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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.

    Work From Home With This All-In-One HD Webcam, Mic, and Light

    Work From Home With This All-In-One HD Webcam, Mic, and Light

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we interviewed Sierra Green, the on-camera host and content creator for Movo WebMic. Movo WebMic HD Pro is an all-in-one HD webcam, mic, and LED light that allows you to be seen, be heard, and look good. Learn how the Movo WebMic team has raised over $462,000 from over 3,100 backers with two weeks to go in their Kickstarter campaign.

    Topics Discussed and Key Crowdfunding Takeaways



    * How COVID-19 inspired Movo Photo, a microphone company, to create high-quality technology products for working from home

    * Why high sound quality is especially important to the team at Movo WebMic

    * How backers helped Movo WebMic decide to roll out a lens cap, a stand, a clamp, and certain colors

    * What led Movo Photo to work with an agency like Enventys Partners

    * What's in store for the future of Movo Photo—from new products to pushing their products to big box stores



    Links



    * Movo WebMic HD Pro on Kickstarter

    * Movo Photo Website

    * Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk

    * Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

    * The Lean Startup by Eric Ries



    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by The Gadget Flow, a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. The Gadget Flow is the ultimate buyer's guide for cool luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Click here to learn more and list your product - use coupon code ATOKK16 for 20% off!

    Transcript

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    Roy Morejon:



    Welcome to Art of the Kickstart, your source for crowdfunding campaign success. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president of Enventys Partners, the top full service turnkey product development and crowdfunding marketing agency in the world. We have helped startups raise over $100 million for our clients since 2010. Each week, I’ll interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur, or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level with crowdfunding. Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by Gadget Flow. The Gadget Flow is a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. It is the ultimate buyer’s guide for luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:



    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today, I’m super excited because I am speaking with Sierra Green, the on-camera host and content creator for Movo Mic. And if you have not seen it yet, Movo Mic HD Pro all-in-one HD webcam mic, LED light, currently active on Kickstarter. It’s raised over $462,000 with over 3,100 backers with two weeks ago. Sierra, thank you so much for joining us today on Art of the Kickstart.



    Sierra Green:



    Awesome.

    • 26 min
    Shoot in Style with This All-Access Camera Bag

    Shoot in Style with This All-Access Camera Bag

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we interviewed Nycol and Matthew Bevis, the siblings behind Top Shelf. Top Shelf is the first open-layout sling bag that allows you to access your gear in 1.1 seconds. Learn how these photographers secured over 3,600 backers and raised over $1 million on their first product launch.

    Topics Discussed and Key Crowdfunding Takeaways



    * How Nycol and Matt's photography experience led them to notice a gap in the market when it came to the styles of bags offered for photographers

    * Why it was so important for Matt and Nycol to get their product patented

    * Why the pair used pre-campaign advertising to test the viability of their product

    * The difficulties Nycol and Matt faced when trying to find a manufacturer and how they found the perfect manufacturer for them

    * What the siblings would do differently the next time they launch a product



    Links



    * Top Shelf on Kickstarter

    * Top Shelf on Indiegogo

    * Bevis Gear Website

    * Bevis Gear on Instagram



    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by The Gadget Flow, a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. The Gadget Flow is the ultimate buyer's guide for cool luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Click here to learn more and list your product - use coupon code ATOKK16 for 20% off!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to Art of the Kickstart, your source for crowdfunding campaign success. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president of Enventys Partners, the top full service, turnkey product development and crowdfunding marketing agency in the world. We have helped startups raise over a hundred million dollars for our clients since 2010.



    Roy Morejon:

    Each week I’ll interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur, or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level with crowdfunding.



    Roy Morejon:

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by Gadget Flow. The Gadget Flow is a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. It is the ultimate buyer’s guide for luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the kickstart. Today we are joined by brother and sister, Nycol and Matthew Bevis. Bevis. God, I messed it up right there too. That is my bad because I didn’t practice that well enough.



    Matthew Bevis:

    It can happen.



    Roy Morejon:

    So Nycol and Matthew, you guys are the founders of your very first product launch on Kickstarter. You guys launched The Top Shelf, which is an amazing, super fast all-access camera bag. I’m super stoked to have you guys on the show. Nycol, Matthew, welcome to the show.



    Matthew Bevis:

    Thanks.



    Nycol Bevis:

    Thank you so much. Thanks to be here.



    Roy Morejon:

    Yeah. So you guys are photographers. You’re brother and sister, right? So I’m really excited. One, to see how you guys actually started a company together because that, I don’t know if I could ever do that with family or let alone my sisters, but really what was that inspiration, that a-ha moment that inspired you both to create The Top Shelf product, the camera bag.



    Nycol Bevis:

    Okay, well,

    • 25 min
    Work Anywhere with DUEX, a Lightweight, Portable Monitor

    Work Anywhere with DUEX, a Lightweight, Portable Monitor

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we interviewed Jack Yao, co-founder of Mobile Pixels. DUEX by Mobile Pixels is a monitor that can slide out of the back of your laptop so you can deploy it anywhere. Learn how Jack raised $1.5 million in pre-sales from 4,000 backers on Kickstarter and Indiegogo during his first campaign and what's to come with his third campaign.

