People are driven to visionary ideas that are greater than themselves.
A few key contributors provided enough capital to acquire the Fly Ranch.
Burning Man Project purchased Fly Ranch for the price of $6.5 million. The funding came from Burners who have been deeply affected by the spirit and principles of Burning Man, and felt called to give back to the community by enabling us to explore the potential of having a year-round home.
See how Tynan did it: tynan.com/island
I sent emails out to twenty of my good friends and awaited replies. A day later I had seven confirmed yeses, which I figured was enough to count on getting ten people, so I made an offer on the island, which was accepted.
These experiences suggest connecting with several key supporters, rather than the internet at large.