In today’s show, veteran webcartoonist Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc.) drops an onslaught of mega-ton knowledge bombs on everything from Kickstarter to Patreon to creating better comics. You’re going to want to listen to this session at least twice!
Highlights of this Session Include:
- The state of the webcomics business model in 2017 from the guy who literally wrote the book on webcomics.
- What Brad wishes he focused more on in the early days.
- How Brad’s entire business almost went belly up a few years ago… and the crowdfunding platform that saved it. (Spoiler: He’s not talking about Kickstarter.)
- Plus: The art of the pivot.
Today’s Session is brought to you by…
This is the next big phase of ComixLaunch, and I’m excited to be taking this next step… and in the process, getting a better understanding of the Patreon platform, which we’re currently diving deep into on the podcast.
What Is Club ComixLaunch?
Club ComixLaunch is a way to help us continue and expand on the ComixLaunch mission, and add even more value for creators like you who are looking to harness the power of crowdfunding to bring creative projects to life.
Membership has its privileges, and Club ComixLaunch members may receive:
- Shout outs to you and your projects on the show.
- Access to bonus lessons on the Club Exclusive Patreon Feed.
- A VIP INSIDER Bonus resource (Guide, cheat sheet, checklist, video, template, etc.) designed to help you launch.
- Advance looks at future ComixLaunch books and resources.
- Priority placement and discounts in ComixLaunch courses,
- And much, much more!
Join the Club and Get Your Welcome Kit
As soon as you join the Club at any pledge level, you’ll be able to instantly download the Club ComixLaunch Welcome Kit, which includes:
- 5 Things You Must Do Before You Launch a Kickstarter [Checklist – PDF]
- How to Choose Paper Stock for Your Book with Kraken Print [Guide – PDF]
- Kickstarter Update Guide: 19 Types of Updates That Add Excitement & Funding to Kickstarter Campaigns [Guide – PDF]
- 7 Keys to Your Best Launch Ever [Workshop – MP3]
Jot down 10 ideas for exclusive content that your audience might be willing to pay for?
It’s okay if you don’t know… Brad didn’t when he started.
What’s not okay is if you’re not actively trying to find out.
Get More from Brag Guigar
Brad runs the community at Webcomics.com.
Check out Brad’s webcomic Evil Inc.
And check out Brad’s Patreon page.
And there are just a few days left in Brad’s latest Kickstarter campaign.
April is Audience Building Month on ComixLaunch.
The biggest reason creators don’t launch is fear of failure.
The biggest reason projects fail is failure to build and ready an audience for the project.
(Brad has a great line about that in this episode.)
So, in the month of April we’ll do episodes and interviews focused building your audience in different areas and on different platforms.
There will also be audience building Facebook ComixLunch live streams over at Facebook.com/comixlaunch all throughout April.
There will be extra bonus strategies for Club ComixLaunch members, so if you’re not yet a member ComixLaunch.com/patreon.
And, I may even put together another challenge… Either late April or early May for those of you who want a little extra support in getting this thing rolling.
Either late April or early May for those of you who want a little extra support in getting this audience growth thing turbo-charged.
Earn $10,249 a Year in FREE “Crypto Income”
Last December, I wrote to you about a new way to make money with cryptos.
It didn’t involve risking your money on high-risk crypto tokens. Instead, it was a way to earn safe, consistent income — for FREE — month after month.
In fact, as I’ll explain today, if you’d followed my advice, you could have earned as much as $10,249 over the past year.
But if you didn’t follow my advice, not to worry…
Because as I’m about to explain, you can still take advantage of this strategy today…
Let Me Introduce You to Sandy
Before I reveal this powerful income-generating strategy, let me introduce you to someone:
Her name is “Sandy” — or, as she’s more commonly known, Hurricane Sandy.
Sandy hit New York on October 29th, 2012. According to Business Insider, it was the “worst storm to hit the area since at least [the year] 1700.”
It dropped over 14 feet of water on lower Manhattan, and it left millions of residents without power, cell phone service, or the internet.
People had no way to get in touch with their loved ones, or to get access to emergency info.
