Crowdfunding : Talent Backer Blog

  • What is crowdfunding? Does it matter?

    August 7th, 2015 by Tom Butterworth


    Here at Talent Backer we keep a close eye on all things crowdfunding and one conversation we keep returning to is public awareness of the term crowdfunding, in particular personal rewards based fund raising.

    It is obvious crowdfunding is on the rise as a form of financing, there isn’t a day goes by that you don’t see a mainstream media article on a quirky crowdfunding scheme or a declaration that this is “the year of crowdfunding”, but are the general public really aware of what crowdfunding is? I am surprised by the number of conversations I have with normally knowledgable and informed people, whose faces develop a blank expression at the mention of crowdfunding.

    On the one hand I am not sure it matters, so long as we can prove that crowdfunding really works, however a lack of awareness does provide problems. We are in the business of trying to persuade talented people that crowdfunding is the best and most effective fund raising model, so a lack of existing knowledge about crowdfunding makes our job more difficult in terms of: relevance to their fund raising efforts; trust in online methods; expectations of outcomes; and perhaps most importantly the amount of effort that is required for a successful campaign.

    An exposure to crowdfunding through donation, or even an understanding through media stories, means no time is wasted by a talent as they get to grips with the crowdfunding concept. Above all it means they often hit the ground running, showing the kind of determination required for a successful campaign.

    We see it in the stats we gather. Traffic, interest, and awareness around crowdfunding is only going one way, and that is dramatically upwards. Which is great news for our prospective talents as it means more successful campaigns!

  • Tom Stead… Triathlete: Cheeky page in Triathlon Plus!

    July 24th, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

    Cheeky page in Triathlon Plus! #OnARoll

    What better way to start the year than to see yourself in a magazine?

    Read the Full interveiw below…

    1. You’ve always been very sporty – can you attempt to summarise your early adventures in sport?

    Yes, from a young age I was encouraged into sports, my parents thought it would be a great release for my ‘excess energy’. I’ve attempted pretty much every board sport including Skateboarding, Flowboarding, Wakeskating, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding and so on. Before all the ‘extreme’ sport came about I was a gymnast/trampolinist! While doing all of this – I was a runner from the age of 8!

    2. How did you wind up doing triathlon, and what do you think it was about this particular sport that made it stick?

    When I was 10/11 years old I turned from being the best in the county and one of the best U13 runners in the country – to 3rd in the county and slipping down the ranks and I couldn’t handle it, much of my ‘competition’ developed before me and I found myself lining up against ‘bigger boys with beards’. Not literally but definitely stronger and bigger. I was becoming despondent with the sport already! It was, in fact, my Middle School PE teacher ‘Mr E’ who suggested I try a ‘kiddie’ Aquathlon, so I did. Couldn’t swim so learnt quickly, absolutely loved it! Then I went on, bought a cheap second hand bike, and did my first ‘Tristar’ triathlon and just enjoyed it so much I booked the next one in, the same day!

    3. Tell us about your first triathlon race?

    My first ‘proper’ adult race that springs to mind was my local race at St Neots (NiceTri Events). It was such a great event, friendly crowds and fellow competitors, a really great atmosphere, an ideal intro into triathlon. It keeps me going back for more, the course is great – fantastic river swim, awesome fast stretches of road and a pan flat run to finish. Because it’s my local I use it as a barometer to suss out where ‘I’m at’ race-wise. The races are a series of three, I’m a bit of a ‘stats man’ so I can work out what I have to do where and when in order to better my time. I’m chuffed to have won 3 or 4 of them over the last couple of years. I can’t help ‘big upping’ this event, in fact it’s such a good event that it’s been selected to be the Sprint National Champs and World and Euro qualifiers in … Can’t wait to have the best the UK has to offer on my home turf! It’s going to be awesome.

