Artist Brent Garcia has been coming up with practical and creative ideas that he uses to design products and jewelry from his Las Vegas garage. For the last three years he's had about one new idea every week. December 29, 2012, proved to be a life-changing creative day when Brent designed a no knots cord tightener specifically for paracord and named it "Fish Bone."
Brent, A fan of DIY- do-it-yourself projects, and a regular contributor to the site Instructables.com since 2010, posted his product design for "Fish Bone" and entered his creation in a "pocket-sized " projects contest hosted by the site.
Fish-Bone was a winner and that was the inspiration and validation Brent needed to take his project farther to the steps of manufacturing and selling his product. There was nothing in Brent's way of achieving this goal except money. He needed more capital.
According to Brent, "I created Fish Bone" from 1 square inch of sheet metal that cost me about $11 Fish Bone is 1/2" wide x 2" long. My brothers are amazed I could create a product by investing my "lunch-savings", not my "life-savings."
To get to the next phase of manufacturing Fish Bone, Brent decided not to beg ,borrow, or ask family and friends for funding as many entrepreneurs do.Brent decided to continue with his success with creative projects online by making a video about Fish Bone and posting his creative and practical product on crowdsourcing fund site "Kickstarter.com "
Brent set his fundraising goal for KickStarter at a conservative $1,000 .
"Not only did I get $1,000 to fund Fish Bone, my project received more funding, quicker than I could have ever imagined. The final amount of funding awarded was $89,535 which is 8,952% more than I had asked for. Now I'm going into business and will be manufacturing Fish Bone."
Brent said,"The new platforms available online allow someone like me, an artist with an idea to let others know what they have to offer. Then if people like what you have, you can make it for them. I was inspired with this idea by others who have already done it.
"I also owe my success to my supportive family and their skills in making my dreams come true including my brothers, Briz and Eldrick and my sister, Yunuen. My brothers has skills in mechanical engineering, social media, and website development and my sister Yunuen is an artist," said Brent.
Now that Brent Garcia 's project "Fish Bone" is funded he'll be working with metal fabricators to get them cut and polished and delivered to people's doors.
His website is http://www.MrBallenG.com