We had a chance to talk to Harold Tan of SunJack, a division of GigaWatt Inc about their portable solar charger that supports infrastructure development in third world countries. Indiegogo campaign to popularize the device. Take a look at what he had to say about this new must have gadget.
Hi Harold, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I studied Cybernetics/Cognitive Science at UCLA for undergrad, Entrepreneurship at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and Information Systems at Harvard. I have been an Entrepreneur for over 10 years in the ecommerce space. I’m currently working on launching a portable solar charger that supports infrastructure development in third world countries. You can find out more about the device at http://www.bit.ly/sunjack
That is amazing. And where are you currently located?
We are located in Los Angeles, California, United States
And where on the social media space can we find you?
You can check me out at LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/haroldtan or via Twitter at @haztan
So what is the name of your campaign?
Its called SunJack – the World’s Most Portable 20W Solar Charger that Gives Back.
Basically we are a small business startup that is working on development and manufacturing of a portable solar charger with a social cause (think Tom’s shoes for solar power).
What is your campaign seeking to do?
We are looking to raise funds to conduct initial production run and achieve economies of scale, develop partnerships with investors and distributors.
Are there any other team members?
Main members are Greg Cooper of Dome KRB, Deep Patel of GigaWatt Inc.
When did you begin your campaign?
We started on April 12th, 2014.
When is your campaign scheduled to end?
On May 15th, 2014.
How many people have you so far attracted?
So far we have 77 people
How much money have you so far collected?
How much money are you seeking to collect at the end of your campaign?
$33,000 is the stated goal – but I’d really like to shoot for $100k.
How do you reward those who contribute to your campaign?
We reward contributors with their very own SunJack – a powerful 14 Watt or 20 Watt solar charger complete with lithium-polymer battery pack.
Why did you select Kickstarter as opposed to others?
We chose Kickstarter for brand recognition.
Does Kickstarter help you in any way with your campaign? (Help promote your campaign to its members etc)?
We get listed on their website.
How do you pay Kickstarter for running your campaign on their platform?
Kickstarter takes 5% commission, and Amazon payments takes 3-5% commission.
How have you promoted your campaign?
Mainly through social media and outreach to press and media.
What have been most challenging about running your campaign?
What has been most rewarding about your campaign?
The positive feedback and support of our concept.
Any other information about your campaign or project you would like to tell us?
You can watch brief videos of our concept at:
Concrete durability test:
Car durability test:
You can also see our campaign on Kickstarter. Please support us in any way you can.