Event: Crowdfunding and Kickstarter | Harvard Innovation Labs
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Mar 02, 2017

Crowdfunding and Kickstarter

Interested in crowfunding your business but don't know where to start? What's the difference between KickStarter and IndieGogo? Does it matter? Should I ask for $50,000 or $1,000,000? Learn the answers to these questions with guest speaker Michael Burtov.

Michael has 15 years experience in starting-up and seeing companies through their lifecycle, but with GeoOrbital, he went out on a limb. Powered by a complete lack of knowledge of engineering, he defied years of conventional thought and engineering convention. Inspired by a motorcycle in the movie "TRON," he came up with an idea for an electric wheel that could easily be attached to almost any bicycle. He built the first prototype in his kitchen and the crazy idea became a ended up raising $1.26 on Kickstarter alone form over 1,600 backers. Before GeoOrbital, Michael had a number of different jobs. He was the Founder and CEO of 3 companies (2 failed, 1 thrived) and is very proud of having served over 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Michael and his work have been featured in hundreds of publications world wide - ranging from Forbes to Time Magazine. He was also named “One of the top Inventors of 2016" and one of the "most dynamic and creative people shaping business today.” buy the Upstart Business Journal.