|Crowdfunding Your WebSite Project?|
Has anyone tried This Approach?
| 8:04 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Alright, it may seem silly, but has anyone looked into crowdfunding for their web development projects? I have so many crazy ideas for websites and web services, but don't currently have the funding. I read a low at the various Entrepreneur forums and crowdfunding sites like [crowdfundingforum.com ], and [Sitepoint.com ], and came to the conclusion that it may be possible to launch a crowdfundign campaign on Indiegogo for my next big project.
I have also considered turning to one of the equity crowdfunding platforms like TheFundersClub.com. Anyone with opinions and or experiences that could help me out here?
It just seems like Crowdfunding is growing at such a fast pace.
| 8:14 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)|
The main problem I see is that you have to make the idea for your site public before you even start working on it. If you have a great idea, there's nothing to stop someone from taking your idea and getting it to market sooner than you.
Alternatively, if your idea isn't great, then why would anyone want to help fund it?
It seems like a no-win situation in both cases.
However, if it's an issue of trying to get funding for the redesign of an existing site and the approach is along the lines of "Please help me redesign my poor, old-looking site"- that might work, especially if you have a loyal community of members who would genuinely like to see the site improved.
| 12:02 am on Nov 15, 2013 (gmt 0)|
What if I file for a patent prior to launching a crowdfunding campaign. Is that feasible? Or even if not, I would have a first movers advantage and be able to get my product to market first.
Has anyone here ran a crowdfunding campaign on any of the various platforms?
| 5:38 pm on Nov 16, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I wouldn't worry that much about patenting the idea at least not at the begining, but that's just me. Rather put all your energy into developing your site. Facebook never had a patent on social networking but outranked hi5, orkut, myspace and etc...
What if I file for a patent prior to launching a crowdfunding campaign.
I am actually thinking of doing the same but not sure if I'm ready to put myself out there just yet! I'd be curious to read what others have to say! Btw I'm more looking into KickStarter.
Best of luck anyway.
| 5:56 pm on Nov 16, 2013 (gmt 0)|
|It just seems like Crowdfunding is growing at such a fast pace. |
I think it is too. And that's going to become a problem sooner rather than later. Already I'm seeing too many people looking at it as a source of free money. Public response seems to be good in many cases but I feel it's because it's a new concept that has been exploited to the tilt point yet.
When it does hit tilt it will become more obvious of what's happening. As a result the public will probably back-off. That's too bad because there really are a lot of good ideas out there that can benefit from this type of funding.
Like everything else, greed will go a long way to killing it. I'm not directing that comment to anyone in this thread. It's just my general observation.
As an example I think Phonebloks would somehow qualify for some sort of crowdfunding to keep the concept moving forward yet the originator of the idea has chosen to not exploit that avenue in spite of the fact that his concept is not for personal gain but for collective progress in many ways.