Crowdfunding isn’t only about raising money, it's also about data and validation. Trident Design founder Chris Hawker will share how the most valuable part of crowdfunding is the discovery of the specific audience who’s interested in your idea, and who’s willing to pay money for it. You’ll discover how crowdfunding done right is actually market research and if successful leads to market validation and the powerful launch of a product into the marketplace.
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Speaker: Chris Hawker
Founder & President, Trident Design, LLC
Cofounder, Next Level Columbus
Chris Hawker is the Founder and President of Trident Design, LLC, located in Columbus, Ohio. He’s spent the last 20 years thinking up, designing, developing and selling iconic consumer products in a variety of industries. From one-of-a-kind cooking utensils to high tech innovations, Chris and his team have brought dozens of products to market. Gadget fans probably know Chris best by way of the massively popular PowerSquid and Onion Goggles. More recently, crowdfunding fans may recognize Chris from Trident Design’s record-setting fundraising campaigns.
Chris is a CES Best Of Innovations award winner, Red Dot award winner and monthly contributor to Entrepreneur.com. Trident Design’s work continues to be featured by national publications including Fortune, The New York Times, Wired, TechCrunch and many more. Trident Design products can be found on the shelves of major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Chris is also a life coach, and the cofounder of Next Level Columbus, a leadership training center which runs intensive experiential emotional intelligence leadership workshops.