Crowdfunding

Today I was surprised to find that Internationally-acclaimed podcaster John Lee Dumas was running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. I must have spent over an hour studying the campaign. By far, it is the best example of a publishing crowdfunding campaign! Following is the tweet I sent out upon backing the campaign. I have a hunch this is going to be another historical project, in more than one way. A portion of the proceeds is going to support Adam Braun’s Pencils of Promise.

Like most entrepreneurs I have a dream to make a difference in this world before exiting in human form. Whenever I consider launching a new project, whether it be a service or product, I conduct a feasibility study. Depending on the subject matter, feasibility studies can take a while to produce. Depending on the amount of research required, studies can also get quite costly. This morning I woke up wondering if it were possible to successfully crowd fund a feasibility study. A quick search on Kickstarter revealed only one successfully crowdfunding project to date. Ironically, the search also revealed an unsuccessful campaign for a feasibility study  of particular interest to me. When I turned to Google to search the topic, the results led me to a successfully funded Indiegogo campaign for a feasibility study on cleaning up the ocean. When comparing the two successful campaigns, I could quickly see why the one for CAMP was unsuccessful – too long a video, with too much information shared up front. Clearly there is room for funding feasibility studies and other research via crowdfunding and the market has been addressed only minimally.

Inspiration

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
by Thomas A. Edison

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