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Roy Morejon of Art of the Kickstart and Enventys Partners interviews successful entrepreneurs and creators of popular crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to find out the keys to a successful project. The weekly show consists of a series of high-performing guests offering actionable advice paired with Morejon's insight from raising millions for crowdfunding clients with Enventys Partners.

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Roy Morejon of Art of the Kickstart and Enventys Partners interviews successful entrepreneurs and creators of popular crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to find out the keys to a successful project. The weekly show consists of a series of high-performing guests offering actionable advice paired with Morejon's insight from raising millions for crowdfunding clients with Enventys Partners.

    Teen Tackles Wildlife Conservation With Crowdfunded Card Game

    Teen Tackles Wildlife Conservation With Crowdfunded Card Game

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we spoke with Jackson and Gavin Mann, the father-son duo behind SOS Save Our Species. At 15 years old, Jackson turned a trip to Costa Rica into a wildlife card game with the intent to donate 100% of the future profits from his game to charity. Jackson and Gavin built a game meant to make a big, positive change ​by prototyping​ multiple gameplays and working with the World Wildlife Fund. Listen to learn how Jackson and Gavin turned tens of thousands of game trials into SOS Save our Species.







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    Normal activities like family vacations, card games and books inspired this new game and conservation effort. Where might you find inspiration?

    Partnering with the World Wildlife Fund helped Jackson and Gavin fact-check the game.

    How do you balance technical accuracy with accessibility? The SOS Save our Species team juggled scientific accuracy with ease of understanding for the public.

    Making a game is harder than one might think. Jackson and Gavin discuss the many rounds of gameplay they used to gather feedback for the game.

    The team ran into issues when attempting to advertise their game on Facebook. Facebook bots flagged posts related to wildlife conservation as political and blocked them from being posted. Learn what they did to solve the problem.



    Links



    SOS Save Our Species Kickstarter Campaign

    SOS Save Our Species Website

    World Wildlife Fund’s Website



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    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by ProductHype, the leading crowdfunding newsletter. Publishing weekly, ProductHype showcases five of the best, most innovative and exciting crowdfunding projects in an absurdly unique way. Their audience of more than 300,000 crowdfunding fans regularly back featured products and eagerly awaits the newsletter to learn about the new ideas that creators are bringing to market. Learn more about having your project featured in ProductHype, or join the HypeSquad today!

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    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome, entrepreneurs and startups, to Art of the Kickstart, the show that every entrepreneur needs to listen to before you launch. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president and founder of Enventys Partners, the world’s only turnkey product launch company. From product development and engineering to omnichannel marketing, we’ve helped our clients launch thousands of inventions and earn more than $1 billion in sales over the past 20 years. Each week I interview a startup success story, an inspirational entrepreneur or a business expert in order to help you take your launch to the next level. This show would not be possible without our main sponsor, ProductHype, the weekly newsletter that goes out and shows you the best inventions that just launched. Make sure to check out producthype.co and join the HypeSquad. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today is a special show because we are speaking with Jackson,

    • 28 min
    Crowdfunder Succeeds by Capitalizing on Competition from Apple

    Crowdfunder Succeeds by Capitalizing on Competition from Apple

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstarter, we spoke with Victor Chor, Founder of InfinaCore and Creator of P4. From a young age, Victor had an entrepreneurial spirit, which he then morphed into a career. Victor and his team at InfinaCore have worked tirelessly over the span of three years to develop a product that competes with mainstream alternatives. Listen to learn how Victor used his entrepreneurial background and resources to surpass his campaign’s crowdfunding goal by over 530% in just two weeks.







    Short on time? Here's what we talked about.















    From flipping products on eBay at a young age to creating P4, Victor talks about how entrepreneurial thinking has led to his success.

    Not every idea has to be brand new. P4 was founded on the reinvention of power banks. What might you reinvent?

    Apple’s MagSafe is a competitor to P4. How do you compete with a giant in your industry? It’s simple. Act quickly and do it better. 

    As an avid Kickstarter campaign supporter who was familiar with the platform, Victor knew his idea was different enough to stand out on Kickstarter. He chose to focus on the community aspect of the platform to build his brand.

    Use code "ATOK25" for 25% off Infinacore's website.



