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A podcast dedicated to demystifying Venture Capital. Nick Moran interviews the VC and Angel investor experts on how they find, evaluate and select the next generation of great technology startups.
 
Kickstarter and crowdfunding advice from successful campaigns. Salvador Briggman is the founder of CrowdCrux, the most popular blog in the niche with over 20,000 subscribers. He has been cited as an expert by the New York Times, the Wallstreet Journal, and more.
 
The show consists of Khierstyn Ross' in the trenches experience raising more than $2MM on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. We interview successful creators that have started from NOTHING and build multi-million dollar companies off the success of their crowdfunding campaigns. This is the real, uncut, show for entrepreneurs that want to launch their product online.
 
This FREE podcast will teach YOU how to launch and grow YOUR startup, especially through the fast-paced world of rewards-based crowdfunding! Your instructors, Zach Smith and Thomas Alvord, are world-renowned business experts with proven hands-on experience in sales, video production, page design, advertisements, public relations, e-commerce, business strategy, consulting, and more—and they will teach YOU valuable wisdom that you can use to take YOUR business to the next level! Since mid-2014 ...
 
a podcast for creators who want to make a living doing what they love using Patreon & Kickstarter. Hear the stories of Authors, YouTubers, and Podcasters who are funding their creativity using platforms like Patreon, Kickstarter. You will also learn about making money with advertising, sponsorships, merch, and other creative ways to make a living as an artist.
 
Nalin Chuapetcharasopon from the popular Crush Crowdfunding Blog reveals actionable tips, hacks and insights to launch your crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to get fully funded. Discover useful tips for building a tribe of diehard fans before you launch and how to create a successful campaign from start to finish. The podcast gets down to the nitty-gritty details, including how to set an achievable goal, reward pricing strategies, campaign marketing and much more. Nalin has ...
 
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Every month, Backerkit Marketing runs paid traffic for some of the biggest crowdfunding projects on the planet. In this episode, Tyler will tell you everything you need to know about this offering from Backerkit, including how Backerkit Marketing contributed to his biggest Kickstarter launch yet!By Tyler James
 
On today's podcast, you're discovering the secrets to gathering more than 3,000 backers and $700,000+ worth of funding for a Kickstarter project. I'm talking with the creators of One Clock, a minimalist analog timepiece with waking music based on science, composed by Grammy-winning artists and designed for a disconnected bedroom. This was an absolu…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Monique Woodard Marcelino Pantoja Niko Bonatsos Jim Douglass Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.
 
Guy Perelmuter of GRIDS Capital joins Nick to discuss The Deep Tech Revolution, Predictions for the Job Market, Crypto, and NFTs, and The Inevitabilities of the Next Decade. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC. What's the thesis at GRIDS Capital? A common critique of deep tech — it takes longer, it's more unpre…
 
Does it ever feel like crowdfunding is just easier for other people? Even if your launches are succeeding, why does it still feel like a massive struggle to get traction? Are you worried it will always be this way? In this session, Tyler will look at this common frustration for creators and share some ways to solve it once and for all.…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Ryan Gembala James Currier Jesse Middleton Ramy Adeeb Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.
 
My entire mission behind this podcast is to give you access to expert trade secrets in the crowdfunding industry from success stories to turn-key insights. Today, I'm asking some hard-hitting questions to the folks over at Kickbooster who are introducing some new tools designed to take your crowdfunding campaign to the ecommerce space. It can be to…
 
Nicole Quinn of Lightspeed Venture Partners joins Nick to discuss The Effect of Technology on Relationships, The 5 Indicators of a True Brand, The Appeal of Love/Hate Businesses, & the Rise of Super Apps. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC What if anything changed the most from your early days, angel investing…
 
Tyler's latest launch for the Counting, Colors & Cthulhu Board Book with Jason Ciaramella & Josh Janes is his biggest yet! In this session, he'll break down the five NEW things he's doing for this launch that are contributing to a new personal crowdfunding best!By Tyler James
 
Today, we’re talking with a mentor from Score, a platform that connects small business owners with the coaching they need to achieve their dreams. Our guest today has had some wild successes in the business world, and I found her insights to be extremely valuable. And I’ve got a feeling that you will, too. You’ll come away with some incredible know…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Henrique Dubugras Nikhil Basu Trivedi Check Warner Brian Hirsch Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.
 