But for residents of a tiny neighborhood in Brooklyn, it was quite a different story…
A Peer-to-Peer Network Saves the Day
When Sandy hit and the internet went down, a small group of technologists in an old industrial neighborhood called Red Hook sprang into action.
They set up a “peer-to-peer” network called a “local mesh network.” This enabled residents to connect to each other’s computers directly, so they could communicate.
Everyone else was trying to get online the traditional way: by connecting to a single server. But since that single server wasn’t working, they were out of luck.
Here’s an image that shows a traditional network versus a peer-to-peer network:
As you can see, there’s no “middleman” in the peer-to-peer network…
So there’s no single point of failure!
This Could be Huge
This type of peer-to-peer technology is a big deal…
The next time a natural disaster occurs — or God forbid, if there’s a terrorist strike — it could keep people online and connected.
This explains why Grandview Research estimates that, by 2025, such networks could turn into a market worth $11 billion.
It also explains why venture capitalists are pouring money into this sector. For example, Union Square Ventures recently invested $15 million into a peer-to-peer networking startup.
And as it turns out, you could profit from this deal, too.
Let me explain…
Union Square Ventures is one of the most successful venture firms in the country.
It was an early investor in billion-dollar startups like Twitter and Tumblr.
And now it’s invested in a peer-to-peer networking startup called Helium.
Simply put, Helium has built a simple device that acts as a “hot spot.”
Once you put the device in your home, people in your neighborhood can use it to connect to each other instantly.
This device is a breakthrough. You see, when the Red Hook technologists set up their network during Hurricane Sandy, they encountered huge problems. For example:
- They had to create their own custom software.
- They were forced to rely on inefficient hardware and unsecure connections.
- They had to pay huge electricity bills.
But Helium fixes all of these problems in one fell swoop. And now, during an emergency, a Helium network could mean the difference between life and death.
And that’s why Helium wants to incentivize you to set one up…
New Crypto: Helium Tokens
Simply put, if you set up a Helium network, you can earn real money.
Here’s how it works:
- Helium has created a crypto-currency called Helium Tokens (HNT).
- To earn these coins, you just need to set up and maintain a Helium network.
- And because these coins are traded on various crypto exchanges, you can exchange them for real dollars.
Fred Wilson, a partner at Union Square Ventures, has earned roughly 8,266 Helium Tokens since he first set up his device a year ago.
Based on the current price for Helium Tokens, that works out to roughly $10,249 in extra income in the past year alone!
And now you have the chance to start earning income like that, too!
Cash-in on Cryptos Today
Keep in mind: to get started, you’ll need to pay a few hundred dollars for the Helium device.
But once you own the device, you essentially have a source of free income.
To learn more, visit Helium’s website here »
This Is a $103 Billion Profit Opportunity
Investors in private startups pocketed a fortune last quarter…
According to a report released last week, they took home $103.9 billion.
That’s a record high — and as you’re about to learn, those profits are expected to keep flowing.
So today, I’ll show you why this is happening…
And then I’ll share two easy ways to get in on the action yourself.
How Private Investors Make Profits
Before I tell you how to take advantage of this profit window, let me back up for a moment…
Let me explain how investors in private startups make money.
Startup investors make money when a company they invested in has an “exit.” These exits happen in two main ways:
- When a startup gets acquired by a bigger company in an M&A transaction, or
- When the startup goes public in an IPO.
And as it turns out, Q3 of 2020 was a record-setting quarter for these exits…
A Record-Setting Quarter for Private Investors
The first half of the year was a disaster…
The coronavirus put a halt to everything, including exits.
But Q3 brought a massive uptick in activity.
For example, as you can see in the chart below (courtesy of PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor), exit value increased 292.5% versus Q3 2019.
That was the 2nd-highest quarterly total in PitchBook’s historical dataset, just behind Q2 2019.
What do all these exits mean for their investors?
They mean huge windfalls of profits!
(FYI, even when you factor in the winners and the losers, over the past 20 years, these exits have returned an average of 55% per year. At 55% per year, in 20 years, you could turn a tiny $500 investment into more than $3.2 million.)
Just six months ago, this sort of exit activity seemed impossible.
