Triggergive.com Taking a Stand One Donation at a Time

How many times has something bad happened and you’ve jumped on social media to see the latest news only to feel angry and helpless? One of the many amazing things a company called Triggergive can do is turn these types of tragedies into movements of change. Using the social awareness that Twitter creates around events, Triggergive can turn this exposure into actual donations for good.

Have you been triggered yet? If so visit:

https://www.triggergive.com/

#TriggerGive

One of the major roadblocks to raising money is the back end systems of the donation processing, it’s very complicated. Triggergive takes care of all the processing logistics, security (Stripe CC processing), and back end work for you. Triggergive is a mobile based platform that allows users to instantly donate money on Twitter and it only costs $15 per month. $15 a month, I might add, is an amount even a nonprofit can afford ūüėČ

Sign Up Process

The signup process begins on the web site Triggergive.com where you choose if you are a donor or a organization. In order for users to donate all they have to do is Tweet: #TriggerGive $(amount) @(organization). If you have already signed up on their website, the transaction is complete. If you are not already registered, they will tweet you a link to complete your sign up. Trigger Give allows you to make a big difference through small donations. TriggerGive does not take any of the donation amount, they make money by signing up charities at $15/month. Stripe takes 30 cents plus 2.9% to handle the funds.

Trigger Give offers several templates to help your organization inform donors how to give on Twitter. Login to your dashboard anytime to analyze your donors and track donations. Whether you are a donor or a charity the process could not be simpler.

What Does It Look Like?

Homepage

TriggerGive Home Page

Choose if you are a donor or a charity.

TriggerGive

When one Tweets #TriggerGive $(amount) @(organization) a donation will be made.

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

“An amazing passive, aggressive app, lets you react to hostile social media posts in a positive, productive way.” The founders like to call it¬†‚Äėretaliatory giving.’

–¬†Mashable

“I like to use Trigger to try and give causes I care about more awareness, it’s kind of like putting your money where your mouth is.”

– Anne, Graphic Designer

“New Twitter App Transforms Anger into Instant Social Good”

– Non Profit Quarterly

The next time a major event, movement, or tragedy happens remember Triggergive. You can take small steps to change the world, you still have power when you feel helpless. If you are a non profit or want to donate visit:

https://www.triggergive.com/ or visit them on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/triggergive.

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Photography and 3D Models By Pandariot779 On Patreon

  • November 11, 2017
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Pandariot779 is trying to build a community based on cosplay, videography, and 3D design on Patreon, social media, and personal web site. Pandariot779 is a full time student studying to become a nurse with many side passion products. In order for those projects to continue to grow they need your support on Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/pandariot779

Patreon 3D Models

Patreon page

Cosplay

Pandariot779 goal is to introduce the world to cosplay through photographs taken at conventions and at photo shoots. Visit site here pandariot779.com. All the cosplay photos on the web site are 100% free.

Pandariot779 screen shot of web site

Web site

3D Design

In addition to Cosplay,¬†Pandariot779, is also very interested in 3D Design. Specifically a designer/arduinoNERD. Using blender and Autocad¬†Pandariot creates 3D printable objects for people. If you’re at a Cosplay Convention¬†Pandariot779 is at, be sure to look for 3D Printed Pokeman hiding throughout.

Advocate?

Not only does Cosplay have entertainment value the goal is to use site/social media to advocate for Cosplayers. Pandariot779 will post a cosplay shoot once a month, post a cosplay video once every 3 months, provide free photos on my web page, and create hidden 3D Printed Pokemon for conventions attended.

Are There Any Rewards?

Yes, there are several Patreon rewards. $1 gets you early access to photos, may be part of album page, and access to exclusive photos. $2 gets you definite access to album page and previous rewards, $3 or more gets you more photos, and all previous tiers. Very reasonable rewards.

What’s The Goal?¬†

The goal is to get to $300 month to help fund photography and 3D printing equipment. Photography and 3D printing are very expensive hobbies and donations will go towards better equipment. All extra money will go towards giving back to Cosplayers and Patrons.

Conclusion

If you want to help¬†Pandariot779 turn¬†Photography and 3D printing into maybe something more than a hobby consider donating to his Patreon page today. Already there are 7 Patreon, be number 8, 9, 10…

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2Blonds2USA Van Life Travel On Patreon

  • November 9, 2017
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Are you a fan of Travel Vlogs or Instagram Travel Profiles? If the answer is yes you need to check out¬†2blonds2usa. Most travel video profiles feature beautiful travel destination and nice hotel accommodations, but none that I’ve seen feature van travel. That’s what makes the¬†2blonds2usa YouTube channel so unique. Follow a Vlog showing what life is like on the road in a van while traveling around the world. They need your support on Patreon to continue making awesome, entertaining travel videos.

