Afar’s Laura Simkin Speaks at EWIP Luncheon

Event: Afar Media: Launching a Print Publication in the Digital Age
Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
Location: Blu Restaurant—Yerba Buena (private dining room)
747 Market Street @4th Street
Inside the Sports Club/LA (4th floor)

About this Event: Laura SimkinsThe public is invited to learn about Afar, an award-winning publication. The featured speaker isLaura Simkins, general manager and VP of operations at Afar Media. The luncheon from noon till 2 pm is co-organized by EWIP and WFMA features a Q&A session with Kate Byrne of EWIP. Register by June 7th: pay $35. Tickets at the door: $45. RSVP Here.

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Publishing, Girl Power, and Raising Money Online

My son in law, Ben Aldrich, co founder of SatYuga Studios, thought that I would be interested in Kickstart, an internet-enabled way of raising venture capital, donation by small donation. He linked me to Wollstonecraft, a “pro-math, pro-science, pro-history and pro-literature adventure novel for and about girls, who use their education to solve problems and catch a jewel thief.”

The project does seem to combine everything we love:  publishing, entrepreneurship, girl power, the internet, and a fun dollop of steampunk to leaven it all.  And Kickstart is an interesting project, especially for women.  Women’s projects, we are told, get only 3% of existing venture capital.  This entrepreneurial approach to raising money might be a godsend for independent women publishers.

Has anyone tried it?  I’d love to hear your stories.