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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Perry Chen - Kickstarter co-founder

Perry Chen – Kickstarter co-founder

The more I read about Chinese-American Perry Chen the more amazing I think his contribution is.

Perry Chen is a co-founder of

This is incredible.

Kickstarter is responsible for generating funding for more than 48,000 creative projects. These are artists who might not otherwise get visibility for their ideas but now can. Movie makers. Cartoonists. Animators. Musicians. Writers. Startups.

4.7 million people have given more than $773,000,000! That’s a lot of zeroes.

That’s a lot of change in a lot of people’s lives.

Kickstarter is a great name, too.

I wonder … how many others have tried to imitate Kickstarter? And how many of them have successfully raised money for whatever venture?

So, not only is Kickstarter helping people in the arts, they have inspired others to reach out and be a source of funding in their chosen spaces.

Kickstarter is a great idea at just the right time.

I now find myself going there on a regular basis to look for good ideas that I can contribute to.

It seems to me that people, some people, many people? have money and are looking for a good outlet, a way to contribute, to make the world a more interesting place. And Kickstarter is a good place to start.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.


Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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