Go to their Patreon campaign and donate today:

https://www.patreon.com/2blonds2usa

Blonde Travel Van Patreon

The channel 2blonds2usa all started when the couple decided to live in van. They were lucky that they weren’t forced into the van dwelling lifestyle, but decided to by choice. Living in a van allowed the couple to save money while pursuing a lifestyle that would feed their personal happiness.

The Goal

The goal of the¬†2blonds2usa channel is to take all of us along the van ride! Share the experience of what it’s like to travel and live in a van.

“Our goal is to help each and every one of you discover something about either yourselves, your potential, or even just a super amazing adventure spot near you.”

What Do I Get? 

By contributing to the¬†2blonds2usa Patreon campaign you’ll get front row seats to their journey.

2blonds2usa YouTube Channel

Are There Any Rewards?

Donate $1 to their Patreon campaign and get thanks and access to videos before the public gets them. $3 gets you Patreon only photos and exclusive content. $5 gets you monthly Q&A thread and all other rewards. Then at the maximum $10/month level get a personalized monthly postcard, roadtrip intineraries/locations, and all other rewards.

Conclusion

So, whether you simply want to help with van build costs, get a new postcard from 2blonds2usa every month, or see a tons of Patreon only photos there’s definitely at least one great reason to contribute. Join the 2blonds2usa Patreon community today.

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Showaround Smart 360¬į Image On Kickstarter

  • November 7, 2017
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Are you in the market for a new car, but tired of the same boring car ads with static pictures? If the answer is yes there’s a better three dimensional way coming to a web site near you. If this exciting new technology called Showaround is funded on Kickstarter you may see three dimensional images on your favorite web site soon such as eBay or Taobao.

Visit and contribute:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1085488908/smart-360-image?ref=4roxs2

The Kickstarter campaign called Smart 360 Imaging is a simple, cost effective, and mobile solution to creating smart¬†360¬į images for car ads or really anything else that requires a more engaging experience. The Showaround concept was created by¬†Xin Wang. One day he discovered that there is no easy way to create a 360¬į views around an object. Of course there are professional studios that will make a 360 degree image, but the costs are still too high.¬†Showaround¬†enables users to capture a multi-angle views of an object using just a smartphone device and then integrate the view easily, without hassle.

Kickstarter Smart 360

Company Mission

“We are the Showaround team, and our mission is simple: give the market a simple, cost-effective, DIY mobile solution for creating and applying Interactive 360¬į Object Visualization for commercial uses. This representatives a hugely beneficial alternative to paying for equipment and studios.”

Users of the Show Around technology can take as many 360¬į photos as they want storing them on their phone or uploading into cloud360. There is actually a demo app at the Apple Store if you want to check it out.

Visit:¬†“Capture 360” Apple Store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/capture-360/id1227078535?ls=1&mt=8

This app is still under testing, it’s a work in progress.¬†The Capture 360 mobile app is the ultimate 360¬į and 3D tool.

Any Cool Rewards? 

Yes, there are many cool rewards if you donate on Kickstarter. Pledge just $10 and get on the contributors list, the latest updates, PDF thank you card, and early access to beta versions. The rewards go all the way up to $599 and $2,500. For $599 get 1-year subscription to cloud 360, includes 500¬†360¬į images and everything else in previous reward. Donate $2,500 and you will become a sponsor at their official launch party in Atlanta. In addition you will be treated as a founder in a top Chinese restaurant and discuss their journey.

Conclusion

The genesis of the¬†Showaround came in 2016 and lots of progress has been made since then, but they still need your help. Please consider donating to their Kickstarter campaign and finally get this idea off the ground and into customer’s hands.

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Working From Home Vs. Coworking Spaces

  • November 5, 2017
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If you work from home like me you might of wrestled with the idea of working from home vs. working in a coworking space. I still have mixed feelings when it comes to what exactly is the best way to get the most done during the day and stay motivated throughout. I once and for all will break down via blog post the pros and cons of coworking spaces vs. working from home.

The arguments, at least for me, is working from home allows me to work longer hours and get more done because there is no commute. There are also some downsides to working from home. Here are the pros and cons, something I’ve wanted to write down for a long time.

Co Working Space Pro Con

Working From Home Pros

– Allows you to theoretically work longer hours because there is zero commute.

– Allows you to get more done because everything you need is at your home office.

– You save on money because there is no gas, additional coworking space costs, and no money spent on eating out.

