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A weekly Silicon Hills News podcast spotlighting technology entrepreneurs, investors and other leaders in Austin and San Antonio, Texas
A weekly Silicon Hills News podcast spotlighting technology entrepreneurs, investors and other leaders in Austin and San Antonio, Texas
A weekly Silicon Hills News podcast spotlighting technology entrepreneurs, investors and other leaders in Austin and San Antonio, Texas
51 backers pledged $2,529 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU!!!

Silicon Hills News hit our Kickstarter goal within 2 days of launch. But we're not stopping. Our STRETCH goal now is to reach 50 backers and $5,000 in funding. The money will be used to support our live monthly broadcasts as well as for technical production costs and additional equipment and to support Silicon Hills News' original reporting. 
We have some great advertising spots at a bargain right now. It's an opportunity for you to get in on the ground floor of a weekly tech podcast in one of the hottest markets in the country. So sign up while they last. And thank you to Selflender.com (Austin-based startup) for snagging one of the first ad spots. 
Thank you also to Natalie Cofield, CEO and founder of Urban Co-Lab for agreeing to host our live broadcast in February. Hope to see you all there. More details to come.
And as an added bonus, everyone who donates to this Kickstarter campaign will receive a free ticket to attend our January Calendar Party on Jan. 20th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Galvanize in Austin. We look forward to celebrating with you. 

IDEAS TO INVOICES

This podcast features interviews with the movers and shakers in Austin’s technology industry and San Antonio's technology industry. (And if anyone from Dallas or Houston makes a big pledge we'll take the show on the road) The interviews will be focused on select entrepreneurs or topical on subjects such as driver less cars, clean energy, women in tech, coworking spaces, food startups, cloud computing, mobile apps, edu-tech, fintech, social media trends, hottest startups, bitcoin industry, trends in transportation, holograms, emerging space industry, angel investors, Venture Capital, Bootstrapping, Techstars, Life sciences industry, medical technology startups, SXSW Interactive, the impact of ridesharing and Unicorns and the Dot Com Bubble, Lessons learned from Failure.

MARKET OPPORTUNITY

  • 17 percent of US adults had listened to a podcast during the month leading up to an annual survey in 2014. That was a 9 percent increase from 2008
  • . In 2013, Apple surpassed 1 billion podcast subscriptions
  • .1 in 4 podcast listeners plug their smartphone or MP3 player into their car
  •  By 2025, 50 percent of cars will have Internet connectivity.  
  • As of 2014, 58 percent of Americans own a smartphone
  • .67 percent of podcast listeners don’t mind sponsorship messages and occasionally find them useful, compared to only 6 percent positive sentiment expressed for the advertising approaches of television or commercial radio.

Source: Search Engine Journal and Damien Radcliffe, journalism professor University of Oregon

 

SiliconHillsNews.com 

  • 35,000 unique monthly visitors
  •  More than 10,000 followers on Social Media
  •  Thousands signed up for Silicon Hills News weekly newsletter
  •  Produced seven editions of a 32 page print magazine
  •  Produced three annual Technology calendars 
  •  Completed two successful Kickstarter campaigns
  • Completely bootstrapped, no outside investors 
  • The only woman-founded and woman-owned technology news site in Central Texas

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

The money raised will be used to buy podcasting gear including a $120 Heil Sound PL2T Topless Boom Mount

 A Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone for $350

Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones for $130

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 $250 pre-amp/USB interface combo

Zoom RC4 Wired Remote Control For Zoom H4n and Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder - 2016 Version Bundle $223.51

Plus podcasting software and hosting costs.

If we raise additional funds, it will go to buy additional equipment and to pay for professional podcasting services, music licensing fees and more costs associated with creating a high quality podcast. 

What Does it Cost to Sponsor the Podcast Once it Launches?

A 15-second Pre-roll sells for $250

A 30-second mid-roll sells for $350  

The cost for a pre-roll/mid-roll combination per podcast is $550  

Three sponsors per podcast at $550 each

Three annual season sponsors at $25,000 each - A season is 32 episodes

*based on 10,000 downloads, prices increase once we hit 20,000 downloads per podcast  

Risks and challenges

We have successfully completed two Kickstarter campaigns and projects. We do not anticipate any problems with this one.

However, this is our first podcast so we are sure to have aches and pains associated with the first season.

But we don't expect any production problems and if we do encounter them we will work through them.

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