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Funding the Dream on Kickstarter

Over $1 Billion dollars has been pledged to Kickstarter campaigns since its launch in April of 2009. Traditionally a site for funding Film and Music, Kickstarter has become a great place for anyone with a dream to see them realized. With Kickstarter you don't need a publisher or a big company, just the courage to ask.

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Ep 187 Cautionary Tale on Kickstarter with Jamey Stegmaier

Jamey Stegmaier joins me as a cohost.


10 Mar 2014

Rank #1

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EP 278 James Hudson 3 Keys to Kickstarter Success

Three things are necessary for Kickstarter Success. #1 Building the Audience - James tells us how#2 Professional Artists - You can't get by with amateur#3 Pre-marketing - You must invest time to build up to your campaignJames Hudson knows what he is talking about and identifies clearly those three things that you must do to be successful. Ignore his advice at your peril.


17 May 2017

Rank #2

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EP 322 Building your Crowd before you launch. Finding a path to success with your first Kickstarter campaign

Bobby Fiorentino began building his crowd nearly a year before he even knew what his Kickstarter project was going to be.He built a following, using Live Stream, Giveaways, and advertising to draw people to his Facebook group where they shared common interests. His group rapidly grew to more than 4,000 members. He then began using this new crowd to develop ideas and as a sounding board for a Kickstarter project. Then, with the project beginning to be fleshed out, he identified what the least amount of money would be needed to be successful and how to use GameCrafter to build out his game.He settled on $500.That may not seem like a lot of money to start with on Kickstarter, but Bobby's project, called This Game Is A Disaster, leveraged all the right assets, followed all the right steps, and while the goal was modest, his process was exceptional.This interview with Bobby Fiorentino is well worth your time to listen. If you are a new project creator or even someone who has been Kickstarting for a while, you will find some extremely useful advice from this first timer. 


1 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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EP 287 Here Are 5 Keys To A Successful LinkedIn Profile

I share 5 keys to creating a successful LinkedIn profile. Not to get a job, but to make a first impression. In today's digital world, it is when I visit your LinkedIn profile that I find out who you are. Use LinkedIn as a means of building your personal brand and to creating a favorable impression with those you wish to influence.


7 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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Ep. 233 Understanding the Magic the Gathering v. Hex Lawsuit

Richard and Douglas Linn discuss the copyrights, patents, and trademarks at the heart of the Wizards of the Coast v. Cryptozoic Entertainment lawsuit.http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/05/understanding-the-wizards-v-hex-lawsuit-in-plain-english/


13 Nov 2014

Rank #5

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Ep 306 Narek Vardanyan with The Crowdfunding Formula

Host Richard Bliss is joined by Narek Vardanyan, founder of The Crowdfunding Formula, a copy focused on helping crowdfunding project owners expand the reach and influence of their campaigns. https://thecrowdfundingformula.com/Narek shares his insights on what it takes to be a successful campaign on both Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.What's interesting, is Narek's company is influencing and supporting projects all around the world, while being primarily based out of Armenia. He joins the show from literally the other side of the world.


2 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 221 Dan Yarrington with Game Salute

How long does it take to publish a game? Dan Yarrington, with Game Salute, explains why it has taken longer and longer with each successful Kickstarter campaign.


18 Jul 2014

Rank #7

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Ep 229 Running Your Kickstarter with The Game Crafter

JT, from The Game Crafter, is going to shock you with how far The Game Crafter has come in helping you run your Kickstarter campaign. From prototypes to fulfillment. You have to listen


20 Aug 2014

Rank #8

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EP 329 Manufacturing Your Kickstarter Project in China With Josh Fairbairn

How do you choose a manufacturing partner in China for your Kickstarter project? You ask Josh Fairbairn.Josh delivers specific advice to help those looking to work with Chinese manufactures for the first time. His first piece of advice? Don't make a decision based on pricing. There are other, much more important qualifications rather than pricing.He qualifies this with an understanding that when you are creating a few thousand units, a few cents of savings is not going to help your project be successful, it will actually contribute to its failure. You will end up creating a bad product and have a bad experience.Instead, you must focus on four main areas to evaluate a manufacturer:Communication, Communication, Communication - Language, Culture, Distance, and Time Zones means the opportunity for misunderstandings are high. Become proficient with WeChat and watch your initial communications carefully for indications on problems that may arise in the future.Process - How they make the product and how they work with you to bring it to market are criticalQuality - This is where price focus can hurt you. Be sure to look for good quality in the early prototypes...if there is a problem with the prototype there will be a problem with the final productQuality Control - After you have signed off on everything, keep the communication going to ensure that the quality stays high through the entire manufacturing process.Josh shares other excellent pieces of wisdom and advice. If you are doing business in China I strongly recommend you reach out and connect. You can find Josh on Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuafairbairn/And his website is https://www.morphomfg.com/


27 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 161 Sojourner Tales with Tracy Hickman -Planning beyond your Kickstarter Project

Tracy Hickman joins me for Episode 161 of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter to discuss the importance of planning beyond the project. Your preparation leading up to your project launch must also take into consideration the bigger picture of what happens after you fund.


