The Kickstarter Handbook

Real-Life Success Stories of Artists, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs
Author: Don Steinberg
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 1594746079
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 138
View: 9311
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—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.

Kickstarter and Patreon

Author: Justine Ciovacco
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1508173516
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
View: 5438
It's a common word to hear these days—crowdfunding. Websites such as Kickstarter and Patreon are bringing businesses and creators together with donators and investors. This guide explains the basics of how crowdfunding works. This title will inform readers of how Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, works and about some of the projects it has made possible. All the steps readers need to follow to start a Kickstarter campaign or create content and find supporters on Patreon are covered in depth. Furthermore, the text uncovers well-known campaigns and content—and teaches readers how to bring their own ideas to life.

Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, Charles Adler, and Kickstarter

Author: Don Rauf
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1448895359
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 128
View: 4339
Crowdfunding is not a new concept--it was actually used by the Medicis and Walt Whitman in the funding of the arts. However, crowdfunding through the Internet is a new phenomenon. This book introduces readers to the concept of funding creative projects through a group of people, explaining its benefits and how it works. The history of crowdfunding is covered to the present day. Once Kickstarter came along, the company itself had to raise funds to get started. This book highlights the efforts of Chen, Strickler, and Adler to sell their idea to investors. It reveals how Kickstarter went through growing pains but finally emerged as one of the most successful Internet companies today. Readers learn about what it takes to make a start-up a lasting enterprise. With fact sheets on the founders and the company, this book serves as an inspiration for anyone interested in one day starting his or her own Internet company.

Entrepreneur Unleashed

Wealth To Stand The Test of Time
Author: Gregory Downing
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1938047001
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 360
View: 7197
The middle class has been programmed to think differently than the wealthy... about risk, decisions involving risk, and expectations for their future. As a society we've been programmed from a very young age to go to school, get a job, work hard, and settle for a mediocre retirement. With 65% of our college graduates moving back home after obtaining their education and saddled with student loan debts exceeding $200,000, we all know that system doesn't work. Let's not wait for the government to save this ecvonomy... We can -- one family at a time -- and it starts now with yours. Entrepreneurship is not reserved for the elite few -- Anyone can learn the skills necessary to build wealth! Learn to create wealth along side the ones you love the most.

The Ultralight Startup

Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital
Author: Jason L. Baptiste
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101572361
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 240
View: 733
“When I was first starting out, I had to learn many things by trial and error, and I know I could have saved myself a lot of grief if someone had given me advice on what to do. I hope this book will help and inspire you to pursue your passion while avoiding some of the mistakes I made.” It’s easier than ever before to launch a startup. But in a world where barriers to entry are virtually nonexistent and everyone wants to be the next Facebook, competition is fierce. If you’re just beginning and lack the money and clout to make an automatic splash, how do you differentiate yourself from all the rest? Jason Baptiste knows firsthand what it takes. After launching his first company while still in college, he cofounded his current venture, Onswipe, in his early twenties, turning it into a multimillion-dollar company in less than a year. Now, drawing on his own experience as a bootstrapping but hungry entrepreneur, as well as on examples from today’s most famous companies, he guides would-be tech moguls through every stage of the process—from testing a concept to acquiring customers to determining the best pricing model—in a cheap, practical way. Among his strategies: • Build the product you wish you had: Four­square founder Dennis Crowley created an early version of his product because he wanted to keep in touch with former colleagues. • It doesn’t have to be sexy to make money: Dropbox took the world by storm by offering a great solution to a mundane problem—online storage. • Be bold when promoting yourself: Online payment service WePay capitalized on dissatis­faction with industry leader PayPal by dumping six hundred pounds of ice in front of a developer conference. • Attract fans to attract customers: Budget tracking site created its initial user base by offering original and useful content about per­sonal finance. Baptiste shows you don’t need an MBA, a trust fund, or even experience running your own com­pany to become a star in the tech world. The Ultralight Startup is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide that will prepare any entrepreneur to take his or her idea to the next level.

