Walker Williams and Evan Stites-Clayton are the Co-Founders of Teespring. These two Brown University students created a website that leveraged the crowdfunding model to successfully sell a t-shirt to commemorate their favorite college bar that shut down. Within six hours they had amassed hundreds of pre-order sales via PayPal. Coupled with the success of the momentous sale, they received interest from clubs, communities and individuals who all expressed interest in creating similar campaigns for their custom products. The concept for Teespring was born.
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- “We try to build painkillers, not vitamins.” – an Evan and Walker original
- Their business prior to creating Teespring failed because they never tested the concept, and the product didn’t solve a painful enough problem.
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- Wow, it is really hard to order shirts for a cause when you have no $$. Hhhmmmmmmmm…
- Teespring had a VERY successful stint at Y-Combinator, and they sold 75,000 shirts last month. Things are a rockin!
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