We Launched Our Crowdfunding Campaign A Few Weeks Ago...https://ifundwomen.com/projects/witted-roots

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Congrats on launching the campaign Shanice!!With respect to the last point, have you heard of https://circle.so/ ? I haven't used it personally but have heard of it as a good platform for community members to engage with each other.
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Thank you @teresaman! Thanks for the suggestion on circle.so . I don't think I've heard of it before, but will definitely look into it. I've actually already started building on Mighty Networks and have been loving it. We have a small beta group that has been creating the foundation of the community for the past few months, and I've enjoyed putting it all together.I see that you have experience in managing communities. What is your one key tip for selecting moderators to keep the flow of the community?
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Great question! It's always wonderful to have moderators who are already engaged on the platforms and are active members because of how much the community resonates with them. They can be that much more attuned to members' needs as they participate in the interactions themselves!
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Thank you! That definitely aligns with my initial thoughts. Would you recommend finding funding to pay moderators from the very beginning? I hesitate to approach anyone about helping me in any way for free unless I feel like I can provide them with some insane for that effort.
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Compensation can definitely either be cash, equity, or in other forms (eg. mentorship, access to network, etc.) but I'd agree that generally it's best to avoid having people "work for free" such that they can be fairly compensated for their time!
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Thank you @teresaman!
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Hey Shanice!First, congrats on launching. Doing the work for a crowdfunding campaign is a lot of work so you should really be proud!I'm head of community at Wefunder (also run an accelerator called XX). From my experience, founders who do best are people who have their network ready, even if small. Because if you have ~10 people invest in you, you can slowly build momentum for a wider audience on platforms like ifundwomen. On Wefunder, usually about half the investors come from your own community and the other half from the Wefunder investors. I've recently seen campaigns raise 80% from Wefunder investors too. For every investor, you can email them separately to thank them. Little acts go far. So if I were you, I'd focus on talking to users who love you and ask them to invest. It's better to get 10 people to love you and invest in your campaign first. Let me know if you have other questions! Would be happy to answer :) Oh - also make sure that with every goal hit (like a big milestone), you share that with your existing investors and they might invest even more after seeing the progress you're making.:) Good luck!
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@jiwonmoon - Thank you so much for the insight!Yes, I definitely agree with keeping backers updated, and I'll take your tip to reach out personally to our supporters to help get the momentum started.Also, I checked out Wefunder and will definitely spread the word of the great work you're doing to other. founders.