    Topics Discussed and Key Crowdfunding Takeaways



    * How the idea for Mobile Pixels came to Jack when he was a student at MIT on an internship at Amazon

    * What ways COVID-19 has impacted Mobile Pixel's manufacturing

    * How Sean incorporated backer feedback into his process of designing and launching more mature versions of his earlier products

    * Lessons Jack has learned from his previous campaigns, including why he chose to leverage influencer marketing

    * How Mobile Pixels scaled after signing distribution contracts with Staples, QVC, B&H Cameras, and Best Buy



    Links



    * Mobile Pixels Website

    * DUEX Lite and DUEX Plus on Kickstarter

    * The Promised Land by Barack Obama



    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by The Gadget Flow, a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. The Gadget Flow is the ultimate buyer's guide for cool luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Click here to learn more and list your product - use coupon code ATOKK16 for 20% off!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to Art Of The kickstart, your source for crowdfunding campaign success. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president of Enventys Partners, the top full service turnkey product development and crowdfunding marketing agency in the world. We have helped startups raise over $100 million for our clients since 2010. Each week, I’ll interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level with crowdfunding.



    Roy Morejon:

    Art Of The Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by Gadget Flow. The Gadget Flow is a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. It is the ultimate buyer’s guide for luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art Of The Kickstart. Today, I am joined by a very special guest, Mr. Jack Yao co-founder of mobile pixels. Jack, thank you again for being on the show today. It is an honor to have you.



    Jack Yao:

    Thank you. It’s nice to be on show again.



    Roy Morejon:

    Yeah. So here we are again, we’ve got a new campaign. I’m sure our listeners know all about you, they remember your story, but I think it’s important to revisit that in terms of the roots. So if you would go back down memory lane and talk about the inspiration in terms of creating mobile pixels and the evolution of where you’re at now and why you’re back on the show.



    Jack Yao:

    Sure. So our company started about three years ago, it formally started three years ago, but the idea originated maybe four years ago all the way back when I was still a student at MIT on an internship at Amazon. I was sitting in a coworking space doing some programming work, and not having a second monitor really held me back.

    • 26 min
    Fund The Production of Your Inventory with Kickfurther

    Fund The Production of Your Inventory with Kickfurther

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we interviewed Sean De Clercq, co-founder and CEO of Kickfurther. Kickfurther works by connecting growing startups to a community of people who help these startups fund the production of their inventory. Learn how Sean solved his own cashflow gap by creating a community that helps entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

    Topics Discussed and Key Crowdfunding Takeaways



    * How Sean's background in supply chain management and entrepreneurship led him to encounter inventory finance issues

    * How Kickfurther connects growing startups to a community of individuals that can help startups raise funds

    * How guerilla marketing helped Sean and his co-founder launch Kickfurther

    * Tips Sean has for entrepreneurs looking for funding from investors

    * What Kickfuther's plans are for the future



    Links



    * Kickfurther

    * Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

    * Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

    * Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss



    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by The Gadget Flow, a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. The Gadget Flow is the ultimate buyer's guide for cool luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Click here to learn more and list your product - use coupon code ATOKK16 for 20% off!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcriptRoy Morejon:

    Welcome to Art of the Kickstart, your source for crowdfunding campaign success. I’m your host, Roy Morejon president of Enventys Partners, the top full service turnkey product development and crowdfunding marketing agency in the world. We have helped startups raise over 100 million dollars for our clients since 2010. Each week I’ll interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur, or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level with crowdfunding. Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by Gadget Flow. The Gadget Flow is a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. It is the ultimate buyer’s guide for luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today, we have got an exciting episode for you. We are talking with Sean De Clercq co-founder and CEO of Kickfurther. Sean, thank you so much for joining us today on Art of the Kickstart.



    Sean De Clercq:

    Hey Roy, it’s great to be here. Thanks for inviting me.



    Roy Morejon:

    Yeah, no really happy to have you. I know you’ve worked with a bunch of our clients that have used you post crowdfunding. And really excited to kind of learn more and introduce you to our audience in terms of what you do. I mean, you’re a lifelong entrepreneur working on solving one of those hard problems that businesses face in terms of how to fund the production of their inventory. And I know you had to deal with that yourself. So I would love for you to introduce yourself to...

    • 24 min
    Refresh Your Eyes With Aurai, An Eye Massager with a Cool Compress

    Refresh Your Eyes With Aurai, An Eye Massager with a Cool Compress

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we interviewed Jill, Nicholas, and Eric from Aurai, an eye massager for those with eye condition. Aurai is eco-friendly, gentle, temperature-controlled and has the feature to fit any face shape. Learn how the Aurai team raised more than $350,000 with 1,900 backers on their first launch and what's to come with their second.

