Do you believe in Angels? ...at the next Inventors meeting 9/25/13
Once upon a time there were Angels everywhere, ready to fund inventor projects and share their knowledge and resources to make all of the inventors famous and wealthy…
OK, that was just a fairy tale and although there were some opportunities to find a willing benefactor to fund a project, it has never been easy. In the current economy it has gotten even harder. Angel investors are where VC investors were a few years ago, only wanting to fund growth, not innovation. And Angels want a deeper cut of the action making it seem more like a deal with the Devil!
But take heart, crowdfunding will make it all work out and hundreds of people will each give you a few bucks to develop and market your invention… or is that also a fairy tale too? The answer may well depend on your approach and action. Crowdfunding is not just a set-n-forget process. It takes time, intelligence, skill and the determination required to engage in a full time job.
I believe in crowdfunding and have invited Crowdfunding expert Kendall Almerico, CEO of ClickStartMe to speak at our next meeting. ClickStartMe is a crowdfunding site that provides individuals, organizations and businesses with an easy-to-use website to raise funds for almost any purpose. Kendall is also the founder of Crowd It Forward, a charitable crowdfunding website that performs "Random Acts of Crowdfunding" through a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt foundation. Kendall was quoted in the New York Daily News and interviewed on the nationally-syndicated Jim Bohannon Show about crowdfunding. He is a Board Certified attorney with the highest ethical rating and an accomplished sports agent, a published humor-book author and a serial entrepreneur. Please join me in welcoming him to our next Tampa Bay Inventors Meeting on September 25th from 7-9 pm. Meanwhile you can learn more about him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/kendall.almerico or on Twitter at @KendallAlmerico.