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This book is about the founders' stories behind some of the most successful projects on Kickstarter.

Kickstarter book
Kickstarter book

Every product has a founder, and every founder has a unique story that puts them in the position they are in. We chose 11 products from Kickstarter and these are their stories.

The sole purpose of this book is to inspire others. This is not a how-to guide on how to make a successful Kickstarter. It's the founders stories of how they got their idea and how they got to where they are. 

It shows that it's possible for anyone to create their own idea and move forward with their dreams.

The book is in a Q+A format to give the feel of authenticity, almost as you were having coffee with the founder himself and has stories that range from:

A founder who tried idea after idea (failure after failure) for 9 years and never gave up, to the intelligent engineers that just wanted to make something awesome. 

Some Quotes from the book:

"If you have a very successful Kickstarter it's going to be a challenge and you have to rise to it. "  

 - Jack Sutter TGT Tight Wallet

"Focus on the product, not the person behind it"

- Sandy Petersen. Cthulhu Wars Over 1Million in funding.

"it’s this questioning and looking for more and deeper validation that keeps me striving to make the best product we can."

- Phil Bosua LIFX

Why this book?

  • Learn from other people's mistakes and advice
  • Highly inspirational
  • Perfect coffee table book
  • Makes a great gift (X-mas is coming!)

We start every interview with the question, "What were you doing before X," and end every interview with the question, "What advice do you have for people thinking about making their own Kickstarter?"

The founders we interviewed created these products:

Pebble                  Raised: $10,266,845
Pebble Raised: $10,266,845
Virtuix Omni Raised: $1,109,351
Virtuix Omni Raised: $1,109,351
CST Raised: $1,026,292
CST Raised: $1,026,292
LIFX Raisd: $1,314,542
LIFX Raisd: $1,314,542
Oru Kayak Raised: $443,806
Oru Kayak Raised: $443,806
Radiate Raised: $579,599
Radiate Raised: $579,599
Cthulhu Wars Raised: $1,403,981
Cthulhu Wars Raised: $1,403,981
TGT Tight Wallet Raised: $317,424
TGT Tight Wallet Raised: $317,424
Smart Things Raised: $1,209,423
Smart Things Raised: $1,209,423
Nomiku Raised: $$586,061
Nomiku Raised: $$586,061
NFC Ring Raised: £241,947
NFC Ring Raised: £241,947

Where's the money going?

First, the sales generated for the book will be used as leverage for a publisher. Their #1 concern is if the book will sell. If we can prove that by having a successful Kickstarter then we are already on the right track. We are currently looking for the right literary agent. The ultimate goal is to get this into some retail stores and bring more awareness to Kickstarter. If you're not from Silicon Valley, or interested in entrepreneurship, you would be surprised how many people have no idea what Kickstarter is. 

The money will also be going to my graphic designer and editor. I really want this book to have a high quality design feel and every page to almost look like an art piece. We also need the editor to go through the book and fix any grammatical errors as a lot of the interviews were done over the phone and then converted by me (who has horrible grammar) to text. 

This book really needs to be the perfect piece that anyone can pick up and get lost in, not because of the stories but because they can see what all these people have created and hopefully spark their own imagination.

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenges include getting the complete design finished and edited for shipping a month after the Kickstarter campaign. I currently have a graphic designer and editor ready to got but do not have the funds to continue moving forward without Kickstarter.

There are a couple that are confirmed but not completed and it's a risk that they might back out at the very last second. If this happens we will of course replace them with another interesting founder, but as of now we are very happy with our founder list.

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