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The Start Up Revolution and Crowdfunding

First there were solopreneurs, brave souls who moved away from corporate America, armed only with a laptop, a pair of pajamas to work in, and a cell phone to call prospects. Then, seemingly overnight, the solopreneur movement blossomed into an international Do It Yourself culture. The Do It Yourself (DIY) movement was given mojo by Makers who actually make things and display them at Maker’s Faires around the country. People who make things with their hands started to influence people who make things online. And, as they say, the revolution has begun. (It will not be televised.)

DIY culture infuses craft culture like Etsy, developer culture like Github, information culture like Quora. Start Up culture that has galvanized small businesses and now, even corporate America. Start Up culture is the next wave in business, marketing and cultural development. It is remaking the way we work, with virtual staffing and online collaboration. It is reshaping how businesses are started, with crowdfunding.

kevin_scaled96x96To get a taste of how the crowdfunding revolution is shaping the dreams of entrepreneurs and Start Up people, here’s a podcast I recorded recently with Kevin Lawton, co-author of “The Crowdfunding Revolution: How to Raise Venture Capital Using Social Media.”  Kevin writes in depth about crowdfunding and the global effect it is having on start up finance in his blog. It’s a great book. Scroll down a bit to see the podcast player.

What’s on Your Mind?

I’d like to hear your thoughts about Start Up culture. Post your comments below. To get things started:

  • Start Up culture making big business think small again – in the best possible way.
  • Start Up culture is lowering the barrier to entry to being an entrepreneur.
  • Crowdfunding needs regulation – there’s too much possibility for fraud.

The TechSmart Podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher Radio. Lee Schneider conducts the interviews.




  1. Hey Lee, thanks a lot for the tweet!

    The Startup “trend” that has been hitting lately is a result of everything you’ve mentioned. It is becoming less risky to be a tech entrepreneur each year. Even five years ago the costs of validating and testing business ideas was significantly higher, and we couldn’t imagine it going down more from there.

    I think the lower barriers to entry will be both a good and bad thing, depending on where you’re standing. As always, the “get-rich-quick” type will become frustrated and hurt the image of entrepreneurs. But there will remain great entrepreneurs, and I think those are the ones that will still be around in 10 or 20 years once entrepreneurship becomes risky to the mainstream again…

    Hope this helps!

    • Lee Schneider

      Yes – perfect- thanks for contributing. If you know of anybody else who has some thoughts on this topic I’d really like to include them in the white paper I’m writing about it. Cheers, Lee

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