January 13, 2015 • Reference: Media & Celebrities, Women's Interest, Work & Business
Business folk! Looking for a book that’ll aid your endeavors as an entrepreneur? Today only, you can get The Kickstarter Handbook: Real-Life Success Stories of Artists Inventors and Entrepreneurs by Don Steinberg for just $3.99.
July 1, 2013 • Fiction, Parenting, Parenting: Dad, Quirk Kids, Travel, Work & Business
Recently the Quirk compound was visited by beloved children's book character Flat Stanley.
As many of you will recall, young Stanley was rendered two-dimensional when a huge bulletin board fell on top of him. He didn't let flatness keep him down, though; in fact, he took advantage of the situation by folding himself into envelopes and mailing himself all around the world. Since then, kids in over 6.000 schools--including my nephew Sam--have participated in the Flat Stanley Project by creating their own Flat Stanleys and mailing them all over the place.
The Stanleys are mailed back with photos and information about where they've been. So here are some of the pictures from Stanley's visit to Quirk. (Spoiler alert--Sam got an A.)
October 11, 2012 • Work & Business
Here's something cool I realized as I did my research for The Kickstarter Handbook. More than almost anything out there, Kickstarter is a laboratory of What People Want. The founding principle of Kickstarter, after all, is that you pledge dollars so that this film, or artwork, or awesome iPad accessory or building toy or desk lamp can be born. It won’t come into existence without your cash, and you want to see it happen. In fact, you want one.
Traditional investors in products and ideas often have a different motivation. They may like an idea, but the bottom line for a product investor is whether it will become popular enough to make money. What's the return on the investment going to be? By contrast, when you give money to a Kickstarter project, you don't get any equity in the venture. There is no pretense or hope of financial upside. It's purely a vote for stuff that you wish would exist.
And because the vote is with real money, I think it's more indicative of what people truly want than, say, a consumer survey, where you can say anything -- sure I'd buy a hybrid car or Android-based hat -- but you don’t have to actually put up any cash to prove it.
August 13, 2012 • Work & Business
Today, we've got a quick Q&A with Don Steinberg, author of The Kickstarter Handbook. Read on for some useful tips, and learn how he picked the campaigns he highlighted in the book.
Q: Out of thousands of successful and not-so-successful projects on Kickstarter, how did you pick the campaigns featured in The Kickstarter Handbook?