Dishing about Kickstarter – Throwback Thursday 2014!

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Hi Folks – it is hard to believe that a year has passed since I launched RestoPresto® to the market via a Kickstarter campaign!  Because of generous friends, family, strangers (who are now customers); very little sleep and 100% belief and love for my product, the campaign was overfunded and a gaggle of RestoPresto® mats was manufactured in the USA!

 

RestoPresto was funded with Kickstarter!

RestoPresto® is the only convertible mat on the market that you can sit on, sit under & wear. It is lightweight, portable, compact and with snaps, drawstrings & loops it can be configured however you need it in an instant! From small pouch to multi-functional mat….PRESTO!

The business is moving forward, our new & improved website will launch soon and we are gearing up for the the holidays with fun inventory!  Please follow @RestoPresto on Twitter & Instagram and like our page on Facebook for updates and news! #RestoPresto www.restopresto.com

Here is a “throwback Thursday” for The Candi Dish post about choosing Kickstarter as a crowdfunding platform for RestoPresto®…of course the actual product was not mentioned until the big reveal a few days later!

TONS of uses...

TONS of uses…


 

Happy Wednesday!

I have HUGE news to share! I have officially chosen Kickstarter as my platform to raise funding for the first production run of my product.

This means that you will be able to pre-order your own first edition of my product via Kickstarter before it is manufactured!

Several people have asked me questions about how Kickstarter works, so I have written an overview of what it is (and what it is not) ahead of my campaign launch.  Please see below.

I am beyond excited to share ALL of the details about my product with you in a few days and am thrilled that I will be celebrating the launch with my hometown friends in St. Pete, FL on Saturday. As I have said, many a time…please stay tuned!

Warm regards,

Candi

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Kickstarter is a reward based (versus equity based) crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. The model is comprised of 3 main roles: the project initiator who proposes the project to be funded (me); individuals who support the project (hopefully you) and a moderating organization that brings the parties together to launch the idea (Kickstarter).

Through Kickstarter, I will engage friends, family and social media contacts (all of who, in turn, I hope will spread the word) to provide a clear overview of my invention, the amount of money I seek, how the funds will be used and what the rewards will be at each contribution level. Plus there will be a VIDEO!

People interested in supporting my project will be able to donate money easily and safely through my secured Kickstarter web page. In return, I will offer various rewards at each contribution level.

The goal is to reach (and hopefully exceed) my financial target. With Kickstarter, fundraising is “all or nothing” in that if I do not meet my fundraising goal, then I do not get the funds and backers do not get charged.

I chose Kickstarter as the platform to raise money for my product invention as an alternative to gathering investors for two reasons: 1) I wish to maintain 100% ownership (rather than exchange equity) in my company and 2) I wish to take advantage of the far-reaching exposure that Kickstarter can bring to my product.

A common question for prospective backers is about incentive. What is the incentive for someone to contribute to a campaign to fund a project? The answer is twofold: receiving a reward is cool and there is a sense of gratification that comes from helping someone bring an idea to life. Being a supporter of a product launch can be an exciting and fulfilling experience.

For me, the process of creating a product from scratch has been a remarkable journey. Now I am at the pre-production point and financial backers are critical for me to keep the manufacturing process in the US. I truly look forward to bringing my supporters along with me for this wild ride!

Lastly, my Kickstarter campaign will be interactive between prospective supporters, backers and me. I will maintain an open line of communication for people to contact me and for me to keep my backers fully in the loop on the project and fulfillment schedule.

Here is a link for more info: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions

 

Dishing about a RestoPresto MILESTONE!

Golden Tree 2014 marks RestoPresto’s first vendor exhibit!

Golden Tree 2014 marks RestoPresto’s first vendor exhibit!

 

As an inventor and small business owner, I hit a huge milestone last Friday exhibiting RestoPresto at the New York Junior League Golden Tree fundraiser; marking the first time RestoPresto was a vendor. Witnessing people’s excitement about the product that I created from scratch at a festive and philanthropic event is an indescribable feeling.

For those of you who have taken the leap to make, launch and build a company, a product or a service understand how incredible, educational and validating it is to obtain positive feedback from prospective and new clients. I had 11 full hours to talk about and show people RestoPresto and the fact that it was in a supportive and pro-small business environment like Golden Tree, with proceeds supporting charitable community projects in New York, was extra special.

