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Secret Academy Episode - Ryan Beltran

Upon graduation, Ryan Beltran immediately left for what he believed was the new frontier of international entrepreneurship and business; China. During his first year abroad he developed a strong skill set in manufacturing and product development. Shortly after, he recognized the opportunity to create his own unique products and decided to launch a line of men's watches: 100% all-natural wood and stainless steel watches by Original Grain. 

Ryan has a strong understanding and background in dealing with Chinese culture and their business practices. His emphasis is building businesses that will facilitate trade between the U.S. and China.

Lesson's in Today's Interview:
  • How to raise $390,000 using Kickstarter.
  • How to run an effective Kickstarter campaign.
  • How crowd funding works in detail.
  • How to test the market using Kickstarter.
  • How to market and remarket your product while crowd funding.
  • How to outsource properly.
  • How to manage communication with oversea factories.
  • How a long distance partnership can still work to your advantage.
  • The story behind the idea of Original Grain
  • How he raised a $100,000 in the first week.
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