    Links



    P4’s Kickstarter Campaign

    InfinaCore’s Website

    InfinaCore’s Instagram

    InfinaCore’s Facebook



    Note: As an Amazon Associate, Art of the Kickstart may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by ProductHype, the leading crowdfunding newsletter. Publishing weekly, ProductHype showcases five of the best, most innovative and exciting crowdfunding projects in an absurdly unique way. Their audience of more than 300,000 crowdfunding fans regularly back featured products and eagerly awaits the newsletter to learn about the new ideas that creators are bringing to market. Learn more about having your project featured in ProductHype, or join the HypeSquad today!

    Transcript

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    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome entrepreneurs and startups to Art of the Kickstart, the show that every entrepreneur needs to listen to before you launch. I’m your host Roy Morejon, President and Founder of Enventys Partners, the world’s only turnkey product launch company. From product development and engineering to omnichannel marketing, we’ve helped our clients launch thousands of inventions and earn more than $1 billion in sales over the past 20 years. Each week, I interview a startup success story, an inspirational entrepreneur, or a business expert in order to help you take your launch to the next level.



    Roy Morejon:

    This show would not be possible without our main sponsor ProductHype, the weekly newsletter that goes out and shows you the best inventions that just launched. Make sure to check out producthype.co and join the HypeSquad. Now, let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today, I am super stoked because I am talking with Victor Chor. Victor is the prototypical do-it-yourself entrepreneur that started his journey in high school, like many of us, over a decade and a half ago. That’s double the time for me,

    • 19 min
    From a Leap of Faith to $100K in Two Days on Kickstarter

    From a Leap of Faith to $100K in Two Days on Kickstarter

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we spoke with Derek Tillotson, Founder of Haven Safari and CEO of Haven Tents. A two-time creator with minimal experience in product development or manufacturing, Derek’s Haven Safari launch is fully funded and surpassed the raise of his first Kickstarter campaign two times over. Haven Safari has exceeded every expectation Derek had set. Haven Safari is designed to be the ultimate glamping, car-camping or backyard escape base. Listen to learn how Derek surprised friends and family with his secret venture and gained the support of over 1,000 backers.







    Short on time? Here's what we talked about.















    Derek took a giant leap of faith when he no longer felt challenged with his career. He leveraged the skills he’d built in sales and marketing and filled in the gaps with the right partners to launch his first idea on Kickstarter. For his second campaign, he enlisted additional partners to help him surpass even his loftiest expectations.

    Derek says he got lucky with Haven Safari’s first prototype. That beginner’s luck, combined with a great idea made Haven Safari possible. 

    In 2018 Derek's focus word was “creativity.”  In 2020, he focused on enterprise. There came a moment in his entrepreneurial career when Derek realized that he needed help.

    During the pandemic, a scam artist’s work helped drive customers to Haven Safari’s website which spiked sales, and Derek seized the opportunity to grow.



    Links



    Haven Safari Kickstarter Campaign

    Haven Tents Website



    Note: As an Amazon Associate, Art of the Kickstart may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by ProductHype, the leading crowdfunding newsletter. Publishing weekly, ProductHype showcases five of the best, most innovative and exciting crowdfunding projects in an absurdly unique way. Their audience of more than 300,000 crowdfunding fans regularly back featured products and eagerly awaits the newsletter to learn about the new ideas that creators are bringing to market. Learn more about having your project featured in ProductHype, or join the HypeSquad today!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome entrepreneurs and startups to Art of the Kickstart, the show that every entrepreneur needs to listen to before you launch. I’m your host, Roy Morejon president and founder of Enventys Partners, the world’s only turnkey product launch company. From product development and engineering to omnichannel marketing, we’ve helped our clients launch thousands of inventions and earn more than one billion dollars in sales over the past 20 years. Each week, I interview a startup success story, an inspirational entrepreneur, or a business expert in order to help you take your launch to the next level.



    Roy Morejon:

    This show would not be possible without our main sponsor, ProductHype, the weekly newsletter that goes out and shows you the best inventions that just launched. Make sure to check out producthype.co and join the hype squad. Now let’s get on with the show. Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today, I am super stoked because I am speaking with the founder and creator of Haven Tent, Mr. Derek Tillotson. Derek, thank you so much for joining us today on Art of the Kickstart.

