Periodic Table of Tech Entrepreneurs (Canceled)
Periodic Table of Tech Entrepreneurs (Canceled)
A poster celebrating the most influential people in the world of technology startups, beautifully arranged and designed
A poster celebrating the most influential people in the world of technology startups, beautifully arranged and designed Read more
Update: A sneak peak of the Web Version!
Much more to come such as clickable elements that provide a detailed description of the entrepreneur, a thank you section dedicated to backers and styling for the web (appose to the current poster view) including mobile view!
Hi, we are Mike and Brian, and we love startups! We also really like posters. So, we combined the two!
We are two aspiring entrepreneurs. We’d like your help creating a unique poster to help inspire you! We are assembling most inspiring and capable entrepreneurs in the world together in one place!
If you’re reading this, we’re assuming you dream of becoming an entrepreneur, or perhaps you’re already on your way to becoming one. As aspiring entrepreneurs, we love learning about them. We listen to their podcasts, read their books, and learn about their unique methodologies. Of course, they all work extremely hard, but what else do they have in common? We are bringing together all the connections and CRAZY commonalities entrepreneurs have. Examples include: a huge number of them meditate, read over 2 hours a day, and of the six people who built PayPal, four built bombs in high school (check out Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One).
This poster helps you to put a name to a face, broadens your knowledge of entrepreneurs in other fields, learn interesting trivia, and is a source of inspiration.
The poster has 16 columns. Each column represents an industry, such as hardware or consumer internet. Each element features key information such as location, companies started, along with tags that highlight unique attributes.
24" x 36"
60.96 x 91.44 cm
High quality 80lb paper
Treated with an aqueous coating, to give it protection and a nice sheen
We are also building a web version of the poster, where you can get more information about the entrepreneurs that are chosen to appear on the final version of the poster, including links to Wikipedia, company sites, blogs, twitters, and books of each individual.
As a backer, your name will be included on the website's thank you page, along with a link to your company or personal portfolio if you so choose.
How we did it: Lastly, you will have access to the “How we did it” section of our site. This is a giant compilation of tools and techniques we used to create this project, along with our perspective on tips and pitfalls. From our financial projection planning sheet to our marketing and contact formulas, you will have a no holds barred access.
As a backer, you have the opportunity to cast 1 vote for each of the 16 industrial sectors. You may vote for who you believe most embodies our criteria and best represents their industry!
This is the best way to bring great entrepreneurs who we may not have heard of to our attention.
The big names such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk are locked in so that they do not soak up any unnecessary votes.
16 Columns - may change according to votes
- Multiple: Elon Musk, Richard Branson
- Finance: Perry Chen, Michael Bloomberg
- Media: Arianna Huffington, Steven Chen, Daniel Ek,
- Education: Sebastian Thrun
- Entertainment: Gabe Newell, Mark Pincus
- Data: Peter Thiel, Larry Page, Drew Houston
- Hardware (2 columns): Tony Fadell, Nick Woodman, Helen Greiner
- Social (2 columns): Kevin Systrom, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Reid Hoffman, Jan Koum, Evan Speigel
- Consumer Internet (2 columns): Jeff Bezos, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Jeremy Stoppel, Tony Hsieh, Jack Ma
- Evangelist (2 columns): Seth Godin, Tim Ferris, Jason Calacanis, Guy Kawasaki, Sam Altman, Paul Graham
- Energy: TBD
- Health: TBD
We understand even this list may be subject to debate; if we're missing any "big names" we will make sure to amend the list before voting begins.
Originally we wanted to include historical entrepreneurs like Henry Ford and Edison, but we quickly realized that the scope was way too broad. So, we are limiting the field to internet-age companies. The following is a list of criteria that helps us all make consistent choices. In order of importance:
We are making the poster through web design using PhantomJS to render the website as an image. This makes it very flexible and allows for you to vote on who will appear. It also makes it very easy for us to incorporate your artistic suggestions. You don’t like the shade of yellow we use? Don’t like the font? One line of code and we can change it!
Of course we would like to make money on the project, but we are happy with setting the backing goal to $3,200, our break-even amount. Above all else, we are excited to give something to the Entrepreneur Community!
$1200 is allocated for set up costs and printing. Printing has a huge fixed cost of getting the printers ready for a big batch and the manufacturing of print plates.
$1300 accounts for the shipping tubes and postage. We can keep the fulfillment very low by doing the shipping ourselves.
$280 goes to Kickstarter and payment gateways. We’re setting the goal at $3,200 because that is our break-even with other miscellaneous costs added in. We’re setting it low because we’d be happy knowing other entrepreneurs will have this awesome poster hanging to remind them of their own lofty goals.
$420 Miscellaneous expenses
Delivery and Fulfillment
Once we receive most of the votes, along with your suggestions, we will spend a week making the final draft of the poster. Print turnaround is 3 weeks. We expect to have your posters out 4 weeks from the end of the campaign. Posters are shipped in 3 ply, spiral wound, crush-proof tube. International shipping is available.
We hope you love this poster as much as we do!
Thanks to all of you for your support,
- Mike, Brian, Shiv, and Kevin
Risks and challenges
Overall we believe that the risks for this project are low. One of the biggest challenges for this type of project is the design process. That is something where we definitely have an advantage; as web developers by trade, Brian and I have been working on a startup for almost a year and our technical skills are perfectly suited for this type of poster. We'd also like to think that we have very intense drive, allowing us to deliver this project without delays.
For us personally, the largest risk is the printing process. We’ve compared a lot of different print shops and reached out to other Kickstarter founders to make sure the product is top notch and something we would be proud to hang in our own rooms.
Lastly, we understand shipping and fulfillment will be a lot of work. Thankfully, Mike used to be a power seller on eBay, and we are prepared to make your deliveries on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (31 days)