Thanks to everyone who came out to Crowdfunded Summit 2021 presented by LaunchBoom! With over 3,500 attendees, 30 presentations over two days, 22 guest speakers and 11 LaunchBoom presenters, this was the biggest global virtual crowdfunding event yet. Keynoting the design and strategy intensive presentation was our President and Founder, Kevin Mako. He walked viewers through the most important thing you need to know to help bring your product to market. As well, he shared how crowdfunding is one of the key tools to help you get there. Former guests of MAKO’s Product Startup Podcast, including LaunchBoom Co-Founders Mark Pecota and Will Ford, Platform88 CEO Jacob Rothman, and Retailbound President Yohan Jacob, also presented at the summit on their areas of expertise. Missed out on Kevin’s keynote? Then you’ll want to check out the recap of his invention design and crowdfunding keynote below.
But first, a HUGE congratulations to Matthew Allard, the Founder of PUTTR, for winning the Crowdfunded Summit 2021 Pitch Competition! Like a scene out of Dragons’ Den or Shark Tank, five finalists each had an opportunity to pitch their products to a panel of judges and hundreds of viewers of LaunchBoom’s event. This year’s competition featured a prize pool of over $200,000 in goods and services and Matthew took home the grand prize of $118,870 for his invention design!
PUTTR | Putt Better
They call it the “Peloton for putting,” and we couldn’t agree more. This compact product design helps you improve your putting game even while you’re indoors. Experience putting like never before thanks to the integrated camera that tracks every aspect of your putt. Pair the PUTTR with your smartphone to view a detailed analysis of what you’re doing right… and wrong right in the PUTTR app. Rather blow off some steam? The PUTTR app also comes with loads of games to relax while improving your short game. Of course, you’ll have access to a library of drills for the more serious practice sessions. And for the aspiring tour pro, scratch that competitive itch by competing head-to-head with a global community of golfers just like you. Best yet, you can get your hands on this invention design on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site today!
Peloton for putting.
Kevin’s Keynote | From Sketch to Production
In this comprehensive invention design and crowdfunding keynote from Kevin, he covered a breadth of topics to help inventors bring their idea to market. Topics such as why every inventor’s goal should be to get to manufacturing. How to use crowdfunding to fund your production run. And, the importance of building a Smart MVP (Minimum Viable Product). Not to be confused with the typical MVP process predominantly used in the SaaS industry, MAKO’s Smart MVP is a product development process to help ensure inventors stay focused and create a product that solves one or two specific pain points in an exceptionally high-quality manner.
In addition, Kevin walked viewers through the end-to-end product development process using Kik-Fix as a case study. Yes, the same Kik-Fix that went viral and earned over 18 million views on TikTok and 21 million views on Instagram.
To hear Kevin’s full keynote, click here.
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!