We The People was founded with the vision to create a hub for creators to have access to the resources needed to support their ideas and find success in local and international markets. To begin our mission to connect innovators in the United States, we hosted the first For Creators, By Creators (FCBC) event on October 25, 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:30pm at Babson Boston.
The event brought together the brightest minds from Boston and beyond to inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. Attendees had the opportunity to network with innovators and discuss strategies for crowdfunding a product or idea in the United States, Asia, and other regions. A select group of creators also had the chance to showcase their brands and products at the event.
FCBC featured speakers including entrepreneurs with successful crowdfunding histories such as local Rocketbook Co-Founder and CEO Joe Lemay, Hanson Grant, Founder and CEO of Think Board, as well as Arthur Limpens and Yixia Jiang, co-founders of allocacoc. These entrepreneurs discussed on topics including how to get started using crowdfunding, finding the right manufacturer, how to protect a product's IP when manufacturing in China, factors involved when choosing a fulfillment partner, top 10 reasons why projects fail, best ways to minimize the risk of failure, how to expand to multiple countries, and how to plan for long-term sustainability with international retail. They also discussed their experiences creating crowdfunding campaigns and the lessons learned building a product from scratch.
When: 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, October 25, 2018
Where: Babson Boston, 100 High Street, Boston, MA 02210
What: An event designed to bring together the local creator community to share success stories, helpful tips, and to inspire the current and next generation of creators and inventors.
Speaker / Panelist Topics Include:
Roundtable Discussion Topics Include:
Srividya (Sri) Kalyanaraman
Sri is an Editor at BostInno, where she covers tech and entrepreneurship in Boston. She edits and publishes stories for the website from a network of staff and freelance writers, and works with management on editorial strategy/execution for AmericanInno.
In 2015, CEO Joe Lemay launched Rocketbook after a real-life snafu of forgetting the correct notebook for an important corporate meeting. With the help of co-founder Jake Epstein, he launched the Rocketbook Wave, the world’s first microwave-to-erase, cloud-connected notebook.
Since its launch, Rocketbook has developed a variety of reusable notebooks and products, raised over $6 million in various crowdfunding campaigns, and shipped over 1 million units. Rocketbook combines the freedom of a traditional pen and paper notebook with the Rocketbook app to quickly and securely send handwritten notes directly to the cloud. All of Rocketbooks eco-friendly products are compatible with the free Rocketbook app iOS and Android app and integrate with a variety of popular services such as Evernote, Dropbox, Slack, and Google Drive.
Arthur Limpens created allocacoc right after graduating from the Delft University of Technology. Currently, he focuses on ensuring that design remains at allocacoc's core. He was instrumental in setting up the DesignNest program and loves to share his experience in design as well as entrepreneurship with other designers worldwide.
Yixia Jiang focuses on the development of products, from the initial sketches to its final assembly. A true engineer, Yixia started pulling things apart from the age of 5. He studied Industrial Product Design at the Delft University of Technology.
Through partnership with We The People, allocacoc helps creators identify trusted global manufacturing companies and distribution channels to manage product development logistics and to launch their products in retail stores worldwide. Allocacoc focuses on the bottlenecks creators face when designing a product and how, through their own experience as designers, they can assist creators with getting their product market-ready.
As a serial entrepreneur, Hanson most recently built his company, Think Board, which started out on his dorm room wall as a “stick-on whiteboard” to write down business ideas easily. His successes have allowed him to be recognized by EO as one of the Top 25 Student Entrepreneurs in the US (2016) and by BETA Boston as one of Boston's Top 25 Innovators Under 25 (2015). A recent graduate of Babson College, Hanson is also an avid traveler.
Think Board has been named the Top Collegiate Consumer Brand in the US (2016), the winner of Babson's B.E.T.A Challenge (2015), and a finalist in MassChallenge (2015). With just 2 full-time people, Think Board has continuously seen over 100% annual growth since inception. Think Board creates dry erase films that turn any surface into a whiteboard.
Jake Duhaime handles all PR and Media Relations for 3Doodler. Under his leadership, 3Doodler has been featured on ABC News, The Today Show, Mashable, TechCrunch and many others. The company has also won several awards of distinction including Toy of the Year, the Academics' Choice Awards and the Parents' Choice Awards. Executives who have worked with Duhaime have been named to FastCompany's 50 Most Creative People, Inc's 30 Under 30 and Bloomberg's 25 Under 25 Awards as a result of brand building and positive earned media.
3Doodler is the world's first and best-selling 3D printing pen, making creativity tangible through its range of pens and accessories. Founded in 2012 in Boston, the company raised $3.89 million on Kickstarter to support the production of the world’s first 3D printing pen. 3Doodler now makes products for all ages and skill levels whether you're 3D sketching, tracing shapes from templates or creating architectural models or entirely unique 3D structures. 3Doodler 3D pens and accessories are now available online and in retail stores in more than 60 countries.
Jerry Spatch, Founder,Spatch Games
Jerry Spatch is a freesyle rapper and a current entrepreneurship major at Northeastern University. In April 2017, he created Vers: The Rap Game and launched it on Kickstarter, where it raised more than double its original funding goal within one month.
Vers is a freestyle rap-based card game where the players compete to see which can create the best freestyle rap. It uses a template system that makes it accessible to anyone. From 5 year old girls to 71 year old grandparents, anyone can rap with his game.
Tom DeVesto, Audio Expert and Founder,Como Audio
Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame Legend and visionary Tom DeVesto has stayed true to a single-focused mission over the last 40 years: to bring a new experience to the consumer electronics market – one that enhances and improves upon expectations. Throughout the years, Tom DeVesto has never lost sight of the goal: make a high quality product that supports the latest technology, is easy to use, has distinctive design, is space-efficient and doesn’t become obsolete.
Millions of the products created by Tom DeVesto are used around the world today. He returns to the consumer electronics marketplace with a new Boston-based company, Como Audio. Como will continue Tom’s goal of bringing high performance, vision, design and long lasting products to the consumer.
Ryan co-founded WTP with Nison, Joel Liew, and Jay Kang in 2016 and functions as the Managing Director of Marketing and Business Development. In his role, Ryan manages and leads marketing strategies, messaging, and tactics for WTP. He is also the Co-Founder of Kisetsu, a maker of slim, stylish RFID-protected leather wallets, along with his childhood best friend Joel.
Babson provides opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, staff, as well as corporate and nonprofit partners to learn, gather, collaborate, and innovate through graduate-level courses, special programming, and networking events. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society.