70: How to Manufacture a Disruptive Product (Without Selling a Kidney) with Lisa Fetterman of Nomiku

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There’s a simple rule that entrepreneurs live by: Aim for disruptive change. But as many entrepreneurs will tell you, it’s easier said than done. That’s especially true when manufacturing a physical product.

But that’s exactly what Lisa Fetterman did as the cofounder and CEO of Nomiku.

Nomiku takes it name from nomikuii, a Japanese word that means to eat and drink, and a fitting name for the revolutionary kitchen appliance that’s finding homes in professional and personal kitchens worldwide. Nomiku’s portable sous vide machine is creating disruptive change, as it delivers a tool typically reserved for established, professional chefs to food-lovers everywhere.

Ever since that simple idea in 2010, Nomiku has drawn more than $1 million between its two Kickstarter campaigns. Gaining the distinction of having raised the highest amount of money for any product within its category with just the first campaign alone, Nomiku raised nearly $600,000 within 30 days. Then the company went on to break its own record by raising $750,000 with its next project. Today the Nomiku is in kitchens from the White House to Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.

Nomiku is an entrepreneurial success story that can only exist within the 21st century. It wasn’t easy (yes, she did contemplate selling a kidney), but Fetterman tapped into the power of hackerspaces, accelerator programs and crowdfunding to bring the product to market and achieve several accolades. She’s been invited to the White House as a “White House Honored Maker,” and made both Zagat’s and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists.

In this interview you will learn:

Why it's important to love what you do.

How to utilize social media, blogger and word-of-mouth to generate buzz and excitement for your product

The important strategies in launching a crowdfunding campaign.

The resources that you need when investors aren't listening.

How to have a product development strategy to overcome the struggles of manufacturing.

& much more!

  • Suleman

    I just don’t understand why this site is not massive popular, with at least comments. I read stuff here which sometimes above common sense. But other magazine/sites are more
    Popular, perhaps is because this is new. Or maybe not many people have the same goals! Seems strange. However please keep it up with great and learnable articles on the blog. Specially more in depth articles, not just common sense things.

    Have a nice day

    • Thank you @disqus_3mQPf6ZP0R:disqus – One step at a time! As time goes on I’m sure comments for our blog articles will increase. We just have to as you say providing great articles you can learn from and the word will spread 🙂

      Stay awesome, and thank you for the kind words!


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