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About the Author

Devin Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream. More recently, Devin completed his latest book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, Financing Your Mark On The World. Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past. As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions. Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration. Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business. Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491215739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491215739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've known what crowdfunding is for about a year. I've tried - and failed - to launch two Kickstarter projects. I think it's a great idea, but it's a little like hitting the lotto, only in this case, you're the lottery ticket. If you've got a story that touches the heart, you're likely to win. If not, you're going to be one the invisible many.

When I pick up a book like this, it's see how it relates to me. How can I benefit from the knowledge buried between these covers? Reading through this book, I discovered a lot of great success stories that won't apply to helping me. The stories that really tore at my heart are not instances I could use. The success stories all had one thing in common. They touched the heart in some way. As soon as I figure out how to launch a project to publish a fantasy novel and have it "touch the heart," I'll let you know. Until then, if you happen to know, please share. The other thing that they all seemed to have in common was a wide network of people who cared.

If you lack either of these two, even this book won't help. However, I will say that if you read this book, you'll see what kind of projects would work and which ones wouldn't.

Devin Thorpe did a great job is showing some of the better ways of using social media. Now, I'm not saying that I'm going to be able to launch a better Kickstarter project next time because I still lack the story. Why would anyone care? BUT I did uncover, through this book, better ways to spread the word.

The other thing that I found to be very practical - because I've always wondered - was that Devin Thorpe explained the laws/rules around and behind crowdfunding.
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Have you heard of Kickstarter? IndieGoGo? Teespring.com? Those are all examples of crowd funding. It's the newest way of raising funds to finance all or some portion of projects that people or groups want to get done. In today's society it can be pretty difficult to find somebody who will finance an industrious project. With all of our social media platforms, it was inevitable that we would find a way to use them to reach out to the masses for financial support of individual projects.

Not all crowd funding projects have to be for personal gain or private endeavor. Some are mounted for the sheer purpose of social good. That's where Devin D. Thorpe's book, Crowdfunding for Social Good:Financing Your Mark on the World, can help. In his book, Thorpe breaks down crowd funding as "the newest way for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to raise money for their causes, projects and companies."

Thorpe uses real-time examples to show us how social media, networking and marketing come together to help raise awareness and fund real causes and projects through crowd funding. Through his writing he teaches with ease and campaign example the in's and out's of succesful social campaigning from beginning to fulfillment. It's really a great, condense lesson for first learners and experienced fundraisers alike; learning in 166 lots of how-to's on maximizing the benefits of this new and burgeoning platform.

My advice? Get it, read it, learn it. Then? Do it! Launch out and start your own crowdfunding campaign. I did.
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Many of us are familiar with sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. People use these sites to help them to finance their creative projects. Now everyone can be an entrepreneur! I have even contributed to a couple of them. I had never before heard it referred to as Crowdfunding, but that makes sense. And I haven't heard of that, simply because I haven't ever paid much attention to it before.

In this book, Devin D. Thorpe takes you into that world. He provides detailed explanations of how to create a successful campaign. He includes numerous real life stories, as well as the lessons you can learn from each person's success. He includes hyperlinks to their campaigns, so that you can follow them in real time and see how they are doing today. Most of them are great ideas that come directly from the heart to raise awareness or to help those in need. I got teary reading about a young boy who was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder.

Also included are many lessons on social networking and how to make it work in your favor. You may feel like you already know how to maximize that, but I guarantee you will learn something new. He also breaks down some of the legalities involved in crowdfunding.

This book runs about 166 pages in paperback, which makes it a fast read. It is also bursting with useful information. I received an ecopy for review purposes, but would probably prefer a hard copy if and when the time came for me to create a campaign. I would want to go back through and highlight important parts and would prefer a quick flip through physical pages.

'Crowdfunding' isn't directly related to Devin's other books. It is definitely a stand-alone. But, I can see how they would all work together to help one achieve their dreams of doing good in the world.
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