Author: Grant Stimmel

How Kickstarter’s Changed: 2009-2018

Ahhh 2009, what a year.  “The Blind Side,” hit theaters, “Party in the U.S.A.” topped the charts, and we used our iPhone 3’s to stream Pandora Radio like it was our jobs. Times were good. Well, actually they weren’t.  The stock market was in the tank, the housing market was flipped on its head, and pretty much everyone was downright miserable. If that doesn’t scream, “Let’s start a crowdfunding platform!” to you, then I don’t know what does.  Perry Chen officially launched Kickstarter on April 28th, 2009 and within days it attracted 26 campaigns that would go on to...

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What Your Grandpa Got Wrong About Crowdfunding

Right now, in a musty living room somewhere across the country, there is an old man gathering his grandchildren to tell them about the, “Good ole’ days.” He’ll unwrap another piece of Werther’s Original Hard Candy, pop it in his mouth, and begin telling the children stories about the way things used to be. A few minutes in, he’ll notice the youngest in the room has stopped paying attention. She’s focused entirely on an ever-rotating sphere of shimmering metal. He’ll stop his story halfway through in order to find out just what on Earth she has in her hand....

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NeuroPlus – Making Focus Fun

Do you ever find it hard to focus?  Always fidgeting with something?  Repeating yourself constantly? Do you ever find it hard to focus?  Always fidgeting with something?  Repeating yourself constantly? Do you ever find it hard to focus?  Always fidgeting with something?  Repeating yourself constantly? If so, then NeuroPlus is for you – and apparently, me.  With all the beeping, buzzing, and chirping from our phones these days, we’re all finding it increasingly hard to focus.  But the team over at NeuroPlus is here to help – HEY, stop looking at that squirrel! They partnered with researchers at Duke...

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What Is ProductHype?

What is ProductHype? Let’s put it this way, if ProductHype was a kid in your high school, we’d have been the varsity quarterback with a 4.0 GPA dating the cheerleading captain.  Just kidding.  We’re not that cool.   Basically we’d have been the kid who was always playing with the latest gadgets.  And sure, we ate a few lunches by ourselves, but nobody knew more about the coolest stuff than us.  When the cheerleading captain needed to find a birthday present, she didn’t ask her boyfriend, she came to us. So if you’re looking for the next great product,...

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A 2018 Crowdfunding Guide (That You’ll Actually Enjoy Reading)

Why learn about crowdfunding? We’ve all been there. Stuck in the corner of a networking event talking to, “That guy.” You know the one. Quick to mention his recent trip to southern France. “Oh you really must go,” he says, “It’s just lovely this time of year.” It’s all you can do not to roll your eyes as you desperately search the room for some way to escape. You think about excusing yourself to the restroom, but in your heart you already know – he’ll find you there too. Between sips of wine, he asks you, “Kind sir, what...

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