Why CrowdFunde wants to PAY Content Curators
I spent 2013 giving away more than 10% of my net worth to try to cure cancer. We didn't get all the way up that hill...yet, but I don't regret spending the money to create one of the first #crowdfunding
websites for cancer research.
In 2014 we are trying to create a new company called +CrowdFunde
. CrowdFunde has been valued at $600,000 by +Triangle StartUp Factory
's initial investment. We also already have 10 customers waiting for us to finish our tool (working furiously on it).
CrowdFunde needs Content Curators to help our customers understand content curation. We are looking to hire 10 content curators to help our 10 customers. We are also going to define how many customers we can help in 2014 and how we can help them (look for a pricing page soon). We think the total number of customers we will take on in 2014 will be less than 30.
We will probably arrange our pricing something like this:
CrowdFunde Tool & Reporting $$ a month (will be between $300 and $500) and we may add an additional 15 customers on top of the 10 we have. We would rather serve a few customers very deeply than a hundred poorly. Much of what we do now is in the experimental stage, so we must limit the customers we take on.
CrowdFunde Tool + Advanced SEO Reporting and Consulting $$$$ (this option will be between $1,000 and $5,000 a month based on options selected) and we may have the capacity to take on 5 of these customers in 2014.
CrowdFunde Tool + Embedded Team Option $$$$$$ - This option is where we triage the account's online marketing problems and a member or members of our team lives with the client for at least a month and probably more like 3 months. We may have the capacity to take on 2 of these customers in 2014. Costs here are going to be $6K to $10K a month.
Our team is strong in #SEO #contentmarketing #contentcuration
. We see a need to hire 10 content curators to help our 10 beta partners understand content curation especially when key team members get embedded into a customer's company.
We haven't worked out compensation for our curators down to the hourly wage yet, but we plan to pay for the crucial work our content curators create. We know a considerable number of content curators, but we wanted to reach out to new people. We could have easily staffed all 10 positions with fiends from +Scoop.it
We wanted to discover other great content curators.
Perhaps this was a mistake. At this stage it is hard for those outside of our vision to understand that we aren't twenty-somethings creating our first company. This is my 5th company, I'm 56 and have helped others make many millions online.
We are well capitalized and want to find great curators.
People who sacrifice and help others because they love curating content. We wanted to give those heroes JOBS, not jobs that paid a fortune but ones that recognized their value and contribution.
I have leukemia, and that is why I spent a year trying to give back, trying to repay a debt that can't be repaid. I worked for a year to say thank you to the many hard working doctors, researchers, nurses and administrators who've worked so hard to save my life. I'm not now nor will I EVER draw a salary from CrowdFunde!I don't want to EVER take advantage of anyone.
I have a deadly disease that takes advantage of me every now and again and I don't like it. We want to REWARD, HONOR and CHERISH the amazing talent that is required to be a great content curator.
I don't know if our content curators will ever get rich working for CrowdFunde, but they will before I will. When we build a company worth someone sliding a sizable check across the table my share of any such check will go to my 501c3 nonprofit Story of Cancer foundation.
If you are skeptical please don't apply.
If you love content curation and are interested in adding a new branch on that tree, one we can't fully define yet, we hope you will apply and consider walking with us for a bit as we learn WHATS NEXT.
I mentioned I'm a cancer survivor so you would know TIME is something I take VERY seriously. I also sense we have something very special by the tail. The more we work CrowdFunde the more it comes together. That's not always the case.
As I mentioned I've started 5 companies. If you've ever played with magnetic words on a fridge or locker you've played with one of the prodcuts from our most successful startup, a product we helped get to $50M in sales.
Instead of retiring I wanted to have a missing experience - creating a company, growing a company and then giving it over to those who helped create it or someone with a sizable check. This is my last dance.
I recognize, or try to, my limitations. One of those is health or lack of it. This is why +Phil Buckley
and +Frank Pollock
are working with me. Our team is far from set. We are getting great help from friends and NO ONE other than me is working for free nor will I ask anyone to do so.
CrowdFunde is an idea whose time has come - helping #SMBs
create the wisdom of crowds influenced content marketing they need by developing a new idea we call "enterprise crowdfunding". The value of the tool, analytics and reporting will fill a HUGE gap - the gap between traffic generation and conversion, the gap between content type and conversion, the gap between brand advocate and conversion.
We understand the innate skepticism many have about "THE NEW" and have experienced that attitude frequently. We don't see such skepticism in our best content curating friends. They are open to THE NEW, curious and helpful. If you are curious and helpful we would like to meet and support you (even if we don't hire you).
Trust that no one will be asked to work for free (other than me) and we see these 10 content curators as our first critical hires. You can learn more here:http://www.crowdfunde.com/top-curators-crowdfunde-hiring/
I can be reached at martin(at)crowdfunde.com