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How One Student Built a Global Enterprise from His Dorm Room
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“Being patient with the whole process–even though every expert and investor said speed is our friend–allowed us to understand the market.”

Hanson Grant, Founder of Think Board

While starting a business in college, Hanson Grant found himself with the challenge of brainstorming in a dorm–a small room in which drilling holes, hanging posters, and painting walls were strictly prohibited. Using paper was wasteful and digital limited users to their knowledge of programs. So, as a sophomore, Hanson launched Think Board, a stick-on film that allowed students to reclaim their walls.

Hanson raised $200,000 through crowdfunding and joined FCBC Boston as an exhibitor and speaker. Following the event, Hanson built a global company in less than 6 months–reaching international markets as far as Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Early on, Hanson partnered with another successful crowdfunded company, Rocketbook. Highlighting the importance of collaboration within the crowdfunding community, Hanson said “Rocketbook really helped us understand the post-Kickstarter process and meet the right people. International partners who already work with crowdfunding companies are more likely to work with others.” In return, Think Board helped Rocketbook better navigate Amazon and e-commerce.

With just two full-time employees, the company is the epitome of a 21st century business. It outsources everything from marketing to accounting and is completely self-sufficient–a real lean, mean, profit-generating machine.

 

Hanson’s Story

Hanson is as a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Think Board. He raised over $200,000 from crowdfunding and built a global company in just 6 months. One of Hanson’s biggest reasons for success was that he didn’t follow what others were saying, but rather his instincts–choosing not to scale too fast.

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