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Kickstarter
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:44:57 AM »
I've seen several authors do well with Kickstarter, getting funding for a new book before it is written, giving ebook copies, signed hardback copies, consultation, etc. 

Seth Godin just started one and has raised over twice his goal in a very short time http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/297519465/the-icarus-deception-why-make-art-new-from-seth-go   Now he has a brand and a following which makes this easier, but it is interesting to go through kickstarter and see what others have done.

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 03:03:54 PM »
Did you hear about Amanda Palmer? She's a musician who raised over a million bucks w Kickstarter. Craziness!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amandapalmer/amanda-palmer-the-new-record-art-book-and-tour

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 07:29:22 PM »
And there's more!!! One was for a woman who wanted to give women who wanted to be beekeepers in Turkey a head start. Another was for beekeeper in Portland who wanted to start some classes. And yet another was for a geocacher who had gotten hurt while caching in the Austin area.

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 07:56:18 PM »
There have been a lot of brewery start ups in NC using kickstarter. Seems like a fine plan. I am not sure how I would execute a campaign, but I dig the idea.
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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 09:17:43 PM »
Worth studying.  I think kickstarter goes along with different kinds of capital, how you can convert other kinds of capital into cash needed to get something going.

I was talking to an author friend this morning about Kickstarter. She does have a few books out, has a radio and local TV show.  She is now thinking of ways to use this for her next book.  She like what Seth did, and I told her not just Seth.  Her concern is well, he is Seth, almost everyone has heard of him, of course he raised money fast.  Although many know her, not of the same magnitude. 

Hmmm.   So has anyone here raised money on kickstarter? 

Our local mall has something going on this week, kids 12-17 come up with a business idea of something they want to sell and the top 10 get a special place to sell their stuff in the mall one day.  Sort of OK, but seems like more could be done so they can see a bigger picture with real income, instead of making some sort of crafts where your income is limited by hours in a day.   

Don't see if there are limits on kickstarter for age.  No permaculture nor urban or rural farming category.  I know that Dave Jacke of Edible Forest Garden is working on Coppice Agroforestry book with funds from kickstarter which they started in 2010.  Book isn't out yet.  It was a book, not a "farm". 

I'll have to revisit kickstarter more often.   I think that anyone with a cool project which is lacking funding, should check it out to see if it is a good match. 

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012, 02:24:05 PM »
Heidi,
Thanks for the list. Had to back the urban beekeeper one, of course!

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2012, 02:59:47 PM »
Every project I can think of is prohibited on kickstarter. They don't support firearms, knives or self defense. That's the last time I will give them my traffic.
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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2012, 08:28:20 AM »
@gunpreparedness  I had no idea they limited so many things

    Alcohol (prohibited as a reward)
    Automotive products
    Baby products
    Bath and beauty products
    Contests (entry fees, prize money, within your project to encourage support, etc)
    Cosmetics
    Coupons, discounts, and cash-value gift cards
    Drugs, drug-like substances, drug paraphernalia, tobacco, etc
    Electronic surveillance equipment
    Energy drinks
    Exercise and fitness products
    Financial incentives (ownership, share of profits, repayment/loans, etc)
    Firearms, weapons, and knives
    Health and personal care products
    Heating and cooling products
    Home improvement products
    Infomercial or As-Seen-on-TV type products
    Items not directly produced by the project or its creator (no offering things from the garage, repackaged existing products, weekends at the resort, etc)
    Medical and safety-related products
    Multilevel marketing and pyramid programs
    Nutritional supplements
    Offensive material (hate speech, inappropriate content, etc)
    Pet supplies
    Pornographic material
    Projects endorsing or opposing a political candidate
    Projects promoting or glorifying acts of violence
    Projects using Kickstarter simply to sell existing inventory
    Raffles, lotteries, and sweepstakes
    Real estate
    Self-help books, DVDs, CDs, etc

Some on the list I can see such as promoting violence, sell existing inventory, contests, existing inventory.  But you can't fund the writing of the self-help book? nor home improvement item (that could cover a lot of stuff) safety?  Do to regulations I can see no firearms as rewards, but what about writing a book about firearms?  why not a better way to secure your home?
It is still cool, and no reason why there could be other companies started which did something similar in the not allowed niches.

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2012, 12:30:42 PM »
There's also www.gofundme.com . I haven't looked at what prohibitions they have, but it's alternative.

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Re: Kickstarter
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2012, 10:12:36 PM »
I've been active on Kickstarter as a backer, not a project looking for funding and I'm a big fan.  Most of the folks looking for funding are regular folks with a great idea, some progress on it and need some cash to make it happen. 

I could easily see it as a great way to leverage a blogging / podcast site to get funding for a project.  If you tried to ask for donations on your own web site - there are all sorts of credibility issues and concerns etc.  With kickstarter, no one has their pledge charged - until the project funding completes and there is enough backer money to fund the project.

I'll tell you that a lot of projects fail to get the funding they are looking for.  Kickstarter is not a panacea or a free pass.  It's a great mechanism, but you still need to get the message out.  It excels when you have a cool / quirky idea and can use the platform as a way of tracking / getting financial support.  BUT you still need to do all the marketing to get it noticed.  Many of the best projects get much of their buzz through Facebook, twitter, blogs, magazine articles, podcasts etc.  If your blog has enough followers sending them to kickstarter can be a great way to deepen their engagement with yuou byu funding yuour project.

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