Sep 13, 2018 • 12M

Q&A With Indiegogo's Slava Rubin About Helping Entrepreneurs Raise $1.5B - #693

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Some of the world's great changemakers join host Devin Thorpe to share leadership lessons you can use to increase your impact.
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Never miss another interview! Join Devin here: Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: Crowdfunding is no longer a novelty. It is part of the fabric of the global economy. Within that fabric, one of the brightly colored threads is Indiegogo, having helped entrepreneurs to raise over $1.5 billion. As I’ve followed the company and its work over the years, I’ve had some favorite social impact projects. One stands out: Solar Roadways. Scott and Julie Brusaw of Sandpoint, Idaho—as small and remote a town as you might imagine—came up with the idea to make solar panels rugged enough to drive on, while incorporating a variety of features like snow melting and LED lighting that would allow an operator to change traffic patterns. The idea was too novel (read, crazy) for any traditional investor, the sort of person the Brusaws had likely never met, anyway. So, in 2014, they launched a campaign on Indiegogo and raised $2,284,774. Today, the solar panels are in production. Indiegogo has created a platform for entrepreneurs of all stripes—including social entrepreneurs like the Brusaws—to fund projects that would likely have been funded in no other way. Not everyone who tries to raise money is successful. Not everyone who raises money is successful at accomplishing what they set out to do. Still, the entrepreneurial ecosystem has been forever changed by Indiegogo and crowdfunding. Scott McIntyre, president of the Crowdfunding Profe Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: Check out my free webinar where I share the secrets of successful nonprofit crowdfunding at