Startup CEO

A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, + Website
Author: Matt Blumberg
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118683153
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 400
View: 6972
A definitive book for any CEO—first time or otherwise—of a high-growth company While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't—and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general. Author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur, knows this all too well. Back in 1999, he started a company called Return Path, which later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce—because "you're only a first time CEO once." Now, more than a decade later, he's written Startup CEO. As the fifth book in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO. Offers valuable insights into how the CEO sets the overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders Discusses how to build a company's human capital by recruiting, hiring, and retaining the very best talent Examines how a CEO must align available resources with the company's strategy in order to ensure success Addresses what it takes to master the "How" of being a CEO—from leading an executive team to managing in any type of market Engaging and informative, this book is essential reading for any, and every, CEO.

Kickstarter For Dummies

Author: Aimee Cebulski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111850545X
Category: Computers
Page: 208
View: 7768
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!

The Total Inventors Manual (Popular Science)

Transform Your Idea Into a Top-Selling Product
Author: Sean Michael Ragan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1681881586
Category: Science
Page: 248
View: 1498
"Transform your idea into a top-selling product"--Front cover.

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Staffing Service Business

Author: Kristie Lorette
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601382820
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 9251
Book & CD-ROM. The median annual salary for someone in the staffing service industry is $29,000 according to the U.S. Department of Labor and as a business owner, you could make even more. The Department also estimates that the staffing industry will grow faster and add more jobs than just about any other industry over the next decade. If you have always yearned for a career where you can really make a difference in someone s life and are thinking of opening a staffing service business, then we have a book that can assist you in taking those first steps and answer all of your questions along the way. Whether you will be operating out of your home or you are looking to buy or rent office space, this book can help you with a wealth of start-up information, from how to form and name your business to deciding if this will be a joint venture or if you would rather work solo. Valuable information on forming a Partnership, LLC, Corporation, or becoming a Sole Proprietor, the four types of business formation, is included, as well as the legal implications of each. A complete list of all of the start-up equipment that you will need is provided, as well as a sample budgeting sheet to allow you to gauge start-up costs. You will learn about potential risks that you take in opening a staffing service and how to minimise your losses. Also include is information on other types of insurance that you will need to have available to contractors that you hire, such as workers compensation, disability, and unemployment insurance. This book will assist in helping you decide whether you will offer temporary staffing services, long-term staffing services, or temp-to-perm staffing services. A list of potential sectors that your business can operate in will help you decide whether to stick to a specific niche or whether you will hire contractors to work in various fields, along with the benefits of operating in both situations and factors to consider such as local supply and demand, your own career experience, and economic feasibility. This complete manual will arm you with everything you need, including sample business forms; contracts; worksheets and check-lists for planning, opening, and running day-to-day operations; lists; plans and layouts; and dozens of other valuable, time-saving tools of the trade that no business owner should be without. A special chapter on finding qualified contractors and businesses to place your employees in will be included. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you through every detail that will bring success. You will learn how to draw up a winning business plan (the companion CD-ROM has the actual business plan you can use in Microsoft Word) and about basic cost control systems, copyright and trademark issues, branding, management, legal concerns, sales and marketing techniques, and pricing formulas.


