In today’s episode, I Jon interviews Curtis Kennedy, the 23 year-old founder of Vertiball, the precision massager that mounts on walls to make personal muscle care effortless. The product is one of those rare ideas where you say, “why didn’t I think of that” when you first see it. Vertiball is so logical and intuitive. If you ever have muscle pain or soreness, you have to check it out at vertiball.com. And as a gift to our listeners, Curtis is giving a 20% discount on his site if you use promo code “harvestgrowth20”
When Curtis launched this business, he was still in college and had no extra money to invest, so he started entering business competitions. He went on to win or place at several competitions and earned $40,000 that helped get the product off the ground. From that point, he raised an additional $400,000 in non-dilutive capital (meaning he gave away no equity). Curtis shares some great advice on raising money even when you have no track record of success.
In this interview, you’ll also learn:
•How to develop over 200 prototypes on a very limited budget in order to dial in the product until you get it “just right.”
•How to get validation for your product without spending money on market research.
•How to get past some of the hardships of being an entrepreneur and balance the startup life.
•And, of course, how to raise money for your business, even when you may be young with little experience.
Harvest Growth Podcast listeners, get 20% off your order at vertiball.com with promo code “harvestgrowth20”
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