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I was summoned on facebook.  I don't care for facebook.  

The discussion started with:

How do you fund the development of a product which needs to be produced before it's proved or disproved? There are no grants, it's too "early" for 99.9% of all investors, and universities are usually not interested. Customers won't fund it, because they don't have the money to invest in something which has not been demonstrated under their noses, and it's not sexy enough to attract public attention. I must be insane. How much are lottery tickets again?

And then a permie says:

you need a good campaign that will get you a crowd. In the era of Internet you can trigger "endless" audience. Permies.com would be my place to start, reading about successful crowdsourcing, based on Paul Wheaton's campaigns. I think there is the entire forum devoted to crowdfunding, good place to ask questions and to seek assistance.

And here is my response ....

Give it away for free.  Or, give something away for free.  Not for the sake of making money, but for the sake of helping others.  Help people.  For free.  

In 1994 I was asked to teach a local class about organic lawn care, so I created a small document with my philosophies, printed it, and then made 20 copies and handed it out at the class.  In 1995 the internet was getting popular, so I tried to learn how to make a web page and put the article up.  It was very popular.   After a few years I put ads on it.   https://richsoil.com/lawn-care.jsp

I have mountains of stuff I did for people that was all free.   And, in time, a few of those things got traction. People showed up.  Some coin started to come in.   And then when I wanted to do a kickstarter, I had support.  

Do good things.  Share.  Be helpful.  Be decent.  Live large.

I shared and helped people on evenings and weekends while doing the whole 60-80 hours a week workee-job.  Eventually, a few of those things had a trickle of income and a regular audience.   And then I noticed that my passive/residual income was more than my monthly expenses.  I was free.  And when I did my first kickstarter, my peeps threw in coin.  Neat!

Do good things.  Share.  Be helpful.  Be decent.  Live large.

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I love this story. Show up. Help people. Earn good karma. Keep showing up. People start finding you. You help them. You earn more good karma. One day, that good karma ends up paying your bills. That’s pretty cool.
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