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Why should you listen to Crowdfunding Uncut? Because I’m asking the same questions you want to know. I know what it feels like to fail at crowdfunding. I also know what questions to ask, and what to do to raise over half a million dollars on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. As I’m also advising Crowdfunding campaigns, I need to keep up to date with what’s working and what isn’t. Questions that will get answered on this show: what crowdfunding platform is right for me? What can I do to have a successful product launch? How can I get 1000 backers for my project? What really matters? What if I have a small budget? What happens after crowdfunding? I will share with our best interviews showcasing the campaigns processes, failures, critical lessons learnt and actionable strategies showing YOU how to get your project funded. This is where project creators get funded.
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May 31, 2016

If you are struggling with the overwhelm of getting your crowdfunding campaign off the ground and wonder how you could ever get it all done - THIS is the episode for you.

Jay Wong is the creator of The Inner Changemaker Podcast. It hit #1 in Self Improvement, #1 in Business, and even reached the top of the iTunes chart for some time.

I am fortunate to say Jay also one of my best friends and favorite people in the world.

Offline, we speak all the time about entrepreneurship, how we can improve our systems and productivity, and how to avoid burn out.

In this episode, we decided to hit the “record button” and capture one of these conversations to talk about what routines, habits, and practices we’ve experimented with that have given us insane results in business and life.

We talk about what has worked, what hasn’t, and we wanted to pass them onto you. There are even a few powerful tips you can implement immediately.

You will learn:

  • Prioritization 101 - Avoiding panic attacks and building momentum
  • The “Three Days” and how to organize your week for maximum productivity without the risk of burnout
  • How to write your “90 Day Letter” and how it can get you laser focused on the most important tasks
  • How you can use pre-selling to kill procrastination


Show Notes

The Inner Changemaker Podcast

Jay Wong on Instagram

Toronto Internet Marketers Meetup

Maker Schedule Manager Schedule - by Paul Graham

May 24, 2016

Anything that requires effort normally means I haven't thought it through that well"


I’ve said this in every episode, and I’ll say it again.

Your success in crowdfunding is directly related to the size and engagement of your audience when you launch

There is no getting around this fact.

For most people looking to start campaigns that I talk to, the fear of building an audience seems to be the number one thing holding them back.

That is why I brought Vincent Dignan on the show.

Vincent is the author of the new book, Secret Sauce: The Ultimate Guide To Growth Hacking and Marketing.

“Growth Hacking” has become so ubiquitous to almost become meaningless these days, so I will let the results do the talking:

  • 3 Startups
  • Millions of pageviews for his and client businesses
  • Appeared on and Huffington Post

To Vincent, Growth Hacking is about finding creative ways to use small actions to get outsized rewards.

And there is no better time to growth hack then when you have limited funding and are building your audience in the prelaunch phase of your campaign.

This episode is wall to wall with actionable information.

You will learn:

  • How a simple “thank you” can set you apart from your competition and create raving fans
  • If everyone is doing it, it probably means it’s very difficult and should be avoided at all costs
  • How public speaking beats networking 9.9 times out of 10 for growing your business
  • How to launch without any press whatsoever
  • The number 1 mistake people make when Growth Hacking
  • Why you can tell people everything you know and they will still hire you

Show Notes:

Secret Sauce on Kickstarter


Vincent on Twitter

May 17, 2016


“A lot of people think that crowdfunding is the first step, but there are obviously a lot of things that need to happen before that.”


Do you only have a couple hours a day outside of your job and family to work on your own stuff and are worried if you are on the right track?

Are you living on a tight budget and cannot afford to spend time and money without knowing if your project will succeed?

If you believe that you have the perfect product idea and haven’t spoken to a single person about your idea, or tried to sell your idea to someone, you’re in for a rude awakening.


Pat Flynn made that mistake. Yup. THE Pat Flynn of the Smart Passive Income Podcast.

Pat wasted $15,000 and over 3 months of his time and emotional energy building two different WordPress plugins that literally no one would pay for. Nobody wanted it.

Most people think all it takes is a great idea to launch a business.

In fact, most of the people that call me, asking for my help to launch their product that they have spent YEARS and tens of thousands of dollars developing, I have to turn down...

...because they haven’t validated their idea.

30+ years ago we had to go to libraries to do research to make sure your business would work was very difficult.

