Author: Salvador Briggman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
If you're looking for a step-by-step launch framework for your upcoming Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign, this is the handbook for you! I'll teach you how to use crowdfunding to raise money online and bring your project to life. You see, we're at the beginning of a movement as transformative as the industrial revolution. Never before in history have authors, musicians, artists, and film producers been able to connect with massive online audiences and get funding for their creative work. The outdated media gatekeepers are quickly disappearing. You can now get funding directly from your fans and distribute your content online. If you're a creative type, this is the BEST time to be alive. But, it doesn't stop there. This major change has also given rise to six and seven-figure online businesses. As a fellow entrepreneur, I know that one of the most common excuses for not quitting your job and launching that startup company is because you don't have the money. Now, in a few short weeks, you can have all of the capital you need to launch and grow a thriving ecommerce business. It's no longer a crazy idea to pursue your passion. In fact, more and more millennials are doing just that. I should know, I'm one of them! When I first started blogging about Kickstarter in 2012, I had no idea that crowdfunding would become a multi-billion-dollar industry. I was just a Junior in college, writing a mini-thesis on how different variables affected fundraising success on Kickstarter (for you nerds out there, it was a logistic regression). Flash forward several years, and I'm now one of the top experts in the crowdfunding industry. I started the blog, CrowdCrux, which did over one million views in 2015. I set up a forum called KickstarterForum, which has attracted over six thousand members. I even launched a popular podcast called Crowdfunding Demystified, which has racked up more than 100 positive reviews in iTunes. Finally, I also put out training videos on YouTube and I am proud to say that the channel is experiencing rapid growth. That all sounds impressive, but actually, when I first stumbled on the website, Kickstarter, I didn't have a clue how it worked. It seemed super confusing and I had SO MANY questions. Since 2012, I've come to master the platform and discover the ins and outs of how crowdfunding really works. I've published many of my findings online and I've been being linked to by sites like CNN, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and even The Wall Street Journal. In this guide, I'm going to share with you the step-by-step launch strategy for absolutely crushing it on Kickstarter. In no time at all, you'll be raising money for your startup or creative project. I'll make it super easy to copy and implement these tactics and strategies. I'll also share some Jedi Mind Tricks that most marketers don't know about. Before you know it, you'll be a crowdfunding expert! Now, I bet you're thinking... "boy this all sounds like a lot of work. Do I really have to learn all of this? I just want to get funding for my project." Truth be told, it is A LOT to master, which is why having the right teacher can make all of the difference. I'll make sure that you master this material as quickly as possible, so that you can stop fundraising and get back to doing what you love! Either way, whether you decide to run your own Kickstarter campaign, or outsource certain aspects, it pays to know what you're doing. I want to help you smash your Kickstarter goal and then I hope you come on my podcast as a crowdfunding success story. It's time to get serious about making that business you've been dreaming about a reality. It's finally time to get paid for your creative work. Let's get started!
Author: Don Steinberg
Publisher: Quirk Books
So you want to produce a short film. Or design a new line of jewelry. Or manufacture a revolutionary solar-powered garden sprinkler. There’s just one catch: You need $100,000 to bankroll your dream, and your checking account has barely enough to cover the rent. Enter Kickstarter.com—the phenomenal “crowdfunding” website launched in 2009 that brings venture capital to the masses. At Kickstarter, it’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to raise $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, or more. All you need is a great idea—and The Kickstarter Handbook. Business journliast Don Steinberg has interviewed dozens of artists and inventors who launched their passion projects online. Through their voices, you’ll explore all the strategies of a successful Kickstarter campaign. You’ll learn the elements of a compelling Kickstarter video, innovative ways to market your projects, tips for getting donors onboard, and the secrets of irresistible Kickstarter “rewards.” You’ll also discover what to do in a best-case scenario—when your project goes viral and the cash starts flowing in. On Kickstarter, it happens to a few lucky visionaries every week. Here’s how to be one of them.
Author: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
More Than Money Jamey Stegmaier knows crowdfunding. He's a veteran of seven successful Kickstarter campaigns (and counting) that have raised over $1.4 million, and he's the proprietor of the widely read Kickstarter Lessons blog. In this book he offers a comprehensive guide to crowdfunding, demonstrating that it can be a powerful way for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses by building community and putting their customers first. This book includes over forty stories of inspiring successes and sobering disasters. Stegmaier uses these examples to demonstrate how to (and how not to) prepare for a campaign, grow a fan base, structure a pitch, find new backers, and execute many other crucially important “nuts and bolts” elements of a successful crowdfunding project. But Stegmaier emphasizes that the benefits of crowdfunding are much more about the “crowd” than the “funding.” He shows that if you treat your backers as people, not pocketbooks—communicate regularly and transparently with them, ask their opinions, attend to their needs—they'll become advocates as well as funders, exponentially increasing your project's chances of succeeding.
