Kickstarter Postmortem: Redefine Success

This is a postmortem in hopes that others may learn from our successes and mistakes.

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Happy Hour! Card Game Now on Kickstarter!

Happy Hour!, the first bartending card game, is now available on Kickstarter. It's the latest game I've been working on with my good friend, graphic artist Walker Cahall. We're really proud of it and we'd love it if you checked it out on Kickstarter, but first... Dinner's Ready, the first game I created on Kickstarter back in … Continue reading Happy Hour! Card Game Now on Kickstarter!

Hiring My First Freelancer

In preparation for my upcoming crowdsourcing campaign in February, I decided to get started early on the market research and lead generation I'll need to run a PR and marketing campaign. Happy Hour! is a competitive drinking card game, challenging players to collect ingredients to deliver drinks like a real bartender! Not only is Happy Hour! fun to play, … Continue reading Hiring My First Freelancer

How to Run a Successful Crowdsourcing Campaign

If you want to be successful in crowdfunding, you're going to need to put in the work before, during, and after the campaign. This post contains knowledge I learned firsthand from running my own campaigns, contributing to the successful campaigns of others, and information I've learned from my entrepreneurship classes on crowdfunding. Crowdfunding not only gives … Continue reading How to Run a Successful Crowdsourcing Campaign

Friends Doing Awesome Things: Zack Dupont, The Dupont Brothers

I've met a lot of musicians in my life, but none quite like Zack Dupont. We met back in college and I was instantly drawn to his openness and honesty. Not just in his word, but more importantly, in his art. (I mean, look at that hair!) He was never trying to be something he … Continue reading Friends Doing Awesome Things: Zack Dupont, The Dupont Brothers

Crowdsourcing: Popularity Contest or Fist Fight?

I have been "in charge" of three crowdsourcing campaigns: a $15,000 IndieGoGo campaign for a documentary film (I had a TON of help), a $1,500 solo-campaign for directing my own short film, and most recently, a $4,000 Kickstarter campaign for my Dinner's Ready! cooking card game (with two partners). All three were successful; the narrowest by only … Continue reading Crowdsourcing: Popularity Contest or Fist Fight?

Dinner’s Ready! is now available on Kickstarter!

It was another late night last night and I'm hoping it's the last one for a while. We launched Dinner's Ready! yesterday afternoon to a "soft opening." I sent e-mails to my closest 132 friends and family, encouraging them to hurry over to the Kickstarter page to pick up one of the "Early Bird Specials" we're offering. I … Continue reading Dinner’s Ready! is now available on Kickstarter!