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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: August 2014

Expert Shares Ideas Via Live Video Interview

Richard Bliss is among the most respected and recognized authorities in the crowdfunding universe. He is the foremost authority on crowdfunding board games on Kickstarter.

He hosts a podcast called Funding the Dream on Kickstarter, which is available on iTunes. He is a frequent speaker, MC and panelist at crowdfunding conferences and will be speaking at GoodCrowd14, the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference on September 26, 2014 at Snowbird.

On Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Richard will join me for a live discussion about his work and the insights he’s drawn over the years from his work in crowdfunding. Tune in here then to watch the interview live!


Richard’s bio:

Richard Bliss is a Senior Marketing Executive in the technology space but don’t let that fool you. He has a passion for writing, blogging, podcasting, public speaking, and nearly every other form of communication that allows him to meet and interact with amazing people. 

For the past 3 years he has been the host of the #1 podcast for crowdfunding, Funding the Dream on Kickstarter. His hundreds of guests have ranged from Seth Godin, International best selling author, to Brian Fargo, creator of Wasteland 2.

He has a wide background in security, collaboration, Cloud, SaaS, and Crowdfunding . He has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world with Sydney and Berlin being two of his favorites cities.

Richard lives in San Jose, California and can often be seen around town being towed on his bike by his two Giant Schnauzers. His secret passion is his love for board games and documenting the impact they have on building the bonds of family. His five daughters routinely crush him at any board game they play. 

Richard can be found on most social media sites including: 

Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Podcast is available on iTunes.
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British New Yorker Launches New Podcast To Help Entrepreneurs

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet Seymor Segnit, the host of the new crowdfunding podcast, The Kickass Crowdfunding Show. He’s a delightful Brit now living in New York.

He’s also been successful in many other arenas, including as an inventor who launched via crowdfunding on Indiegogo. 

On Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern, Seymour will join me for a live discussion about crowdfunding. Tune in here then to watch the show.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about thingCHARGER:

thingCHARGER is an awesome, simple new charger design which Seymour & his wife Amy invented one day while frustrated with all the messy wires and chargers at their home. A few months later they launched it on Indiegogo and it quickly became the most successful crowdfunded mobile accessory of all time!

Delighted with and grateful for the response to their own campaign and wanting to help others succeed at crowdfunding they’ve now launched The Kickass Crowdfunding Show – available on iTunes, YouTube and – to speak with the most interesting people in crowdfunding today and gleen the secrets we can all use to have amazing campaigns.

Seymour’s bio:

While fiddling with a mess of wires trying to charge the family’s collection of phones, iPads and a Kindle recently, Seymour had a simple idea for a new kind of charger… made a film describing it and put the idea on to see if anyone would like it.

thingCHARGER raised $647,000 to become the all-time #1 crowdfunded mobile accessory and is now in final development for production.

Born in 1963, Seymour grew up in London where he went to Westminster School the ancient institution in the shadow of Westminster Abbey (and just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament.)

After studying Engineering at Oxford University he worked for two of the world’s largest advertising agencies before a stint as a ski guide & host in the Alps, then submitted to the siren call of broadcasting and worked in British radio for several years, including 12 months at the mighty 95.8 Capital FM London.

Born both a British and US citizen, Seymour moved to California in 1997 where he co-founded Bizfinity, a VC-funded Silicon Valley Web 1.0 “start-up that went belly-up”.

After training in NLP in 2002 he founded CTRN: Change That’s Right Now, an organization that helps folks around the world to overcome serious fears and phobias. CTRN has now served thousands of customers in, at last count, 73 countries. His self-help program Vanquish Fear & Anxiety is widely acclaimed.

Seymour and his beloved wife Amy live an hour north of Manhattan in an old brick house overlooking the Hudson River with their younger daughter (coincidentally also named Hudson) and occasionally their older daughter Nina.

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Institute Prepares Women In Rwanda For Meaningful Careers

The Akilah Institute for Women is working in East Africa to educate women, creating a whole new world of opportunities for them and driving significant social change in the bargain. The Institute is raising money on Crowdrise to upgrade technology at the school, add more teachers, provide them with better training and expand student services.

We recently caught up with Anastasia Uglova from the Institute and asked her a few questions:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

We created Akilah as a visionary new educational model for low-income young women. The nurturing environment provides a space where young women can heal some of the trauma of their past while gaining market-driven skills to launch meaningful careers, improve their earning potential, and take control over their own lives.

Akilah students are breaking through the cultural, social, and economic barriers that hold so many women back, permanently disrupting the cycle of poverty and creating better, healthier, and more prosperous lives for their families and children.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We have raised $2,300 of our $25,000 goal.

By 2015, the Akilah student body will grow to 425 students across two countries. To support so many young women’s dreams for a better future, we’ll make key investments in:

1) Systems, technology, and educational materials – so students gain the technical skills to compete in the modern workforce.
2) Faculty development and capacity building – to train, develop, and hire the best teachers.
3) Student services and activities – to expand counseling, activities, and extracurriculars for students’ professional and social growth.
4) The Student Scholarship Fund – to invest in more women who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue higher education.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

Women serve as powerful agents of change when empowered and given the tools to participate in the formal economy.

Yet, there remain very few opportunities for young women in East Africa to gain the skills and education needed to prepare them for meaningful livelihoods and economic independence.

80% of women in East Africa still work in subsistence agriculture, earning less than $2 per day. University is an expensive option for a select few. Only 1% attend university and just 30% of those are women.

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