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Make or Break the Singularity 1on1: Crowdfunding Campaign is Live

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Hi,

I wanted to speak to you 1on1 today. So this is not a message for everybody but just for you. Yes you – my audience, my podcast listener, my YouTube viewer, my donor and moral supporter, my fellow geek and friend.

And my reason for doing what I do.

I want to share 3 things with you.

But before I do that let me start by saying: “Thank you for your support!” I have sacrificed a lot for the past 6 years. But this effort has not been in vain. So far I have published about 1,000 articles and produced 200 podcast episodes. Singularity 1on1 has had 4 million views on YouTube and iTunes and has been republished by major media outlets such as the BBC, TVJapan and many others. Today I reach well over 100,000 people per month and some have called me the “Larry King of the Singularity.” So once again thank you for your support because I couldn’t do what I do without you.

Now, the 3 things I want to share with you are: 1. Why am I doing a crowdfunding campaign? 2. What do you get at different funding levels of my podcast? And 3. How can you help?

So, first of all, the main reason why I’m crowdfunding is the simple fact that as the podcast has gotten more and more successful it has become much more expensive to produce and sustain it. Success and good quality come at a price. And, while it is very important to me that Singularity 1on1 is, and will always remain to be, both free of charge and independent of any commercial agenda, it is unfortunately not free of cost or independent of material resources. The reality is that good things cost money to produce and my podcast is not different. And those costs have risen to the point where I simply cannot sustain this on my own any more.

Secondly, what are my funding goals and what do you get for each of them? Well, depending on how much money we raise, I can provide different things at different format and quality for you. Now, if we fail to meet the minimum goal of $50,000 there is a good chance I will simply have to stop blogging and podcasting and seek another way to make a living. But, with $50,000 I will have the ability to focus exclusively on audio podcasting. I will have to cut out all non-essential costs and will stop traveling for expensive in-person high-production interviews. And this podcast will become a true to format audio only endeavor. If, however, we raise $100,000 I will be able to continue with my current format where I can travel and produce high-quality, high definition, in-person interviews. If we reach $200,000 I will be able to raise the bar even further by not only going to a 4K 3-camera professional setup but also by releasing all of my past episodes – i.e. 250 hours of video, under a Creative Commons license. And anyone will be able to not only watch but also use, edit, mix and remix all of my content for free and without any restrictions. Lastly, $300,000 will guarantee that I can interview the future for the next several years and travel anywhere to interview anyone, at any time and any place in the world. I will also release all future episodes under Creative Commons license for as long as the podcast exists. Because the future belongs to us all.

The 3rd and final question is: How can you help? If you are already on my Konoz profile page then don’t delay and make a donation now. If you are watching this video elsewhere then just type InterviewTheFuture.com and you will land on my fundraising page. Once you have donated, then, you can help even more by spreading the word about it. So, if you have an email list, email your list. If you have a Facebook or Twitter account share and tell your followers to come and donate also. If you need a quick way to show what Singularity 1on1 is all about then share my highlights video. If you need social proof – share my testimonials video. And, again, to help me keep producing more Singularity 1on1 episodes please donate what you can now: https://konoz.io/nikola.danaylov

Help me interview the future. So that you can find your mission and make your dent in the universe.

Thanks for listening. Thanks for letting me do what I love. And thank you very much for your support!

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  • RoseTattoo

    Hi Nikola,

    I’m having a flashback to Jerry Lewis and his endless Telethons, or the crazy Wikipedia donation banner that annoyed people for years as they begged for donations. This approach seems so desperate that I’m confident it will fail to rally much support and you will hopefully stop trying to force people to donate. Its such an old fashioned way to monetize.

    I will say that I’ve always thought you under-asked for donations and seemed apologetic when asking for donations on your videos, but this new found desperate begging/demanding for donations is so far in the other direction that its quite honestly embarrassing. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels you are trying to force donations in a threatening way – Donate or Else.

    I for one vote for the Or Else.

    I wish you the best in your future work, maybe this is what you needed to do to realize you really aren’t an interviewer, but in any case I am unsubscribing as I won’t be threatened into donations and don’t need this kind of thing in my life.

    Bye, Jess

  • I appreciate the feedback and your vote friend. I do wish you good luck and am happy you will be spending your time and money in a manner more satisfying to you. Farewell!

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