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Author: Jeff Wenzel

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In each episode of Successfully Funded, Jeff "fuzzy" Wenzel talks to and deconstruct currently successful world-class crowdfunding campaigns from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, games, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more. I like talking to and learning about success, and I bet you'll like the conversations I have.

Prior guests include Scott Thrift (Today), Alan Teng (Linkbook Pro), Ray Wu (Wynd), John Reumerman (Woodiehub), Edorado Carlotti (War
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Episode 159 - KamiBaby

Episode 159 - KamiBaby

2020-01-2100:39:42

To kick off the new year for the Successfully Funded Podcast, we spoke to Yaman, founder of KamiBaby: All-in-One Smart Monitor for Babies. When your baby or toddler has a good night’s sleep, you can too! Ever wonder if your baby is breathing while they are sleeping? Worry no more, thanks to KamiBaby, you can view your baby’s breathing through proprietary image processing and AI techniques, to see a magnified visual of your baby’s breathing. You can view it live from your Kami App anytime, anywhere! KamiBaby is more than a baby monitor. Using the latest AI and Edge computing technologies, parents will be able to see their baby's breathing amplified, making the parenting experience easier.  Every parent with KamiBaby can keep track of their baby or toddler, receive relevant alerts, and have an extra pair of eyes to help make parenting a little bit easier within those precious first few years. KamiBaby is your all-in-one intelligent companion for your baby or toddler. Check out KamiBaby’s Indiegogo page!
Successfully Funded is back with a brand new season and guests to talk with! On episode 158, I got to speak with Pierandrea Quarta, the founder and CEO of REBO Smart Bottle.  REBO Smart Bottle is one of the most important organizations that collect ocean plastic waste in multiple developing countries. They support clean-ups in Haiti, Philippines and Indonesia, in order to tackle some of the biggest sources of plastic waste that pollute our oceans. REBO is good for you as well as the environment. It helps keep you healthy because: It tracks the water you drink based on a preset drinking goal. It builds a customized hydration plan according to your physical activity by synchronizing with the most widespread apps on the market. It reminds you to stay hydrated by lighting up. It allows you to easily input the water that you drink outside of REBO. It lets you share the positive impact you are making on the planet with your friends. Check out their Indiegogo if you’d like to learn more about REBO and the positive impact you can help make!
Episode 157 - Leagueswype

Episode 157 - Leagueswype

2019-09-1900:32:32

In episode 157 I got to talk with Darius Grandberry from the Startengine campaign Leagueswype. Leagueswype is the ultimate way to commission season-long fantasy play. It is a debit card with a personality and a mobile wallet perfect for the fantasy sports community. Users can collect, store, and transfer money in an efficient and secure manner via instantaneous transfers to and from linked credit or debit card accounts. However, aside from offering a quick, easy, and secure solution for transferring funds, the application also provides a suite of features that streamlines the user’s fantasy sports experience. Instead of keeping track of multiple sites, players can manage all of their leagues on one easy-to-use platform by integrating Leagueswype with their favorite fantasy sites. It’s a convenient way to manage all rosters and wallets. The platform also provides users a way to engage with their peers via direct messaging and message board features. Who doesn’t need an easy way to talk a little smack? Furthermore, fantasy players can access up to date and relevant sports related news, with the source and subject of content tailored to their preferences for a customized experience. Finally, users can save money and score discounts by taking advantage of offerings made exclusively to them. All of this in a secure environment across web and mobile devices. Check out their equity crowdfunding campaign today.
In episode 156, I got to talk with Steven Smith from the company Vegan Fine Foods. VFF opened their flagship store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March 2018, but the journey began long before that. It started in May, 1997. After years in graduate school, Steven gained a lot of weight and his health was failing. That led to the decision to take control of his health, cleanse his system, and get back on track. It led to the decision to change from a fast-food, meat-based diet to a plant-based, vegan diet.
Episode 155 - TBJ Gourmet

Episode 155 - TBJ Gourmet

2019-08-0200:49:10

In episode 155 I got to sit down and talk with Michael Oraschewsky Chief Executive Boar @ TBJ Gourmet. TBJ's trendsetting and award-winning products are sold direct to consumers online and through a network of 5 Event Sales Representatives, on QVC, in 5,500 retail food stores including Walmart, Acme, and Shop-rite and served in 1,000 restaurants. Totally bootstrapped, they went from $100k Year 1 revenue to just under $1 million in Year 5. Right now they are raising capital to fuel the fire following our proven roadmap: testing new products, restaurants to drive product awareness, retail for the win. Check out their Wefunder equity crowdfunding campaign.
Episode 154 - Optimus

Episode 154 - Optimus

2019-05-2400:41:08

In episode 154, I got to talk with OPTIMUS project creator Yi Zhang about their premium luggage now on Kickstarter. Optimus luggage is durable, timeless and at the lowest possible price. 
Episode 153 - TIMIO

