Met with my good friend Jimmy Graham of CQD-Denver yesterday and he introduced me to an individual to share who I am, what I have done, and where I was going. After a brief introduction, the gentleman began to asks lots of questions and took lots of notes (that should have been my first clue).
I shared what I was doing, Jimmy made comments about how we had worked together over the last six months or so to help him with his business, and just had a general discussion around business. But the questions kept coming with him still taking notes.
Hmm, this was not a typical “get to know you” type of meeting over coffee, this is much more involved.
I watch Shark Tank, and this is what the meeting was coming across to me. While I have been searching at how to build my business going forward, primarily I was looking at what the Business Model Generation says to do: Search out a successful business model and then scale it.
Then, it happened.
Here is a graphic from the Kauffman Foundation and Forbes magazine that describes people’s interest in entrepreneurship. It’s alive and well.
There are two facts that I should point out that can be easily overcome this barrier.
Here’s a unique idea for those startup entrepreneurs that want to get funded, but not by the normal routes: crowdsourcing.
Check out Kickstarter.com‘s web site for more info about getting crowds to fund your startup or your project from the “worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.”
Oh, and if you want to help local startups, check out Kickstarter’s Denver projects.
Better yet, sign up and see if you can get funding.
You typically hear startups and wannabe startups talk about getting funding for their business adventure, but here are a list of companies that did not look for funding. They did it the old fashion way, they earned it.