This article on Gizmodo is about how the Kickstarter campaign for the Zano drone ended in bankruptcy for the company and also explains about how and why the backers of the Zano will probably not receive their money back.
The reason why I think this is important enough to post is not that it gives us a view on how the outcome can be for a kickstarter campaign and more because it explains in a few words how a kickstarter campaign is funded and that backers are not investors. Something that is quickly forgotten or assumed by a lot of backers. Kickstarter backers are consumers who pre-order a non existing product. Investors invest time money and knowledge into a company with the intent to make more out of it.
I’m not a pessimist and I have faith in humanity in general so I’m looking forward to owning my glowforge and I like that there is already a community forming around the product. Try and stay informed about how these crowdfunded campaigns work and what is going on in the world.