Ben's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 12

BEN KAUFMAN

President/CEO
Quirky

“Fight for the things you truly believe in and care about everyone around you, but know when to step back and say, 'You know what? You're right.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Courage Goals Negativity Passion Hard Work Perseverance Desire Opportunity Self-Reflection Success Beliefs & Faith Community Honesty Culture Planning Simplicity

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

business, college, drop out, idea, ideas, international, inventions, math, mission, money, New York, path, pick your battles, product, purpose, school, student, success, unique, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Calls himself a bad student ("probably about as bad as you can get"), with a 1.7 high school GPA.
  • Didn't care about his classes, was more focused on how he could secretly listen to his iPod.
  • Developed headphones with wires that looked like lanyards to make them less noticeable.
  • Convinced his parents to take out a second mortgage to put up the funding for him to go to China and develop his product.
  • Started a company, Mophie, around this product; dropped out of college to focus on the business.
  • Says college didn't fulfill him because he wasn't doing things, he was just talking about doing things.
  • Realized that he wasn't the only person to have a great idea, but he'd gotten lucky to find the funds to develop his.
  • Founded Quirky to give everyday inventors the means to produce and sell their own great ideas.

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