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Program Costs

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Who's paying now?
How can this be funded?
Libsyn.com Host conference call recordings $5-10 Matt Cheney  
Vimeo Pro Host video interview recordings $5 ($60/yr) Matt Cheney  
Ning Premium Turn off ads $24.95/Mo. Paul Pettengill  
Wordpress theme Public website professional look $10/month  ($70 ammoritized over 7 months) Paul Pettengill  
HiDef Conference Teleconference Service $75-125/mo. ? Sponsor Ad Block on Site
Basecamp Project Managment  $12/Mo  Kevin Buecher  
GoDaddy Public Facing Site Registration/Unlimited Linux Space $27.83/Mo. Paul Pettengill   

$159.78/mo. (conservative)





Please note:  This program is COMPLETELY FREE to participants!!


The above costs are those incurred to administer this program on the back end.  For example, when we host a conference call with an expert, book author, or to discuss a book, we record it.  To host the recording on our website so you can listen to it whenever you want, that costs $5-10 per month.  To host the video portion (if we record a presentation and audio) that costs $5 per month (charged at $60 per year).  It also costs $24.95 to turn off the Ning ads.  There are other web hosting costs that are incurred and will be in future.  


I wanted to itemize them here because the organizers of this program want to be completely transparent in how we've set this program up.  That way, others can learn from what we do to help inform their own business ventures and share ideas of how we can raise money to cover these costs.


Right now, the people above are paying for the services and we want to eventually fund them another way.


Comments (14)

Fabi said

at 10:02 am on Jan 18, 2009

Hi guys, can you please clarify what this page is about? I'm confused.

Roxy Allen said

at 11:56 am on Jan 18, 2009

Fabi, I tried to write an explanation (above). If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mark Horoszowski said

at 12:15 pm on Jan 18, 2009

I think the important thing to note here is that there are some costs with hosting/running this program... but, the program is FREE for all participants. The intent of this page to is to show you, in the case that you want to start your own program/network/business/etc, the potential costs you might incur.

Fabi said

at 5:52 pm on Jan 18, 2009

Roxy & Mark, thank you very much for answering my question!

Roxy Allen said

at 5:56 pm on Jan 18, 2009

Fabi - I'm thankful to Mark for explaining and to you for asking because I now realize that this page was really confusing!

Becky Blanton said

at 8:41 pm on Jan 24, 2009

There are totally FREE teleconferencing services with high quality, voice recordings and unlimited numbers of callers. Do we need to pay $75 for this service?

Matt Cheney said

at 9:16 pm on Jan 24, 2009

Becky, you are absolutely right, there are more than a handful of free teleconferencing services out there. I had the pleasure of testing out quite a few :) I'll do my best to explain why I chose our service.

To achieve the level of quality we get with our audio (it will be a podcast in a few weeks) we need to use Skype. Standard telephony doesn't have the frequency range Skype does (that's why some people sounded like they were calling from a tin can on the first call). So we need a conference service that has a standard line and a Skype line. Our service also has a web interface that allows me to see all the callers, and instead of opening up the whole line to let one caller ask a live question (I did this on Tues on the first caller and got a TON of background noise) I can select just the person who's asking the question.

The overall audio quality of the service is better than any other service out there, and it also records a backup in case the hosts (person who is interviewing or moderating) recording failed. I've thought about other solutions, and ways around it, and there are a few. If for some reason we weren't able to come up with the $75, we could make due. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out Tuesday's audio only recording, it's up on our public site, www.alt-mba.com.

I hope this makes sense, and if you ever come across another conf. line that has both a Skype and landline, please send it my way. I'm certainly not married to HDConferencing.com and if there's something better, I'm all for it!

Fabi said

at 9:17 pm on Jan 24, 2009

Good idea Becky. Why don't you recommend some free services?

Fabi said

at 9:21 pm on Jan 24, 2009

Oh nevermind, I hadn't seen Matt's response.

Andreas Kopp said

at 11:25 am on Feb 27, 2009

I want to start a similar project. But i got overwhelmed by the variety of tools you use. Are these networks all necessary?

Matt Cheney said

at 2:49 pm on Feb 27, 2009

@ Andreas - Certainly not. I happen to be a technophile, and love to tie all these cool services together. I'm also shooting for top notch quality at low-mid level prices. There are free versions of almost everything we use, from BaseCamp to Ning, free WordPress Themes, free teleconference systems, free syndication, etc.

The only thing you'd really HAVE to pay for is hosting.

Matt Cheney said

at 2:51 pm on Feb 27, 2009

Also, you can simplify the systems as well. We're leveraging multiple forms of technology with a social network, a public blog, a podcast, a video channel and a dedicated conference line. Again, mostly at my behest because setting up these networks is a challenge/fun for me.

Andreas Kopp said

at 5:03 am on Feb 28, 2009

Thanks for the tips. I think we need a social networking site for communication i thought about ning. But i dont know what is better, start your one network or go on an existing network. For direct communication everbody has skype and email. Also we need a project management tool so we can plan our actions. I still dont get i how the wiki fits in. For what purpose do you need the wiki? Its a little bit of communication also some projectmanagement. What would be your advice for a simplified mix of platforms?

Matt Cheney said

at 10:43 pm on Mar 1, 2009

Hi Andreas, I'd be more than happy to set up a call with you so we can get into more detail. I'm on Skype, so email me at matt@gopherdogs.com with a few days/times that work best and I'll help you formulate a plan that works best for your situation.

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