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Mike Mongo Launches InkShares Crowdfunding Campaign to Write New Astronaut Instruction Manual for Kids in Key West, Florida

2 Sep

The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Kids Lays Out Course to Become an Astronaut by the Year 2025 and Prepare for Careers in Space

By Robert Hoskins

Key West, Florida – Launching a campaign for his debut non-fiction space careers book, “The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens,” on web-based crowdfunding publishing platform Inkshares.com this week, professional space educator and self-described ‘astronaut teacher’ Mike Mongo is on a mission: to get your kids to space.

Mike Mongo Launches InkShares Crowdfunding Campaign to Write New Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens

Mike Mongo Launches InkShares Crowdfunding Campaign to Write New Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens

“Being a native Floridian, I am a life-long advocate of space. When it comes to converting for space, I was practically born into the role, “ says 49-year old Mongo. “It is one of the reasons I became such a dedicated proponent of space careers to students.”

In addition to his role as Chief Brand & Culture Officer for interstellar space science advocacy non-profit, Icarus Interstellar, and being a popular speaker at space science conferences, Mongo is the Key West-based author of HUMANNAIRES! Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens. After initially self-publishing, Mongo’s book has recently received a new burst of attention and activity from having been selected for crowdfunding by publishing startup Inkshares.com.

“Inkshares is a better model than traditional publishing,”said Adam Gomolin, Inkshares’ Chief Legal Officer, “one that is more remunerative for authors, and more sensibly disperses risk, but does not diminish quality.”

At Inkshares, books are selected by Inkshares editors and then prepared for crowdfunding. After a crowdfund campaign, the successfully funded books are then published for release and distribution in the general market.

“[Our] model allows us to gauge interest in a title and build a community around a book or piece of writing before it even hits the marketplace,” Gomolin explains, “It is like a traditional publishing house with all the editing, marketing and art support — the difference being the crowdfunding model and that our authors keep a lion share of their sales proceeds. In our opinion, everybody wins. And Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens is a title all of us here at Inkshares are very excited about.”

Mongo says the time is right to encourage middle-school age students to pursue careers in in space. “The difference from when I grew up during the Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle eras, and today…is that today private industry is taking the space industry to unimagined heights. Companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, and Bigelow Aerospace are tomorrow’s Apple and Google, they are tomorrow’s Hilton and Ford. These are real companies that already offer real jobs, and soon those jobs with be in space. ”

The crowdfund campaign kicked off this past week for The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens and has already achieved nearly 15% of its $10,000 goal. If the campaign reaches its financial goal by the campaign’s October 15th deadline, the book will then immediately be prepared for publication.

“It’s exciting,” says Mongo. “I became an astronaut teacher and wrote The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens when it dawned on me several years ago how, for me, astronaut was no longer a viable career option. That epiphany is the exact reason why I became an astronaut teacher and why I wrote the book. I want to make sure all the young students today who want to go to space realize that they genuinely do have the opportunity to live, work, and place in space…and maybe one of them will be so inspired by my book and they will remember and hold a seat for me to come along too!”

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Dogological Indiegogo Campaign Strives to Save Dogs’ Lives and Teach Abused Children How to Love

1 Apr

DVD program teaches dog owners to train their dogs from the dog’s point of view and will help them tap into their dog’s natural intelligence and desire to please

By Brad Jaffe, Owner and Founder, Dogological

Dogological uses a compassionate, simple and psychological approach to training dogs by empowering dog owners through teaching from the dog’s point of view. In February, we started our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, in partnership with Gabriel’s Angels, a non-profit organization whose mission is to deliver the power of healing through pet therapy to neglected and at-risk children, nurturing their emotional development and enhancing the quality of their lives.

Gabriel’s Angels to expand their wonderful work with at-risk children by adding more therapy dog teams to serve an additional 10,000 children in Arizona

Gabriel’s Angels expanding wonderful work with at-risk children by adding more therapy dog teams to serve an additional 10,000 children in Arizona

We’ve been fortunate to have over 50 backers donate a little under $6,000 thus far and we recently announced the extension of the campaign to April 13 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We’d like to thank our current funders and we look forward to the new support we will be receiving in the next couple weeks.