    Topics Discussed and Key Crowdfunding Takeaways



    * How a relative who used Coke cans to relieve eye strain and fatigue inspired the Aurai team to create this high tech eye massager

    * The process of virtually soliciting feedback from backers during COVID

    * How the Aurai team applied lessons learned from their first crowdfunding campaign

    * What upcoming healthcare products Aurai has lined up

    * Why creators have to be more prepared than ever when launching their products and why working with an agency helps



    Links



    * Aurai on Indiegogo

    * Aurai Website

    * The Story Factor by Annette Simmons



    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by The Gadget Flow, a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. The Gadget Flow is the ultimate buyer's guide for cool luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Click here to learn more and list your product - use coupon code ATOKK16 for 20% off!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcriptRoy Morejon:

    Welcome to Art of the Kickstart, your source for crowdfunding campaign success. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president of Enventys Partners, the top full-service turnkey product development and crowdfunding marketing agency in the world. We have helped startups raise over $100 million for our clients since 2010.



    Roy Morejon:

    Each week I’ll interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level with crowdfunding. Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by Gadget Flow. The Gadget Flow is a product-discovery platform that helps you discover, save and buy awesome products. It is the ultimate buyer’s guide for luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today I am joined by the team from Aurai. I have Jill, Nicholas and Eric from the Aurai team with me today. Jill, Nicholas, Eric, thank you guys for joining me today on Art of the Kickstart.



    Nicholas:

    Thank you.



    Jill:

    Thank you for inviting us.



    Nicholas:

    It’s our pleasure.



    Eric:

    Thank you, Roy.



    Nicholas:

    Yeah.



    Roy Morejon:

    You’re very welcome. So I’m really excited to talk about your company. Obviously you’ve formed this team of creative talents, industrial designers, mechanical engineers, you’ve built this full team, and you’re about to launch your second crowdfunding campaign.



    Roy Morejon:

    The original Aurai launched back in 2018, was super successful, over 350,000 US dollars raised with 1,900 backers. You’re a Good Design Award winner, and now you’re coming back with version two of this. So if you would, for the audience, give a little bit of the background of where did this all start and what inspired you to create Aurai?



    Eric:

    Okay.

    • 19 min
    Leave Lukewarm Coffee in 2020 with a Self-heating HAVA Mug

    Leave Lukewarm Coffee in 2020 with a Self-heating HAVA Mug

    In this episode of Art of the Kickstart, we interviewed Nate Thuli, founder of HAVA Mug, a self-heating smart mug. HAVA uses a swipe sensor to allow you to control exactly what temperature you want your coffee to be, and over time, the mug will discover your custom preferred temperature. Learn about how a hot beverage aficionado went from breaking open mugs to discover their thermal properties to smashing his Kickstarter goal in just a few days.

    Topics Discussed and Key Crowdfunding Takeaways



    * How Nate wants to improve the social coffee drinking experience through the HAVA Mug

    * What HAVA Mug has in common with dating apps like Tinder

    * How HAVA Mug differentiates itself from its competitors

    * Why HAVA Mug relied on customer feedback to find the perfect temperature for a hot drink

    * How HAVA Mug overcame initial product design and technology challenges



    Links



    * HAVA Mug on Kickstarter

    * HAVA Mug Website

    * The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

    * The Startup Way by Eric Ries



    Sponsors

    Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by The Gadget Flow, a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. The Gadget Flow is the ultimate buyer's guide for cool luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Click here to learn more and list your product - use coupon code ATOKK16 for 20% off!

    Transcript

    View this episode's transcript

    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to Art of the Kickstart, your source for crowdfunding campaign success. I’m your host, Roy Morejon, president of Enventys Partners, the top full service turnkey product development and crowdfunding marketing agency in the world. We have helped startups raise over $100 million for our clients since 2010.



    Roy Morejon:

    Each week I’ll interview a crowdfunding success story, an inspirational entrepreneur, or a business expert in order to help you take your startup to the next level with crowdfunding. Art of the Kickstart is honored to be sponsored by Gadget Flow. Gadget Flow is a product discovery platform that helps you discover, save, and buy awesome products. It is the ultimate buyer’s guide for luxury gadgets and creative gifts. Now let’s get on with the show.



    Roy Morejon:

    Welcome to another edition of Art of the Kickstart. Today we are talking with Nate Thuli, founder of HAVA Mug. Nate, thank you so much for joining us today.



    Nate Thuli:

    Hey, great. Nice to be here.



    Roy Morejon:

    Yeah. I’m really excited to talk about this truly advanced self-heating smart mug. We have a lot of smart products on our show and that launch on Crowdfunding and Kickstarter. Some of them don’t necessarily need to be made smart, but I think a product like this that you’ve innovated to keep the drink at your desired temperature for multiple hours is truly inspirational and I think resonates to the audience that’s out there.



    Roy Morejon:

    So let’s hear a little bit about your backstory, Nate. What inspired you to create HAVA Mug and what’s brought you to this point.



    Nate Thuli:

    Yeah. For sure. Thanks.

    • 24 min

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66 Ratings

TheRobertH ,

Great stories by entrepreneurs

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

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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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Really great show!

Loving this podcast. Episode topics are interesting, the content is incredibly helpful, and the episode length is perfect. Keep up the great work, Matt.

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