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Getting it Made - Consumer Product Production

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Of Mercer

211 Elizabeth Street

New York, NY 10012

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This event will address concerns and issues associated with developing and manufacturing physical products that are not covered in tech-oriented groups. Panel will include successful business owners sharing how they secured their product manufacturing, issues they encountered, lessons learned, and pitfalls to avoid.

This event will be held at Of Mercer, an apparel startup founded by two female entrepreneurs frustrated by the lack of business-appropriate attire for women. Clothing will be available for purchase. Event will start with 30 minutes of networking, moderated discussion with panelists from 6:30-7:30 with 30 minutes of networking to follow. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Join us and our expert panelists who've created successful consumer goods to discuss product development and distribution topics like:

  • Developing early prototypes and finding product/market fit
  • Finding manufacturers and distributors
  • Marketing your product through social media and other channels
  • Understanding short term and long term cash flow management
  • Lessons learned and mistakes along the way

About the panelists:

Sarah Ribner, recent grad of Columbia Business School, entrepreneur, and certified aromatherapist is the co-founder of PiperWai. The first all-natural, charcoal based, non-toxic deodorant (that actually works). Sarah began her journey with wellness almost a decade ago, transforming her health and skin through clean eating and dedication to an active fitness regimen. Until four years ago, an effective non-toxic, natural deodorant was the missing piece in her quest to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Sarah and her co-founder undertook a successful crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, pitched on Season 7 of ABC’s Shark Tank, and created a brand that is quickly becoming a household name! Since the airing of Shark Tank, PiperWai has grown into a multimillion-dollar brand with offices in New York and Philly.

Janet Valenza is the Founder and Designer of GOGOgracious, a direct to consumer women’s lifestyle clothing brand known for 7 Easy Pieces. Her company has been featured in high end stores such as Bloomingdales and national fashion publications including Women's Wear Daily and Allure Magazine. GOGOgracious is produced mostly in the NY metro area but also in locations around the globe.

Prior to founding GOGOgracious, Janet rose through the ranks of Young & Rubicam, then the world's largest privately held ad agency, to become a C-Suite Executive of a $100,000,000 subsidiary over a 12 year period after graduating from Bucknell University. She also holds an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business and a Design Degree from FIT.

Janet Lieberman is the Co-founder & CTO of Dame, a sex tech startup on a mission to design well-engineered sex toys, heighten intimacy, and openly empower the sexual experiences of womankind. Dame has the two most successful crowdfunding campaigns for any sex toys on any platforms. In 2014, the hands-free couples’ vibrator, Eva, raised over $575,000 on Indiegogo when it launched. In 2016, Dame launched the finger vibrator, Fin, which was the first sex toy to ever be permitted on Kickstarter.

Janet earned her mechanical engineering degree from MIT in 2007 before starting her career in product development, designing everything from dustpans to 3D printers. She worked for companies like Z Corp, Quirky, and Makerbot before deciding to turn her engineering efforts to the often-overlooked field of sex toys.

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