Cool Tools is creating Podcasts and Videos
106

patrons

$336
per month
When Kevin Kelly started Cool Tools as an email list over 20 years ago, his goal was to foster a community of people who wanted to share recommendations of tried-and-true tools. It worked! Today Cool Tools is the most popular website of tool recommendations written by its readers.

A few years ago, after I joined Kevin, we started the Cool Tools Show podcast with the belief that the interesting people who use interesting tools will have interesting things to say about them. The format for our podcast is simple: Kevin and I ask a guest (such as Adam Savage, Tim Ferriss, and Veronica Belmont) to recommend four tools they depend on and believe others would like. Then they share with everyone why their tools are great. The format is a success -- the podcast has many thousands of listeners. We are grateful for the audience and we love making the podcast.

Many hours are needed to schedule, record, edit, transcribe, and post each episode. Currently I edit the podcasts, but it is time consuming, and so we aren't able to post a new episode every week, which is our goal. To continue producing these podcasts at the quality we have been, we’d like to hire an editor. We are asking for support from our listeners so we can continue to post one great episode every week with the help of an editor. Your support of even $1 per month (just 25 cents a show) will make a difference in helping us achieve this goal.

-- Mark Frauenfelder
Tiers
Our Thanks
$1 or more per month 40 patrons
Our gratitude for supporting Cool Tools.
On-Air Shoutout
$2 or more per month 33 patrons
Well give you a shout-out on the show!
Magic Tricks
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
An on-air shout-out and a copy of Mark's ebook, Trick Decks.
More Books
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
An on-air shout-out, a copy of Mark's ebook, Trick Decks, a paper copy of Mark's book, Maker Dad, and link of your choice on our Cool Tools supporters page.
Even More Books
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
An on-air shout-out, a copy of Mark's ebook, Trick Decks, a paper copy of Mark's book, Maker Dad, a link of your choice on our Cool Tools supporters page, plus a personally signed copy of Kevin’s The Inevitable. That’s three books, two with our cool signatures!
Be a Guest on the Cool Tools Show
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
All the above, plus you will be the guest on one episode of the Cool Tools Show. Seriously, having you on talking about your favorite tools will be fun.
Video Hangout with Kevin and Mark
$40 or more per month 1 patron
All the above, plus a 45-minute Skype or Google Hangout video consultation with Kevin and Mark (we know a lot about publishing, DIY, freelancing, and photography).
Goals
$336 of $1,000 per month
Professional editing of every podcast episode plus edited transcripts, and two new video reviews per week.
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When Kevin Kelly started Cool Tools as an email list over 20 years ago, his goal was to foster a community of people who wanted to share recommendations of tried-and-true tools. It worked! Today Cool Tools is the most popular website of tool recommendations written by its readers.

A few years ago, after I joined Kevin, we started the Cool Tools Show podcast with the belief that the interesting people who use interesting tools will have interesting things to say about them. The format for our podcast is simple: Kevin and I ask a guest (such as Adam Savage, Tim Ferriss, and Veronica Belmont) to recommend four tools they depend on and believe others would like. Then they share with everyone why their tools are great. The format is a success -- the podcast has many thousands of listeners. We are grateful for the audience and we love making the podcast.

Many hours are needed to schedule, record, edit, transcribe, and post each episode. Currently I edit the podcasts, but it is time consuming, and so we aren't able to post a new episode every week, which is our goal. To continue producing these podcasts at the quality we have been, we’d like to hire an editor. We are asking for support from our listeners so we can continue to post one great episode every week with the help of an editor. Your support of even $1 per month (just 25 cents a show) will make a difference in helping us achieve this goal.

-- Mark Frauenfelder

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Tiers
Our Thanks
$1 or more per month 40 patrons
Our gratitude for supporting Cool Tools.
On-Air Shoutout
$2 or more per month 33 patrons
Well give you a shout-out on the show!
Magic Tricks
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
An on-air shout-out and a copy of Mark's ebook, Trick Decks.
More Books
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
An on-air shout-out, a copy of Mark's ebook, Trick Decks, a paper copy of Mark's book, Maker Dad, and link of your choice on our Cool Tools supporters page.
Even More Books
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
An on-air shout-out, a copy of Mark's ebook, Trick Decks, a paper copy of Mark's book, Maker Dad, a link of your choice on our Cool Tools supporters page, plus a personally signed copy of Kevin’s The Inevitable. That’s three books, two with our cool signatures!
Be a Guest on the Cool Tools Show
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
All the above, plus you will be the guest on one episode of the Cool Tools Show. Seriously, having you on talking about your favorite tools will be fun.
Video Hangout with Kevin and Mark
$40 or more per month 1 patron
All the above, plus a 45-minute Skype or Google Hangout video consultation with Kevin and Mark (we know a lot about publishing, DIY, freelancing, and photography).