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My thank you list is enormous and begins with the New York Junior League for providing me with an opportunity to spread the joy of RestoPresto to so many people and a special thanks goes out to Charlotte for continuous positive encouragement. I appreciate that my US factory was able to squeeze RestoPresto into the production schedule to produce a small pre-Kickstarter order so that I could take advantage of this invaluable experience. From my heart, I thank my sister, Dana for hours and hours of preparation and planning and for being an outstanding RestoPresto ambassador. I literally was able to physically arrive and set up my exhibit table at Golden Tree because of my cousin Nina whose joyful and calming disposition made a stressful morning fun! The talented Kayle of Dot Zev Sweets, whose delicious and beautiful “RP” cookies were a HUGE hit, made my display even sweeter!

Each day since I first came up with the idea for RestoPresto, I have worked on some aspect of the product or business so accomplishing the first public exhibition is superb!

 

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Dishing about SUCCESS on Kickstarter!

 

RestoPresto was funded with Kickstarter!

RestoPresto was funded with Kickstarter!

 

Hi Candi Dishers!

My Kickstarter campaign ended at 9:00 am on Monday the 27th of October and I am thrilled to have exceeded my fundraising goal.  This means that I will manufacture a substantial order of RestoPresto™ mats with a wonderful factory in the USA!

As many people know, the idea for RestoPresto™ hit me in 2013 and I am extremely proud that a year after the first prototype was made, I will be filling orders to put RestoPresto™ into the hands of my new customers. This is exciting, validating and challenging!

To my current and future customers I will be building my business and working on manufacturing so that RestoPresto™ is available for ALL people on-the-go! The official RestoPresto™ website is the place to go for info and is being built now. www.restopresto.com

In case you forgot, RestoPresto™ is a unique portable, compact water-repellent mat that you can sit on, sit under and wear! It is a multi-functional on-the go solution for spontaneous and planned events!

I “remain ready” to bring RestoPresto™ to you,
Candi

PS: I am developing a SECOND, new product under the RestoPresto™ brand so please stay tuned!

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What can happen in 35 minutes on Kickstarter? Let’s find out!

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Hello to The Candi Dish Readers,

TODAY marks the end of the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to manufacture my product invention, RestoPresto™ in the USA and it has gone fantastically well!

The fundraising goal was EXCEEDED and there are 35 minutes left to pre-order a first edition RestoPresto™ via Kickstarter before the 9:10 am deadline!

RestoPresto™ is the 3-in-1 portable, compact mat that you can sit on, sit under & wear!

Here is the link: http://kck.st/1sBYxRq

Thank you so much,
Candi

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Dishing about RestoPresto: turning a great idea into reality!

I came up with the idea for RestoPresto last year when I was in Sheep Meadow in Central Park, New York and am delighted to be on the way to manufacturing in the USA so that this convenient, multi-functional, on-the-go solution will be in the hands of my first customers soon!

It was a “full circle” and validating moment when I was at Sheep Meadow last weekend with RestoPresto! Here is a photo!

 

The idea for RestoPresto HIT me at Sheep Meadow in Central Park in 2013! Now it is a reality!

The idea for RestoPresto HIT me at Sheep Meadow in Central Park in 2013! Now it is a reality!

The Kickstarter campaign has been going incredibly well and I now understand what my predecessors meant by saying that managing a crowd-funding campaign is a 24-hour job. It is! Since I am a one-person operation, it is challenging to “do it all” but let me tell you, it is getting done AND it is terrific.

I am tenaciously running all aspects of this process so the fact that people will be using and enjoying their own RestoPresto mats in the very near future is beyond exciting and keeps me very motivated. Each day is different, presenting challenges and accomplishments some are expected (most are not) and after the past 24 hours, which were a bit crazy, I decided to take a quick BLOG break to write. I kid you not, at one point yesterday I was simultaneously speaking to one person on my landline, another person on my smartphone, emailing a third person from one laptop and googling on my other laptop! Talk about multi-functioning!

 

There are 5 days remaining in my Kickstarter campaign so please consider supporting RestoPresto if you have not already done so and definitely spread the word.

Here is a link to my campaign and you can like the RestoPresto page on Facebook; follow @RestoPresto on Twitter and #RestoPresto on Instagram.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/candiobrentz/restoprestotm-the-portable-mat-to-sit-on-sit-under

As I have said many times, I cannot WAIT to see how my customers RestoPresto!

Ciao for now!

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Happy 1st Anniversary to The Candi Dish!

Happy 1st Anniversary to The Candi Dish!

It was a year ago that I hit “PUBLISH” on my first blog post on The Candi Dish and what a year it has been!

Dishing out stories, snapshots and suggestions is the goal of The Candi Dish. While I have not dished out as much as I had hoped due to my focus on my production invention, RestoPresto™, it has been fun and I plan to keep the blog going for as long as possible.

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RestoPresto is the size of a beach towel but can be carried in your hand when in its easy to stuff pouch!

