Tag Archives: pre-sell

Crowdfunding Site for Writers

A new crowdfunding site helps authors do two things at once: pre-sell their novel and get noticed by publishers. Although some writers have made a lot of dough (Fifty Shades of Grey has earned over $500M in all of its … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Consultants Don’t Add Much

As more crowdfunding campaigns are failing to raise their targeted amounts (66% this year vs. 50% last year), more startups are turning to PR firms, Twitter masters and other types of “experts” who promise to raise the campaign’s profile to … Continue reading

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Fashion Brands Crowdfund For Cash and Ideas

Will hiking-sneaker-boots be as successful as dress-pant-yoga-pants? The Wall Street Journal is noting that apparel brands are trying to get closer to their customers by having them help design fashion and then pre-buy it online via crowdfunding. By the way, … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Disaster?

What is being billed as the “biggest Kickstarter disaster” is apparently getting worse. According to a hyperbolic report, the company that raised $18 million to manufacture a cooler is now asking backers to pony up another $97 for “expedited shipping.” … Continue reading

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Model Kickstarter Campaign

By now crowdfunding via Kickstarter has become almost routine. Take a look at the page by Joe Hyman, a mechanical engineer, who has invented a travel coffee mug that makes its own brew. Using Kickstarter* to pre-sell his invention, the inventor … Continue reading

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Pay Today, Get Tomorrow – A Real Business Model

Christina Bechold writes in the Wall Street Journal about how to start a start-up: ” Ask ‘Does anyone else really want this?’ You go door-to-door. You collect data points. You figure out who your competition is. You ask your friends … Continue reading

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Terps Crowdfund for New Mini 3D Printer

A shout out to two Terps who started a crowdfunding campaign to pre-sell their small 3D printer. “The Micro,” the new printer from M3D, founded by Michael Armani ’05, Ph.D. ’10 and David Jones ’06, is inexpensive, sleek and made … Continue reading

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