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CA$ 175 pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
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By Roger Huang
CA$ 175 pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
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About this project

Hi everybody,

What are you trying to do here?

I'm raising funds for a 60-page Ebook I'm writing on the dreams that power entrepreneurs, what they see in the future, and what lessons they've learned chasing those dreams. 

It will be a collection of short stories on the entrepreneurs, each categorized as the future of whichever field they're working in. 

I'm looking to transform the way you see the future being built, and give you a clear explanation of how, and why new ideas emerge, so you can appreciate them, and build your own. 

Why?

It's a topic that really strikes at me because I'm an entrepreneur myself, and I'm intensely passionate about finding the stories and reasons behind why my community takes so much risk to build the things they love.

I want to give exposure to the cool things being built in the community, and give people that spark they need to start building something of their own. 

Why go to us?

I'm going to you awesome people out there because I'm really short on cash, but really long on passion. That's always been the case, and I've always tried to create great new things regardless, but I need you to contribute now to cover some costs I can't, and to highlight that there is value in what I'm proposing. I wouldn't be able to finish the book without you.

Here's an excerpt of the work I've already made.

Playing with Destiny

I founded a company called ThoughtBasin focused on getting students to contribute towards societal innovation by contributing their ideas to problems different companies and organizations had. They would be ranked and rewarded for doing so, and therefore the brightest contributors would naturally highlight themselves as being the best contributors to impact on a societal level.

It was a lofty ideal, and I still believe in it. The youth of today do have a great vision for what sort of future we aspire to, even if we do not have the means with which to achieve these visions.

This is what makes the perspectives of young entrepreneurs particularly insightful. Entrepreneurship is striving towards a goal with minimum current resources. It’s one of the purest expressions of the destiny youth can have without much consideration to given constraints. 

Every startup begins with a spark of delusion, and a belief that you can change the world. Entrepreneurship is an ideal canvas for the youth of today to paint the world of tomorrow they want to see. Visions have a tendency to become relatively unconstrained in the entrepreneurial framework, and yet still grounded in the reality of a practical business.

Those visions draw back to the unstructured playtime of childhood, where ideas could blossom out of nowhere, and where all it took was a bit of thinking to imagine different worlds. The entrepreneurs who are crafting great new technologies are playing with their destiny, and ultimately, all of ours.

I wrote this book to collect the visions young entrepreneurs play with in the hope that together they would contain a great reflection on our present and on our imagined future, and unearth fresh new insights gained on the path to different versions of the future.

The following collection has more than surpassed that expectation for me.

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What other writing samples do you have?

I write frequently about technology and startups for Techvibes, a leading technology publication in Canada: click here to see my writer profile. I also blog about the future quite often at code(love). I'm fascinated by the world of technology and startups, and I believe my passion, skill, and experience will be demonstrated throughout the book. 

Check out my writings at code(love)
Check out my writings at code(love)

Sounds cool! What will you spend the money on? 

5% goes to Kickstarter, so right off the bat that's $250 to the good people here.

I'll need $500 to get a good book cover. 

I'll need $750 for a good editor to run through it and give it a second read-through, and a lot of editing love.

I'll need $800 to promote it online, as I'm self-publishing on Amazon, and not going through established infrastructure or book tours.

I'll need $2,700 for a translation into French, trying to be more inclusive on this considering my Montreal roots. Assuming about 500 words a page, and a typical translation rate of 0.09 cents a word, a 60 page EBook comes out to $2,700.

Which brings us up to the $5,000 needed. 

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If you thought that was awesome stuff, let's build it together! Start now by contributing: it only takes a few button clicks, and you'll be supporting me and an awesome project. I'd appreciate anything you can give. If you can't give anything at the moment, a share on your social media outlets works as well!

Merci! Thanks so much for your interest in my project! 

Risks and challenges

The biggest obstacle is getting my fingers to the keyboard to transmit the awesome stories I do have onto the canvas. I do work on a lot of projects. Provided enough money for food to focus on this one, I promise I will try my hardest to deliver a quality read at a reasonable timeline: within 3-4 months.

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    I'll interview you about your startup, and your dreams and aspirations, and craft a chapter on your story. Startup founders, please email me at roger.huang@thoughtbasin.com beforehand.

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