Ben Kaufman is the CEO and Founder of Quirky, a social product development company. Now what is that? you say.
Well here is a graphic to explain:
Quirky allows inventors to get their products out into the world by opening a new supply channel. We get more and more innovative products every week. Quirky get a nice new shiny product to sell.
Quirky is centered around a community (people registered with them) where any one join and become an influencer. Vote on which product you want to see and even submit your own ideas if you want (It only costs a tenner).
23 year old Ben Kaufman publicly launched Quirky in June 2009. He started on his entrepreneurial journey while in his senior year of high school, when he started Mophie, an ipod accessory company. In his effort to get this off the ground he managed to get his parents to remortgage their house. Now that's determination!
Well he paid them back quickly as Mophie won "Best in Show" at MacWorld 2006. The young entrepreneur went on to sell Mophie to mStation in 2007.
He used his time after this to further develop his idea of social product development, which ended in Quirky.
He was also named in Inc Magazine as the top entrepreneur in the country under the age of 30. He was 20 at the time.
This is only the first chapter in his entrepreneurial journey...