Crowdfunding: How To Sell Your Dreams

CrowdfundingWhen it comes to getting new work out there, it has traditionally been a painful process. Have a book? Gotta get an agent, and then you have to find a publisher willing to take you on. Have an invention you want to mass-market? Good luck finding a company willing to work with you and not just steam-roll over your idea.

The world has always been a place for corporations. Entrepreneurs and small-time companies barely make a profit and always have a small audience.

The Internet, of course, has changed all that. You can now crowdfund everything. It started with Kickstarter, which was mostly a way for artists to get funding for projects no sane company would ever touch. They were too risky. But lately, even start-up tech companies have begun to use the crowdsourcing model, either by crowdsourcing their investors or crowdfunding the R&D. Read the rest at TheBlot.

Crowd sourcing guidelines

The following is a blog post by John Burman about theCrowdfunding Your Vision: How to Achieve the Results You Want panel at 2013’s New York Comic Con. While the focus was on comics, the panel did a good job of being as broad as possible, because all the advice can easily be adapted for any purpose. Read the rest at examiner.com

Crowd sourcing for tech

Oktoberfest 2013 - General ViewsKickstarter is pretty well known for helping fund indie art projects. If you have a book you want to write, start a Kickstarter. If you have a game you want to develop, go to kickstarter. If you have a film series or web seriesyou need to fund, Kickstarter. Now, crowd sourcing has been adapted for a lot of industries, from project funding to news (examiner.com is pretty much built off the same model), but it might even be the next venue for investments. Read the rest at examiner.com.