s actually kinda nice to hear about webcomic creators raising funds for philanthropic efforts, so congrats to Matt Inman and The Oatmeal.