    4. Was there a particular event or moment when you thought you could be pretty good at it?

    I have to say it wasn’t a particular event – but it was a particular period of time. The winter of 2012/13. I had joined NiceTri Club and St Neots CC and met some great people. Richard Hancock (a local beast on the bike) saw my potential more than I did and took me under his wing. With his help I went from being average/good on the bike in 2012, to one of the best cyclist in triathlon the next year (the fastest bike split, out of everyone, at the World AG Sprint Triathlon Championships in London 2013!).

    5. You’ve had a brilliant year, so what’s been the standout for you?

    2014 has been a really good year, and a year I’m definitely going to remember. I had qualified but was also lucky enough to travel and compete in 4 major events… European and World Duathlon and Triathlon Championships. I loved when I crossed the line in first place and had the fastest bike split at the World Duathlon Champs in Spain, but have to say – the best moment of the year was the final 2k of the European Triathlon Champs in Kitzbuhel – whereI took a look over my shoulder and was 45 seconds clear of 2nd place in my AG! I could then relax for 2k and take it all in. Looking back, when I realised I had come 2nd overall by only 12 seconds, I wished I had pushed all the way, but hey – it was a great moment none the less!

    6. On your blog you mentioned that Edmonton didn’t quite go to plan for you – could you talk us through it?

    Well, it all went a bit pear shaped when I got an entry to a Junior Elite race which was a week before the World Champs in Edmonton. As most will know, the idea of an elite race is to be good at swimming, then it’s fairly easy to sit in the group on the bike as it is draft-legal, then to be awesome at running. So when I found out I got an entry I ramped up my swimming and running and neglected my bike legs!Another major factor was that when I got to Edmonton… I loved riding out there and went on an ‘easy’ bike recce the day before – which turned into me putting far too much effort in – a stupid ‘school-boy’ error meaning that on the day I couldn’t put any power down! I still had one of the fastest bike splits – but I know I should have had the fastest and should have at least podiumed! Lesson learned! 7. What have you learned from that experience? Well, the main thing I’ve learnt is not to be stupid the day before and batter my legs in! But it’s also opened my eyes to setting goals at the start of the season and not deviating from ‘the plan’. Had I

    Source: Tom Stead… Triathlete: Cheeky page in Triathlon Plus! #OnARoll

  • William Rigg

    July 4th, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

    An entertaining insight into recent successful funding campaign run here on TalentBacker by Orienteering competitor William Rigg



  • Clare, Ross take a dive as Jack wins 1m title – The Star

    June 15th, 2015 by Bruce Robbins
    City fo Sheffield Diving Club's Clare Cryan (left) and Ross Haslam perform during the Mixed 3m Synchro Final during day one of the British Gas Diving Championships at The Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth

    City of Sheffield Diving Club’s Clare Cryan (left) and Ross Haslam perform during the Mixed 3m Synchro Final during day one of the British Gas Diving Championships at The Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth

    City of Sheffield Diving Club’s Clare Cryan (left) and Ross Haslam perform during the Mixed 3m Synchro Final during day one of the British Gas Diving Championships at The Plymouth Life Centre, Plymouth last weekend (left).

    City of Sheffield team-mate Jack Haslam also stormed to the men’s 1m title, producing a personal best performance to secure victory. Jack also won a bronze medal in the 3 metre springboard event and another bronze with Sam Thornton (Leeds) in the 3 metre synchro competition. In this event, brother Ross Haslam teamed up with James Heatley from Edinburgh to take the silver medal. Ross also reached the final of the 3 metre individual event where he came sixth.

    Millie Fowler and Millie Haffety won Sheffield’s other national title in the womens 3 metre synchro competition. For the first time, a mixed 3 metre synchro competition was introduced to the national championships and in a closely fought contest, Haslam and Cryan teamed up to win silver medals. Clare narrowly missed out on another medal in the womens 1 metre springboard event where she finished in fourth place, less than two points behind the silver medallist.

    via Clare, Ross take a dive as Jack wins 1m title – The Star.