Author: Madeleine Holly-Rosing
Publisher: Brass-T Publishing
Independent creator Madeleine Holly-Rosing walks you through the steps of crowdfunding your independent project in this 2nd edition of her popular book Kickstarter for the Independent Creator.In this practical and down-to-earth guide, Madeleine shares how she went from failure to successfully funding four campaigns for her comic Boston Metaphysical Society. In this book you will learn:*How to choose your platform*How to write an effective Kickstarter Homepage*How to build a core email list*What goes into a pre-launch and campaign strategy*How postage can make you or break youIs your passion project languishing due to lack of funding? Learn tips in this book that Madeleine's students have used to meet and exceed their crowdfunding goals.
Author: Aimee Cebulski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Learn to use Kickstarter to make your great ideas a reality As a crowd-funding website for creative projects, Kickstarter has the power to make creative ideas come to life. This helpful guide walks you through the potential of this amazing tool, which has helped project creators successfully launch their projects since 2009. You'll learn how to create a Kickstarter account, set up your first project, and effectively use social media to bring awareness to your project and build up the community around it to hopefully reach the goal of 100 percent funding. Explains how to determine if you meet the requirements to create a project Gets you started with creating your first project, choosing a great project image, and write a compelling project title and description Helps you establish rewards for project backers Zeroes in on deciding a funding duration and funding goal Whether you have an idea for a movie, video game, gadget or anything in between, Kickstarter For Dummies is the fun and friendly guide to help you get the funds to make your idea happen!
Author: Michael J. Epstein
Publisher: I30 Media Corporation
Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe can not only help you raise money to fund your idea or cause, they can also help establish a community of enthusiastic supporters. This crowdfunding book by author and crowdfunding expert Michael J. Epstein will show you how!
Author: Derek Miller, Noelle Pugh
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Want to know how to crowdfund projects that make hundreds of thousands of dollars? This is how. HOW THE HELL DO YOU CROWDFUND $100,000? HERE’S THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK. In this bold, irreverent, hilarious how-to guide, bestselling Kickstarter campaign manager Derek Miller takes his millions of dollars of supercrowdfunding experience and delivers everything you need to know about being a modern entrepreneur in today’s global marketplace. In other words, this ain’t your dad’s business book. Embrace community and learn how to maximize your MESSAGE, MECHANICS, and MARKETING so you can successfully: - Get people to give a damn about you and your crazy idea so you can stand out from the noise. - Avoid the mistakes the rest of us made. - Discover your creative freedom and make that sweet, sweet cash. Accompanied by laugh-out-loud illustrations by cartoonist Joy Ho, enjoy an exhaustive look into what it takes to manage and execute a successful six-figure crowdfunding campaign with over $20 million worth of collective advice and pro-tips from the world class asskickers who brought you: Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 ($241,071) Augie and the Green Knight ($384,410) OrganATTACK! ($526,274) The Cyanide & Happiness Show ($770,309) Superbook ($2,952,508) Joking Hazard ($3,246,588) G-RO ($3,307,773) Pillars of Eternity ($3,986,929)
Author: Renee DiResta, Brady Forrest, Ryan Vinyard
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Thanks to the decreasing cost of prototyping, it's more feasible for professional makers and first-time entrepreneurs to launch a hardware startup. But exactly how do you go about it? This book provides the roadmap and best practices you need for turning a product idea into a full-fledged business. Written by three experts from the field, The Hardware Startup takes you from idea validation to launch, complete with practical strategies for funding, market research, branding, prototyping, manufacturing, and distribution. Two dozen case studies of real-world startups illustrate possible successes and failures at every stage of the process. Validate your idea by learning the needs of potential users Develop branding, marketing, and sales strategies early on Form relationships with the right investment partners Prototype early and often to ensure you're on the right path Understand processes and pitfalls of manufacturing at scale Jumpstart your business with the help of an accelerator Learn strategies for pricing, marketing, and distribution Be aware of the legal issues your new company may face
Author: Joseph Hogue
In this step-by-step guide, you will find the actual process you need from idea conception through pre-launch and fulfillment to make your crowdfunding campaign a success. I skip all the history of crowdfunding and why it is a great tool for your business to go straight to the point, how to put your campaign on the path to beating its funding goal. * How to put your idea together and avoid budget or timeline pitfalls* How to research prior campaigns to find your campaign's magic number* How to find journalists, bloggers and other influencers that will spread the word about your crowdfunding campaign* How to get the most bang for your crowdfunding marketing buck* How to build community and keep your backers motivated* And more...I have been consulting with crowdfunding campaigns for years, from business ready for equity crowdfunding to small projects just looking for a few thousand to get off the ground. Check out my blog at Crowd101 and you'll see what I mean. If you are ready to get your crowdfunding campaign started right and don't want to risk wasting months of your time by not meeting your crowdfunding goal, you MUST know the process. Skip the libraries worth of books talking about the history of crowdfunding or why it is such a revolution in finance. Buy the only book that offers a step-by-step approach to crowdfunding.