Short Life Advice from Outliers Under 30
Author: Peter Cuderman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781717581495
Page: 258
View: 9109
30&UNDER is a book packed with hacks, daily habits, rituals and routines of the most successful people under 30. Entries include: Forbes 30-unders, entrepreneurs, athletes, influencers, philanthropists, contestants from shows, such as: Top Chef, Chopped, The Ultimate Fighter, Shark Tank, and Survivor, as well as programs, such as: Thiel Fellows, Y-Combinator, 500 Startups, and more. From the Author: The idea is that we see these people earning awards like Forbes 30 Under 30, starring on television shows, being admitted into the most prestigious colleges and universities (Harvard, Stanford, Yale), or becoming some wildly successful entrepreneur or startup founder (Thiel Fellows, 500 Startups, Y-Combinator), but where can we learn about who these people actually are? When I opened up Google that morning, my search result came up short. I was looking for these people competing at the highest level. With one caveat -- either they had to have started their (personal) brand or business before 30 or they had to still be under 30 years of age. These high achievers existed, but it was nothing more than biographies. The results were slim. There was little to give me specifics into their daily routines, habits, and rituals. I wanted to know more. And if I wanted to know more, was it possible that others did, as well? I started to think about the best way to reach these highly coveted people. Then it hit me that if I am to dive into the mindset of millennials, the approach should be clear. This book was sourced and developed entirely through social media. Not one introduction was made outside of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram. It was many months, thousands of hours, countless interviews, but I am very excited to present 30&UNDER: Short Life Advice from Outliers Under 30. The book takes you chapter by chapter through profiles of individuals that answer questions related to: morning routines, passion, how time is spent, what to do when feeling overwhelmed, habits, rituals, most gifted books, improvement professionally and personally, projects, accomplishments, failures, setbacks, perception of success, best advice received, best quotes. Each profile ends with the most significant question,"What would I tell my 17-year-old self?" This book is made for Generation Xers, Millennials, and Generation Zers. Don't let the title fool you. The fact of the matter is that this book provides valuable insights for someone in high school thinking forward or an executive at the end of his or her career. You get a glimpse inside the minds of extremely high achievers, what drives them, and what makes them tick. This ultimately translates to ways to duplicate such success, communicate with such individuals, and develop a better understanding of life and the pursuit of personal development. An easily digestible book that can be read in one sitting with powerful direction for anyone looking to improve, 30&UNDER: Short Life Advice from Outliers Under 30 puts to paper how successful millennials think. I wish you all the success that this world may bring and hope you find your answers to these questions as you read. All the best, Peter

Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!

Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality
Author: Lori Greiner
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0804176442
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 6266
NATIONAL BESTSELLER From one of the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC’s Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner comes a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it a success. Turn your idea into a reality. Become your own boss. Make your first million. Achieve financial freedom. Lori Greiner shows you how. Lori Greiner is one of America’s most successful, prolific, and sought-after entrepreneurs. But before she created her first hit product, all she had was a great idea, a tireless work ethic, and no clue how to get it to market. So Lori taught herself everything she needed to know about bringing an invention from concept to creation to consumers in months. She learned the ins and outs of business, manufacturing, investors, patents, marketing, and more. Now, five hundred million dollars in retail sales later, in an honest and straightforward fashion, Lori reveals the path she took to her wealth of experience and hard-won wisdom so that you, too, can achieve financial freedom and see your invention become reality. Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! is a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it profitable. Sharing her own secret formula and personal stories along the way, she provides vital information and advice on topics that can often intimidate, frustrate, and stump aspiring entrepreneurs. Offering behind-the-scenes insights into her experiences on ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC-TV’s Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, as well as valuable lessons learned from the mistakes and triumphs of her early career, Lori proves that, with hard work and the right idea, anyone can turn themselves into the next overnight success. So a note to all the weekend inventors, armchair CEOs, and get-rich-quick dreamers: No more excuses! With Lori Greiner as your personal mentor, the only thing left to do is make your product, get out there, and sell it! Inside, Lori covers such topic as . . . • Market research: Is your idea a hero or a zero? Don’t be so fixated on the end result that you forget to make something that people actually want to buy. • Product design: I have an idea, now what’s next? From concept to prototype to final product: How do I make it and where do I start? • Funding: Although loans, investments, and crowd-sourcing are great ways to access cash, first tap into your own resources as wisely as possible. • Manufacturing: Seeing your final product roll off the assembly line is a magical moment, but there are things to watch out for so you get there in a cost-effective way. • Protecting your idea: To patent or not to patent, and other things you can do to safeguard your idea. • The secrets to selling successfully: You got the product made, now learn how to get people to buy it! Advance praise for Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! “I am used to dealing with Mavericks and Lori fits the bill! Lori Greiner’s insightful and practical book, Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! should be on the required reading list for anyone who wants to take an idea and turn it into a real business.”—Mark Cuban “While most people write a book to make money, it’s evident in reading Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! that Lori’s goal is to share her secrets with the reader, and make them money.”—Mark Burnett From the Hardcover edition.

Celebrity Leverage: Insider Secrets to Getting Celebrity Endorsements, Instant Credibility and Star-Powered Publicity, Or How to Make Your

Author: Jordan McAuley,Joe Vitale
Publisher: Mega Niche Media
ISBN: 1604870060
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 264
View: 1273
Discover creative strategies for getting your products in celebrities' hands, getting low-cost and free celebrity endorsements, linking your business, product or service to celebrities in other ways, and even making yourself into a celebrity in your field. All of these strategies are Celebrity Leverage. Shows you how to get other celebrities to promote your business, your products, and your services. Reveals how to turn yourself into a celebrity in your area, your niche and your field.