    • 34 min
    12-Time Creator Talks Crowdfunding Success (and failure)

    12-Time Creator Talks Crowdfunding Success (and failure)

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we spoke with Jake Epstein, serial entrepreneur and Co-founder of several consumer product startups. His latest Kickstarter campaign, Tango, garnered the attention of almost 1,300 backers and has surpassed its funding goal by over 870% in a short period of time. Epstein’s background in enterprise engineering helped him create consumer hardware and software. Listen to learn more about Epstein’s transition to consumer hardware and its intersection with crowdfunding.







    Short on time? Here's what we talked about.















    Epstein’s background in engineering gave him a segue into the crowdfunding world. His ideas became consumer startups that he could monetize.

    Epstein offers a glimpse at a path other entrepreneurs can replicate for success.

    Epstein’s personal experience and frustrations carrying around cheap, plastic, sparkly pop sockets not meant for adults led to the creation of Tango. ​Epstein designs his innovations with simplicity and convenience in mind. He wanted to create something he wouldn’t be embarrassed to carry around.

    Epstein speaks on adding buffers to shipping times, so he’s always prepared when communicating with backers. Epstein touches on always fulfilling what the company promises and explains the internal process that allows for this fulfillment.



    Links



    Tango Kickstarter Campaign

    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries



    Note: As an Amazon Associate, Art of the Kickstart may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by ProductHype, the leading crowdfunding newsletter. Publishing weekly, ProductHype showcases five of the best, most innovative and exciting crowdfunding projects in an absurdly unique way. Their audience of more than 300,000 crowdfunding fans regularly back featured products and eagerly awaits the newsletter to learn about the new ideas that creators are bringing to market. Learn more about having your project featured in ProductHype, or join the HypeSquad today!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome entrepreneurs and startups to Art of the Kickstart, the podcast that every entrepreneur needs to listen to before you launch. I’m your host Roy Morejon, President and Founder of Enventys Partners. The world’s only turnkey product launch company that has helped over 2000 innovations successfully, raise over $400 million in capital since 2010. Each week, I interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level.



    Roy Morejon:

    This show would not be possible without our main sponsor ProductHype, a 300,000-member crowdfunding media site and newsletter that’s generated millions of dollars in sales for over a 1000 top tier projects since 2017. Check out producthype.co to subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    All right, welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today we are speaking with the one and only Jake Epstein. Jake is the co-founder of Rocketbook, tango and several other consumer startups. This guy is a true D to C expert, holds degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, [inaudible 00:01:21] makers and began his career designing large scale computer systems and so...

    • 30 min
    Raise Capital For Your Venture With FundAmerica and Prime Trust

    Raise Capital For Your Venture With FundAmerica and Prime Trust

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we spoke with Erin Holloway, President of FundAmerica by Prime Trust. In 2012, FundAmerica became the crowdfunding arm of Prime Trust and currently acts as the technology and finance handler behind companies like StartEngine and Republic. Prime Trust was founded in 2016 and supports the largest fintech brands. Listen to learn about the meteoric rise of equity crowdfunding and the current trends pushing the industry forward.







    Short on time? Here's what we talked about.















    Equity crowdfunding is a booming industry and will continue to grow. Although the concept might not be familiar to everyone, the idea of crowdfunding is much more mainstream than we realize. Platforms such as Shark Tank and GoFundMe have crowdfunding topics and accessibility more mainstream.

    Holloway predicts Prime Trust and FundAmerica will continue to grow because of the normalization of trading securities and the increased usage of crowdfunding in the younger generation.

    Holloway offers key questions investors should be asking before engaging in an investment opportunity while considering economic and external factors that can shape an entrepreneur’s business and financial plan.