Episode 153 - TIMIO

2019-04-0200:42:59

In Episode 153 I got to talk with Basile Fattal from the successful Kickstarter campaign, TIMIO. TIMIO is an educational audio and music player that uses magnetic discs to unlock a library of curated content, from nursery rhymes and lullabies to fairy tales and vocabulary, all in 5 different languages: ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN and DUTCH. TIMIO consists of two parts: the Portable Digital Audio Player and the Interactive Content Discs that activate the content on the Digital Audio Player.  Unlike other kids' audio players on the market, TIMIO is interactive.      Not only does it allow children to select the content they’d like to play, but with the vocabulary discs, TIMIO will also quiz the child to find an item. Children are more engaged and this interactivity reinforces the learning process.    
Episode 152 - INUBOX

Episode 152 - INUBOX

2019-03-2700:55:05

In episode 152 I got to talk with the creators of INUBOX. INUBOX captures, processes & contains liquid and solid dog waste in a hygienic way. After each use, it releases a treat for your dog’s training. Our patented process prevents bad odors & delivers an eco-friendly sealed bag for disposal. INUBOX is THE next step for your smart home.
Episode 151 - World Tree

Episode 151 - World Tree

2019-03-2200:48:52

In episode 151 - I got to talk with Wendy Burton, CEO of World Tree.  Wendy, is unabashed in her commitment to the three P’s: Planet, People, and Profit. Otherwise known as “The Tree Lady” Wendy has spent the last 17 years promoting the economic and environmental benefits of the Empress Splendor tree. Wendy, as a self-confessed tree-hugger, is living proof that it is possible to combine business savvy with a passion for improving the environment. She believes that everyone can make a difference and that one of the most powerful ways to do that is through investing. The World Tree Carbon Offset Program is a sustainable timber investment based on the Empress Splendor tree, the fastest growing tree in the world. Empress trees provide valuable hardwood lumber within just 10 years. They also absorb 11 times more carbon than any other tree. Participants in the program both offset their carbon footprint and share in the profits, if any, of the sale of the lumber. World Tree investments are available in Canada and the USA.
Episode 150 - Carter Malloy

Episode 150 - Carter Malloy

2019-03-1900:47:33

In episode 150 I got to talk with creator Carter Malloy about his new equity crowdfunding platform,  Acretrader. AcreTrader was created with a simple mission: provide investors direct access to the highly attractive asset class of farmland. Before AcreTrader, an investor’s options were extremely limited in gaining exposure to this alternative asset, and what few options there were carried the burden of high fees, limited or no liquidity (often 10+ years of capital commitment) and/or no control over portfolio composition.
In episode 149 - I got to talk with Kyle Schut from the successful Kickstarter Straton Legera Watch. Straton Watch Co. ® was established in 2015 by watch and car enthusiast Kyle. Combining his passions, he created a brand which has successfully launched four Kickstarter campaigns to date for various Straton watches and delivered more than 6000 watches worldwide. Kyle is proud to present his latest retro creation the "Legera". The Legera Standard and Legera Bullhead is available with two movement options for each of the cases, either the Swiss Made Valjoux 7750 Automatic for the Legera Bullhead, and  Valjoux 7753 Automatic for the Legera Standard. The Quartz versions will house the Seiko/TMI VK67 meca-quartz for the Legera Bullhead and Seiko/TMI VK63 meca-quartz for the Legera Standard. Why have we chosen both Automatic and Quartz movements? Some customers prefer Automatic movement and some prefer a Quartz movement, price is a decision factor.
In Episode 148, I got to talk with the creators of Dango Modular Watches. The watches have been in development for over one year and they wanted to create a collection that compliments and completes their everyday gear. When they decided to enter the market, they wanted to do it their way, with every detail unique to the vision and built from ground zero. Introducing the TREK, a field watch, DIVE, a sport watch that accompanies you on every adventure, and CHRONO, an automotive inspired chronograph watch. Check out their Kickstarter.
In episode 147 I got to talk with Alison Buehler about her successful Kickstarter campaign, Relatable Chapter Book Series for Diverse Developing Readers. Only 15% of African American 4th graders in Mississippi scored at the proficient reading level on the National Literacy Exam last year. That number is unacceptable. Children become fluent readers by DEVOURING early chapter book series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, or Magic Tree House.  There are virtually NO popular chapter book series written by African American authors. Only 7% of all children's books are authored by African American, Native American, and Hispanic Americans combined. How likely are kids to love reading if they never encounter a character they can relate to? Take a moment to listen to our amazing conversation to learn more about this successful Kickstarter campaign.
Episode 146 - Jonboy Meyers

