Lessons from Crowdfunding

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I’ve never ran my own Kickstarter so I can’t speak on behalf of the business side.

The number 1 thing I would recommend to anyone backing something on Kickstarter is know who you are backing. Notice I didn’t say “what” but “who.” Yes, you are backing a specific product but you need to make sure the company is reputable. Have they had other Kickstarters? Did those get delivered? Or are they new to crowdfunding? Now, if they are new that’s where you have to decide your risk/reward factor for yourself. Everyone knows their own disposable income and if you can drop $100 on  Kickstarter that doesn’t deliver and not bat an eye then go for it! My thought is if you don’t know the company then decide how much money you are willing to lose since the company is just starting out and may actually not deliver on their promises. Sorry that’s my own cynical view.

Probably just as equally important is PATIENCE! People who have Kickstarters are trying their best to deliver the goods on time (there are exceptions though.) They can’t foresee all the delays, especially when working with printers from overseas. As long as they are trying to make good on their promises just be patient with them. You’ll get your reward and you’ll forget that there was ever a delay.

Lastly, don’t be one of those people who say “I backed the project for the idea not the reward.” That drives me up the walls! If someone “truly” backed a Kickstarter for the idea and not the reward then they should select “no reward” when they pledge. They really wanted a reward just like everyone else so just ignore people who act all high and mighty.

I’m not an expert on this matter but if you are thinking about backing a Kickstarter project for the first time I would suggest keeping some of things I mentioned in mind. Don’t be a victim of a Kickstarter that didn’t deliver but also don’t be one of those people who complain about delays either.

A Political Moment

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I used to be into politics but as I got older I became apathetic. I even doubt that I will vote next in the next election. However, I do read the news and have my own opinions from time to time on political matters. The main thing going on now is the Syrian war and whether America should attack because chemical weapons were used. I think chemical weapons are horrible and shouldn’t exist but I don’t see what the President hopes to accomplish by throwing missiles at Syria. First, we don’t know beyond a reasonable doubt that the Syrian government did it. Second, whose to say this will stop the government from using them again (provided they used them in the first place)? Russia seems to have the right approach, diplomacy! Obama has been trying to get a war started all along but now Russia has took the diplomatic approach by asking Syria to give up all their chemical weapons and Syria has agreed. Now Obama is waking up and saying he likes diplomacy even though he has been asking for war the whole time! I don’t want to get in a political debate about this but I just felt like sharing my opinion. I’ve always questioned whether Obama was the right person to be our president.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/10/syrian-official-says-country-accepts-proposal-to-turn-over-chemical-weapons/

My dying love

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Growing up I loved to watch Major League Baseball. I remember cheering for the White Sox. I had baseball cards and enjoyed watching the games. I also watched the Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan was on the team. Eventually my favorite players left their teams and I found the teams lacking. When I was in high school I was introduced to the rules of football. I cheered for the Tennessee Titans but after my favorite player left the team my fandom ended. I switch to cheering for the Indianapolis Colts for years. If anyone watches sports they know what happened…Peyton Manning went to the Denver Broncos. Last year I cheered for the Broncos and the Colts but not as loud as I used to. I cheer for our local college Indiana University in football and basketball too. Last year’s basketball season was great until it ended unexpectedly. I’ve come to a realization that with every team losing players I liked and the majority of my favorite teams’ seasons coming to an unexpected end have left me feeling apathy towards watching sports. I like to play sports (even though I don’t get the chance often) but I find myself no longer carrying who wins and who loses. I think I’m done with being a sports fan. In a lot of ways it is liberating since I don’t have to always keep up with it. A guy that drops off supplies to my work once said “I’ve learned years ago that teams win or lose regardless if I’m watching or not.”