One of the story threads we like to keep an eye on here at Via Meadia is loosely called “jobs of the future”. It’s a way to look at the shape of the new economy struggling to emerge from the disintegrating remains of the blue social model, and it’s a focus that we think can help readers, especially younger readers, imagine their way to a new and better life.The same force that is killing so many old jobs and old companies is giving life to new ones: the secret to American prosperity is for us individually and collectively to learn how to surf the wave of change rather than letting it break over us and pull us out to sea. So at Via Meadia, which itself is an example of people building new jobs and new organizations as the world of print journalism breaks up, we keep an eye on these trends and we’ve highlighted several examples of entrepreneurs leveraging technology in innovative and clever ways to nimbly provide products and services which uniquely meet modern needs and were simply not possible before.One of the most promising intersections of entrepreneurship and technology that’s crossed our path is a venture known as Kickstarter. The concept is simple: an entrepreneur comes up with an idea, sets the goal amount of money they’d like to raise, makes a video pitching the project to prospective investors/supporters, sets up tiers of support (different levels of funding that prospective supporters can sign up for, and the corresponding rewards), and… that’s it. If approved by Kickstarter’s staff, Kickstarter hosts the project’s page, handles the collection of the money (while taking a 5% cut), and serves as a sort of clearing house for neat small ideas in search of funding. The service works on an all-or-nothing model—if the project doesn’t reach its specified funding goal within the allotted timeframe, no one’s credit cards are charged. If the funding goal is reached, the charges are made, Kickstarter creams off its cut, and the entrepreneurs have their funding.Think of it as venture capitalism for the little guy — and think of it also as one of the ways that more effective use of IT is empowering individuals and small firms and accelerating the pace of change.Kickstarter has been around has been around since 2009, an eon in internet time, and it has already earned the kind of knee-jerk contrarian backlash with which success is often greeted on the Internet. But until very recently is was floundering, and it hadn’t quite managed to raise the kind of seed money that venture capital usually provides. Since early February of this year, Kickstarter has funded nine projects which have raised more than $1 million each, with the latest success story, the Pebble watch, whose video we’ve embedded above, raising an eye-popping $10 million last Friday.Faster, leaner, more flexible and opportunistic: this is what much of the future looks like. Will the Pebble watch catch on? Via Meadia has no idea. Will Kickstarter grow into a huge juggernaut and develop new ways to supplement traditional venture capital funding at higher levels? Again, we do not know.But ideas like this are out there, people are building them, and somewhere in there are the Facebooks and the Apples and the Intels of the future. If America is going to have a successful and prosperous 21st century built on mass prosperity, a strong middle class and a productive economy, it will be people like those behind Kickstarter and its clients who will make it happen.