Crowdfunding is getting all kinds of buzz as “the next new thing” for entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations seeking to raise funds to launch a new product or bring in cash for a worthy cause.

And let me tell you – that is so true.

My first foray into crowdfunding was two years ago when Al Lowe (the legendary adventure game designer behind the epic Leisure Suit Larry series) launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise enough cash to produce a brand new Leisure Suit Larry game.

Al’s crowdfunding campaign had a $500,000 goal which is the amount of money needed to do this game right. He totally killed his goal by bringing in over $655,000.

The result? Fans all over the world helped to make Larry come again and without a crowdfunding campaign I don’t see any other way how a new Leisure Suit Larry game would have been possible.

Crowdfunding IS the next chapter in the story of mankind’s never ending quest to find money to make their dreams, goals and visions come true.

So how does running a crowdfunding campaign work? You visit a site like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, post your project along with pictures and I would say at least one video, set your “perk” levels which are different dollar amounts people can pledge to back you in exchange for different freebies including products and services or just general recognition.

Your crowdfunding campaign is basically a single webpage. Your goal is to get as many people as you can to see your crowdfunding project. Generating crowdfunding traffic is the name of the game with the ultimate goal of getting enough people to back your crowdfunding campaign.

Next year crowdfunding will get even more interesting when Equity Crowdfunding goes mainstream allowing anyone to purchase different levels of ownership in a company WITHOUT buying any stock. The NYSE and Nasdaq have nothing to worry about (yet!) but look out for Equity Crowdfunding to be the hottest new thing we’ll see in 2014.

If you want to jump on the crowdfunding bandwagon promoting a crowdfunding campaign is crucial. If you find yourself launching a crowdfunding project then advertising your crowdfunding project cannot be overlooked. Crowdfunding promotion is as simple as clicking that link.

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I’ve been retired for just over two weeks and I’m having too much fun for tech blog posts. I’ll probably write something insightful and helpful sometime next week.

Happy Chanukah!

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Retiring From Tech Support

“Summer’s going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up, old friends growing older.” – Neil Peart of Rush

It is with mixed feelings that I announce my official retirement from tech support as of today.

I hung out my shingle as a “computer guy” nine years ago and I’ve been on a wild ride ever since.

From calls to my cell phone at 10 PM with the supposed emergency of a customer not being able to hear any music from their speakers to rescuing a large local business from bankruptcy after Hurricane Sandy to customers who called me and emailed on a daily basis for free advice, free tips or a free five minute fix I’m sorry to say I had enough.

Don’t even get me started about the customers who hold their head in their hands in disbelief and anguish as I tell them they lost all of their important data after their hard drive died taking all of their critical files with them — client lists, wedding pictures, business email, etc.  Every time I gave bad news like that I felt like a doctor telling a loved one their dearly departed died on the operating table.

And let me tell you my perennial favorite – customers who quibble over my bill and try to nickel and dime me to pay less money for more computer support.  I’ve had two such freeloaders in the past two weeks or so and my answer has been the same — tear up my invoice and while you’re at it tear up my business card and never call me again.

Long story short — I’ve been working too long and too hard for too little money if any money at all.

For years I never understood why any given client’s computer guy suddenly vanished.  I smiled, shook my head and took on the new customer.

Now I understand why computer guys quit.  Burn out sets in.  Mental burnout and emotional burnout fueled by the drive to deliver customer service and accommodate the world as they struggle to make sense of their computers with every little foible.

I love helping people.  I love making people smile as I help make a problem or a pain go away.  I always have and I always will.

I will continue to do that through RoyalGeeks.Com which is going to become front and center of this tech blog.

I will continue to provide insightful articles about new technology and publish computer repair solutions on a fairly regular basis so I can continue to help people with their computer problems on a passive, voluntary basis as I see fit.

But I will not be taking any tech support phone calls or making any house calls.  It’s time for me to turn the page to the next chapter in my life.

So what will I do with my newly found freedom? Golf? Shuffleboard? Ballroom dancing?

No no and no.  I will be devoting all of my time to my writing career and my other company Malinche.

If you like books and computers then I think you should give one of my interactive fiction books a try.

 

 

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