Mike Speaks: Crowdfunding with Kickstarter

21 Jun

Friday June 29th at 7PM I will be speaking at the Technology Cooperative on Kickstarter.  Please come out and join me, and also learn a little about the mission of the Technology Cooperative!

Friday Night Tech Talks – Crowdfunding with Kickstarter

Since the launch of Kickstarter, many projects have raised millions of dollars in funding.  Beneath the headlines though lives a vibrant community of smaller projects getting the funds they need every day.  Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing approach has unlocked a source of crowdfunding that anyone can use.  Over 24,000 projects have been funded and the project success rate is above 40%.  The question isn’t “can” I raise money on Kickstarter, but “how.”

Since February of 2011 I have been watching, tracking, and supporting projects on Kickstarter.  I’ve noticed patterns in both successful and unsuccessful projects.  In this session we’ll look at the lessons to be learned from previous projects, and cover:

  • Figuring out if a project is a good Kickstarter fit
  • Creating a welcoming pitch video
  • Choosing the right pledge levels and rewards
  • Raising awareness of your project
  • A deeper look at Kickstarter statistics

Please RSVP

About Michael C. Neel

Michael is a passionate developer who has written code for web, desktop, mobile, and games. With his co-founders at FuncWorks he hosts GameMarx, a weekly podcast for indie and hobby level game developers. In the past GameMarx covered news and reviews of Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) and continues to support XBLIG by running XboxIndies – a central source for XBLIG news and reviews from more than 10 gaming websites and a full database of all XBLIG games.  FuncWorks is currently working on games targeting the Xbox and PC platforms.

Michael is a regular speaker at developer conferences and has been awarded Microsoft MVP twice. He is the founder of CodeStock, an annual developers conference in Knoxville, TN and a co-founder of the Technology Cooperative to create a technology-focused community providing technology access and awareness to all.  Proud father of three amazing daughters, Rachel, Hannah, and Jasmine. Loving husband to Cicelie who inflates and pops his ego as necessary.

  • Would actually consider making it out for this one if only to see you give a presentation (I’m not to likely to do a Kickstarter thing of my own), but I’ll be out of town.