Funding Hope, SuperCrowdHour and the Connection Between Endometriosis and Crowdfunding
AI Episode Summary
Dorian Dickinson is the co-founder and managing director of Funding Hope, a crowdfunding site targeting solutions to big problems at the community level.
Dickinson believes that crowdfunding can be a part of the solution to these problems by using investment dollars from ordinary people to address economic development challenges in distressed rural communities.
He started Funding Hope after his previous business in rural and economic development was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding Hope aims to get money into the hands of the people most in need and support small business owners, entrepreneurs, and innovators in rural areas.
The platform is vetting issuers looking to raise between $500,000 and $5 million and actively helps them target potential investors and drive funding for their projects.
Dickinson's career has taken him to conflict zones and developing countries, where he has worked on rural development projects.
One of his most memorable experiences was in Kabul, Afghanistan, where a 12-year-old boy expressed hope for a better future due to the work Dickinson was doing.
Dickinson believes his superpower is a blend of perseverance, humility, and empathy, which allow him to push through challenges, understand his limitations, and connect with the needs of others.
He advises others to step outside themselves, listen, and learn from different perspectives in order to improve their ability to help others.
To connect with Funding Hope and Dickinson, visit the Funding Hope website and sign up to receive their newsletter or become an investor. Dickinson can also be found on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.
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The Story of Tampon Tribe From Endometriosis to Crowdfunding - s11 ep06
AI Episode Summary
Jennifer Eden is the co-founder and CEO of Tampon Tribe, an organic cotton period product company.
Tampon Tribe started after Jennifer experienced pain from endometrial endometriosis and wanted to create healthier and environmentally-friendly products.
The company started with tampons and expanded to include pads, liners, menstrual cups, and period underwear.
Tampon Tribe has experienced significant financial success, with an average year-on-year growth of 486% for the first four years.
The company has also found success in the B2B space, supplying products to co-working spaces, businesses, and hotels.
Tampon Tribe has a strong community and has utilized crowdfunding to support its growth and impact.
Jennifer sees her superpower as a combination of tenacity and resilience.
Her biggest accomplishments are the support and belief from people who have invested in and supported Tampon Tribe.
Jennifer emphasizes the importance of balance, taking rest, and having a sense of humor while building a company.
To learn more about Tampon Tribe, visit their website, sign up for their direct mail program, and follow them on social media. They are also available on Amazon and in local grocery and boutique stores.
For the September SuperCrowdHour, I’m going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from making dozens of crowdfunding investments and talking to hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors. You’ll learn not just how to make investments via crowdfunding but how to make money doing it.
Many impact crowdfunding investors focus on impact first. I admire the approach but note that a goal for maximizing impact is best accomplished by making money. It works two ways. A company that goes out of business has no impact after it dies. One that grows profitably can do unlimited amounts of good. Furthermore, if the investment delivers financial results to you, you can reinvest and do more good as an investor!
If you’re focused primarily on making money, you’ll find this session helpful, too. We’ll focus on how to invest to maximize financial returns. Don’t miss it!