So what happened?
The 3 Reasons Behind These Profits
This burst of exit activity is due to three main reasons.
New Sectors Soaring: Covid-19 has given a boost not just to biotech, but to industries like Fintech, Edtech, and Telemedicine. The way we work, learn, and receive healthcare are changing — and innovative startups leading the charge are becoming valuable very quickly.
Macro Environment: Low interest rates and a booming stock market are giving investors confidence that innovative startups will command high prices as public companies.
SPACs: As noted earlier, M&A and IPOs are the two main ways that startups exit. But recently, a third way has gained in popularity: a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC.
In Q3, public listings drove the spike in exits — IPOs like Snowflake (NYSE: SNOW), Asana (NYSE: ASAN), and Unity (NYSE: U).
The things is, as PitchBook explained, the strong performance of these stocks in the public markets will “likely drive more IPO” activity…
And for startup investors, it’ll drive more profits.
So — are you in?
Two Easy Ways to Get Started
Crowdability offers a multitude of free resources to make sure you see current startup deals that are available for investment…
And to make sure you know what to do once you find a deal you’re interested in.
For starters, look at our weekly “Deals” email. We send this out every Monday at 11am EST, and it contains a handful of new startup deals for you to explore.
Second, check out our free white papers like “Tips from the Pros.” These easy-to-read reports will teach you how to separate the good deals from the bad.
The profit window is now open — take advantage of it!
UK Fintech Modulr Reveals that its Dublin based Entity Is Now Licensed as EMI by Central Bank of Ireland
UK-based Modulr, a Payments as a Service API Platform for digital businesses, has revealed that its Dublin-based entity is now licensed as an electronic money institution (EMI) by the Central Bank of Ireland.
The Modulr team noted:
“This is an important step in enabling our European arm to provide efficient, scalable and reliable payment services to customers across the European Union.
As explained in a release, the European division of Modulr has been established to offer services to customers based in the European Union (EU). Modulr is focused on driving instant payments “expertise” into the Eurozone, in order to improve how wholesale and commercial payments are processed.
The Fintech firm provides payments infrastructure that’s used by established companies such as Sage, Revolut, Mode and Iwoca.
As stated in the announcement:
“Following strong business growth in the UK over the past four years, the newly granted EMI license will enable [Modulr] to offer [various] payments products, including its award-winning payments platform, through its powerful API to EU markets.”
Modulr also brings its expertise of real-time payments to SEPA Instant, which is the Euro’s instant payments scheme. As noted in the release, Modulr’s experience with Faster Payments will help it “unlock the potential” of the new scheme by offering convenient access for European software firms, merchants, and specialist banks.
The announcement also mentioned that the “true” potential of a digital API-based alternative to commercial payments will “rely upon an agile and efficient ‘behind the scenes’ payments process, which has historically been inaccessible and unaffordable to SMEs and enterprise alike.” As explained by the Modulr team, this information “comes from soon to be published research commissioned by Modulr, which reveals contemporary insight … into the hard cost of payment processes [and] the hidden impact on customer experience as well.”
Myles Stephenson, CEO at Modulr, stated:
“The opportunity for a digital alternative to commercial and wholesale transaction banking is significant as software businesses across multiple industry sectors are identifying the need to deliver new functionality and efficiencies to their customers by embedding payments in customer journeys. We plan to build a truly digital, frictionless payments infrastructure for software platform partners to provide new payment experiences to more than 500m people.”
Stephenson believes that his team has the experience and expertise in digital payments and API integration needed to offer key services to European businesses that are interested in streamlining how they make, receive and manage payments.
John Irwin, General Manager, Modulr Europe, remarked:
“Our digital platform and experience can transform the payments business. For too long, European payments have relied on the same technologies.”
Modulr has reportedly moved more than £40bn for clients such as Sage, Revolut, and Paxport through its platform which has “an uptime of 99.999%.”
Modulr offers this scale, reliability, and quality of service by investing in its own financial access and “achieving principal and direct access to critical payments.”
In September 2020, Modulr became the principal issuing member of Mastercard. The company had said that it would be offering more seamless digital payments solutions.
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