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Episode 121:

Interview with Richie Zeng, founder of Wearhaus

We all love listening to music as well as discovering new songs and artists but the process of sharing music is outdated. It requires sending links or files to friends via text, email or messenger. Wearhaus has created a beautiful pair of stylish and comfortable headphones that make sharing music as easy as pressing a button. After raising $250,000 on Kickstarter from 1,200+ backers then pre-selling another 1,800+ pairs on their website the company began shipping product last year.

Save $40 at Wearhaus.com with the discount code "StartupSense"

Wearhaus is headquartered in the Bay Area with additional operations in China. They raised a $600,000 seed round from 20 angel investors and another $4 million series-A round from several China-based VC firms. The company has faced and overcome many challenges which is expected when designing, developing and implementing proprietary software and hardware powered by bluetooth technology.

In this interview I spoke with Richie, co-founder of Wearhaus about his entrepreneurial journey from dropping out of college to start Wearhaus, running a very successful Kickstarter campaign, meeting with 40 angel investors (closed 20 of them), the immense amount of engineering work that went into developing the headphones, their customer acquisition strategy (music blog, referrals and influencers), why they decided to raise their series-A round from Chinese investors, how they sourced the right manufacturing partners in China, why they filed a patent and how much it cost them, why the company could be an ideal acquisition target and much more.

Save $40 at Wearhaus.com with the discount code "StartupSense"

Connect with Wearhaus on Facebook and Twitter and Linkedin.

You can find Richie on Linkedin and AngelList or email him at richie@wearhaus.com

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Startup Sense is sponsored by the Lupton Group. We help clients of all sizes, budgets and industries with their business strategy, web/mobile/software design and development as well as branding and marketing. We put our clients in the best position to grow revenues and be more profitable.

Visit us today at LuptonGroup.co or send us an email for a free strategy and marketing review.

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