– No office politics. No office hierarchy.

Working From Home Cons

– Distractions. Sooooo many distractions. From your significant other, kids (If you have them), pets. The Amazon delivery person. Cleaning chores, lead blower, etc.

РLack of motivation because no like minded entrepreneurs around.  Connection with the outside world for the most part is virtual.

– Lack of connection and networking opportunities. Human beings are first a foremost social creatures. We need connection above pretty much everything else. I think most people if they are honest with themselves is they want to make money, but they also want to share the time pursuing their careers with friends and colleagues around them. Working from home sometimes feels like being the most successful person on a deserted island, is that what life is about? I don’t think so. That’s why I lean towards the positive benefits of co-working spaces like WorkClub if your in London (Similar to WeWork).

Co-Working Space Pros

– You can work around people, be social while you work.

– You get new ideas from other people or even overhearing a interesting conversation.

– Like minded people give you energy.

– You might even make a friend.

– Less distraction. If you see people working, you’re more likely to work as well.

– Freelancing seems less virtual. Having an office makes the ephemeral nature of the internet seem more tangible and concrete.

– You might actually work more, because, at least for me being around other people gives me energy for the projects I’m involved in.

– You learn how other businesses operate. Not just yours.

– Your not alone. Your community has your back.

Cons Of Co-Working Spaces

– Commute.

– Extra cost per month.

– Extra cost of eating out if you don’t bring food.

– Gas money.

Conclusion

Ultimately if you want to sign up for a coworking space or not it’s up to you. I’ve purchased two co-working spaces and visited countless others and I have to say they do pay off. Unfortunately here in Seattle we have such bad traffic that the almost 2 hour commute (Round trip most downtown spaces) plus $20/day parking didn’t justify the expense. I heard about a company called¬†WorkClub that if it comes to Seattle and it’s close I just might sign up for their service. It changes a membership that gives you unlimited access, this is huge because most spaces don’t give you 100% access with base fee. The company is currently getting funding through¬†Crowdcube. Work Club is adding more venues in London and lets hope they come to United States soon.

 

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Location Based Mobile App Skout Deals

  • November 3, 2017
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Remember the days when you’d go to a web site, find something you like, go to checkout and then see the promo code box? You’d freak out and start frantically searching web sites like 9malls.com or RetailMeNot for coupon codes only to realize there are none available. A couple named Alice and Bryan Payne felt your pain and began developing the next generation of coupon/discount shopping, but this time instead of you searching for the coupon the coupon finds you.

Yes, you heard right the coupon code actually finds you using location based tracking.¬†Alice and Bryan Payne were avid seekers of the best deal. King and Queens of discount shopping, but the pursuit of finding the best price started to become a full time job. They wanted and needed a faster way of finding deals, but there simply wasn’t anything out there. That’s why in¬†2014, Payne founded Skout Deals, which offers a free location-based deals app.

Download Skout Deals Today:

https://www.skoutdeals.com/

Skout Deals Mobile App

Image: Screenshot of the Skout Deals web site with Apple Store and Google Play download options.

Sounds Great, But What Does The App Do Exactly?

‚ÄúWe want to take all the deals from all the brick-and-mortar merchants and let you automatically find deals on items nearby,‚ÄĚ Payne says. ‚ÄúOr you can save what you‚Äôre looking for — a certain restaurant or a pair of pants — and we notify you when there‚Äôs a deal.‚ÄĚ

Today the app gives users a whopping 50,000 deals per day! That’s more deals that you could redeem in a lifetime most likely.¬†In August, Skout Deals signed a nationwide partnership with Walmart and Best Buy.

Who Uses This App

The whole concept of coupon codes from paper to internet I think has gone a bit stale, people are desperately searching for an easier way. For this reason the app is taking off in a big way. Skout Deals has 100,000 members nationwide, including 13,000 in Austin TX alone. They say everything is bigger in Texas, including the discounts and user base.

How Does This Company Make Money?

“The company makes money from merchants, with rates ranging from $69 to $199 a month. There is also a free plan that includes one deal a month and no analytics or social media promotions.”

Who Are They

“Who they are: Payne is a veteran yearbook industry executive, where he was a pioneer of online yearbook creation web apps. He was most recently president of Picaboo Yearbooks, which sells online yearbook software.”

Conclusion

100,000 users may sound like a lot, but in order to get this thing even bigger its going to take a lot of work. One problem is getting people to download the app and second it’s getting merchants interested in the product. Help make¬†Skout Deals even more of a success download their app today and if you are a small business they offer a 30 day free trial.

 

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