34 min

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

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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



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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!

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 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.

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.

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