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Snaps, drawstrings & loops allow TONS of configurations! RestoPresto is a multifunctional solution for people on-the-go!

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RestoPresto weighs under 9 ounces and fits in your hand! SO convenient!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please check out my product, RestoPresto™ on Kickstarter! I am raising funds for the first production run in the USA! To get your own RestoPresto™, contributions begin at $40 at the “GOLD” level.  http://kck.st/1sBYxRq

 

Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for following The Candi Dish!

Warm regards, Candi

 

 

Dishing about RestoPresto™!!!

Introducing RestoPresto™!

 

Dear Followers of The Candi Dish,

I am thrilled to share news about my product invention, RestoPresto™.

RestoPresto™ is a 3-in-1 portable, compact, water-repellent mat that you can sit on, sit under and wear.  When contained in its pouch, RestoPresto™ (aka “RP”) fits in an adult hand and when open, it is the size of a beach towel. With snaps, drawstrings and loops at each corner, the configurations for RP are endless making it a multi-functional solution for impromptu and planned events.

Picnics, the beach, travel, unexpected weather changes, sport events, child care (including diaper changes), festivals, pet care, playgrounds, commuting, exercising on the go and so much more! RP is for all ages and all seasons!

 

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I came up with the idea for RP in 2013 and have been designing, creating prototypes, testing fabrics and trims and searching for manufacturers in the U.S. that are willing to work with a first time inventor.

I am very pleased to have established a relationship with two prospective factories in the U.S., finalized the design after creating 15 prototypes, registered my trademark and have a provisional utility patent and a design patent pending.  I am now ready to put RP into the hands of consumers!

This is where you come in! To get your own First Edition RestoPresto™, I will be pre-selling through a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first production run in the U.S.  Up until this point, I have self-funded each stage of the pre-manufacturing process and would like to secure funding before taking the leap to production.

Now that you now have the link to my LIVE Kickstarter campaign, please check out the site spread the word to your friends, family and social media networks.  #RestoPresto

RestoPresto™ on Kickstarter

I hope that you will support my project to get your own First Edition RestoPresto™! 

I cannot wait to find out how RestoPresto™ makes your life easier!

Thank you and warm regards,

Candi

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Dishing about Kickstarter

Happy Wednesday!

I have HUGE news to share! I have officially chosen Kickstarter as my platform to raise funding for the first production run of my product.

This means that you will be able to pre-order your own first edition of my product via Kickstarter before it is manufactured!

Several people have asked me questions about how Kickstarter works, so I have written an overview of what it is (and what it is not) ahead of my campaign launch.  Please see below.

I am beyond excited to share ALL of the details about my product with you in a few days and am thrilled that I will be celebrating the launch with my hometown friends in St. Pete, FL on Saturday. As I have said, many a time…please stay tuned!

Warm regards,

Candi

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Kickstarter is a reward based (versus equity based) crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. The model is comprised of 3 main roles: the project initiator who proposes the project to be funded (me); individuals who support the project (hopefully you) and a moderating organization that brings the parties together to launch the idea (Kickstarter).

Through Kickstarter, I will engage friends, family and social media contacts (all of who, in turn, I hope will spread the word) to provide a clear overview of my invention, the amount of money I seek, how the funds will be used and what the rewards will be at each contribution level. Plus there will be a VIDEO!

People interested in supporting my project will be able to donate money easily and safely through my secured Kickstarter web page. In return, I will offer various rewards at each contribution level.

The goal is to reach (and hopefully exceed) my financial target. With Kickstarter, fundraising is “all or nothing” in that if I do not meet my fundraising goal, then I do not get the funds and backers do not get charged.

I chose Kickstarter as the platform to raise money for my product invention as an alternative to gathering investors for two reasons: 1) I wish to maintain 100% ownership (rather than exchange equity) in my company and 2) I wish to take advantage of the far-reaching exposure that Kickstarter can bring to my product.

A common question for prospective backers is about incentive. What is the incentive for someone to contribute to a campaign to fund a project? The answer is twofold: receiving a reward is cool and there is a sense of gratification that comes from helping someone bring an idea to life. Being a supporter of a product launch can be an exciting and fulfilling experience.

For me, the process of creating a product from scratch has been a remarkable journey. Now I am at the pre-production point and financial backers are critical for me to keep the manufacturing process in the US. I truly look forward to bringing my supporters along with me for this wild ride!

Lastly, my Kickstarter campaign will be interactive between prospective supporters, backers and me. I will maintain an open line of communication for people to contact me and for me to keep my backers fully in the loop on the project and fulfillment schedule.

Here is a link for more info: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions

 

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