What were some big or small milestones you hit after going through Factory45?
Receiving my first samples back from the factory made me cry. To see the culmination of my perseverance, while still exceling and being promoted in my full-time job, was a huge milestone. I was able to use it as food for my soul and it motivated me to keep pushing!
Achieving a fully-funded Kickstarter in 12 days. While the Kickstarter was one of the most grueling projects I’ve ever done, it validated the value I had hoped others would see in SproutFit. Without my tribe, I couldn’t have executed it. Without the foundations from Factory45 and Crowdfunding Factory, I doubt it would have ended at 142% funded!
Getting an email from Axe Capital from Showtime’s hit series Billions during the Kickstarter. The skeptic in me said, “Ha! That’s awesome. Some crowdfunding boost company is trying to scam me!” But after I read the Forbes article outlining Showtime’s mission to find innovative companies and ideas and fund them through a real-life Axe Capital platform, I responded immediately! I didn’t realize companies were submitting their projects for Axe Capital to back, so to have them reach out to me (and be one of the very first companies to have their support) was exciting.
Receiving an invitation from Kevin Harrington, one of the original Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank, and the creator of As Seen On TV, to be a part of his upcoming media campaign. While I didn’t “take the deal”, it was a fun experience and I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to speak with his team and understand his business better. While the door is still open, I feel proud of staying loyal to the ethos I’d developed for SproutFit, and continuing on the current road.