My car and my house payments are made by me. My business expenses? By me. I’ve never taken a loan, or borrowed money from friends - and I sure as hell never asked for “donations”.
Good for you. But this PTO Kickstarter isn’t about you or your business. It’s about people who are passionate about a subject deciding to get together and create something that encapsulates those interests for people of various backgrounds to enjoy watching.
Donations are what nonprofits ask for, because they are public stewards charged with addressing public issues w/ the public’s money. Businesses are private enterprises charged w/ creating revenue - for its owners (unless we’re talking social entrepreneurship, but that’s another subject).
Is PTO a business? Or is it a passion project that seeks to repay people involved with it for a portion of what their time and talent is worth? I don’t see PTO launching a webstore or a blog with the intention of turning it into some giant content farm that churns out editorial just to wrap advertisements around. Frankly, I see PTO as more or less a “barely for profit” educational institution, if anything (but that’s really underselling its value).
To see a group of people want to be taken seriously, ask me for a donation, because of some perceived value they have created for me in the past is asinine.
A lot of people who are taken seriously do ask others for donations because of their past history to bring perceived value they create: namely, every politician that’s had to run a campaign.
Or public-radio station.
Or religious institutions.
Why not a website that you enjoy reading and watching (for free!) that’s producing content to help people curious about a certain topic? Believe it or not, this is something real people on the Internet support — not just for the PTO Kickstarter, but all sorts of other similar projects around the web and in the real world. It’s hardly asinine to financially support the things you like — business or not.
Whatever a business has done for its customers it did so out of its own selfish desire to “shine” and distinguish itself from other businesses. As customers, we owe the businesses we patronize JACK SHIT, except payment for services rendered. My own clients do not view me as their friend. They view me as their tool.
Again, I’d find it questionable that PTO is your typical business, if it even falls in that category. But that’s fine if you are running a business and found that successful for you. But just because someone asks you to pay them fairly for a service or product doesn’t preclude you from interacting with them as a human being. To me, I think relationships do matter.
If I decide I have a new business idea, I’ve got a few choices (1) raise the capital myself (2) look for investors (3) raise prices on my current products (4) look for partners (5) if my credit score permits, take out a loan. (6) be a ‘tard and ask my family and friends for cash. (and explain why my current business venture can’t pay for the next one) #ENDOFOPTIONS
Actually, PTO is doing the first four of those, but in a different way. It’s raising its own money to it doesn’t have to “sell out” to companies and brands that would like to use its reputation to covertly plant advertorial. And it’s looking for those investors online and around the globe. They raised their funding goals from the first season — significantly, I might add. And they’re asking everyone who likes what they do and wants to be a part of it to chip in if they want to see more.
Why should you limit yourself to the traditional ways of funding your passions? Kickstarter (and its clones) are helping more creative projects by creative people get done than ever before where this new, alternative type of funding wouldn’t normally be available.
The next time anyone on Tumblr, who has never ate a meal at your house and doesn’t know the name of your dog, asks for “donations” for a business idea, tell them to fuck theirselves - with broomsticks
Maybe there’s a reason why they never came over to your house for dinner.
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- King Me
There are a lot of ways to make a living and get money for doing the things you want, and not everyone will take the same path to get there. Just because someone is doing something differently than you, that doesn’t mean they’re doing something wrong.
I happen to believe people should get paid for their work. And I want to support people — when and where I can while financially able to do so — that produce things I find added something valuable to my life.
No, you don’t “owe” PTO anything. No one’s stealing your money or taxing you or holding a gun to your head to donate.
But we are saying that maybe, for a moment, people can be a little more giving and less selfish and cynical toward those who actually want to do something pretty cool. And if you’re feeling that way today, then donate.