Episode 146 - Jonboy Meyers

2019-02-2001:01:02

In episode 146- I got to talk with artist Jonboy Meyers. Jonboy is currently running a successful Kickstarter campaign for his new volume 2 Sketchbook. Jonboy is, an Illustrator and Concept Designer for Toys, Video Games, Comic Books, Film and Animation.  Some of his current works are Concept and Design For Riot Games' LEAGUE OF LEGENDS Property, Rebooting SPAWN with Todd McFarlane, Rebooting TEEN TITANS for DC Comics, and Rebooting INHUMANS with Al Ewing for Marvel Comics. For more information check out his work here: https://www.instagram.com/jonboy007007/
Episode 145 - Mark Roderick

Episode 145 - Mark Roderick

2019-02-1401:01:40

In episode 145, I got to talk with corporate and securities lawyer, Mark Roderick. Since the JOBS Act of 2012, Mark has spent all of his time in the Crowdfunding space and today is one of the leading Crowdfunding and Fintech lawyers in the United States. To learn more about Mark, go to his website www.CrowdfundAttny.com Mr. Roderick represents dozens of portals and other participants in the Crowdfunding industry, providing both technical knowledge and industry expertise. Mr. Roderick has spent more than 30 years representing entrepreneurs and their businesses in a wide variety of transactions, including: Counseling entrepreneurs through the formation, development, and growth of their businesses Raising money through private placements and venture capital Buying, selling, and investing in businesses Planning business transactions to minimize corporate and individual taxes Preparing Shareholders’ Agreements, Partnership Agreements, and Operating Agreements Protecting business goodwill through restrictive covenant (non-compete) agreements Compensating key employees using options and restricted stock Technology licensing and development
In episode 144 - I got to talk with Alex Davis from the successful Kickstarter project, Pharos Watches. Pharos Watches is proud to announce the Sentinel Collection consisting of two models: the full lume Sentinel and sunburst Sentinel B.  The uniqueness of the Sentinel and Sentinel B is evident in the crown (which is lumed), lug curvature, and steel case finished with a variety of polished grooves and brushed notches. The defining feature of the Sentinel Collection is the usage of Swiss SuperLuminova in the dial and crown of each watch.  Inspired by the Pharos of Alexandria, their logo depicts four beams of light emanating downward from a central lighthouse. Additionally, the abundant lume in both the Sentinel and Sentinel B emits a glow reminiscent of the light that shines from a lighthouse. An accurate depiction of the Lighthouse of Alexandria is also engraved on each case back. For more information go to their Kickstarter today.   
In episode 143 - I got to talk with Jordan Draper from the Kickstarter campaign TOKYO SERIES TABLETOP GAMES. What is the TOKYO SERIES?? 12 unique games about life in Tokyo that can be played stand alone or mixed together! You can learn more about the series on his website jordandraper.com, and read about the first three games that were on Kickstarter here. 
In episode 142 I got the chance to talk with Brendon Lundberg from Radiant Pain Relief about their upcoming Reg A+ Crowdfunding campaign. Radiant Pain Relief Centres offer a unique and progressive treatment for chronic pain, which helps retrain the brain and restore it back to a more normal, healthy perception of pain. We have treated hundreds of patients with nearly every type of chronic pain imaginable. On average, our patients experience an 84% reduction in pain, and more than 90% of our patients conclude therapy with a pain score of zero or near zero. By combining a highly refined care model with a novel FDA-cleared device known as Scrambler Therapy® we’re changing the way chronic pain is treated. Our patient-centered model uses this state of the art medical technology, which is non-invasive, non-drug based, safe and highly effective at significantly reducing, or completely eliminating, pain with lasting relief. This technology, along with a unique care and cost model, make our approach the most effective and appealing way to treat chronic pain.
In episode 139, I got to talk with Juraj Bilic from the game Machina Arcana. Machina Arcana is a cooperative steampunk horror game for 1-4 players. Players take on the role of explorers thrown into dreadful halls, scratching for survival and progressing through the chapters from one of many horror stories. Even if they manage to stay alive till the end of the story, they will face a special mini game at the finale of each scenario. The unique environment, interactive inventory, combat mechanics and tactical diversity are all enveloped in an integral storytelling experience that provides both total immersion in the world and full replay value. But beware! A horde of unique and terrifying monsters are bent on destroying your party. If that isn’t enough, Horror itself disrupts and hinders any remaining hope in these comfortless chambers. Learn More - https://www.kickstarter.com/…/45…/machina-arcana-from-beyond
Episode 138 is in the books! Today I got to talk with Sami Laakso from the board game, Dale of Merchants. Dale of Merchants is a stand-alone deck building game and a storage solution for the DoM series. Great for fans and newcomers alike. Check out our converasation about what it takes to launch a successful board game on Kickstarter. Click he link to learn more - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/660227025/dale-of-merchants-collection
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