I like to help out others with their projects, and I am really getting into Kickstarter. But that’s not the only method I use to support those who do things I like. In the past, I’ve also bought products simply to support someone, or outright donated money.

In the last two months I tried something new. In two cases, I saw an opportunity to support someone with a project in the pipeline that I really wanted to see come to pass. So I contacted them and offered to help them – in both cases clearly also willing to invest money.

Now, I am obviously not rich, and can’t spend a fortune on wild goose chases, but I would’ve easily been willing to part with more than just pocket change in both cases. In both cases, I did not get so much as a “hey thanks for your support but we have other plans”. Hmm. If people don’t even want my money, I must be doing something wrong. But it is, of course, just as well, since this means I will have more money to invest in my own endeavors.

Still, I can’t help but be a little weirded out by people NOT taking free money…


(And just for the record, no, I am not soliciting investment opportunities or other such stuff.)

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2 thoughts on “Okay, Don’t Take My Money

  1. That’s a really good idea though. I love all the projects I see on kickstarter, but due to some pretty poor job circumstances, I can’t offer anything in the way of cash to for them. How did you go about getting involved in a non-financial way, and what were you offering instead of money?

  2. The Kickstarter stuff I just back normally. In the end, Kickstarter is a platform for pre-ordering or pre-purchasing products that do not yet exist.

    But I also offer, for example, free hosting/webspace to other people who do things I like. Beyond that, it depends on the type of project. Software projects I can help with bug reports, tests, suggestions (but in some cases I’ve also contributed code). Then there were some projects that wanted to use some of my photos or art, for example. If I like what they do, I have no problem to give permission to use my stuff. I’ve also in the past offered help as a systems administrator or with organization and so on, but so far nobody took me up on that either. đŸ˜‰

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