The funds received from the campaign will make the Dogological dog teaching program available to dog owners worldwide by helping with the production costs of the Dog Teaching Method At-home Program DVD set.

The 6-set DVD program will teach dog owners to train their dogs from the dog’s point of view and will help them tap into their dog’s natural intelligence and desire to please. This non-confrontational method is a contrast to today’s well-known pack-leader dominance models.

For a sneak peek into what the program will offer, see these previews for walking your dog and teaching your dog how to sit.

In addition to contributing to the creation of Dogological’s program that instructs how to have well-mannered dogs through compassionate and simple teaching techniques, a portion of the funding will also be donated directly to the expansion of Gabriel’s Angels’ non-profit pet therapy program, to meet the needs of over 13,000 abused, neglected and at-risk children in the Arizona area looking for empathy, love and trust that only therapy dogs can provide. These therapy dog visits have proven to provide children with unconditional love and teach core-behaviors.

The Humane Society estimates that 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized each year and lack of training has been identified as one of the factors that leads to euthanization. We believe that if dog owners can easily access affordable dog training methods, dogs can be kept out of shelters and these numbers can be lowered.

Over the past 15 years, Dogological has worked with over 6,500 owners and their dogs, including a number of dogs that now serve as therapy dogs at Gabriel’s Angels. We have perfected a program for communicating with dogs in a way that they understand. My goal is to be able to make the Dogological method easily available to anyone and everyone that wants to have a well-mannered dog while preserving a great mutually beneficial relationship together.

The campaign is also supporting the expansion of Gabriel’s Angels because we have tightly aligned missions. Gabriel’s Angels helps heal and nurture children that have been exposed to abuse, neglect, and abandonment through the gentle loving presence of therapy dogs, while Dogological helps to prevent dogs from being exposed to harsh and abusive methods. Just as children never deserve to be hit, intimidated or humiliated, neither do dogs.

With your contribution you are helping to empower dog lovers all over the world with the information, skills, and knowledge to teach their dogs through gentle, loving techniques and prevent many dogs from being relinquished or euthanized due to “so called” undesirable behavior. The icing on the cake is helping more children to find relief from trauma or sadness through the unconditional love of a Gabriel’s Angels therapy dog.

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Inteliscope Takes Aim with Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to Fund First Tactical Rifle Adapter for Smartphone Targeting System

14 Jun

Now Hunters and Military Troops Can Use  SmartPhones such as Android or iPhone to Target and Record the Hunt of a Lifetime in the Woods or Real Life Conditions on the Battlefield

By Robert Hoskins

Newly formed company Inteliscope, LLC recently announced the launch of its Inteliscope Tactical Rifle Adapter and Apple device application – the world’s first tactical rifle adapter for smartphones. The iPhone application is being submitted to Apple for review and approval. As the state agency responsible for promoting exciting news for Idaho businesses, Idaho Commerce was thrilled to have a chance to speak with the company about their product.

Inteliscope, LLC Creates First Tactical Rifle Adapter for Smartphones

Inteliscope, LLC Creates Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise Funds to Create World’s First Tactical Rifle Adapter for Smartphones

Inteliscope, LLC was founded earlier this year in Sandpoint by Jason Giddings, who also established TransluSense, LLC – creator of the Luminae® glass multi-touch keyboard and touchpad. With production facilities in place and TransluSense development continuing, Giddings challenged his mechanical, software and business teams to create the Inteliscope device on an aggressive ten-week schedule.

“We’re ready to get started with what we came to Idaho to do: hire good employees and help the economy of North Idaho,” Giddings said.

Inteliscope products are made up of two parts: a tactical rail mount for an iPhone or iPod and an app that brings critical ballistics and environmental insight to the shooter in real time. For the launch, the company decided to include all three cases in a single product for Apple devices instead of offering three separate products. Thus, when the customer receives the adapter, it will have cases to fit the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and iPod Touch version 5. The Inteliscope mount system attaches an iPhone or iPod Touch securely to any firearm with a Picatinny (Mil-STD-1913) or Weaver tactical rail, which includes a number of features.

