Here are some interesting and inspirational blogs, articles and books either directly or indirectly related to crowdfunding . If you have suggestions for this list please get in touch.


Indiegogo - Overview of How it Works

Indiegogo Tech Resources

Hardware Handbook - PDF from Indiegogo

Kickstarter Creator Handbook

Useful introduction to starting a Kickstarter campaign.

Crowd Scene

A podcast about successful crowdfunding campaigns and the people who make them happen. (Formerly

Crowdfunding Playbook

An ever expanding curated directory of crowdfunding tools and resources.

Crowdfunding Checklist

Good overview about crowdfunding from a Forbes article, including a nice infographic on the second page if you like that sort of thing.

Stonemaier Games blog

Excellent blog by @jameystegmaier. Often focussed on games but loads of great generic insight and advice.

Kickstarter vs Indiegogo infographic

A comparison in the form of an infographic from Shopify.

How to Kickstarter

Based on their repeated success, the guys at Studio Neat in New York seem to know what they're doing.

7 Things to Consider before you Launch your Kickstarter Project

An interesting read from filmmaker Nathaniel James Hansen.

How we Raised $450K on Kickstarter

It's important to remember that figures like these are anomalous, but these big campaigns can certainly be learned from.

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days

Another story of a high-profile success but there's some great practical advice here, including templates for marketing emails 

The Anatomy of a $300,000 Kickstarter Campaign

A comprehensive and insightful post about running a Kickstarter campaign.

Turning great ideas into compelling propositions

Michael Ogden, host of (and CFL speaker) shares insights on turning great ideas into compelling propositions.


Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

Ideas are cheap and many great ideas never get anywhere because they are not followed through. In this book "Scott Belsky has interviewed hundreds of the most productive creative people and teams in the world, revealing one common trait: a carefully trained capacity for executing ideas. Implementing your ideas is a skill that can be taught, and Belsky distills the core principles in this book."

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

How to start a business - insightful and practical. The classic from Guy Kawasaki, of Apple and plenty of other places.

The Other Side of Innovation by Govindarajan and Trimble

Another one about executing on innovation. There are great lessons here about how bad big companies are at innovating, and the implication is that start-ups are in a great position to challenge them.

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

"A powerful appeal for good design, and a reminder of how -- and why -- some products satisfy while others only disappoint."

The Creative Economy: How People Make Money from Ideas by John Howkins

"Creativity is the fastest growing business in the world. Companies are hungry for people with ideas - and more and more of us want to make, buy, sell and share creative products. But how do you turn creativity into money?"

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

A bit of a cliché but it's a classic for a reason. So much of crowdfunding is about getting the word out about what you're doing, and that's all about making friends and influencing people.

Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Not an obvious book about crowdfunding, but this book, written sixty years ago, is an inspirational account of self-belief and hustling to make a dream happen.