PubHub #46 - Crowdfunding: Pakpod and Zootility Talk Kickstarter

February 3, 2016 / 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM / Mechanics' Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, ME
Steve Underwood is passionate about free diving and underwater film making, and searched for the perfect tripod for his work filming eco-focused documentaries. When he couldn’t find it, he decided to build it. He launched Deep Blue Design last year to invent Pakpod, a super-versatile, lightweight, anchor-able tripod. Steve chose Kickstarter to raise the funds to cover the costs of his first big production run, and a total of 1,058 backers pledged $123,937 to help bring PakPod to life.
In 2012, Nate Barr launched Zootility Tools with a Kickstarter to manufacture his PocketMonkey wallet utility tool. More than 1,900 people backed the campaign, for a total of $27,550 to launch the super slim tool. Since then, he has run three more successful Kickstarter campaigns to add the Headgehog, Beer&Friends, and Wildcard tools to its lineup. Including the PocketMonkey campaign, Zootility has signed a total of 5,159 backers and raised $138,633 in funds on Kickstarter.
At this month’s PubHub, Steve and Nate will share their Kickstarter experiences with the audience (and each other).


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Who will you meet this month? What will you learn?

PubHub is a unique event in the Maine ecosystem – smart people share their expertise in a casual format with no Powerpoint presentations or classroom setup. You’ll learn about how they got funding, how they grew their business, how they sold, how they staffed up, and many of the mistakes they made along the way. And you’ll get it all up close and personal.

You’ll meet people from all kinds of companies – the next great startup, the growing small business, and Maine’s biggest firms. Connect with people who have launched a bunch of companies, or meet the newest entrepreneur on the block. You really never know who you’ll meet at PubHub – that’s part of what’s so great. Connect one on one and make some super helpful new friends.

We have food and libations, but most of all we have ideas. We’ll share ours if you share yours – bring a friend and join us at PubHub.

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We’re always looking for help with PubHub. If you have a gift for wrangling name tags, like greeting people at the door, want to be in charge of icing down the beer or picking up the party platter, or are a champ at managing post-party cleanup, we’d love your help.

Maybe you have an idea for who should be the next speaker? Let us know. We ask that all speakers share business information that can be helpful to others – this isn’t the place for a sales pitch. If you know someone who wants to share their expertise, introduce us.

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