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Today in Kickstarter, Monday April 22nd 2013:
So I get asked to speak about Kickstarter pretty often, and I almost always open with this video of Steve Jobs, where he says:
I’ve actually found something to be very true. Most people don’t get those experiences because they never ask. I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked them for help.
I always call them up.
I called Bill Hewlett when I was twelve years old and he lived in Palo Alto and his number was still in the phone book. He answered the phone himself, “Yes.”
“Hi, I’m Steve Jobs and I’m twelve years old. I’m a student in high school and I want to build a frequency counter. I was wondering if you had any spare parts I could have?”
He laughed and gave me the spare parts to build this frequency counter. Then he gave me a job that summer at HP working on the assembly line. Putting nuts and bolts together on frequency counters. He got me a job in the place that built them. I was in heaven.
And… I’ve never found anyone who said no or hung up the phone when I called. I just asked. When people ask me I try to be as responsive, to pay that debt of gratitude back.
Most people never pick up the phone and call, most people never ask. That’s what separates, sometimes, the people who do things from the people that just dream about them.
I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of help with all of my projects, and I love helping people with theirs, but lately, I’ve been really overwhelmed by the number of people I’ve been talking to, so I’m going to try to organize it a little better.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to set aside time every Tuesday and Thursday to talk to people about their projects. Here’s how we’ll do it:
- You’ll get on a G+ hangout with me and Elaine at 4:00pm CST on a Tuesday or Thursday
- If it’s possible, you should have a prototype or a demo or something more than an idea
- I’ll invite friends who have also done successful Kickstarter projects like Jana and nickd, maybe some of our friends who work at Kickstarter will join us after work
- We’ll talk about your project and ask you questions and help you figure out what works for your project
- This whole project is not affiliated in any official way with Kickstarter, it’s just you and me and any surprise friends who can make it
- This whole thing is free, but you should pay the favor forward by helping people yourself
If you’re interested in grabbing one of these meetings, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on the hangout!
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HOW I RAN A SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED KICKSTARTER PROJECT IN JUST ONE MONTH
Submitted by Amy Leigh Strickland
This blog post is from an ebook I previously put out for Matter Deep Publishing. In August 2012 I ran a Kickstarter project for my mother-in-law’s book, The Incognito Project. After the successful completion of the project, I sat down and reflected on what worked and what did not. I’ve brought it to this blog in six parts!
Love this New Disruptor podcast with Lumi. Great insight into all it took for them to get the project off the ground.
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A project is born.
“A few months back, before FlipBooKit, this fellow from MAKE magazine named Matt Richardson met us at the San Mateo Maker Faire. He immediately took an interest in our mechanical flipbook art and there was enthusiastic talk of interviews, articles and kit ideas. That was June 2012.
Matt finished our interview in September, and with a little-twinkle in our eyes, we started imagining how to build a kit. ‘Why not launch a Kickstarter campaign on the publish day of the MAKE article in October?’
We came up with a name, purchased the DNS, and sat with a few guys at CRASH Space talking about box materials. After a week it all came together and our eyes were twinkling away. Then a phone call from Matt saying, “The article will publish in January, not October”.
(our plans were dashed)
We were just about to postpone the project when Mark decided to call the folks at the NY Maker Faire. “Have a look at this art… there was gonna be an article… and we had this plan… Can we get a last-minute booth?” First we received a tentative maybe… then a YES! We were ON! We had two weeks to finish prototyping, build a booth, and create a Kickstarter campaign. Whew! You know the rest.
Now we can announce that the MAKE magazine issue is out!”
The lesson we learned from this? Kickstarter backers are cool. They’re quite understanding, as long as you are open and honest in your communications.
They understand delays, they understand that it takes longer to order 750 books than 100, and they understand that certain factors are outside of your control. What they don’t understand (and rightfully so) is a lack of communication. That’s why we tried to overcommunicate. We’d rather have people say “Okay, enough with the updates already!” than “What are those guys doing? I haven’t heard from them in forever.
—The 99 Shades of Grey post-mortem on their successful Kickstarter project.
The positives, even if I didn’t make a lot of (any) money (yet), have been incredibly positive. Kickstarter gave me more than I ever could have hoped when I first thought of self-publishing.
Advice by/for journalism project creators via the Columbia Journalism Review.
Is lateness failure?
When it gets down to it, if I were only in it for nothing but the money, I’d be a stock broker. Not a novelist. There’s love here.
That was where I was. Hoping that it would, down the line, help things out.
And I wanted a win. I’ll be honest.
After talking it over with Emily (my wife), I did it. I jumped.
I came up for breath thanks to the Kickstarter and was writing. Not just moments underwater. Full on. We lived tight, and it wasn’t easy, but I was able to really put some fuel in the furnace.
And I couldn’t have done it without that injection, that nugget that Kickstarter provided when I was really down low.
—Tobias S. Buckell. The sci-fi writer recently funded the publication of his new novel via Kickstarter and wrote a thoughtful and passionate blog post outlining the entire experience.