Let's Give William A Big Advance
AVC community member William Mougayar is seeking an advance to write two books about the blockchain and business. The first is called The Business Blockchain and the second is called Centerless. Instead of schelpping his work around to the various publishing houses seeking an advance, he’s gone directly to the crowd via Kickstarter. William is seeking an $18,000 advance to write and self publish these two books.
William is also going to syndicate drafts and excerpts of the book on Wattpad. You can follow him on Wattpad and get these writings delivered directly to your phone via the Wattpad app.
As the AVC’ers who hang out in the comments know, William has made himself an expert in the business of the blockchain over the past 2-3 years and is well suited to write these two books. I’ve kicked things off by backing his Kickstarter and I hope others here at AVC will join me in doing that.
Done with pleasure and best of luck with this!To those that notice there is no video for this campaign, I can attest he is real.
Not yet. Let it sell itself without the video. The substance is in the Story.
People are the story behind everything my friend and you are a pretty interesting one.
Hubris. Get that video up William. When in Kickstarter, do as the Kickstarted.
Do as the Kickstand?
…said no PR rep ever. 🙂
Go William!!! I call dibs on the movie rights.
A dank for you too 😉
That title triggered this lyric…Well, tell him this is his last chance to get his daughter in a fine romance ‘Cause a record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance
Just found a great version:https://www.youtube.com/wat…
“Toronto”, no less!! Wm’s home town 😉
Honestly though the Dad was right. The last thing I would want is for my daughter to marry a rock star.Which brings me to another video:https://www.youtube.com/wat…
He’s playing in NYC tomorrow night (1/27/16) – http://www.thegarden.com/ev…
Will William accept the payments in Bitcoin??
Haha. Only if Kickstarter does 😉
This is not a bad idea if you want to drum up more buzz about raising for the book…
I don’t believe Kickstarter allows it.
Done. best william.
Thanks Mark .
Looking forward to the books! As a resource turn to frequently for everything bitcoin related more than excited to support this campaign.
Done and done. A small repayment for making the experience on AVC that much better 🙂
Looking forward to the read @wmoug:disqus. Let me know if you want some visual assistance.
Merci Guy. Will do.
Let me know if you need any help with the charts/graphs/diagram design William. I know you get like to get wild with that powerpoint…
There will be a few diagrams for sure. Thanks. Will ping you.
Looking forward to these books William.Thanks for what you do here at AVC too.
Thank you Jim
Best of luck,William. Hope these books will be the best-sellers this year
Thanks Fred, and everybody. I’m in NYC today, just kicked off the campaign actually by stopping by at the Kickstarter HQ in Brooklyn. Here’s me, earlier this morning, pushing the button, with a good luck smile 🙂
did you leave your sled outside? it is Brooklyn you know 🙂
The sidewalks & streets were very slushy, worse than Manhattan.
Looks like the laptop is suspended in mid air…
Not called a macbook AIR for nuttin’
the new Macbook Helium
kicked off the campaign actually by stopping by at the Kickstarter HQ in BrooklynHmm I like this as a concept for Kickstarter. Provide a room and backdrop similar to NASDAQ (modeled after the real (now fake) opening bell at NYSE). Complete with logos, maybe some employees in the background (can be easily dropped in they don’t have to be present) big kickstarter logo etc. People who could come to Brooklyn and do this would most certainly tweet out the pictures and in fact they would also get wide PR play (especially if celebrities) were involved.http://www.business.nasdaq….
Good idea, but it wasn’t like that. You’ll be surprised. Their office is very low key & looks like a regular old Brooklyn warehouse building from the outside. There isn’t even a logo on it!
Oh I know that. But with the magic of photoshop and chroma key it can easily be made special.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…
Good luck William.(I’m a book publisher so I say that through gritted teeth.)Crowdfunding is perfect for non-fiction books. The risks are low. If you can write a good page you can write a good non-fiction book. A motivated author will deliver.The biggest challenge for book publishing is predicting what people will buy. And of course crowd funding takes care of that.But William, what publishers have told you you have to freeze the manuscript 6-9 months before publication? I’ve had authors submitting final drafts in publication week! Publishers are not as slow as we used to be. :)Perhaps the future for publishers is becoming expert at managing authors’ Kickstarter campaigns.
Thanks. You can make minor changes several weeks ahead. They have long lead times for their physical supply chains. Surprisingly, the big ones have not improved a lot in the speed aspects.
You will never convince me that this is true:”The risks are low. If you can write a good page you can write a good non-fiction book.This is the problem not the solution.
There’s a Canadian – utterly undaunted by snow 🙂
backed.i can’t say no to a fellow torontonian.i’m also going to share on my blog.
All the best, William!! 🙂
Go, William. It looks like your project is in great shape. #latetothegame
Thank you Anne. Well, technically we need to get over the target, and hopefully continue to exceed it.
If you’re already more than halfway, I’d bet on you to blow through the goal! Good luck.
Good luck. Interesting that the focus of Bitcoin has switched from Bitcoin to the Blockchain.
Lots of intersects, but the corporates don’t like Bitcoin. They think blockchain sans Bitcoin is better for them . I think there’s a future for both.
.I will be leading the skeptic wave of support!Rock on.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…
Ha-ha. Books for the skeptics will be delivered with a 2×4, at no extra charge 😉
Done. Looking forward to the drafts, books and all discussions in between.
Done. Best of luck!
Very well done William and good luck – very happy to support you on this.
Done. Fred, thanks for bringing this to the attention of the AVC community. This is a great example of using the power of an intellectual community to help bring something to life. You don’t often promote products so it’s attention grabbing when you do. W/R/T William’s book, the group on here may be considered the passionate super users. Best of luck, William!
All the best William. Happy to support.
Thanks Kirk. Appreciated.
Done. I look forward to following the process and seeing the product.
Me too :). And thank you
Congrats William. Looking forward to reading them. I hope Bitcoin/Blockchain makes it past the phenomenon stage. I’d really like to see the NASDAQ project flourish
True. Me too
William how about adding an audio version of the book to Kickstarter options?
I thought about it, but didn’t want to increase the complexity of the project. I think we could do this later.
Should I wait to support? Or will you grandfather me in?
You only buy audio books? I have no idea what it will take to convert to an audio version yet.
I wish I wasn’t cash tight right now
Well that’s a no-brainer. Count me in.And I am so impressed with this conference William has organized.http://startupmanagement.or…Way to go, William!
Thank you Donna for your generosity.
Let’s DO this!(You’re so welcome.)
A-ha, so instead of SF, London, NY, Barcelona (for Mobile World Congress) Toronto will become a destination.This will surprise you but I’ve never been to Toronto. My relatives and family friends are in VC and Edmonton.Backed your project and looking forward to reading the books — not that, mathematically, I’m 100% persuaded by Blockchain’s structure but open-minded about the applications and innovations that may happen on it.
Great job William.You may have come across http://www.bitlisten.com/ before, but if not, I recommend taking a few seconds to check it out – I find it strangely magical, and makes bitcoin seem like something more than just some hexadecimal characters in a file.
Done! I’ll show up as Daisy Thrash. She does all my Kickstarter backing (and Patreon) for me 😉
So pleased to see this William, it’s a no brainer next step and I’ll be happy to help support it.
Thank you Phil.
18k….suspiciously a book in the box fee. 🙂 good luck – I hear great things about that service!
Canadians are pre-cleared 😉