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How crowdfunding is like dating.

Crowdfunding is just like dating in high school, says Candace Klein, CEO and founder of Cincinnati, Ohio-based debt crowdfunding site SoMoLend.
“Everyone wants to date the football player because everyone wants to date a football player,” she says. “In crowdfunding, donors are like that. . . . It’s important, if you are creating a crowdfunding campaign, to create the illusion of success at the beginning.”In other words, before you send out that press release, make sure you have some support. Sending out the press release with $0 toward their goal is the big mistake companies make, she explains.“You want them to log on and see you’ve actually raised money,” Klein says, adding that friends and family are a great start.

Only 30 percent of crowdfunding campaigns are successful, she says.“The largest reason for that is, a lot of project and business owners think, “If I build it, they will come.” That’s not how this works. It’s a full-time job and it takes active planning and active execution throughout the life of the campaign,” she says.

And an active social media presence.“Get five people who are very influential in social media to increase your traffic,” Klein explains.Klein, who is speaking Monday at a CED presentation titled “Tips and Tricks for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign,” gave us an exclusive preview of her top tips for businesses embarking on a crowdfunding campaign:

“They need to understand which type of strategy they want to take with the business they have.” Klein says donation reward-based crowdfunding works best with consumer products that can be presold, and equity-based crowdfunding works well for tech companies expecting high growth but need a longer time to make profits. She adds that debt-based works well for brick-and-mortars – restaurants, gyms, that kind of thing.
“Small business owners need to understand what they have to disclose.” Klein adds that that includes a business plan and financial statements. “It’s quite a bit of information for a business owner to be comfortable with sharing.”

“Have a strong social media presence and a good group of influencers, people who have blogs that are well-read.” Part of it is having a strong support system, she says.

Video is not optional, she says. “A small business who uses video to communicate a story is about 115 percent more successful than a business who does not. Video is a very important element. It’s kind of like not having a photo on Match.com and no one wanting to date you.”As a lobbyist, Klein worked with Congress and the SEC in the writing and passage of the JOBS Act, which will be part of her talk Monday at American Underground in Durham.

Dating Advice

Holy Misogyny! Dating Advice From Megachurch Minister: “Dress Modestly And Save Yourself … For Me!”

The Country’s Most Misogynist Minister Proves That Hypocrisy From The Pulpit Has No Bounds.
“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor. First Baptist Church is in full cooperation with our local authorities in their investigation of this matter. Our church grieves over the need to take this action and the impact it will have on our people.” – First Baptist Church of Hammond
The “sin” was extreme hypocrisy in the mode of Bishop Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar.
And the set up to that “sin” could not have been a more “perfect storm” of religious hypocrisy:

– The First Baptist Church of Hammond boasts a huge congregation as far back as 1978: 30,000, with the claim that it ran the “world’s largest Sunday School.” In 2006, it was listed as the 24th most influential chuech in the United States.

– Young pastor Jack Schaap pens a book on dating: Dating With A Purpose (1995)

– Jack Schaaf inherits the megachurch from his father-in-law, the late Jack Frasure Hyles in 2002.*

– Schaap receives country-wide notoriety when he declared some views that were definitely off-kilter with the rest of Baptist teaching: he declared the King James Bible not to be inspired and that:
“When a wife receives her husband’s body, she is saying, ‘I just want to remind you, Christ, that I am receiving You’.”[11] Additionally, “The person who deeply loves Christ understands that when He receives Christ as Saviour, it is a spiritual intercourse.A person receives the body of Christ. A Christian is the female gender in the spiritual realm, and God is the male gender of the spiritual realm. When a person receives Christ as Saviour, he is receiving Christ as a lover.”**

– Schaap pens another book on marriage, Marriage: The Divine Intimacy. (Hyles Publications, 2005)

– 20/20 does an expose of Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches, claiming that they akin to cults that have covered up instances of statutory rape. It characterizes such churches as “cults.” It features Jack Schaap who is quoted as saying it would be “cold day in hell before I ever let a woman teach me theology”. Schaap responds with the video below.

– Schaap is fired from his position as senior pastor because of allegations that he had an adulterous affair with a minor. Schaap confesses to the affair. The police are investigating all criminal charge possibilities including transportation of a minor across state for immoral purposes.

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Joining The Pulpit Hypocrisy Pimps.

Jack Schaap. Eddie Long. Ted Haggard. Creflo Dollar. Jimmy Swaggart. Jim Bakker. Megachurch pastors and televangelists who have peppered America’s religious landscape with scandals in the last generation and have shown America that the pulpit is the most revered source of hypocrisy, hate speech or misogyny – backed by God Himself, of course:

“No woman ever got me involved in ministry. I didn’t follow a woman into ministry. A woman didn’t write this book. No woman wrote the scriptures right here. A man wrote the Bible — got it from God. A man hung on the cross. His name is Jesus Christ and God called a man to lead the church here. Hey! I’m glad I’m a man!”

The portrait of Jack Schaap that will emerge from this latest development in Christian Right circles will no doubt be the same as he has always had, just a trifle more intense. And whether or not he can weather it as one of the supreme hypocrites of the Right remains to be seen: Dollar, Long, Swaggart and Haggard are still around.