One of the hallmarks of this experience for him has been honesty about the financial side of things. Not just how much he has made, but also his expenses. He took that a step further last night by talking about what he is doing with the money he has made so far:
I felt uncomfortable about having that much money, so I kind of broke it in four pieces. Two fifty went back to pay for the special, like I replenished my company. Another two fifty went to people that work for me, that work really hard. I gave them all bonuses. And then I took another 280 thousand and donated it to a bunch of charities.
Today he posted an update on his website saying:
I never viewed money as being "my money" I always saw it as "The money" It's a resource. if it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system.
The thing is still on sale. I hope folks keep buying it. If I make another million, I'll give more of it away. I'll let you know when that happens because I like you getting to know what happened to your 5 dollars and bringing awareness to the bla bla bla.
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Of course there's no reason to think that's the end of his earnings from the special, which you can still buy for just $5 from his website. The download is DRM free, and can be downloaded in either SD (800x448) or HD (720p) H.264 format.
There is also an option to stream it. Access is limited to streaming it twice and downloading three times to save bandwidth costs. You can also download artwork for it for free.
Not only was he able to bypass the corporations, he was able to fund his company, pay his employees a generous wage, help out numerous charities.......and still live a comfortable lifestyle.
He sets an example for the rest of them that's for sure.