We gearheads need to stick together and help each other out. As much as we take pride in researching and figuring things out for ourselves, we can save time and money by consulting with experience. I think we’d all rather deal with experts who understand our automotive priorities.
By now, we’ve all heard about crowdfunding, raising money for a business or project by sharing details of the objective on a site like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, where random people on the internet support projects they like or believe in by committing to make donations to the cause. While most projects never raise enough money, others get the critical cash infusion they need up front to make things happen.
Recently, a couple larger projects have gotten mainstream media coverage. The new Veronica Mars (never heard of her) movie and the now infamous Occulus Rift virtual reality platform both got their starts on Kickstarter. Even our own Deanna Isaacs will be launching an Indiegogo campaign in the near future to fund a trip up the ALCAN Highway, running 1400 miles (2200 kilometers) from Washington state, across Canada, into Alaska.
For gearheads, the possibilities are really endless, from raising money for a charity car show, a road trip documentary, a training program, tools for a new shop, or whatever. As I understand it, if the project is something people can believe in, you can offer meaningful gifts or exclusive, first run products to your supporters – and you’re good about sharing the project around the web – there’s a good chance you can get your dream off the ground with crowdsourcing.
Why we’d like to meet a gearhead crowdfunders (or two, or three)
I believe everybody gets a truly great idea once or twice in their lives. And even more really good ones! As I’m painfully aware, when we don’t act on our ideas, they fade into the ether and are lost forever. A good idea is wasted without action. Often, that action is as simple as not giving up, but as 4+ years of publishing this magazine proves, you reach a point where you just need some money to take it to the next level.
GBXM|united has never launched a crowdfunding campaign. Yeah, I’ve got crazy ideas left and right, but even if I could mange the campaign and raise that money, I’ve got to have time to follow through on the idea. For me, keeping the content coming on this site is my first priority. Maybe we’l dial it back a bit further in the future to better accommodate other projects. I don’t know. Still, if I’m going to ask people for their hard-earned money, I want to make damn sure they see real value from it in the end. This is why I’d like to meet a gearhead who’s had some experience crowdfunding.
We gearheads need to stick together.
This is our little corner of the web, where being a gearhead means something, and where making a difference comes before making a profit. We want to share stories of gearheads taking those next, scary steps that make the difference between existence and living. We’d love to share stories of gearheads using crowdfunding to get launch new events, compete in more races, develop new products, start new companies. This Gearheads We’d Like to Meet is meant to help innovative gearheads get their campaigns in front of more gearheads, while helping those other gearheads get closer to launching their own campaigns.
If you’re a gearhead crowdfunder – or have a friend who is – get in touch by leaving a comment below.
Let’s make a difference.