When Patrick and I met after our introduction at the AFA tech transfer meetup in August, he told me about the different investment opportunities he had on his list. As he described a few of them, it became clear to me that the were great candidates for crowdfunding, so I shared with him what I knew at the time about how crowdfunding works. After a handful of weeks of meeting together with the Advanced Link Consulting (ALC) team and building a level of trust, he asked me if I would take the lead on our crowdfunding efforts.
We have three clients so far:
- New Colonies Media: We are doing two campaigns for them, one for a game app and another for a DVD series. They both have the goal of celebrating the good things about America and reinforcing the values and practices that help build this country in the first place. Just this week we created a Facebook page for the DVD series, Rediscover America. My Facebook friends have already received an invitation to "Like" the page. The game app Facebook page will be coming soon. The crowdfunding campaigns are scheduled to launch on Indiegogo on January 20.
- Operation Stand Tall for TBI: They are raising funds for a new and very promising treatment for traumatic brain injury. Eight soldiers have gotten their lives back due to the treatment. To make the treatment widely available requires approval from the FDA, which requires two more phases of study and up to $4M. I will be inviting my friends to "Like" the Facebook page soon.
- Bizargan: This is a live auction web site. They get overstock products for a fraction of retail and offer them for auction every day from 8pm to 11pm PT. They are raising funds to expand the hours of the live auction and eventually run it 24/7. This one is just getting started, so it may be a handful of weeks before we start letting people know that the crowdfunding campaign is coming.