July 13, 2013 - Saturday

Solving the Early Stage Funding Problem

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Do you have a great idea that you think might change the world, but need some additional funding to really make it happen? Well, maybe Kickstarter can help. 

Launched in 2009, Kickstarter has become a phenomenal tool for raising money for creative projects. With over 99,000 projects launched and a 44% success rate, Kickstarter has spawned a number of similar sites like Indigogo, Rockethub, Smallknot, and Medstatr, each with their own approach to solving the early stage funding problem.  

Since founders aren’t losing any ownership of their business in the process, the Kickstarter approach has become a tool that even bootstrappers can endorse. 

So far, 31 projects have already raised over a million dollars. 

At the same time, Kickstarter isn’t a solution for every startup. Join us as we dive into the Kickstarter phenomenon, and learn from the experts, as well as battle-torn entrepreneurs, about what works and what doesn’t in this rapidly evolving environment. 

EVENT: Kickstarter Academy
DATE: July 13, 2013 - Saturday
TIME: 08:30am-12:30pm
WEBSITE: http://www.davinciinstitute.com/events/652/kickstarter-academy-saturday-july-13-2013

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $69, Members: $49, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: Solving the Early Stage Funding Problem
SPEAKERS: Blue Hovatter, Daniel Haarburger, Dave Taylor, John Craig, Jordan Hayes, Tawnya Sawyer, Thomas Frey

SPEAKER: Blue Hovatter

Founder and COO of CommunityFunded.com

"Blue Hovatter is the Founder and COO of CommunityFunded.com a Colorado based crowdfunding platform that was launched in May of 2012. To date Community Funded has assisted 55 projects, both for profit and non-profit, raise over $350,000 for ideas that impact their community. Community Funded recently launched its Empowered by CF solution with Colorado State University. Empowering CSU's Charge crowdfunding platform.

Blue has been an active community member in Fort Collins, CO and has been the chair of the board of several non-profits including Fort Collins Public Access Network, UniverCity Transit and Mobility Group, and Beet Street. He is currently the Chair of the City of Fort Collins Economic Advisory Commission."

SPEAKER: Daniel Haarburger

Inventor and engineering student

Daniel Haarburger is a third year engineering student at Stanford with a drive for doing. He’s designed numerous products, from backpacks to keyboards to refugee tents. In August of 2011, Haarburger designed, crowdedfunded, and delivered his first product - the WINGStand. Today, he is returning to Kickstarter with that experience to bring a second, equally innovative device to market. The Handleband is Haarburger’s second Kickstart, and a tool that brings the utility of our smartphones to the daily commute.


SPEAKER: Dave Taylor

Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute; Blogger, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and Radio Host

Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has a Masters in Online Education and an MBA, has founded four startups, written over twenty different books (including Let Go To Grow, Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, and the upcoming Twitter Power 3.0), and has been published over a thousand times. He’s a columnist for Linux Journal and the Boulder Daily Camera and a popular and award-winning speaker at events throughout the United States. Online you can read his work at the popular [link:http://www.askdavetaylor.com/]AskDaveTaylor tech blog, his parenting site [link:http://gofatherhood.com]GoFatherhood or read his film reviews at DaveOnFilm.com. You can also find him online as @DaveTaylor on Twitter.

SPEAKER: John Craig

Inventor of LucidLights™ & Chief Technical Officer

John Craig is a programmer, inventor, and entrepreneur with a diverse background creating creative technical solutions and helping others to learn. He’s authored dozens of books on computer programming and other topics – published by Microsoft Press, O'Reilly Media, and Books to Believe In. His software controls several world-classs solar energy fields and helps engineers design the tallest wind turbine towers. A geographical program John created is scheduled for use later this year in an episode on the History channel.

John is also skilled in electronics and fascinated with the potential of LED's as the new medium for so many things, including communication. Even before he invented LucidLights™ and LucidBrake™, he saw the unlimited potential in these and other applications, and is thoroughly enjoying the research and development of LucidLights™ products and their spin-offs.

SPEAKER: Jordan Hayes

Inventor The Kréddle

After growing up in Great Falls, MT, Jordan Hayes moved to Rochester, NY to study at the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, Jordan completed a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance, a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology, and also completed secondary studies in Vocal Performance and World Music. Jordan was fortunate to study violin with Prof. Lynn Blakeslee, voice with Dr. Louima Lilite and Prof. Carol Webber, Ethnomusicology with Dr. Ellen Koskoff, and Balinese gamelan with I Nyoman Suadin.

In 2010, Jordan won Eastman’s New Venture Challenge for his invention: a chinrest for violin and viola that adjusts along every 3-dimensional axis. Called the Kréddle, Jordan has made several prototypes of his chinrest and uses one on his violin right now. Recently Jordan's invention has received worldwide attention and created a buzz in the string world, including mentions in The Strad magazine. In January, Jordan's invention raised over $24,500 on the kickstarter.com funding website. Currently, the Kréddle is weeks away from going public. Updates on the project can be glimpsed at www.kreddle.com

Jordan now lives in Denver, works at the Lamont School of Music, and performs regularly with Gamelan Tunas Mekar. 

SPEAKER: Tawnya Sawyer

Director of Education and Business Development for Colorado Aquaponics

Tawnya Sawyer is a Colorado native who grows fish and plants together in a symbiotic system called aquaponics. Love of great food, innovative agriculture and revitalizing healthy communities have been the goal of building the Colorado Aquaponics business and Flourish Farms in partnership with the GrowHaus. Last year, the CA team successfully completed a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to build the aquaponic farm as a community resource, a training center and source of nutritious local food. Tawnya is passionate about teaching others the skills to take charge of their own personal food production.Tawnya's motto - the more you know, the more you grow.


HOST: Thomas Frey

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.  His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists."  Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.

8:00 - 8:30 am - Registration

8:30 - 9:00 am - Welcome and introductions - Thomas Frey

9:00 - 10:00 am - Understanding the role of crowdfunding in launching a new enterprise - Blue Hovatter 

10:00 - 10:15 am - Break

10:15 - 10:35 am - The Lucid Lights Story - John Craig 

10:35 - 10:55 am - Developing the Kréddle - Jordan Hayes

10:55 - 11:15 am - Finding funding for an Aquaponics startup - Tawnya Sawyer 

11:15 - 11:30 am - Break

11:30 - 11:50 am - The story of WINGStand and Handleband - Daniel Haarburger

11:50 - 12:30 pm - Creating a video that sells & final thoughts - Dave Taylor 

12:30 - 12:32 pm - Thanks for coming