FCBC travels around the country to support and inspire young entrepreneurs. Students from KIPP St. Louis High School’s entrepreneurship program visited the We The People store in West County Center for an afternoon of learning and a tour of the store. Students heard from We The People & Kisetsu co-founder Ryan Sim and Flipstik founder Akeem Shannon, who shared his experience as a local entrepreneur in St. Louis.
Akeem Shannon, Founder of Flipstik
Flipstik is a St. Louis startup that lets you stick or mount your phone to nearly any flat surface. It was created by Akeem Shannon, a St. Louis native. Flipstik’s trademarked Synthetic Setae adhesive is reusable thousands of times and when it gets dirty, can be cleaned with just water. The patented Flipstik design also allows it to double as a kickstand for even more functionality. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Flipstik was featured on KMOX, Fox 2 News and other local outlets.
Ryan Sim, Co-Founder of We The People & Co-Founder of Kisetsu
Ryan co-founded WTP with Nison Chan, Joel Liew, and Jay Kang in 2016 and functions as the Managing Director of Marketing and Business Development. In his role, Ryan manages and leads marketing strategies, messaging, and tactics for WTP. He is also the Co-Founder of Kisetsu, a maker of slim, stylish RFID-protected leather wallets, along with his childhood best friend Joel.
Working with creators and as a creator himself, Ryan has learned that the foundation of successful partnerships is communication and honesty. As he says in this American Express piece, “Face time is key. This builds trust and provides a good opportunity for high-level discussions. The benefits of this are simple—more trust. Trust means that you’ll have better access to stocks. It may even mean that you get priority. [But] there are no tricks. There are no fake personalities. You’ve just got to mean it.”