26 Sep 2013

Rank #10

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Ep 208 Jamey Stegmaier Talks Momentum and Early Birds

How important is momentum on Kickstarter? Jamey thinks it is very important as he and I talk about ways to get the momentum and keep it going.


18 Jun 2014

Rank #11

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EP 314 Building an audience for your Kickstarter with co-host John Coveyou

How do you find your audience for your Kickstarter campaign?It is a fluid thing on how to hone in on your core audience. Always remember it is better to find new products for your current audience rather than attempting to find a new audience for your products or services.This is why it is always a good idea to start small, to use your beginning as a learning experience and an opportunity to get feedback from your early adopters.Building a buyer's persona becomes much easier. Then build more products for that core buyer persona.Much more shared by John and me on how to build your audience.Richard also recommends reading the book "Crossing the Chasm" to help you identify that core audience.


9 May 2019

Rank #12

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EP 325 Give it away for Free to build your crowd Guest Lucia Fasano

You build a crowd by giving before asking. That is the takeaway from our guest, Lucia Fasano. Lucia is a songwriter, actress, and producer of comedy and music. She is in her 2nd Kickstarter campaign and shares how she follows the philosophy of giving to your fans and then asking them for support.So many do it the opposite, asking for money before building the following. Amanda Palmer is discussed and her fantastic Ted Talk and book called The Art of Asking.You can find Lucia Kickstarter campaign, Best Friend Forever: Lucia Fasano's Second Album here Her music is also shared in the opening for this episode of Funding the Dream


23 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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EP 283 Where Does The Money Go? Kickstarter Costs with Marc Specter

How much money do you need to raise on Kickstarter? That depends. Where does the money go? Marc Specter takes the time to outline where he spent the majority of his money to publish his Kickstarter game. This is great advice for those who are running their Kickstarter campaigns as a hobby as well as those running it as a business. Make a mistake with the money and you may not be able to recover.


29 May 2017

Rank #14

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EP 315 Ten ways I screwed up my Kickstarter Campaign with Fabio Redivo Part 1

It isn't often a guest reaches out to share their spectacular success. But Fabio Redivo wanted to share his mistakes so others can learn from them.Fabio is a talented artist and graphic designer who decided to create a card game around his artwork. Usually, it is the other way around. A game designer seems to be always looking for a good artist, but seldom is an artist looking for a game.Fabio shares 10 was he screwed up his Kickstarter campaign. In this episode we cover the first five:1 - False first steps2 - Not have the crowd for crowdfunding3 - Not being involved in social media and game community4 - BGG what?5 - Not having backed many projectsAs you listen, see if there are other areas that Fabio could have been better prepared.


14 May 2019

Rank #15

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Ep 162 Pre-Launch Prep on Kickstarter with Jeremy Burnham

Hitting the Launch button on your Kickstarter campaign is usually the last thing you do in the long build up to your campaign. Jeremy Burnham shares the extensive prep that went into their launch of Stack & Attack, currently running on Kickstarter


2 Oct 2013

Rank #16

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Ep 186 Tyler James' 9 Things During the Kickstarter Dead Zone

Tyler James' blog about 9 things to do during your Deadzone on Kickstarter


25 Feb 2014

Rank #17

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EP 323 Building a Crowdfunding Social Campaign with Storyblaster

Maxine Lapiduss is a Golden Globe winning, 4-time Emmy-nominated TV writer and producer. She is also the co-founder of Storyblaster, a software company that helps Crowdfunding project creators learn how to tell their story and build their crowd. As host Richard Bliss oftentimes says, you don't have a funding problem, you have a crowd problem. Solve the crowd problem first and the money will follow. An entrepreneur and thought leader, Maxine combines her expertise and experience in fundraising sales, branding, storytelling, and social media campaign strategy into Storyblaster. On this episode of Funding the Dream, she shares how Storyblaster is able to use experience from more than 300,000 campaigns to craft templates to allow project creators to build their own storyboards and social media campaigns.If you are a crowdfunding project creator, it is worth your time to listen to Maxine's conversation with host, Richard Bliss. If you are interested in learning more about her company and product, you can visit Storyblaster here


9 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Ep 80 Nicolas Gonda and Tugg

Crowdfund your Indie film into your local theater. Create virtual film festivals through your local cinema. Learn how Nicolas Gonda has created a process to crowdfund movies and films screenings.


14 Sep 2012

Rank #19

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Ep. 240 What’s the Next Big Thing?

Richard and co-host JT Smith discuss technology, crowdfunding, and early adopters. They dive into the early technology adoption cycle and how players like The Game Crafter and Kicktraq are changing the dynamic of the board game industry. That and more on this episode of Funding the Dream.thegamecrafter.com


1 Jan 2015

Rank #20