Start Up Fever: How Crowdfunding Will Rebuild the American Dream

Start Up Fever: How Crowdfunding Will Rebuild the American Dream

by Austin Lane Muhs


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Start Up Fever: How Crowdfunding Will Rebuild the American Dream by Austin Lane Muhs

The American dream is having a mid-life crisis! It doesn't matter if you are a high level executive or a high school dropout, in this day and age people are on the hunt for more meaningful work. People realize that time is short and want to do something special and unique with their working lives. A quest which has resulted in frustration for many; luckily, crowdfunding has swooped in to save the day. For those looking to make the most out of the crowdfunding wave, a better time has never been upon us.

The author takes us on his journey from middle-class disenfranchisement to vocational enrichment, exploring the who, what, and why along the way. Startup Fever shows readers how crowdfunding allows you to create your own entrepreneurial destiny if you are willing to put in the time and effort. As is with anything long lasting, solid preparation is the key. This book serves to alleviate many people's concerns about starting a new business in this economic climate. Austin shows readers how emotional and spiritual healing can emanate from people who embrace a meaningful vocation.

While many books address the D.I.Y portions of crowdfunding, Start Up Fever takes it a step further by connecting the dots between crowdfunding and cultural evolution. The book also shows readers low-budget start-up models that defy the odds and get you off the ground for little to no money down. Austin utilizes his extensive guerrilla startup knowledge to help you with all of the little money-saving tricks of the startup trade.

Being a realist, the author points out that if modern businesses are going to survive the new wave of massively disruptive technologies and business models entering the marketplace, then they will need to be both economically nimble and emotionally sustainable. Start Up Fever shows how fundamental changes in crowdfunding have forever shifted consumers' viewpoints of long-term economic development. At this point, you can either change with the times or risk losing it all due to stiff economic competition.

Besides just being disillusioned by the lackluster economy, young people are under more pressure than ever to create something out of nothing and recreate the American Dream. Instead of finding a passionate purpose for living their lives, Americans have now been trained to look for prosperity in all the wrong places. Leading young Americans down countless dead end roads of vocational dissatisfaction. Crowdfunding has come like a shovel for us to dig ourselves out of the ditch, once again reclaiming our prominence as the frontrunner in economic innovation worldwide!

As a young entrepreneur himself, the author presents a no-nonsense viewpoint on where American business is headed and how to avoid the lesser discussed psychological pitfalls of entrepreneurial life. Digging into the mass psychosis built into the "early retirement mentality," he discusses how the current obsession with a "recreation lifestyle" coupled with executive overindulgence have brought America to the edge of destruction. To this end, Startup Fever offers advice on embracing a philosophy of embracing perpetual growth and development, through personal cultivation centered on vocational ideals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986275814
Publisher: Quantum Sky Publishing
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Originally hailing from Dallas, Austin Muhs is a seasoned Los Angeles entrepreneur. In his early days Austin wanted to learn as much as he could about working life, which resulted in his working of over 30 jobs and starting 6 businesses. (all started via bootstrapping) This unconventional vocational path gave Austin a unique perspective on startup life. Having started his first small business at 22, he knows what it takes to get passionate, take action, and fail forward.
Having worked in the fields of digital marketing, social media marketing, and sales gave him a solid foundation from which to pursue larger, more unique endeavors. Austin prides himself on being able to help anyone find a passionate beginning to their quest for a true vocation, and more importantly, the quest for individualism. Lead Generation, client relations, and business model renovation are some of his main areas of expertise.

Austin has also extensively studied occult marketing methods, and tapping into the benevolent power of symbolism to empower clients and customers alike. He now occupies his time doing spiritual counseling via astrology and numerology,( while also writing and consulting for other LA and Texas based startup. Austin is currently involved with a number of retail and tech upstarts in an advisory capacity.

On the personal side, aside from being a hardcore tai chi and caffeine enthusiast, Austin loves to play guitar, sing, and enjoys a lot of his time out in nature!

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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Startup Fever by Austin Muhs explains the purpose, the major players, and the evolution of crowd sourcing in creating one's own entrepreneurial path. This style of funding has come to represent the rebirth of the old American dream, and an America which many will be proud to call home. The whole gamut of this form of financing is discussed under various functional areas like selecting the type of funding, choosing the right time opt for such financial support, accounting for the actual needs of the startup to be met from this, room for innovation, using the existing sources, and other peripheral areas that may have some relevance. Also, as the author puts it, changes are likely in many other areas as a result of crowdfunding like redefining success, and a spurt in freelancing or hiring workforce. The seeds of crowdfunding can be seen in Future Shock written by Alvin Toffler. Startup Fever by Austin Muhs provides a lucid description of its manifestation in the modern industry where all of the needed resources are there for the asking. It is the entrepreneur who has to choose from a large collection of sites devoted to this type of funding. The author has given a good list of such funding sites, which are based on the latest concepts echoed by almost all of the relevant industry trade magazines. Also, for each such site, the distinctive features are mentioned, something that is of great practical help in choosing one's funding area. This is a very good book; it gives excellent insight into a fast growing arm of business.