by Devin D. Thorpe
Over the last year of writing my Forbes blog, I have had the opportunity to really dig deeply into the world of crowdfunding. I’ve just completed my first draft of my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World.
The book is a guide to successful crowdfunding for people who want to change the world.
The book is not a sequel to my book, Your Mark On The World, but it is written in the same spirit. I’ve studied a dozens of successful crowdfunding campaigns, interviewing the people behind them to learn their secrets for success.
Devin’s Book, Your Mark on the World, was downloaded over 75,000 times and reached the #19 spot on Amazon’s free book list–among all free books. It remains on the top 50 free nonfiction books at Amazon.
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Review – I’m convinced this book was toured right now just for me. How is that for pompous? Well it has come to us at the perfect time. My husband is working on a charity. He woke up one morning with a vision of feeding the poor healthy nutritious foods. We have a vast garden and that is what makes him happy. He wants to do his part and give back. He is in the mists of planning a aquaponic system to grow fish and produce then he wants to donate it to whoever needs it.
Unfortunately all of the equipment is expensive. We will need help setting everything up. He doesn’t want to ask for money at all but I know there are so many people out there who genuinely want to help but don’t know what exactly to do. This is an opportunity to help give back and you would see EXACTLY where the money goes. (Not to fund some big CEO).
This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Devin Thorpe. He is a financial planner and a HUGE inspiration. In his other book, Your Mark on the World, he shows you how you can make a difference. In this book he shows you how to fund in. There are a ton of examples and inspirational stories but he breaks it down as to what to do. This is a highly informational book. I’ve been in marketing for awhile but he gave me a TON of ideas. I haven’t been this excited about anything in a long time.
If you have ever thought of starting a charity or know someone who has, this is a MUST read. I highly recommend and I would give it a 10!!
I received a copy of this book for my honest review, no other compensation was received but I would have spent $100 for it! It was THAT informational!
Devin D. Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.
Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past.
As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions.
Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration.
Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.
Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).
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