Dishing about what happens when Hoda Kotb brings strangers together…

In September 2016, my product invention RestoPresto was featured on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.  I was watching all of the action through the huge windows from the Today Show plaza and thought that my heart would explode out of my chest with excitement and pride!

After the segment there was a bunch of people congregating around Kathie Lee and Hoda and then a commotion ensued. I saw someone jump up and….well, to find out what the commotion was and why the hashtag #DerekGoBoom was created, you have to listen to Randy Jones and I tell the story during my interview on his Show Me MORE podcast on The Nice Guys on Business that aired last Saturday.

Randy and I met on The Today Show plaza that day so in addition to telling this serendipitous story, we will dish about relationships, business and how important it is to pay attention to the opportunities that are right in front of you AND all around you…particularly when National TV is involved!

Here is the hyperlink to the podcast – please take a listen:
Randy & Candi segment on Show Me More podcast


Commemorating a Kickstarter launch & a product reveal at the same time!

RestoPresto was funded with Kickstarter!

This past week I celebrated the anniversary of the RestoPresto & Kickstarter launch! I actually set BOTH into motion on the same day since I had been keeping RestoPresto a secret until I went live with my crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the first production run in the U.S. It was a double whammy of excitement.

Since I managed my own successful Kickstarter campaign, many people have asked me how I did it. In a nutshell, it took strategic planning, brainstorming and input from my trusted advisor group to ensure that I was on track. Because of my experience, particularly knowing what worked and what I would have done differently, I am sharing my “been there done that” advise with my private clients on whether crowdfunding is the right way to go for their own projects and if so, how to properly prepare (and stay sane) for that rollercoaster ride.

Do you have an invention idea and are asking, “NOW WHAT”? Do you have a prototype and are not sure what to do with it? Is an idea for a product or service buzzing in your mind and you do not know how to take the first step? Contact me! I work one-on-one to help others progress their projects, at any stage.

Collaborate. Accelerate. Execute. Hop over to my new website: Work with Candi!

Here is a the celebratory post that I wrote on my advisory business blog to commemorate the day.


It has been rewarding and very special to take the knowledge gleaned from own creation process of bringing RestoPresto to market, being granted a patent and seeing it featured by Kathie Lee & Hoda on The Today Show to apply it to my clients to help them bring their own ideas to life. It’s a win-win!

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