[EMS Discuss] Meeting with Sabrina from Maker Fair, New Space Fundraising

Joshua Marinacci EMAIL HIDDEN
Wed Jan 8 10:34:59 PST 2014

This space in Seattle has an amazing website.

That’s the sort of thing you’d need for a kickstarter campaign.

On Jan 7, 2014, at 7:05 PM, Weston Turner <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> During the Mini-Maker Fair meeting I had tonight with Sabrina and Nick (from the Science Factory) I mentioned that we are trying to move to a bigger space. That really got Sabrina's attention, and she asked a few good questions.
> 1) "Are we planning to do a Kickstarter to help us bridge the funding gap between the time we move and the time we have enough members to support the larger space, as well as cover one time moving costs?" I said that it hadn't come up to my knowledge. I think that we should have a Kickstarter to raise money for our move. Lets not be so modest, our cause is totally worthy of this.
> 2) "Have we involved the city council or the chamber of commerce to assist us?" Once again, I don't think we have earnestly considered this. I asked her to point to examples where a Maker Space has gotten direct support from a city government or chamber of commerce. She pointed to the Maker Space in Danbury Connecticut: http://danburyhackerspace.com/. If you google "danbury connecticut maker space", the little blurb under the first return says:
> "The City of Danbury has graciously provided the space to help launch the hackerspace and build a community of entrepreneurs, makers, craftspeople, & artists."
> So there is precedent for receiving assistance from city governments, and I'm sure that this is not the only example. In fact, Sabrina said that the Mayor of Oakland was somehow involved in commencing the opening of the Oakland Mini-Maker Fair. Bottom line, lets not be so modest as to overlook involvement with the city. Our cause merits their support. 
> Lets add starting a Kickstarted and drafting a proposal letter to the city and the chamber of commerce to our action items for our moving plan, and discus this at this Saturday's Business Planning meeting.
> Best Regards,
> Weston Turner
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