The company also is working with Indiegogo, a crowd-funding platform (similar to Kickstarter), to fund development of the app and hardware for Android phones. If Inteliscope’s campaign is funded, the company plans to have the Android-compatible devices available in August.

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Help Vivienne Harr Move from a Lemonade Stand to Crowdfunding to Free Child Slaves

5 Mar

By Robert Hoskins

As a newly formed “social purpose company,” Make a Stand, Inc. SPC (formerly Make a Stand Lemon-aid) has just launched a campaign to raise $200,000 through Fundly, a leading crowdfunding site for social causes. This start-up funding will help “bottle” the fair-trade and certified organic “lemon-aid” later this spring. Eventual net profits from the lemon-aid will go to organizations committed to ending child slavery.

We give people lemon-aid, they give what’s in their hearts, and we give child slaves freedom.

“We give people lemon-aid, they give what’s in their hearts, and we give child slaves freedom.”

Vivienne Harr, 9, the founder and inspiration for Make a Stand, notes that: “I count every penny because every penny counts. You never know which penny will free a child and change the world!” For her, any contribution, large or small, allows anyone to be part of this historic movement to end child slavery in our lifetime.

“This is the beautiful, democratic essence of crowdfunding: it gives life to companies by the people, for the people,” said Eric Harr, CEO of Make a Stand, Inc. “People from San Francisco to Singapore have contributed to this historic Make a Stand movement because it represents hope — hope that there is good in our world—and that we can be an active and important part of that good.”

Vivienne’s recent awards and accolades also continue to help build the movement’s momentum. Today she attends the East Bay Women’s conference, and yesterday she was the first child to ever receive the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County’s “Making a Difference Award.” Last month she was a featured speaker at the conference Wisdom 2.0. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has also awarded her a Certificate of Honor for her work to end child slavery. Additionally, Make a Stand Lemon-aid was just named Fundly’s Most Inspirational Campaign of 2012.

Make a Stand started more then 10 months ago, when Vivienne saw a photo in Lisa Kristine’s book “Slavery” of two Nepalese boys, roughly her age, carrying giant slate rocks with straps across their heads. Knowing this was wrong, she was inspired to do something to help. As she says: “Compassion is not compassion without action.” For more than 250 days in a row she’s been “making a stand” at her lemon-aid stand, rain or shine, where she asks people to “pay what’s in their heart.”

Although Vivienne exceeded her initial fundraising goal of $150,000 in 2012, she won’t stop until her mission is accomplished and child slavery is ended in her lifetime – one bottle at a time. When her parents said: “Honey, you reached your goal. You’re done,” Vivienne said: “Is child slavery done? Then, I’m not done.”

itFits Launches Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign for 3-in-1 SmartPhone Accessory

18 Feb

By Robert Hoskins

itFits rolled out their latest smartphone accessory which serves as a stand, recliner and hook for almost any phone on the market.  The itFits is an accessory with thermoplastic, rubber arms which flex to fit most smartphones, with or without a case.

itFits - The smarter smartphone accessory that flexes to fit your smartphone, with or without a case.

itFits – The smarter smartphone accessory that flexes to fit your smartphone, with or without a case.

The patent-pending functionality of itFits allows users to use the product as a stand, recliner or hook and is compatible with the iPhone 3/3G/4/4S/5, iPod Touch, most Android and Blackberry smartphones, and a wide array of leading smartphones available today.

“You’re probably a lot like me in that you spend a fortune on accessories for your smartphone,” says Nancy Scala, co-creator of itFits. “Wouldn’t it be great if you had one accessory that performed multiple functions and fit around multiple phones? This is our idea behind itFits.”

For more information on the product or to make a donation in exchange for the new, universal accessory, visit the  itFits’ Kickstarter campaign which ends on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:57 PM EST.

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