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Help us raise money for a magazine print run, sharing the stories of San Jose’s inspiring artists and entrepreneurs. Read more

San Jose, CA Periodicals
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This project was successfully funded on October 17, 2011.

Help us raise money for a magazine print run, sharing the stories of San Jose’s inspiring artists and entrepreneurs.

San Jose, CA Periodicals
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About this project

San Jose has long been the hub of tech innovation.  This same type of creativity has also fueled a different side of San Jose--the side that has moveable feasts, fashion shows, artists, tea bars, photographers, and speakeasies, to name a few. 

As residents of San Jose, we started Content Magazine, a life & style magazine unlike any of its predecessors, to tell the stories of these inspiring individuals and businesses in San Jose. It's honest, visually appealing and highlights this creative side of San Jose.

It’s been great publishing online and using Print-on-Demand, but in a world of electronic-this and electronic-that, a physical magazine continues to elicit feelings that an e-reader simply can’t.  Digital is great…but every time we show our pretty iPad friendly version to people, the response is always the same:  "How can I get that in print?" 

So, we're ready to take the next step: to print a magazine that doesn't compromise on the aesthetics.  

We're grass roots.  We’ve defined our vision.  We're building our brand.  But, we aren’t too proud to admit that the time has come to ask for a little help. 

Why should you contribute?

  • You love San Jose, and you want your city to have a magazine with a quality and style that actually represents the people of San Jose. 
  • You think "hyper-local" is a great thing. We like to say we are "for the people of San Jose and by the people of San Jose," so clearly, we do too.    
  • You love supporting emerging artists and celebrating local cultural creatives.  
  • You believe that behind every shop owner, designer, artist and engineer is a story that is waiting to be told.  
  • You like the idea of a localized magazine inspiring you to explore all that San Jose has to offer.
  • You believe that a quality publication has the opportunity to positively influence the way people think of San Jose. 

Where's the money going to go?

We're raising money to:
  • Print the launch issue of Content Magazine with the quality and aesthetic we've always imagined.  
  • Reduce the purchase price for our readers.  
  • Provide printed copies of Content Magazine to local businesses, potential sponsors and city influencers, demonstrating the potential of a quality magazine in San Jose.   
  • And, since you asked, while I'm sure our dedicated contributors have loved eating homemade pastries in exchange for their hard work, we'd love to pay our artists for their time and talent.   

We hope you can see the passion we have for the city of San Jose and the people that inspire us.  Thanks for supporting the vision of our magazine through your contribution.   

Be Content.

"what's inside matters" 

 *One last little thing:  if you are outside of the US, we'll need you to add $9 to your final amount to cover the cost of shipping.  We wish it wasn't so, but those international stamps sure start to add up.  


  • It's certainly not the cost of living! And while we do love the 300+ days of sunshine a year, what we love more is the innovation that has come out of our city...oh, you know, things like Apple, Adobe, Cisco, eBay, PayPal, and Tivo, to name a few...

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  • It’s sort of like the chicken and the egg. We need to have printed copies to further our reach and woo potential sponsors. We can’t afford to print the copies without sponsors. Quite the conundrum.

    Kickstarter supporters (like YOU!) believe in the people who have a vision, a calling, and a desire to see those ideas come to life. We hope you can see, that’s us.

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  • To that we'd say, BAD printed magazines are a dying breed. Printed magazines continue to be the way that people want to engage with design-centered publications. We're not alone in this feeling--one of the largest magazine publishers agrees:

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  • First off, we'd be thankful. Secondly, we'd be able to print more magazines which would further our reach even more than our minds could have imagined. More reach=lower price per issue + greater ability to pay our artists and contributors for their work.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    26 backers

    Get the 4.0 January 2012 Premiere printed issue—in our brand new format, perfect for reading, displaying, collecting and sharing. Get it first—before the stores, before the premiere party (even before our moms—Sorry, Mom!). Partnering with us at this level gets you a printed magazine delivered to your mailbox, but also provides enough funding for us to print up a second one to give out to community influencers. Your neighbor’s coffee table might be a little jealous, so why not buy one for them too?

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    Pledge $25 or more

    44 backers

    Feeling a little more generous? Extend your effort to help Content increase its reach. A $25 donation provides for 2 extra magazines to be printed for every 1 that you get! It’s like doubling your impact and giving us an even bigger reason to love you. (We’ll even give you a shout out on our website!)

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    Pledge $100 or more

    20 backers

    Digging the vision? Want to have a significant impact on the future of Content Magazine’s mission to discover and display the creative and innovative people of San Jose? Donate at the $100 level and get a magazine for you, and an extra to give to a friend. While you share with your friend, your pledge allows us to share with 9 other people! We’ll print your name in the premiere issue AND send you 2 VIP invitations to our Launch Party!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    You love Content because you love all the inspiring and talented artists we’ve featured, and you’d love to own a little something from one of them. A $250 donation gets you a piece of art from one of San Jose’s greatest. Once we’re fully funded, we’ll send you three questions to answer to determine what to give you from our “San Jose Artist Original Art Grab Bag.” (Oh, and you’ll get a magazine with your name printed in it and VIP invites as our way of saying, “thanks.”)

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    Pledge $500 or more

    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    In need of an identity makeover? We’re all about discovering amazing people in San Jose, and displaying them and their work in a beautiful way. Much of that is due to our amazing graphic designers. A donation at the $500 level gets you a branding/rebranding of your business logo, monogram, or name for stationery or business cards. Our branding designer ( will ask you some questions to get to know you, and provide you with two logo options. You’ll get to keep the digital file of whichever one you choose. (And a magazine with your name printed and VIP tickets, of course).

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    (Cue Madonna’s “Vogue” in the background…) Want to benefit from all the great resources Content has to offer? A $1000 donation gets you, aside from our appreciation, a chance to be the subject of your very own magazine. We'll take you, your family, or your business and do what we do best—create a beautiful layout that tells a story of you in a graphically compelling way. From the interview to the professional photo shoot--we'll treat you like the important person you are. You’ll get two copies of the magazine, with a link to order as many extras as you want. (And of course, a copy of the magazine with your name printed, and tickets to our VIP party).

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Funding period

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