With the interwebs, validation is fast and easy IF you know what you are doing.

Pat Flynn learned from his previous mistakes, found and talked to potential customers first, validated his next plugin, The Smart Podcast Player, which is now making hundreds of dollars per day.

In this episode, you will hear what Pat did to guarantee the success on his third try and what you can do to maximize your chances on your first.

If you are an experienced entrepreneur who has taken their lumps, then this podcast will bring back some memories and be a great reminder of how to do things the right way.

If you have never started a business and are looking to Crowdfunding to get going, then you have to listen to this episode.

I invited Pat Flynn onto the show after reading his bestselling book: Will it Fly. In Will it Fly, Pat discussed product validation as a critical first step before you waste your time and energy launching something that nobody wants.

You will learn:

  • Exactly what validating a business idea is and why it is so important
  • How a successful Crowdfunding campaign is NOT the validation you should be looking for… you have to have it long before you launch
  • How to find out if people will buy your product before you spend thousands of dollars in development
  • 3 key questions to ask potential customers to validate your idea
  • How to get great ideas for your next business that are guaranteed to work out


Show Notes:

Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money

Will It Fly? - Companion Course

Green Exam Academy

Smart Podcast Player Plugin

May 10, 2016

“With super narrow audiences you have a much greater chance to reach relevant people. The more relevant the people that you reach, more relevant the offer is, and the better the ad design of your creative is, then the better your campaign results will be.”

If you are a frequent listener to the podcast you know that having an audience of hungry buyers lined up before you go live is the number one secret to a successful launch.

You can’t simply rely on a video, some perks, and Kickstarter or Indiegogo traffic to fund your campaign.

Which begs the question… How do you find your audience?

If you are wrestling with that question then this is the Podcast for you.

Adomas Baltagalvis is an expert in managing Facebook Ad campaigns and is specializing in running ad campaigns for Crowdfunding projects.

He's The brains behind the LIV Automatic Swiss Watches Facebook ad campaign. It was a thing of beauty:

  • 5000 prelaunch email subscribers in only 10 days
  • Over 420 ads tested in prelaunch alone
  • $40,000 raised in the first 34 minutes of the Kickstarter launch
  • $1.1 million raised on Kickstarter in 30 days
  • $1.1 million raised on Indiegogo, currently In Demand

In this episode he goes into excruciatingly specific detail on how he did it:

  • How to target audiences
  • How to setup your campaigns
  • How to test ad copy
  • How to advertise in different countries
  • How and why to split up your ads between Mobile and Desktop

...the list goes on and on!

What I love about this interview is that he holds absolutely nothing back. He answers every one of my questions with specific How To’s and there is no “secret” that he doesn’t reveal.

And if you listen to this podcast, you will get a link to a FREE 7 Page “Facebook Ads for Crowdfunding” checklist.

Take a ton of notes, use the checklist Adomas provides, and put in some hard work, and you will be hard pressed NOT to generate an audience of your own and reach your funding goals.

Show Notes:

Adomas Blog


LIV Automatic Swiss Watches

Smart Parka Campaign

Facebook Audience Insights

May 3, 2016

“There are so many times where I've seencompanies spend so much money on advertising and marketing and theynever bother to talk to their client, talk to their audience... andthey KILL themselves."

Peter Shankman is anentrepreneur, angel investor, best selling author, marathoner,triathlete, national marketing pundit, public speaker,award-winning podcaster, skydiver with over 400 jumps, and he sitson the NASA Citizen Advisory Council.

The New York Times called him "apublic relations all-star who knows everything about new media andthen some."

Peter is probably best known forfounding the “unbelievably simple” business, HARO: Help A ReporterOut, service that connects companies and individuals with expertisewith reporters looking for expert sources, all over the world, forfree.

While building his businesses,selling his books, or speaking at conferences, Peter learned thatspeaking to and building your audience is always Step 1.

Since NOT speaking to theaudience is the number ONE mistake that Project Creators make whilebuilding their brand, who better to bring on the show than PeterShankman himself.

Listen now and you willlearn:

  • Thedifference between “good press” and “bad press”
  • The#1 way to get good press
  • Thebest places to start doing your customer research
  • WhyNOT doing your homework can cost you hundreds of thousands, or evenMILLIONS of dollars
  • Howowning your mistakes can make you even more money


Show Notes:

Peter’s Projects:


Peter’s Books: