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How Apple obsessive John Gruber built Daring Fireball, the world’s most powerful one-man media company - Recode
Since 2002, Gruber has owned a chunk of the conversation about Apple — and he does it all solo.
One Bad Mother Episode 160: Live From MaxFunCon!: Slumber Parties with guest John Roderick | Maximum Fun
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This episode was recorded live at MaxFunCon on June 12th! We're talking slumber parties this week so it's time to freeze someone's bra and practice the occult while levitating a friend and not waking up anybody's parents! Plus, Biz is unsettled by the quiet of being away from her kids, Theresa is exhausted from traveling with her kids, and we're joined by singer-songwriter, podcaster and Third Sexiest Man of Seattle 2006, the very funny and charming John Roderick!
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans
This talk by the late David Foster Wallace might just change the way you see the tiny, sometimes annoying, details of life. This was the commencement speech he gave at Kenyon College in 2005. The speech is published in a short book called This is Water.
There is something wrong with the opening crawl for The Force Awakens. Fan
and typography enthusiast John Gruber and original Star Wars opening title
sequence designer Dan Perri help unravel the mystery of where (and when)
things went wrong.
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John Roderick returns to Systematic to talk about the mental health of
politicians, the importance of song lyrics, and outer space, among other
Ep 37 – “Stay True to Your Art”: How Max Temkin Raised $10 Million on Kickstarter with NO Paid Advertising, Rejecting “Marketing Tricks”, and Ignoring “Guru Advice” (Like Mine!) | Entrepreneur: Uncut
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“The smartest thing we did [making Secret Hitler] was reject old fashion, old media, old world advice of how to trick people into giving you their money” – Max Temkin
If you are becoming frustrated, depressed, and disillusioned learning about how to raise money to fund your project, then then this podcast will inspire you.
Max Temkin has directly raised, or advised in a number of projects that have raised over $10 million total on Kickstarter.
You MAY have heard of them…
In December, 2015, Max raised $1,479,046 for “Secret Hitler”, a social deduction table game based in pre World War 2 Germany. Players, representing either liberal or fascist German politicians, have to help or hinder the beautifully illustrated Junta-Komodo-Dragon-Adolf-Hitler from being elected Chancellor and starting World War 2. His goal was $54,450 and he raised over $100,000 in the first 24 hours.
But that is not where he started.
His first project was Cards Against Humanity, one of the first games in the early days of Kickstarter, raised “only” $15,540 but since exploded and has been #1 Best Seller on Amazon for Toys and Games for as long as we can remember.
(…and is a staple at every games night I host with friends!)
In fact, Cards Against Humanity, as of publishing, occupies 3 – WOW! – of the top 20 spots on the Amazon.com Best Seller List including the TOP 2, besting classics like Jenga and Connect 4.
Max also helped advise his friends who made the Most Backed Game in Kickstarter history, Exploding Kittens, which raised $8,782,571.
Max understands Kickstarter, the Kickstarter Community, and his audience, probably better than anyone on the planet.
But Max is not a “marketer”. He hates “gimmicks” and “tricks” and “gurus who don’t know what they are talking about”.
Max is an Artist.
If you are feeling jaded by the Kickstarter Marketing World, and think that in order to fund your project you need to sacrifice your vision, then listen now. It will be the best 38 minutes of your day, guaranteed!
You will discover
The number #1 Trend in Kickstarter Today
Why Max still has the “fear to launch” and it never goes away, even after millions of dollars raised
Why it is important to ignore the temptation to look for “tricks” and “gimmicks” to hit your goal and “focus on the art”
Why no one knows really knows what the future of your project, or any project, holds
What it means to “front load” your project, and why it is absolutely critical to the success of your project (…and also when it isn’t!)
Why “failing a project is a gift”…and how to embrace failure so “you are not on the hook to build something nobody wants”
Why you should never take the money if you don’t reach your funding goal on Indiegogo
Why you should “Show don’t tell” to sell your project
The importance of “user testing” and “iteration” to produce the best product possible before you launch your campaign (Max took a year and over a hundred iterations to get Secret Hitler just right
The importance of knowing your market better than they know themselves
The difference between “a good project and a good life”
Why your story is so important and why you need to be crystal clear communicating what it is about
Your page should clearly explain why a backer should not fund your project
How crushing his funding goal on Cards Against Humanity set the project delivery back
Famous last words:
“Finally, I am not the funniest guy in the room”
Connect with Max on TwitterCheck out his website at Maxistentialism.com
Secret Hitler Website
Secret Hitler Kickstarter Campaign
Secret Hitler on Forbes
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity Website
Cards Against Humanity Kickstarter Page
Cards Against Humanity Review
Kickstarter CASE STUDY: Cards Against Humanity
Buy Cards Against Humanity on Amazon
Max’s Other Projects
Humans vs Zombies – Help develop the software that powers games of Humans vs. Zombies at over 350 locations and universities all over the world.
Philosophy Posters – Ten giant philosophy posters with big ideas presented simply.
Wearwolf – A simple game about deceiving your friends.
Maxistentialism Zine – A monthly zine about philosophy, design, humor, and social insects, delivered to your door for one year.
Spelunky Dance – An interpretive dance for Andy Baio.
Exploding Kittens Website
Exploding Kittens Kickstarter Page
Exploding Kittens on Forbes
Buy Exploding Kittens on Amazon
CONNECT WITH KHIERSTYN: K(at)crowdfundinguncut(dot)com
Rene, Serenity, and Georgia are joined by many friends and voices from the Apple community, Mobile Nations, and iMore, to celebrate the occasion of the 500th episode of our podcast. Thank you to everyone, then and now, for listening along!
Horace and Anders discuss the iPhone analog audio port, the lightning port's use by Apple Pencil and Apple's viewpoint on privacy and the environment. Horace rounds the episode out with a definition of disruption.
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