Mike Smerklo of Next Coast Ventures joins Nick to discuss The Sustainable & Temporary Trends of COVID, The Self-Aware Founder, and Writing the Survival Guide for the Mental Aspect of Entrepreneurship. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC. What's the thesis at Next Coast Ventures? What are 'Next Coast' markets? H…
 
The word is officially out: Kickstarter is the best place to get funding for your Kickstarter comic. Today I'm sitting down with some incredible creators from Top Cow Productions, who have hit it big with their legendary graphic novel saga: Witchblade. Their latest campaign -- Witchblade Hardcover Vol. 2-- raised $104,421 from 1,281 dedicated backe…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Maren Bannon Simeon Iheagwham Ty Findley Paul Martino Each investor describes the most unusual situation or pitch that they've encountered as an investor.
 
McKeever "Mac" Conwell II of RareBreed Ventures joins Nick to discuss Raising a Fund via General Solicitation & Twitter, How Rolling Funds Can Disadvantage LPs, and Facing the Reality of Diversity in VC. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC What’s the thesis at RareBreed Ventures? Why did you start RareBreed Ven…
 
In this first of a four-part in-depth revisit of the Backerkit platform, Tyler shares how this company has evolved into much more than a crowdfunding survey management tool. This session focuses on BackerKit Launch, a tool that helps creators get their hottest leads to back early.By Tyler James
 
The tabletop games category on Kickstarter is thriving in 2021. However, I think there's a lack of conversation in the industry around the topic. There is a potential for big dollars to be raised -- and you can get in on the action! Back in the day, it was nearly impossible to launch your own tabletop game. But since the inception of crowdfunding p…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: David Goldberg Sach Chitnis Kane Hsieh Reid Christian Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it's changed their approach.
 
Brendan Wallace of Fifth Wall joins Nick to discuss How COVID Has Instigated a Massive Demographic Reshuffling, Accelerating the Transformation of Retail, and Why Real Estate Will Become the Largest Consumer of Climate Tech. In this episode, we cover: The world becomes more flat over time, and w/ mobility tech, like Uber and others, the distance be…
 
Want prospective backers to believe your book is going to be great and that you'll be able to deliver on all your campaign promises? Then don't make them take your word for it! Instead show them some awesome social proof! In this episode, Tyler will show you how to get social proof for your project, even if you're a total newbie!…
 
Today we're switching up the theme of the podcast a little bit -- turning to failure as opposed to success. Why? Because through failure, we learn as entrepreneurs. We also are able to avoid pitfalls that might jeopardize the success of our campaigns. Today I'm talking with the founder of PopTime: A Refreshingly Versatile Smartwatch that fell short…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Ben Casnocha Elizabeth Yin Ed Sim Tim Guleri Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.
 
ComixLaunch welcomes its youngest guest ever, 7 year old Owen Claytor, creator of Honk: A comics story about bullying, which successfully launched on Kickstarter with a little help from his father and fellow comic creator Ryan Claytor.By Tyler James
 
Ten31 Publisher and creator of House of Fear James Powell joins Tyler for an honest discussion about the emotional rollercoaster ride creators face when going after their dreams. We'll discuss that self-doubt, fear of failure, or imposter syndrome, as well as many of the insights and breakthroughs James has had after leaving the day job to go all i…
 
Have you ever thought that you were on 'Mute' during a virtual conference call, only to discover that you were in fact not? Or the other way around? Throughout the course of the pandemic, it's happened to most of us -- which can lead to embarrassing results. Today, we're talking with the creators of MuteMe, The Illuminated Mute Button that solves t…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Niko Bonatsos Niki Pezeshki Farooq Abbasi Jaclyn Hester Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.
 
Dragons' Den is a reality TV show like Shark Tank! On today's episode, you'll learn how to get on this show with your product, as well as some killer crowdfunding tips. The founder on today's episode worked at Facebook to help launch: Luuup (most funded pet project on crowdfunding), Morning Recovery (we raised $8M Series A following IGG campaign), …
 
Alfred Chuang of Race Capital joins Nick to discuss The Next Generation of Tech & Venture Capital from the Perspective of a Unicorn Founder Turned GP. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC What’s the thesis at Race Capital? Why did you name your fund Race Capital? I want to talk a bit about open source... there s…
 
Kickstarter is a haven for creative types to receive funding for their projects. In a world where art and creativity tend to be viewed as a fruitless pursuit monetarily, Kickstarter changes all that. In this episode, we're talking with an author that ran a campaign attempting to preserve J.R.R Tolkien's (writer of Lord of the Rings) house as a publ…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Erik Torenberg Maren Bannon Shawn Carolan Lanham Napier Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.
 
