Local Lift

Kickstarter For Local Businesses

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Peter Boyce
Peter Boyce@badboyboyce · Rough Draft Ventures
Huge congrats to Eric & Broderick! Great platform for empowering local communities and small businesses.
Erica Swallow
Erica Swallow@ericaswallow · Lover of life, Planet Earth
So happy to see team Local Lift making waves. Keep it up!
Ellen Chisa
Ellen ChisaHiring@ellenchisa · Cofounder/CEO, www.darklang.com
@rrhoover - I think this is an interesting space - although not the first attempt at it. Smallknot (http://smallknot.com/) has been doing a very similar thing for several years. Similarly, lots of Kickstarter support does come from local areas. We (loosely using "we" since I've left) encourage creators to reach out to their local communities. One I saw/liked recently is this Nashville based coffee roaster/cafe: https://www.kickstarter.com/proj... At the risk of sounding negative... on the whole I tend to think a lot of the new rewards based crowdfunding sites are derivative. While they may be good for a specific community, I have a hard time getting excited about them. I'd rather see more alternative models, like Patreon.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@ellenchisa I didn't know about Small Knot and I agree, Patreon is going some awesome things. You do bring up an interesting topic on derivative startups. It seems like there's an "Uber for X" and "Airbnb for Y" popping up all the time. In some cases, these are fantastic businesses driven by entrepreneurs that genuinely want to solve a problem but in many cases they're simply chasing market trends.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Someone pitched a similar idea as this at Lean Startup Machine ~1 year ago (cc @to, @uxceo). It's an interesting idea and because it's focused on specific locales/economies, each campaign has an opportunity to saturate a connected group of people more so than a typical, mass-market Kickstarter campaign. Curious what @ellenchisa thinks of this.
Trevor Owens
Trevor Owens@to · CEO, Javelin.com
@rrhoover yes seen this one a few times. this is the type of idea you have to concierge to validate so good to see the site has some good case studies already
David Khorram
David Khorram@david_khorram1
I have made this to empower local businesses- Review and give me your input http://www.locals.best/home/comp...