Author: Carrie Jeske
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Learn from the horror stories of others. Don't make the mistake of a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign that results in personal financial failure. Gain product launch insights and market testing secrets that overcome knock-offs and maximize Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Do It Yourself results. Don't spend thousands of dollars on patents, prototypes and manufacturing too early in the invention sequence. Choose the best "As Seen On TV" category partner to fast track products onto the retail shelves of Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Bed, Bath & Beyond and internationally. Learn to pitch your ideas with no patent, using a simple hand-made prototype and smartphone demo video. Work with trusted licensees, who thrive using a confidential speed to market strategy. Get a sneak peek on the other side of the table, with industry insider, Carrie Jeske. The key is working with the right company to complete early stage market viability testing privately, before putting your idea on crowdfunding sites or other public domain sources. If your ideas meet the narrow criteria of the "As Seen On TV" you could have the next big winner in the $350 billion dollar DR-TV industry. As Seen On TV is not Crowdfunding. It's a home run, direct to consumer, business shot with hit products selling a whopping 5-8 million pieces a year for a short product life cycle of 1-5 years. Each product must solve and everyday problem in a visually appealing way. Since the cost of TV media is high, products much have mass appeal to the widest market segments. Inventing is a gamble. Whether you're rich or poor, business savvy or an independent inventor, big company or small, we are all at the mercy of the elusive mass market consumer. No human can guarantee success. That's why it's so important to use low-cost, high-return inventing strategies and stay within the sequence you're about the learn. Inventing is both an art and a science; the two combinations don't always give us a guaranteed formula for success. Whatever the source of your dream or your motivation. This book will deliver a path to the fastest, low-cost/high-return inventing strategy on the planet. There are spiritual and physical laws of reaping and sowing. If you plant beans, you harvest beans. Want corn? Plant corn. So it is with inventing. If you want great wealth, start investing your money in education and your time either helping others succeed or being genuinely happy for them when they do. Stroll by the ASOTV shelves at retail and realize there is no other place in the entire store where so many independent inventors' products are available to be purchased. Some inventors are making millions. You can be next.
Author: Dennis Brüntje, Oliver Gajda
Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular method to finance projects of every kind and scale. This contributed volume is one of the earliest books presenting scientific and research-based perspectives of crowdfunding, its development, and future. The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) and its scientific work group, together with FGF e.V., invited both researchers and practitioners to contribute to this first state-of-the-art edited volume on crowdfunding in Europe. This book contributes to a better comprehension of crowdfunding, encourages further fundamental research and contributes to a systematization of this new field of research. The book also features expert contributions by practitioners to enhance and complement the scientific perspective. This book can be used as a guideline and shall advance classification in an emerging research field.
Author: Dan Korem
Since the release of this classic text in 1997, people around the world from all walks of life have used the Korem Profiling System in their professional and personal lives to: Recruit and hire; Lead teams; Negotiate; Sell and present; Recruit and coach athletes; Sharpen communication skills; Teach and educate; Consult with clients; Reduce conflict Detect deception; Build relationships; Nurture and discipline children Dozens of practical examples using the rapid-fire Korem Profiling System are provided throughout this greatly expanded and updated 2nd edition, which also includes: - Four new profiles - The Cautious Innovator profile, world's fastest growing identified by Korem - How to profile people cross-culturally without stereotyping, invaluable for travel abroad or working with diverse cultures - Two new powerful safety checks to immediately correct inaccurate reads on the fly - How to identify the Random Actor profile, the profile of most mass school attackers, suicide terrorists, and workplace killers and how to use intervention strategies that have saved countless lives The lessons in The Art of Profiling are clear and direct and by investing just a few of hours a week your profiling skills will significantly improve."A rare find . . . A masterful text . . . The Korem Profiling System will separate you from the masses when it comes to reading people right the first time." From the FOREWARD by James T. Reese, Ph.D., former member FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit
Author: Michael Haag
Publisher: Amer Univ in Cairo Press
Luxor stands on the site of ancient Thebes, Egypt's opulent New Kingdom capital. It encompasses the spectacular temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank of the Nile, and on the west bank the vast necropolis, which includes the Colossi of Memnon, the famed Ramesseum, Queen Hatshepsut's magnificent funerary temple, and the Valley of the Kings, riddled with royal tombs, among them the fabled resting place of Tutankhamun. The splendor and profusion of pharaonic monuments at Luxor justifies its reputation as the greatest outdoor museum in the world. Reaching beyond Luxor, this book also covers all the major sites of Upper Egypt, including Abydos, Dendera, Esna, Edfu, and Kom Ombo. Special attention is given to Aswan, one of the most beautiful places in Egypt, with its nearby island temple of Isis at Philae. The climax of this informed and richly illustrated book comes with the remarkable temples at Abu Simbel, with their colossal figures of Ramesses II and his lovely wife Nefertari cut from the living rock.
Author: Stan Lee
A comic-book legend explains how to write the stories and dialog for exciting and engaging comic books. Simultaneous.