An actual confession...
I'm a little "lucky" in the way I got into crowdfunding.
Most people have an idea ...and then try to crowdfund that idea.
I stumbled into crowdfunding around 18 months ago. I was curious about 3D printers and there were quite a number of them popping up on Kickstarter. I remember this is how I first came across Kickstarter (and crowdfunding in general).
Like a lot of others - my interest was piqued when I saw projects raise the big bucks
...especially when it was for things I was sure I could do!
I studied ...and studied ...and studied some more. I looked at hundreds of projects.
A number of project types
came up that were routinely successful.
I eventually settled on producing a titanium pocket-tool type thing. Essentially ...I reverse-engineered the whole crowdfunding shindig.
Here's the thing...
have chosen a different type
of project that was also popular (role-playing board games, playing cards, etc.) ...but I naturally gravitated towards a titanium pocket-tool type of project. I was somewhat
interested in it.
Actually, that's a really important point right there...
I never "followed my passion". I just chose the most interesting thing out of a bunch of stuff.
Oh, wait, that's not quite true. The most interesting would be some fancy, new technology gadget - because they're "cool" and generally get highly funded.
The problem is...
Producing something like that would have been, well, damn near impossible at the time (hell, its still very far away now!).
So, yeah, I ultimately selected the type
of project I'd kick things of with based on a combination of:
Took me 3 to 4 months to go from knowing absolutely nothing at all about pocket-tool type stuff - to launching the ViperFish™ on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cogent/titanium-incredible-12-function-ultimate-pocket-to