They thought he was dreaming... but then they saw his smash success on Kickstarter! I had on Jordan, the founder of Quilbie and a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $20k. As a first-time father and data analytics junkie, Jordan spotted a market opportunity and seized it! He launched a project for his A 3-in-1 baby cover that uses patent pending …
 
Monique Woodard of Cake Ventures joins Nick to discuss The "Three Layer Cake" Fund, How Personal Experience Drives Your Investment Lens, The Future of Tech for the Aging Population, & How a Solo GP Can Do it All. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC What’s the thesis at Cake Ventures? You have a strong focus on …
 
Tyler chats with Colorado based comic writer & artist and the CEO of Actionline Studios, Matt Campbell about his Kickstarter funded epic thriller comic series, Mythica. Matt is a teacher of the visual arts and drops a ton of guidance and sage advice for young comic creators in this conversation.By Tyler James
 
When it comes to crowdfunding in 2021, there is a ton of opportunity out there for you. In this episode, I'm giving you all the insider secrets that you need to know to achieve your goals as an entrepreneur. Every year, I have creators that come to me saying: Sal, I have so many great ideas, I can't wait to execute on all of them! And then, when we…
 
I had Jonny, the Director of Fundraising at WeFunder on the show today to share with you some insane stats. (See below) This equity crowdfunding is taking off! For listeners: Get a $2,500 credit on WeFunder. Want to have a call? Join my new group coaching program. Text me: (857) 365-6491 Hope you enjoyed this episode! Sponsors Fulfillrite: Kickstar…
 
David Goldberg of Alpaca VC joins Nick to discuss Staying Competitive in the Seed Fund Boom, Success Metrics at the Fund Level, and the Shifting Equilibrium of Investors and Founders. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC Tell us about your shift from law to finance and to becoming a founder of FreshNeck? What’s …
 
Charlie Stickney, co-creator of WHITE ASH, is back on Kickstarter this month with the first White Ash Spin-off series, GLARIEN. We'll discuss his latest campaigns explosive launch, and dive into a range of topics including evolving your product offerings to meet the changing Kickstarter market, investing in variant covers, as well as get an update …
 
inCharge X by Rolling Square has created the most crowdfunded cable product of all time with their tiny, universal, ultra-powerful keyring cable. Billed as the Swiss Army Knife of Cables, inCharge X pulled in almost $600,000 for their Indiegogo campaign. And for today's guest, that's par for the course. The team at Rolling Square has launched a who…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Janet Bannister Simeon Iheagwham Somesh Dash Jonathan Hsu Each investor illustrates a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it's changed their approach.
 
In today’s episode, Nalin talks about everything that you can do with a Facebook group during pre-launch to build a community feeling and create excitement for your project launching on crowdfunding. Facebook groups are proven ways to engage and get to know people interested in your idea. Don’t miss it! [0:24]: Why do you want a pre-launch Facebook…
 
This team hit a massive home run! They successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for their dream idea, and got it funded. On today's show, you'll hear from the team behind Keepods, a trending Kickstarter project. They were extremely open and transparent with exactly what they did to hit it big. I hope you take away some great lessons and teachin…
 
In today’s episode, Nalin talks about all things advertisements! She goes over what kind of ads you can do, how to do them in the most effective way for your project, and so much more. Marketing works when it's the right message to the right people at the right time in the right channel - advertisements can help achieve this today we’re going to te…
 
Marcelino Pantoja of Tribe Capital joins Nick to discuss LP Turned VC, Mistakes When Pitching to Allocators, and Managing Limited Partner Relationships. In this episode, we cover: Walk us through your background and path to VC Refresh on the thesis at Tribe? Talk to us about the mindset of the allocator — what are their key objectives and what do t…
 
What's the secret to getting the "Project We Love" Tag on Your Comic Book Kickstarter Project? In this video, Tyler shares the importance of the PWL tag, dispels some common myths about it, and shares what comic crowdfunding creators can do to up the odds that their projects get selected.By Tyler James
 
Have you ever considered using Kickstarter as a means of self-publishing a book? Creators like you are launching their books in the Kickstarter publishing category every day, many of them discovering rampant success in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. On today's podcasts, we're talking with a serially successful Kickstarter creator who rai…
 
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured: Grace Isford Erik Torenberg Eric Collins Villi Iltchev Each investor discusses sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.
 
With 2020 making its way to the rearview, it can be helpful to look back and recognize some of the Kickstarter trends from a turbulent economic year. Were crowdfunding projects still successful on the platform? Were backers as active with their pledges? In this podcast, I’m going to take you through some of the key statistics to note from 2020. Rea…
 
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