I wish that I could make a big list of projects that I would be interested in creating. Maybe 200 different things. Some would be youtube videos and some would be books or dvds or ... something.
As the months pass, I could expand each of them to have rewards - kinda like a kickstarter. I could even mark them as the ones that are more or less likely to happen. Maybe each project could have something like a forum where people could discuss the projects and enhance them. Maybe some people want the artifacts, and some people want to be involved in the project.
But the key is that the pledges sit there until the project is pretty much complete.
So, kinda like a kickstarter, but rather than the creator specifying an amount of money and a timeframe (usually 30 days), the whole thing just sits there until the creator feels like the amount is high enough, and there is now enough work already done that collecting that money will ensure the success of the project. I suppose some creators will want to collect the funds early. But I would want to collect the funds at about the time that the project is ready for print.
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I like the idea that after doing this for several years, some projects have grown to, maybe, $10,000! And I think that I might be able to do that in a week or two. Maybe there will be a project that has $100,000 on it, but I still don't wanna. And then there are some that only have $500 - but I'm jazzed about doing that.
The key is that I am never under any obligation to do any of it.
I have now visited more than a dozen crowdfunding sites, only to learn that none of them do what I want them to do.
In the vein of saying what I want out loud sometimes turns into results, I hereby submit the things that I want from a crowfunding site:
222: creators can list ideas for future projects and supporters can pledge how much they would like to see that exist. Eventually, such a project might grow to the point that rewards are defined and the whole things becomes something of a kickstarter. But the kickstarter just keeps going and going and going until the creator pushes the button to say "I will do it!" - at which point the pledges are turned into money and sent to the creator. This might be at the beginning of the process or near the end of the process - creator's choice. The creator might even say something like "I am currently working on it, but I'm not going to take the money until I am ready to take it to the printer."
223: For some projects, creators might take $50 to make a youtube video, or a million dollars to create some massive project. Maybe $20,000 to write a book, or $100,000 to make a DVD. Some projects might be put out to be free to the world, or some projects might be only for people that supported the project.
224: Currently, it seems like most fundraising sites set the minimum to $1.00. I think it would be cool to set the minimum to a nickel. After all, a good blog post or a short youtube video might not be worth anything close to a dollar. But that could be the very thing that people people would be willing to put a nickel toward. I've done kickstsarters in the past that had 2000 supporters at a dollar or more. If I could lower that to a nickel and the reward would be a fifteen minute youtube video, maybe there would have been 20,000 people putting in a nickel plus the 2000 that put in a dollar or more. 20,000 people at a nickel is $1000.
225: A further aspect of the site could be projects without creators. People could create a project that they would like to see exist, but they don't have the ability to create it. They could then describe it, post images, set up rewards .... a crowd of dreamers could set up a crowdfunding page in the hopes that some day somebody will come along and create it and collect those funds.
226: Followers of a creator could create projects that they hope that that creator might like to try. That creator might put a big red X on it, or they might move the idea into their collection of the possible future projects.
227: Support for paypal, feeless-paypal, dwolla and bitcoin would be nice. So the possibility of transferring funds without taking the credit card hit would be good. For the micro payments, it would be good to have "an account" that could hold funds.
228: Currently, kickstarter and similar stuff takes about 5%. There are a few that apparently take nothing. But it would be cool to see something that undercuts kickstarter and takes only, say, 2%.
paul wheaton wrote:Let's suppose you support an idea for $20. And then four years pass. I think it is probable that no credit card would still function. And it is probable that your paypal account could have changed, or you, at the very least, changed your password.
So the idea is that you PLEDGE what you would put in. And at some point, it would enter into "kickstarter mode". So then you would get an email and it would say "Do you wanna re-affirm your pledge? You can change your pledge, drop your pledge ..."
And then there could be a pie chart that could say "$10,000 was originally pledged" and it could show stuff like % reaffirmed, % cancelled, % not yet confirmed, %shrunk, % grown ... etc.
I think that if a project has been riding for four years and people pledged $10,000 total, I think it is a safe bet that those folks will actually pony up about half of that.
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