A Quick Interview with Outgrow.me’s Founder Sam Fellig

on Friday, Aug. 31st

We clocked into Outgrow.me– a marketplace for successfully funded crowdfunding projects– earlier today, but had a few questions– not the least of which was who was behind the site.

We’re not going to pretend this was difficult: we used the contact tab at the lower left side of the website to to ask just that, and soon we had these responses from Outgrow.me’s founder, Sam Fellig.
Read it all after the jump.

TURNSTYLE: What inspired you to start Outgrow.me?

Sam Fellig: I’ve always been fascinated with technology, gadgetry, and innovation. For years now, I’ve been reading Technology news with my breakfast and watching every single TED video I can squeeze into my day. When Kickstarter entered the scene, it was everything I loved wrapped in one glorious website. After backing a variety of projects over the last year, I saw a need for a website that took over where Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms left off. Enter Outgrow.me.

TS: What’s your background with crowdfunding? Web development?

SF: My background with crowdfunding is nothing more than as a backer and fan of crowdfunding projects. I didn’t have any web development experience prior to Outgrow.me. I had the idea and thought “This doesn’t seem to difficult!” How wrong I was.. I started with codecademy.com (an incredible resource) and learned a lot hands-on. It took an incredible amount of hard work and tons of support from online communities like Reddit and Stackoverflow, but the satisfaction of people loving Outgrow.me has made everything worth it.

TS: Are you looking to make money here?

SF: There’s definitely room to make a lot of money in this industry, but that isn’t my focus. My focus is on building a strong community that supports innovation, creativity, and small businesses. Our community is growing exponentially, and our strong relationships with our designers, inventors, and innovators is helping to fuel this growth.

TS: There’s a place on each page for project creators to contact you, how are you intending to work with them?

SF: Many project creators contact me to update me on product availability or to send me new product photos or information. Beyond this, Outgrow.me’s goal is to build a solution that includes all the features and requests project creators want in a platform, so communication is key. Every day, I’m in touch with dozens of project creators, from designers working on creating new crowdfunding projects to successful inventors post-production. Every suggestion brings Outgrow.me one step closer to being the next step in crowdfunding.


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