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Make Your Project Story Look Awesome!

It is critical to fill out your project as much as possible. Leveraging markdown is a great way to make your project story even richer.

Sections to include in your Project Story:

  1. Project Overview
  2. How I came up with the idea
  3. Motivations and Inspirations
  4. Research and Context
  5. Purpose of the Project…Commercial, Passion, Learning?
  6. What you’re looking for in new collaborators
  7. What does it mean to commit as a teammate?

Making Your Personal Profile Standout

Before you begin with creating your Project, we have one quick question: have you completed your profile? If yes, skip this next bit. If not, read on…

Knowing who you are working with and building trust is a key part of Collaborizm and collaboration. Building that trust and getting the community to join your project will be easier if they know who you are, what you look like, what your skills are and a bit about what motivates you and your personality.

Formatting Your Project Story Like a Superstar



Why Markdown?

Markdown enables rich formatting and rich stories to be told that the usual text editor couldn’t facilitate.

Markdown Formatting Guide:

# Heading 1 - this is a title

## Heading 2 - this is a subtitle

### Heading 3 - this is a sub subtitle

_italics_ - use italics

**Bold** - bold your text

``` code snippit - YES you can embed code anywhere!```

> Block Quote - create beautifully rendered quotes

Drag and Drop images directly into the text box!

Markdown also enables you to embed iframes (youtube, soundcloud, vimeo)

Markdown cheat sheet!

Finding Spectacular Images for your Project Story

The more images in your Project story the better. Upload images from your cell phone, computer, or anywhere you may have shots of your project. Don’t have a tangible project to take images of yet? No problem, try these resources to find inspiration for your project story.

Powerful Image Resources:

https://www.pexels.com/
https://www.google.com/imghp
https://search.creativecommons.org/
https://www.flickr.com/

Using the Power of Project Discussions

  1. Collaboration, storytelling, tasks, objectives, questions, inspirational posts, and pretty much everything on Collaborizm has its base in discussions

  2. Discussions are the building blocks of collaboration on Collaborizm

  3. Discussions are categorized by tags, such as Question, Inspiration, Task, or New Idea.

  4. Use discussions to communicate with your team, collaborate, and gain influence from the community

  5. Anyone can participate in discussions, but you will always be able to recognize your teammates and Project Leader, and mention them and your team for team based communications.

Recruiting Contributors and Teammates

Content, content, content. Make sure to fill out your Project Story in depth, we cant stress this enough. This WILL be the difference between being discovered by the community, or not.

Protecting Your Idea (if relevant)

Overview

  • Some people collaborating on projects on Collaborizm will develop commercially viable concepts, including some projects that were initiated for fun (i.e., without a profit motive)

  • We encourage Project Leaders of both “for profit” and “for fun” projects to contemplate that Collaborizm might enable them to develop a profitable venture

  • Once the Project Leader has formed a team, he or she should decide when to enter into a contractual arrangement to allocate ownership and define the intellectual property rights and obligations of team members. Remember, the primary purpose of Collaborizm is to meet new teammates, and tackle tasks that enable you to form trust between one another.

IP Circumstances with Respect to Time

  • However, we strongly recommend that Project Leaders weigh the risk of assigning ownership stakes too early – before the Leader can assess each team member’s talents. So much of Collaborizm was built around the earliest stages of collaboration, where discussion, and building trust between collaborators is the focus, not the exposing of sensitive intellectual property.

  • Project Leaders should also consider that, over time, they may need to change the terms of project agreements to reflect changed circumstances

  • As a free service to our users, we provide you with a Sample Joint Venture agreement and NDA to help teams negotiate an agreement (see attachment below); however, we disclaim any liability for providing this document – as described in detail below

  • We recommend that Project Leaders consult their own legal counsel regarding any questions about protecting and developing intellectual property rights.

“Precious Idea” Tactics

  • Don’t want to expose your idea completely? Then don’t. Use images that convey the general idea and inspiration for the Project. Discuss the problem you envision solving. Collaborizm can provide tremendous value just by enabling you to meet and tackle early “trust forming” tasks with new teammates on the platform, as well as crowdstorming advice from our community.

  • If you are initially concerned about fully exposing your idea, start by only disclosing your “bare bones” idea. Then converse and feel out collaborators, and only divulge greater details about your concept after you have you developed some trust and confidence in your collaborators. If you remain concerned about preserving the confidentiality of your idea, consider consulting with an attorney to draft a Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”) for your collaborators to sign, we have provided one for you below.

Using the Joint Venture Agreement or NDA to Protect Your IP

Basic Non Disclosure Agreement (see below)

Sample Joint Venture Agreement Info

  • The Sample Joint Venture Agreement provided by Collaborizm is intended to be a free but valuable step towards establishing legal ownership of ventures developed on our platform

  • Though our agreement is intended to be enforceable, it is provided only as a sample agreement. We strongly encourage all team members to consult an attorney before relying on this agreement, and to make any changes appropriate for the particular venture

  • Contact our customer service team through the customer service chat if you would like us to send you an NDA or Joint Venture Agreement

Other Resources

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses are free, open-source licenses that can be used to share creative works. They are intended to encourage sharing, and their protection of intellectual property rights may be limited – see www.creativecommons.org - please consult an attorney about the concept of open-source licensing.

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