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SCV video game maker raises nearly $800K

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Posted: February 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Voldi Way, founder and owner of video game maker WayForward speaking at the SCV Startup group in Santa Clarita on Jan. 14. Christopher de Alba/Courtesy photo

 

Santa Clarita’s popular Meetup group, SCV Startup, regularly invites “experienced and successful entrepreneurs to teach and mentor early stage tech businesses,” says Erick Arndt, the group’s founder.

This past month, the group welcomed Voldi Way of WayForward Technologies to share his company’s Kickstarter story.

Voldi, a Santa Clarita business owner who develops and designs video games, decided to experiment with this new funding source, even though he’s successfully raised money through other venues in the past.

Creating a Kickstarter campaign for the game “Shantae: Half Genie Hero,” Voldiraised $776,084, nearly doubling his goal of $400,000.

Kickstarter.com is a growing source of crowdfunding for independent entrepreneurs. To date, the group has collected almost $1 billion in pledges and successfully funded over 55,000 projects.

Businessman Jason Feffer brought his 7th grade son to the SCV Startup event to inspire him.

“Many in the room had heard about the concept, but Voldi demonstrated how to get it done,” Feffer said. “They learned of the newest way to get funding for a project, large or small.”

The founder and developer of Zejoop.com, Michael LaRue, also attended the event.

“As a startup entrepreneur myself, it was great to hear how Voldi had applied a Kickstarter campaign to his own long established and successful company,” LaRue said. “Coming here tonight, I was able to ask very specific questions that might help me in my business.”

The full presentation can be viewed at SCV Startup.


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