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Crowdfunding, the practice of raising small amounts of money from large numbers of people, has enabled people around the world to start new businesses, fund initiatives, and raise money for themselves and others. Yet, not all crowdfunding efforts reach their desired goal. Why do some succeed, while others fail? This course will reveal the science behind successful crowdfunding, drawing on data from hundreds of thousands of campaigns. You’ll learn different types of crowdfunding approaches, and receive detailed advice on what to do (and what not to do) when crowdfunding. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with key players in the field with exclusive interviews from the founder of Indiegogo to successful campaign creators, to get the information you need to set your crowdfunding initiative up for success.
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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1 hour to complete

Module 1

This module was designed to give you a deep understanding of what crowdfunding is and what it does. You’ll learn the definition of crowdfunding, compare the two most prevalent types—equity and reward-based—and understand how crowdfunding is different from other approaches to raising capital. You’ll explore critical components of crowdfunding, and discover the importance of community and social networks in a successful crowdfunding campaign. By the end of this module, you’ll gain a better understanding of how crowdfunding works, and use your power of social connections to ensure success for your campaign....
Reading
3 videos (Total 32 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
The Importance of the "Crowd" in Crowdfunding8m
Interview with Slava Rubin14m
Reading1 readings
Module 1 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 1 Quiz20m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Module 2

In this module, you’ll explore how to prepare for a successful campaign, including how much time you should expect to spend and how much money you should seek to raise. By looking at the different types of rewards and reward levels, you’ll be able to weigh the benefits and costs of reward types for your campaign, and find the right balance that will work for your budget. Then you’ll learn about both successful strategies and common pitfalls in preparing for your crowdfunding campaign, such as the use of helpers or consultants. By the end of this module, you’ll have built effective strategies for preparing and budgeting your crowdfunding campaign, and be able to tackle any issue that your campaign might face in achieving its goal....
Reading
4 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Interview with Christian Strevy7m
What Sort of Preparation Should You Do?8m
Interview with Stephanie Pereira16m
Reading1 readings
Module 2 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 2 Quiz20m

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1 hour to complete

Module 3

This module was designed to help you develop and manage a live crowdfunding effort, from pitching your idea to ensuring long-term success. By discussing examples of both high-quality and low-quality pitches, you’ll learn what makes messages memorable and be able to craft an effective pitch for your campaign. You’ll assess the differing benefits of showing prototypes and teaser trailers, and explore some of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs have faced when delivering their projects and how to avoid them. By the end of this module, you’ll be able to employ a toolbox of approaches to craft a convincing pitch, and be prepared with the best solution to any situation....
Reading
4 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Interview with Justin Kazmark12m
Dealing with Backers and Delivering Results9m
Interview with Sarah Miester8m
Reading1 readings
Module 3 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 3 Quiz20m

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1 hour to complete

Module 4

In this module, you’ll examine some of the science behind crowdfunding, including how crowds think, and how fraud and failure is spotted. By looking at examples of studies done on collective thinking and decision-making, you’ll learn about Linus’ Law and how the crowd exerts rational criteria when determining which campaigns are fraudulent or worthy of support. You’ll gain a better understanding of your backers and better leverage their influence to bring success to your own campaign. You’ll explore who is successful in crowdfunding campaigns, and the experience of women to see the value of sharing common ground with your backers. By the end of this module, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the components for success in crowdfunding campaigns, and be able to leverage them to successfully fund your startup or other ventures....
Reading
5 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Who Succeeds at Crowdfunding?9m
Interview with Zach Dunham8m
Crowdfunding for Startups8m
Interview with Antina Lee19m
Reading1 readings
Module 4 Lecture Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By AHDec 9th 2017

Great course to get the nuts and bolts of crowd funding, info about leading crowdfunding platforms, how to avoid pitfalls during the campaigns.

By RMFeb 20th 2018

The course was valuable as it gave an idea of the nature of crowdfunding that just looking at a cf page could not.

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Ethan Mollick

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