    Links



    FundAmerica 

    Prime Trust 

    The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Blockchain are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna



    Note: As an Amazon Associate, Art of the Kickstart may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by ProductHype, the leading crowdfunding newsletter. Publishing weekly, ProductHype showcases five of the best, most innovative and exciting crowdfunding projects in an absurdly unique way. Their audience of more than 300,000 crowdfunding fans regularly back featured products and eagerly awaits the newsletter to learn about the new ideas that creators are bringing to market. Learn more about having your project featured in ProductHype, or join the HypeSquad today!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome, entrepreneurs and startups, to Art of the Kickstart, the podcast that every entrepreneur needs to listen to before you launch. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president and founder of Enventys Partners, the world’s only turnkey product launch company that has helped over 2000 innovation successfully raise over $400 million in capital since 2010. Each week, I interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur or a business expert, in order to help you take your startup to the next level.



    Roy Morejon:

    This show would not be possible without our main sponsor, Product Hype, a 300,000 member crowdfunding media site and newsletter that’s generated millions of dollars in sales for over 100 top-tier projects since 2017. Check out producthype.co to subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Now, let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. So to kick off 2022, we are talking with Erin Holloway, president of FundAmerica by Prime Trust. If you guys haven’t heard of FundAmerica, they are everywhere.

    • 27 min
    Take Your Punching Bag Anywhere And Everywhere With OODA Ball

    Take Your Punching Bag Anywhere And Everywhere With OODA Ball

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we spoke with Cedric Salcedo, Josh Goldman and Stuart (Stu) Goldman, creators of OODA Ball. OODA Ball is the world's first, completely untethered, free-weight punching ball, designed to be both functional and interactive. Its technology gives you maximum control by optimizing weight, speed and density. Listen to learn more about how the trio collaborated and used each other’s strengths to create OODA Ball.







    Short on time? Here's what we talked about.















    Cedric and Josh’s connections to boxing and gyms accidentally led to the creation of the OODA Ball. Josh had been looking for something similar to Cedric’s original invention when Cedric approached him, and Stuart was happy to get involved.

    OODA Loop is the idea behind OODA Ball. Although the OODA Ball team did not invent OODA Loop, this idea of “Observe, Orient, Decide and Act” helped the group formulate the concept behind OODA Ball.

    The team chose Kickstarter as their platform for their crowdfunding campaign because of the trust Kickstarter has with its community.



    Links



    * OODA Ball's Fully-Funded  Kickstarter Campaign

    * OODA Ball's IndieGoGo InDemand Campaign



    Note: As an Amazon Associate, Art of the Kickstart may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.

    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by ProductHype, the leading crowdfunding newsletter. Publishing weekly, ProductHype showcases five of the best, most innovative and exciting crowdfunding projects in an absurdly unique way. Their audience of more than 300,000 crowdfunding fans regularly back featured products and eagerly awaits the newsletter to learn about the new ideas that creators are bringing to market. Learn more about having your project featured in ProductHype, or join the HypeSquad today!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome entrepreneurs and startups to Art of the Kickstart, the show that every entrepreneur needs to listen to before you launch. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president and founder of Enventys Partners, the world’s only turnkey product launch company. From product development and engineering to omnichannel marketing, we’ve helped our clients launch thousands of inventions and earn more than $1 billion in sales over the past 20 years. Each week, I interview a startup success story, an inspirational entrepreneur or a business expert, in order to help you take your launch to the next level. This show would not be possible without our main sponsor ProductHype, the weekly newsletter that goes out and shows you the best inventions that just launched. Make sure to check out ProductHype.co and join the HypeSquad. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today I am super excited because for the first time ever, I’ve got three guests on my show. I’ve got Cedric, Josh and Stu, they are the co-founders of OODA fit, a fitness innovation company. These guys are on Kickstarter right now, introducing the world to a new fitness and training category called functional interactive training. And if you can’t spell, that is fit and they have created the world’s first free weight punching bag, and this thing is badass.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

JoshRhodes8 ,

Great Content w/ Tactical Advice

So glad I stumbled across the Art of the Kickstart Podcast! After listening to just one episode a few weeks back, I was hooked. I can tell a lot of thought and research is put into every episode, and I find myself looking forward to each episode drop. Keep the solid content coming - I’m a HUGE fan!

TheRobertH ,

Great stories by entrepreneurs

Love the great Q&A's and stories from entrepreneurs! Thank you

nickham222 ,

Great Podcast for Crowdfunding

Love this podcast as an entrepenuer and backer of a bunch of projects on Kickstarter! Gives you the behind the scenes look at how campaigns are made and run!

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