What's up with this?
I had a lot of fun producing and co-hosting PrairieCast, a podcast focused on the Iowa startup scene (almost) weekly from 2010-2012. While that show went on indefinite hiatus in April 2012 there's a been a community of fans that continue to ask about it.
I'm excited to be launching this new podcast that focuses on the startup community in Iowa. The show won't be a continuation of PrairieCast but rather a show done in it's spirit.
You'll see many familiar elements from the old show like a four person panel each week, interviews with entrepreneurs and a discussion of that week's startup news.
They'll be new elements, too, such as a new co-host (Chris New), pre-recorded segments and eventually on-location shows from cities around the state.
Also new is an association with 1 Million Cups - Des Moines, the exciting Kauffman Foundation program that meets each Wednesday at Green Grounds Cafe in Valley Junction. We'll record this show after 1 Million Cups each week and involve the presenting entrepreneurs and the organizing team as guests on the show. We also have the opportunity for people to stick around and join us as part of our in studio audience.
Why are we asking for money?
The $1,000 goal for this campaign will cover the basic production costs for a ten episode run. If we're able to raise additional funds we'll use that to improve the production quality of the show, extend the length of the run or go on location sooner.
In addition to covering our costs, we're also doing this campaign to prove that there is an audience for this type of show in Iowa and that audience is willing to financially support it. That will data will help us down the road when look to sponsors and others to help us take it to the next level.
Risks and challenges
The two biggest challenges are proving that the audience is there to support the podcast and that the startup community is large enough for us to get interesting guests week in and week out on the show.
Launching this campaign is a way to validate the audience and mitigate the risk of the first challenge. Associating with the 1 Million Cups team is helping to address the second.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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