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PT008: Crowdfunding Part 1: Succeeding in Kickstarter's Early Days with Shannon Whitehead

Released Monday, 16th February 2015
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Crowdfunding has become an extremely popular way to gain financial support for projects- whether they be new business ideas or even a means to pay for travel. Listen in as Fred and Jeremy discuss different crowdfunding platforms and interview Shannon Whitehead: founder of Factory45, one of the masterminds behind the Versalette, and someone who crushed the crowdfunding game before it gained popularity.

In This Episode

  • 00:35 Two episodes/week

  • 01:15 Where's Jeremy?

  • 04:57 Tortuga updates

  • 05:50 Kickstarter, Crowdfunding, and Travel

  • 06:27 How crowdfunding works

  • 08:33 Different crowdfunding platforms

  • 11:12 Why are we talking about this?

  • 12:37 Potential problems with crowdfunding campaigns

  • 13:31 Can you really start a business through crowdfunding?

  • 14:54 Our guest - Shannon Whitehead

  • 15:51 The elephant in the room: Minaal

  • 19:14 Future of travel - industry and essence

  • 21:44 Would we ever do a Kickstarter campaign?

  • 23:44 Current Kickstarter travel projects

  • 25:10 Meet Shannon Whitehead from Factory45

  • 27:48 How Shannon decided on Kickstarter

  • 28:35 The inspiration for the Versalette

  • 30:44 Shannon's location independent time in Brazil

  • 33:19 Catching the travel bug young

  • 35:22 The downsides/perks to using Kickstarter

  • 36:56 Shannon's advice for those who are getting started

  • 37:58 Shannon's new project - Factory45

  • 40:17 The end of {r}evolution apparel

  • 41:55 How living in different cities helps Tortuga's business

  • 42:57 Shannon's next adventures

  • 45:36 Advice on traveling light for ladies

  • 49:29 Word to the Wise

People On This Episode

Where's Jeremy?

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Links from This Episode

Word to the Wise

  • Jeremy: Scannable from Evernote - Awesome app for effortless scanning and uploading of documents

  • Fred: The Martian by Andy Weir - Weir's first novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars; relies on his wit and ingenuity to find a way to survive.

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