Month: February 2017

Leslie Pierson is passionate about solving life’s challenges through product design.  She created and launched The Good Hangups Reusable Magnetic Hanging System.

During our conversation, we discussed manufacturing challenges as well as lessons learned about crowdfunding through kickstarter.

 

Her Philosophy

Trust your crazy ideas and then you hustle, hustle, hustle to make it happen.

 

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • To find good suppliers:
    • Ask the following questions:  What are your lead times?  What are the regular costs and the shipping costs?  What additional fees will be charged?  What is the lead time needed  to get the materials?
    • Get samples of each material prior to committing to a supplier.  Determine which supply is best for your materials
    • Make sure you have qualified backup suppliers as well.
  • If you can speed up the process for making or assembling your product, your cost will be produced

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www.goodhangups.com/

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Molly Gordon is a Master Certified Coach known for her creativity, humor, and commitment to helping clients get off the merry-go-round of serial self-improvement and into the slipstream of infinite possibility. Her current focus is helping men and women who are working on large scale world problems ranging from climate change to hunger to terrorism, helping them to tap into the creativity, resilience, courage, and wisdom they need to keep up the good work without burnout.

During our conversation, we discussed Molly’s journey to becoming a coach. We also talked about getting into the right mindset so that we can achieve our objectives.

 

Her Philosophy

Out beyond right and wrong there is a field and I will meet you there.     ~Rumi

 

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Just do stuff because you are infinitely creative and resilient.  So, there are more ideas where that one came from.
  • See what happens, evaluate and then go and show up and try the next thing.
  • Remember that delight in the entrepreneurial journey is in taking action.  It’s not in trying to figure out how to get it right.

 

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http://shaboominc.com/

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Katie Everds is passionate about the outdoors and created the product she always needed but could never find.   She developed and launched The Tillow, a large beach towel combined with a pillow and waterproof storage, to simplify the lives of beach and pool goers.

During our conversation, we discussed strategies for working with manufacturers.  We also talked about how to create a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Her Philosophy

If someone can do this, then why can’t I? There are people out there just like you who are wildly successful.

…always continue to build myself  up and say, “It can be done.”

 

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • To find a manufacturer, ask around and try to find a contact who can help you
  • When working with manufacturers:  1) Be in constant communication; 2) Get samples prior to full production; 3) make sure the transfer of money happens through reputable and track-able sources;
  • No matter how far along you are, people will continue to doubt you; there seems to be a negative stigma to entrepreneurship
  • Start small – dream big but set your expectations well
  • If you have product idea, try to make a prototype yourself and ask people if they like it; find the feasibility in your product so it’s not a huge waste – listen and adapt
  • Do your research to see if your idea is really something that people want – tell others about the idea and get their reactions
  • How to create a successful Kickstarter campaign:
    • Do a lot of research
    • Realize that your video is very important
    • Promote your campaign –   Spend time developing a strong contact base in order to increase awareness of the campaign
    • Set a reasonable goal; it shouldn’t be too low or too high

 

Her Kickstarter Video

 

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www.thetillow.com

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