Making It in the Art World

New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money
Author: Brainard Carey
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1621533816
Category: Art
Page: 256
View: 1382
Learn how today’s artists survive, exhibit, and earn money, without selling out! This book explains how to be a professional artist and new methods to define and realize what success means. Whether you’re a beginner, a student, or a career artist looking to be in the best museum shows, this book provides ways of advancing your plans on any level. Making It in the Art World is an invaluable resource for artists at every stage, offering readers a plethora of strategies and helpful tips to plan and execute a successful artistic career. Topics include how to evaluate your own work, how to submit art, how to present work to the public, how to avoid distractions in the studio, and much more.

The Crowdfunding Bible

How to Raise Money for Any Startup, Video Game Or Project
Author: Self Help,Health & Mind
Publisher: Popular Books Publishing
ISBN: 1105726282
Category: Self-Help
Page: 90
View: 9656
This Book comes highly recommended and its one youll really enjoy.

The Art of Startup Fundraising

Pitching Investors, Negotiating the Deal, and Everything Else Entrepreneurs Need to Know
Author: Alejandro Cremades
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119191858
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
View: 343
Startup money is moving online, and this guide shows you how it works. The Art of Startup Fundraising takes a fresh look at raising money for startups, with a focus on the changing face of startup finance. New regulations are making the old go-to advice less relevant, as startup money is increasingly moving online. These new waters are all but uncharted—and founders need an accessible guide. This book helps you navigate the online world of startup fundraising with easy-to-follow explanations and expert perspective on the new digital world of finance. You'll find tips and tricks on raising money and investing in startups from early stage to growth stage, and develop a clear strategy based on the new realities surrounding today's startup landscape. The finance world is in a massive state of flux. Changes are occurring at an increasing pace in all sectors, but few more intensely than the startup sphere. When the paradigm changes, your processes must change with it. This book shows you how startup funding works, with expert coaching toward the new rules on the field. Learn how the JOBS Act impacts the fundraising model Gain insight on startups from early stage to growth stage Find the money you need to get your venture going Craft your pitch and optimize the strategy Build momentum Identify the right investors Avoid the common mistakes Don't rely on the "how we did it" tales from superstar startups, as these stories are unique and applied to exceptional scenarios. The game has changed, and playing by the old rules only gets you left behind. Whether you're founding a startup or looking to invest, The Art of Startup Fundraising provides the up-to-the-minute guidance you need.

Click Millionaires

Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love
Author: Scott Fox
Publisher: Amacom Books
ISBN: 0814431917
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 278
View: 3000
Teaches the design principles that can be used to launch an online business that can be fulfilling and enjoyable.

The Automatic Customer

Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry
Author: John Warrillow
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 159184746X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 218
View: 8329
"How smart companies can use subscriptions to win customers, increase cash flow, and ignite growth What do Zipcar, Netflix, and WhatsApp have in common? They are pioneers of the new subscription economy in which people pay automatically for much more than publications. John Warrillow, the acclaimed author of Built to Sell, offers a blueprint for winning subscribers for any kind of business. He explains, for instance, - The nine different subscription models and how to apply each in your business. - How Dollar Shave Club turned shaving into a subscription. - The secret psychology of selling a subscription. - The eight reasons why customers stop subscribing. Whether business owners want to transform their entire model into a recurring revenue engine orjust pick up an extra 5 percent of automatic sales, they will find great insights and examples in Warrillow's book"--

A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide

Build a Better Business by Building Community
Author: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1626564094
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 216
View: 9631
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.

Sell Crowdfunding Products on TV

Fast Track to Retail Using ?As Seen on TV?, DIY, Kickstarter and Indiegogo
Author: Carrie Jeske
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781545135297
Page: 170
View: 7660
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.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family

10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life
Author: Renée Peterson Trudeau
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608681580
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 214
View: 9476
"Advice and practices for supporting family peace, harmony, and connection in daily life from a life-balance coach"--Provided by publisher.