Crowd Funding 101: Kickstarter and More

Crowd Funding 101: Kickstarter and More

Looking to learn more about crowd funding, including how you can get started using the best websites and services like Kickstarter, IndieGogo and RocketHub to launch new startups and businesses? We’ve just launched new book The Crowdfunding Bible: How to Raise Money for Any Startup, Video Game or Project, which is completely free to download at www.CrowdFundingGuides.com. A complete expert guide that explains how to crowdfund any idea or project from start to finish, it offers hints, tips and advice from today’s top campaign creators. Best of all, you can enjoy it on a variety of formats, including smartphones, tablet PCs and eReaders, including Apple iOS, Android, Nook and Sony Reader devices.

Thanks to crowd funding, today’s hottest form of high-tech investment, suddenly anyone can bring any idea or invention to life on the Internet. The world’s most comprehensive guide to raising money online, The Crowdfunding Bible shows you how to launch, market and successfully run a high-tech fundraising campaign, regardless of industry or budget. It reveals the secrets to catching the media and public’s eye, and attracting donors, in a language that everyone can understand. From books to films, albums, events and consumer products and video games, we recommended that you check it out if you’re interested in discovering the new world of venture capital waiting at your fingertips.

Featured Crowdfunding Topics Include

  • Best Crowdfunding Websites and Services
  • Complete Guides: How to Start and Promote Any Project
  • Expert Tips: Crafting Pitches, Rewards and Marketing Programs
  • Advice from Today’s Most Successful Creators and Campaigns
  • Handbooks to Building Powerful PR and Social Media Strategies
  • Key Lessons and Takeaways from Top Hits and Failures
  • Reviews and Post-Mortems: An Inside Look at the Business

The first title from our new book publishing label READ.ME, we sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we did creating it. And be sure to look for more books about technology and business coming soon – we’re on the hunt for talented new authors!

Best iPad Cases and Accessories for Business

Best iPad Cases and Accessories for Business

Small Business Expert

Essential hints, tips & business advice for startups & entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses are increasingly turning to Apple’s popular iPad tablet PC as an alternative to traditional laptops. Given the mobile device’s gorgeous touchscreen display, user-friendly interface, and infinite selection of downloadable apps, which bestow the ability for the system to double as a growing range of gadgets, we can’t say we blame them. Of course, getting the most out of the gizmo often requires investing in some of the best iPad cases and accessories for businesses available out there as well – a point that shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re pondering adding the system to your IT budget.

Important to consider: While the iPad isn’t right for all businesses or industries, it can make a reasonable complement to or replacement for desktop and laptop systems in certain cases, meaning that it’s vital to consider your firm’s needs and high-tech usage patterns before buying. And, of course, recognize the device’s limitations, as its virtual keyboard, limited battery life and suite of software programs (in some cases less robust than those you’d enjoy on a traditional computer system) may not suit your company’s requirements. However, the following add-ons can help mitigate some of these issues, and bestow additional features onto the iPad, which may make the decision somewhat easier.

As you’ll see in our latest column for Inc. magazine, the range of iPad cases, accessories and add-ons continues to grow and expand in new directions – many highly beneficial for today’s business owner.

Sena Keyboard Folio

Cost: $149.99

This leather carrying case has an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and folding kickstand. Beyond the obvious benefits of protecting your device and giving you a more comfortable way to type, it’s also elegantly designed. Heck, it’s even fashionable. Be prepared to pay for the style, however: Units don’t come cheap.

Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

Cost: $29

Digital cameras still produce better images than smartphones and tablets on average, especially under dimly-lit conditions. That’s why you might want to pick up this connection kit, which can import photos and videos onto the iPad via your camera’s USB cable or SD card. Support for JPEG and RAW images, and SD and HD video formats (H.264, MP4, etc.), make it especially handy for social media campaigns or those needing to capture low-light shots at product demos or events.

iHome iDM5 Executive Workstation

Cost: $129.99

An all-in-one solution for mobile professionals, this “Bluetooth keyboard speaker system” (read: full-service workstation) provides a physical keypad, stereo speakers, and two USB ports for device charging. Using it, you can videoconference, play music while working, and recharge mobile gadgets all while you’re getting work done.

For more of the best iPad cases and accessories, please visit Inc. magazine.

The Future of Video Games

The Future of Video Games

Game Theory

A smarter way to play: Video games industry analysis, reviews & insight.

 The video games industry is going through a period of radical change, thanks to the advent of mobile games, social games, free online games and more. While many exciting developments continue to happen on traditional systems such as the PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, much more is going on in the world of free to play titles, iPhone and iPad apps, digital downloads and other arenas. Naturally, gaming insiders are working hard to adapt as Facebook games and zero-cost applications continues to take over – a topic we explore in the following video on the future of video games.

Looking for more information on where video games are headed in terms of both design and as a business? Check out Game Theory‘s website, chock full of articles, hints, tips, advice, news, trends and videos on the wild world of gaming.