Why “only” $8000 to Build a Space Elevator?
We’ve gotten critiques from our friends that “we’re not asking for enough…” The (usually unspoken) implication being that “if you’re really serious about building an Elevator on the Moon, why are you only asking for $8,000?”
We made this financial decision for a reason. Sure, there are many things we can do (will do) that will take a lot more cash… But that’s not the point of this – specific – campaign. The goal of this Kickstarter event is to rebuild our community. We will launch another campaign; and another, and another and another. Over time, after some successes and after we’ve rebuilt trust that our company can do what it says it can do, we’ll raise our financial targets.
I realize that the point of most Kickstarter projects is to raise money. Trust me, I get it. And I do want you to commit cash to our campaign. Let me restate that – I want to trade your capital for our goods and services. This is not a ‘donation’, but a transaction. I think that sometimes people misunderstand what Kickstarter is all about.
Michael Laine created this Kickstarter project for a Space Elevator. Awesome right? But he only asked for $8,000 which seems like it wouldn’t pay for an elevator to my 3rd floor office. People of course, questioned whether his elevator went all the way to the top and the above is his excellent response.
To any science fiction buff this is the stuff we expect to exist already but needs some serious engineering to make happen. While that caught my eye, the quote here is a bit of truth that not everyone understands at first. Crowdfunding builds communities around ideas. It isn’t just about the funding, although that is nice, it is about proving a concept is something people want and bringing people together to make stuff happen that is important to them. Thank you Michael for stating it so well. This is what we did with MedStartr and now our community includes tens of thousands of people from around the world. Amazing stuff really. Powerful platforms.
If you look at the EndoGoddess or Tumor Killer Reconcillio project, you can see this is inherent to many MedStartr projects. Medical research and care take a great deal more than crowdfunding usually brings in financially, but the first test has to be “do people want this” and both of these projects have clearly passed that test. Please support them today!
Do you have idea you want to test or build a community around? Why not get startd today?