• A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide

  • Build a Better Business by Building Community
  • By: Jamey Stegmaier
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Lucas
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide

By: Jamey Stegmaier
Narrated by: Mitchell Lucas
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Publisher's Summary

As a veteran of six successful Kickstarter campaigns (and counting) and the proprietor of the Kickstarter Lessons blog, Jamey Stegmaier knows something about crowdfunding. In this audiobook he goes beyond the nuts and bolts of how it works to a deeper level - crowdfunding not just as a cool way to raise money but as a better way to build and run a business.

This book features over 40 illustrative examples of crowdfunding campaigns. Some succeeded wildly - like the high-tech cooler designer whose first attempt faltered but whose second raised $13 million. Some were sobering disasters, like the board-game maker (not the author!) whose mistakes caused his project to collapse in two months, forcing him to return over $100,000. Stegmaier uses these stories to make points about topics such as preparation, timing, what kind of offers to make and what kind to avoid, what to spend money on and when, and more.

But he insists it's not just about the money - if you follow Stegmaier's advice, crowdfunding can enable you to build a loyal following before you even have a product. He shows that if you treat your backers as people, not pocketbooks - communicate regularly with them, ask their opinions, attend to their needs - they'll become advocates as well as funders, exponentially increasing your and your projects' chances of succeeding.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Jamey Stegmaier (P)2015 Jamey Stegmaier

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Incomplete, boardgame focused

Would you try another book from Jamey Stegmaier and/or Mitchell Lucas?

This book does a good job of covering crowdfunding of boardgames for Kickstarter only. The author did make some generic advice but the majority of the examples were boardgames. Very little on technology projects for example. He lists other crowdfunding sites at the beginning but the rest of the book is all kickstarter. He covers some things thoroughly, such as how to set up a shipping distribution network to cover Europe and Asia (ship palettes of product to Amazon Fulfillment centers). In many other areas, the book could have been more complete. For example it offers some advice on what to put in a promotional video and how long to make it . It says nothing about how to produce such a video.

Was A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide worth the listening time?

maybe

Any additional comments?

For boardgame creators, this book is quite a valuable resource.

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this was terrible

on and on about personality test abs scores of his referenced business. not good book

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Great Strategy!

This is an excellent Guide for those of us that have dreams of successfully launching a campaign!
Thank you for the insight!

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Amazing dos and do-nots for crowdfunding

I'm very glad I decided to purchase this, there's priceless tips in here. I recommend it to any aspiring game designer.

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6th listen!

I think this book has some luls where the stories might not feel relevant to the reader but by the end Jamie really drives home why he has been such a successful Kickstarter. Making your projects about your backers is the most important thing you can do and I love how clearly this comes across throughout the book. Everytime I work on a project I re-listen to this book. It is the perfect audiobook to have in your arsenal for workmode "reading" as you go through your pages. I will no start it over from the top as I continue to working on my latest page.

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Great & wealthy book, must read for crowdfunders

Very useful, with a lot of extension links and data proven studies. Great job Jamey!

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Truly beneficial

As always: Jamey contributed... again!! Thanks! Really helpful advice and interesting anecdotes to hear :-) I really enjoyed it.

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Kickstart your ambitions

This book is fantastic! I've already listened to it twice and am about to again!

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A very helpful book.

I found this to be an extremely helpful book for my future crowdfunding projects. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to start a Kickstarter in the near future. it might be short, but there's a ton of really good information in this book.

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Good advice and easy to digest

Having spent a lot of time on Kickstarter, both backing projects and following what's new and upcoming, I really enjoyed listening to this book and hearing it from the other side. If you're looking for some good advice on how to get your own crowdfunding campaign up and running, I strongly suggest going through this book once or twice first. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • Alan Fitzgerald
  • 11-12-17

An inexpensive introduction to Crowdfunding

This book gives an introduction to how the author used crowdfunding as a support to his ventures and even better than this, he also gives some very intuitive lessons on where he made mistakes. Overall this book is easy to follow and an easy listen, I would recommend to anyone contemplating the entrepreneurially path.

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  • david
  • 11-02-15

Good introduction

What made the experience of listening to A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide the most enjoyable?

Not knowing much about crowd funding from any angle this was a great introduction. The author doesn't oversell and knows what he is presenting.

Which character – as performed by Mitchell Lucas – was your favourite?

The character of Jamey Stegmaier was performed really well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Let's be honest here, not sure that it would translate well to film and at this time of night, after my one or two whiskeys, can't think of any clever tag lines.

Any additional comments?

As an overview it was great and if I get serious of raising funds by crowdsourcing I would definitely give this one a re-read.