This Pando article about Quirky (link valid for 48 hrs unless you’re a paid member) is well worth a read.
I’ve not paid attention to Quirky save for thinking it was a cool concept when I came across it a few years ago.
Despite perfect timing, great funding, and a strong vision its now sadly in fire straits. A few good lessons for anyone creating marketplaces and on the fact that creativity can’t really be productised.
As an aside, Pando’s paywall is one of the few I’ve found worth paying the monthly $10 for – their content seems to have actually improved since introducing this new model.