Crowdfunding is a powerful new way for makers to fund their creative projects, attract interest, externalize expectations, and solicit expertise. Learn how to do it successfully and float your ideas with a panel of crowdfunding experts, including Will Haines (IndieGoGo), Kevin Lawton (author of "Crowdfunding Revolution"), Tim Schafer (Double Fine Productions), Paul Spinrad (MAKE), & Hiroshi Wald (Stanford-MIT VLab)"
Product Manager and Lead UX Designer at IndieGoGo.
Dave HAR-VIL-ISS is the co-founder and CEO of When You Wish.com a new Los Angeles-based crowdfunding site making its debut here at Maker Faire.
Alon Hillel-Tuch is Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer at RocketHub Inc.
Timothy Schafer is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in January 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts.
Hiroshi Wald is Managing Director of Austral Capital Partners, US. Hiroshi also serves as Program Chair for the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab which hosts the largest ongoing gathering of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and thought leaders at monthly events at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining Austral, he was most recently Principal at The Wald Group, a consultancy focused on technology development, management strategy and customer insights, analysis and intelligence. His diverse background includes Managing Director at Competitive Insights, a business intelligence firm focused on natural language processing of web content; product development executive at Knowledge Networks where he built and managed teams in India; CEO and Founder of a wireless startup, Zingdata, which was acquired by Knowledge Networks; directing market intelligence at Hill and Knowlton, one of the world's largest public affairs and relations firms; selection as a Coro Fellow and serving as Staff Assistant at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Hiroshi is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, discusses his views on the future of crowdfunding. He explains that while his first foray into Kickstarter was wildly successful based on fan support alone, projects may need to begin offering financial incentives in order to attract investors.